We had the good fortune of connecting with Smurf Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Smurf, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor behind my success is honestly, learning to be okay with failure. Through my journey as an Actor, Voice Actor, and Business Owner, I’ve had to learn to be okay and comfortable with failure. It takes so much of the pressure off of myself of trying to be perfect or trying so hard not to make mistakes. It’s freeing to just try different approaches to things, trying things that make me nervous and being okay if I fall flat on my face. It’s all a learning experience for me. If something doesn’t go as well as I wanted, I can go back to the drawing board, make adjustments and try again. It’s allowed me to grow and learn so much, that it’s ended up paying off for me so much in the long run. Allowing myself to make mistakes, learn and grow makes me so much better.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m a voice actor and actor from Houston, TX. One of the things that sets me apart from others voice actors I would say is my range. I can really hit the high register of my voice so being able to play younger or smaller characters is something I’m able to do, that not a lot of adult men can do. I’m most excited about being able to create and tell stories. Whether it’s commercial, animation, video games, etc. there is always someone I’m talking to and a story I can create. Professionally I’m excited just to continue growing and learning more about VoiceOver and acting in general. I’ve really been focusing on my training. I embrace the challenges that comes with training and auditioning. It pushes me and forces me to get better. I’m able to find new layers and new depths of characters which overall makes better content for people. The best lesson I’ve learned is from a workshop I took at Stella Adler – which was “If something makes you nervous, that means you should do it” . That alone has really inspired me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and get better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting Houston, I would take them to Taste Bar & Kitchen by Midtown for brunch/ breakfast. If it’s basketball season we definitely would need to catch a Rockets game. We’d have to stop by the museum district, go by Houston Improv for a comedy show. Try to catch a play at either MATCH or Alley Theatre. Rice Box in the Heights for some really good Chinese food, And Kickerillo Preserve for a good place to jog/walk.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank God first and foremost, and the my loved ones. My girlfriend, my family, my close friends. The family I’ve made in the industry such as Elgin Foster, Damon Alums, David Cook,Ashely Biski Martinez, my coaches Barbara Niles, Michael Orenstein, June Yoon. They’ve been such a great support system for me as I’m continuing to grow. Joao Nsita from That Love Pod, Dre from the Ignorant Noodle who gave me my first VoiceOver Opportunity, I’m forever grateful for. There’s so many people, I don’t want to forget anyone. Honestly everyone I’ve worked with or come into contact with whether it’s classes, coaching, castmate, director, family and friends. Everyone has offered something to really help me grow.
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