There are many reasons I wanted to interview singer/actress Britt Flatmo. First of all, when I heard Britt Flatmo's music, I was hooked. It's fresh, memorable, and gets right to the heart of the matter! I have been listening to her debut self-titled album almost non-stop. She just released her debut music video to her single "Come on Home," which stars MTV's Teen Wolf heartthrob Cody Saintgnue about a military love. And then there is the fact that she worked with one of my favorite actors, Josh Duhamel in the comedy Life As We Know It. But, what really got me, was Britt's personal success story of pursuing her dreams despite several obstacles presented before her that might have stifled someone else.
1. I am a big Josh Duhamel fan, so I have to start this interview off with a question about co-starring in Life As We Know It. I'm sure it's obvious, but what was the best part about working with Josh? What practical jokes, if any, did he pull on you? And how did you get him back? I loved working with Josh and was actually very star stuck when I first met him. He is so gorgeous & really sweet! He didn’t pull any practical jokes on me, but we had a lot of fun on set and he gave me some great advice about not taking things too seriously & to remember to have fun!
2. Now, we have to talk about something more serious. You were born with a two inch leg discrepancy & no ACL. You had a few surgeries to correct this, but they failed. What went through your head as you went in for each of these surgeries? When you found out each time that the surgeries did not work, when did you decide not to try again and how did that decision empower you? With each surgery, I went in hoping they would fix the problem with my leg. But when the doctor told me the surgery didn’t work, I was devastated. As you can imagine, I started crying.....it was such a let down after so many years, but you can't dwell on it. You either give up or keep going.....I chose to stay positive & not let this be an obstacle.
I still need another surgery to build an ACL. Its a long process and I need to figure out the timing to have the surgery so that it doesn’t conflict with my busy schedule.
3. How do you feel you've turned your "disability" into an ability? I’ve never felt like this was a disability because no one ever treated me differently. However, having a longer leg causes a lot of back issues and pain but as long as I don’t share it…no one knows there is an issue. Some people may notice my walk is a little different but I carry it with confidence and own it! lol Most people do not even realize there is an issue and I refuse to let it effect my work.
I hope that I can reach out to kids & teens who have experienced anything deemed as a "disability." I know that the smallest of things can cause insecurity and I want to inspire them to stay positive & to not let anything or anyone hold them back from their dreams. Anything & Everything is Possible!!
4. Back to some lighter questions. What made you want to start writing and recording music? Who are some of your inspirations? I started to write music when I was 10 or 11. I have dyslexia and my teacher asked me to start writing in a journal everyday about anything I wanted. That was when I wrote my first song, "Lost" (it's about my dad). I had always felt dumb in regards to my dyslexia, but writing something from my heart felt right. It didn't matter that the words weren't spelled correctly, it mattered that it touched people and made them feel something. I was finally able to record my original music last year with the help of my music manager, Jonathan George.
Musically, I am constantly listening to different types of music. I grew up listening to Old Standards, Broadway, Country, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce. As a performer, I draw from the strength of powerful women performers like Beyonce and Christina.
5. You won "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the 22nd LA Music Awards. What did this win mean to you? Does it create any pressure for you? I think for anyone, someone to notice your gifts is an amazing feeling. I felt very honored to be chosen and proud to know that I was the youngest (I was 15 at the time) to have won in that category. It didn’t create pressure, it gave me more confidence to keep doing what I love!
6. You have just released your self-titled debut album. How does it feel to have it done and out in the world? Is it what you expected from what you had dreamed it would be like? It feels amazing to have my art out in the world! It is amazing to have people discover my music for the first time and to send me messages. Now that it is released, it is constant work to build my brand and get it out there. It is a very exciting time in my life. I’m really excited to release more music videos.
7. I love your song "Lost." While I know it's about the ending of relationship, I'm going to take the song in a different direction. When has there been a time in your life when you felt "Lost" and how did you find your way out? I wrote that song about my dad. He left when I was 3 years old. I feel like he was "lost" and was in a dark place. I hope that he found his way out of the darkness of drugs & alcohol. He has not been a part of my life since he left.
Understanding the meaning of my song Lost, I can fortunately say that I have never felt "lost." I think it is important to stay busy and focused. It will keep you from getting mentally trapped.
8. You've also just released your first video for your single "Come on Home," featuring MTV's "Teen Wolf" hunk Cody Saintgnue. Cody ends up playing your love interest, a military man, who heads out for duty. In real life, your boyfriend is a military man. What are some of the challenges dating a military man? What are the more fun parts of it? How do you deal with the time apart? As of now, I am single. I wrote this song about my ex and wanted the music video to portray the meaning behind the song. However, I do have to say that dating someone in the military is extremely difficult on the emotions and can get super lonely.
9. Getting back to your acting for a moment. You have a film coming out called The Witch Files, about five girls from different cliques at the same high school who get detention and discover they have magical powers. They need to use those powers when they come up against a much older witch, one who lived in Maine before the infamous Salem witch trials of the 1690s. You play the role of "Jules," a newcomer to a small town where she convinces a group of her fellow students to form a coven with her. What do you relate to most about "Jules"? Who were some of your favorite witches growing up? I'm in Maine filming right now and I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful film! Part of being an actor is getting to play characters that are different from who you are...."Jules" is my opposite. She is Dark, Manipulative, Goth. "Jules" is a lot like "Wednesday Adams" played by Cristina Ricci. I am usually cast as nerdy, smart, cute sweet girl - I was so happy to do something different & stretch my acting legs!
My favorite witches growing up were, Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic. I also loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent everyday. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent every day? Time management. Seems like I never have enough time! And I am working really hard at focusing my energy to manage my time more efficiently.
Britt Flatmo is an award-winning American singer, songwriter and actor. After many successful roles on Film and TV, Britt stepped into the booth to record and release her self-titled freshman album, which was produced by five-time Grammy winning producer Devine Evans and Grammy nominated writer/producer Jonathan George and Anthony Mazza. Britt penned all five songs on her album.
The music video for her first single, "Come on Home," co-stars Teen Wolf's sexy star Cody Saintgnue. He plays Britt's love interest who has been off at war. Britt wrote the song for her boyfriend who is serving in the military.
As an actor, her roles include: "Peg Kazynk" in J.J. Abrams & Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hit Super 8, "Amy" in Life As We Know It starring Katherine Heigl & Josh Duhamel, and "Jeri" in the comedy film Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega w/Ariel Winter. She is also known for her starring role of "Emily" in the internationally award-winning film Abuelo, which gained her the award of Best Breakthrough Performance at the Philadelphia Film Festival.
In television, Britt has had co-star & guest star roles in Without a Trace, Big Time Rush, Medium, and Talkshow w/Spike Feresten as well as starred in Hallmark Channel's Diner Formal. She has also done voice-over work for Disney as well as commercials for Redi Whip, Time Warner Cable, Compound W, Embarq, Devon Energy, Carle Medical, Watermark C.U. and Hollywood Launch LA. See more at IMDB.
Britt won "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the 25th Annual LA Music Awards and was also the recipient of the highly coveted Wayne Brady Scholarship, which gave her a full ride to attend the elite triple threat training school - Hollywood Launch Academy. She got her first taste of singing and performing at five years old when she booked a role in Oliver at the musical theatre company The Driftwood Players in Seattle. Britt is currently touring and promoting her album.