Real Talk with Mason Bray started out years ago when I got bored and wanted to make something fun for me to do with my friends. My best friend and I would sit in my room with headphone microphones and talk about internet drama for 10 minutes. (Don't worry! Those episodes are not out anymore!) In early 2019, I stopped. I was getting nowhere. But, 2020 happened and everything went upside down. Up until March 2020 I was never NOT working on a show, and here I was in a theatre-deprived world. I asked myself what can I do? I had the idea to do my podcast again to see where it could lead, but use it as a platform for people in the arts to tell their story and relive memories from the time before COVID-19. I reached out to my friend, Gabriella Marzetta, to schedule an interview with her as my FIRST Real Talk Interview. After that, I went with more local friends in the entertainment industry here in Indiana. I never stopped (and still haven't stopped) reaching out to people throughout the Broadway, Television, and Music industries.
During Season 5, I wanted to add more. I wanted another aspect of entertainment. I consulted with my team (My mom and best friends) to see if an article write-up for my interviews would be interesting. I sent them my draft of Ken Davenport's article and now I am in the process of writing articles for each interview as well as making the transcript accessible to hearing impaired listeners. Those all are in the process of editing and will be released all together soon!
Mason Bray is a 15-year-old Midwestern Theatre LOVER! For over half of his life he has performed in local Southern Indiana productions such as INTO THE WOODS (Jack, People’s Theater of Southern Indiana), WILLY WONKA (Charlie Bucket, Children’s Theatre of Southern Indiana), YOUNG ABE LINCOLN 30th ANNIVERSARY (Ensemble, Actors Community Theatre), HERE I GREW UP (Boy Nat, Actors Community Theatre), LORD OF THE FLIES (Simon, Evansville Civic Theatre). He joined the school choir in 2018 and in 2020 he was awarded the Fred Waring’s Director’s Award for Chorus by Jennifer Pruden. As part of the Thespian Troupe at his high school, he has performed in their productions since 2014 with roles including HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Ryan Evans), SEUSSICAL (Wickersham Brother 1), THE CURIOUS SAVAGE (Titus Savage), and other ensemble roles.
He has also gone backstage and worked as the lighting designer, stage manager, assistant director, technical director, etc. in several other local/regional productions. On top of the crew and technical aspects, Mason helps his mom as the Technical Director at his old middle school where the Drama Club puts on a show each school year!
In May 2020, Mason was feeling empty without theatre anywhere in the world, and started to brainstorm what he could do to bring theatre to theatre-lovers like him! He started by messaging his friend Gabriella Marzetta that he met on the Second National Tour of WAITRESS, and asked if she would be willing to talk about her career and give advice on his show. She said yes! After that, he started reaching out to his past directors and built himself up to asking people from Broadway, Television, and Music industries to get advice on the industry he wants to break into! And now in mid-2021, he is still reaching out to AMAZING artists every day in order to schedule interviews!