Magazine, Profiles, Spring 2017: The Easter Issue

Brittany Martinez: A Woman of Many Talents

Brittany Martinez is a woman of many talents. From winning Bronze at the Olympics for Tae Kwon Do, to modeling, and acting Martinez will keep you at the edge of your seat. Keep reading Below to see what she’s up to and what inspires her daily.

1. Tell me about yourself.

Hi! My name is Brittany. I currently live in Los Angeles. Growing up, I lived in Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX, and Boise, ID. So I say I’m from Texas or Idaho if anyone asks. I love to read or play video games (if I ever have time). Clubs give me a headache. I’d rather talk to someone at a coffee shop. Also, I really love Japan.

2. You have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. What made you decide to do karate? How did it feel to finally earn your black belt?

My dad got my siblings and me into Tae Kwon Do when we were young. We all loved the “3 Ninjas,” “Karate Kid,” and “Rocky.” So, of course, we wanted to learn how to defend ourselves! He wanted us to do Tae Kwon Do over karate because Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic sport and karate is not. Also, my legs are much stronger than my hands, and Tae Kwon Do is 70% kicks whereas karate is more punches; my punches are really weak, to be honest. Thank goodness I never had to use them when I was competing since I was so tall and had a longer range!

3. You were also in the Junior Olympics. Tell us about your journey there! How did it feel to win Bronze? Do you plan to compete again?

Oh man, it was hard, to be honest! I was a teenager, and I remember I couldn’t hang out with my friends or have sleepovers because Friday nights we had “sparring” and then early Saturday morning we had to condition. My siblings and I were training four hours a day, six days a week at one point.

It was an amazing experience being there and competing at that level, but I was so happy to win the bronze and be done, to be honest. I wanted to win the gold, but I was so exhausted by that point. I think the girl that beat me went on to win the gold. All my siblings medaled. My sister won the gold in her division. I wouldn’t want to mess with her. I wouldn’t compete again because you can win by KO-ing someone in the head or get hook-kicked in the head. That doesn’t appeal to me anymore for some reason.

4. You keep busy with modeling, acting, and kicking butt at Tae Kwon Do which one do you enjoy the most?

I love them all. I just got back into Tae Kwon Do a couple of years ago, and it’s so therapeutic to me. I just do it for fun now. Modeling is so creative, and you get to meet so many wonderful people and work as a team with the photographer, makeup artist, etc., and the travel benefits. Then acting wise, I love doing comedy. It’s so fulfilling making people laugh; I enjoy everything I do, and I’m so grateful for that.

5. Did you always want to be in the entertainment industry?

Yes! I wanted to be in the business since I was about 13! Before that, I wanted to be in the CIA or work at a power plant. They are so vastly different occupations.

6. As a Latina woman what are some of the challenges you’ve faced and what advice would you give to other Latina women trying to make it in the entertainment industry?

I think, as with anything, people have preconceived notions about what it means to be or look Latina. Because of my last name, I get stereotyped, and when I meet someone in person, they don’t think I look Mexican at all even though I’m primarily Mexican. I always ask what they think I look like and they say Brazilian, Greek, Italian, or Russian. My grandpa is from Guadalajara, and I’ve heard the girls there look similar to me. I think it depends on regions like with any country.

As for advice, I’d say not matter what race you are, be the best person you can be. Work harder than everyone else. It’s a lot of luck in this industry so when you’re given incredible opportunities make sure you’ve put in the work beforehand so you can make the best of them.

7. What inspires you daily?

My faith inspires me more than anything. I’m so grateful to have grown up with love for God. Every day I try to find little inspirations. Today, I was at the gas station and saw a man talking to someone who was homeless. The man was in front of me in line and told the cashier he wanted to pay for a sandwich and coffee for the man outside. Then he went outside and gave the homeless man the cup and sandwich. Stories like that inspire me.

8. What’s coming up next for you?

I have a commercial coming out soon! Also a couple of lookbooks. It’s been such an incredible year. It’s also pilot season so anything can happen! You can follow me on Instagram to keep up with everything.

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