Actor Brandon Barash chatted about being a part of “Days of Our Lives” and his upcoming concert shows with The Day Players Band.
‘Days of Our Lives’
Barash plays the role of Jake in the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” He loves how “close-knit” the entire cast and crew are. “We are all united for one common goal, and that is making good content,” he said. “Each time we show up to work is a jam session. It’s a very easy place to work and to play pretend.”
“I like how loose my character Jake is, everything with Stefan was very deliberate, so it was fun to go to Jake, who is allowed to laugh and make people laugh. Playing Jake has been a great experience,” he said.
He shared that working with Emmy winner Tamara Braun is “great.” “We have some great scenes coming up,” he hinted.
For young and aspiring actors, he said, “If you see yourself doing anything else in life, go do that and don’t become an actor. If you must become an actor, then refuse to quit, that’s when great things happen.”
When asked how he handles being dialogue-heavy on the show, he said, “It’s a muscle, it’s like going to the gym. If you go to the gym for the first time, you may feel out of place, but the more you do it, the stronger you become. The same holds true for learning dialogue on soaps. Every actor has their method, but mine seems to work pretty well for me.”
The Day Players Band
Barash will be joined by his “Days of Our Lives” co-stars Eric Martsolf, Carson Boatman, and Wally Kurth, all of which are musicians as well. They have joined musical forces to form “The Day Players.” “I am very excited, I love these guys, they are a very fun group,” he said.
“Our musical styles individually are very different but they work together nicely as a cohesive unit so I am digging it,” he added.
On September 15, the “Day Players” will be at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and on September 16, they will be performing at The Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore on Long Island. “We are very excited to play The Brokerage, I’ve done a lot of shows there with Port Chuck over the years,” he said.
They will make a stop at The Stress Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on September 17, and it will wrap up on September 18 at The Cabot Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts.
For his fans, he expressed, “Thank you, and let’s keep going. These shows are going to be great, they will be 90-minutes of music followed by a Question & Answer session and maybe more songs. It will be a hell of a show, we are looking forward to it.”
Muscular Dystrophy Association
For Barash, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is a cause that is very near and dear to his heart. “My best friend, growing up, who was like a brother to me, passed away from muscular dystrophy at the age of 18. It was a marvel to watch him navigate life with this disease. Up until the day he died, he dreamed about being a professional football coach. I was and am in awe of everything about what his spirit radiated,” he said.
“Once he couldn’t fight anymore, I made a promise to pick up his fight, and I started selling my photographs and I donated some of the proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This is why this cause is so near and dear to me,” Barash shared.
A father to Harper
In his personal life, Barash is a father to his daughter Harper. “Harper is doing great, she is going into third grade and thriving. She is finding her way in this world,” he said.
Fan events in Montreal and Florida
On October 15, Barash will also be a part of their “Retro Rewind Roller Skating and Dance Party,” hosted by Star Image Entertainment, which will be held in Montreal, Canada. “I am excited about that one,” he said. “We will see how that goes… me on roller skates… we will see.”
On Saturday, October 29, he will be a part of the “As The Leaves Turn” fan event in Clearwater, Florida, which is produced by SoapThis. “I love Florida, so it will be a good one,” he said. “It is going to be a busy fall for sure.”
For Barash, the word success means “happiness” in life. “It’s about finding balance and success in your job and balance in being happy with yourself and at home. Without family and health, we have nothing,” he said.
“Success means nothing without happiness and health,” he added.
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