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Daily Inspiration: Meet Director RipperBrown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Director RipperBrown.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
As a kid from the east coast r&b was always being played in the house at family gatherings or on the radio and so was rock music! I just knew at an early age I was in love with music and didn’t think I could sing but wanted to do something in the entertainment field! At the age of 12, me and my older brother heard our first rap record and said “hey we can do that” and with his lead we started listening with the intent on teaching ourselves how to make music… I watch my older brother write rap lyrics and at 13 I watched my 16yr brother get on stage at a music fest and rap his lyrics and was blown away… so music became everything I caught the bug.. we did hip hop dance started to dj parties meanwhile buying studio equipment while teaching ourselves how to produce and record our own records… I could talk about that forever but I ended up moving to Chicago and started acting! In the early 2000’s I became a sag & Aftra union actor and in 2009, I created my film company Str8razorfilms, LLC where I started my skills as a Director, Director of Photography, Editor and more… you can definitely look me up as “Ripper Brown” on IMDB for a bit of my resume!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, the road has not been smooth being a self-employed actor and filmmaker, the biggest struggles were filling gaps when jobs weren’t coming as fast as your bills and building a team with everyone on the same page can be a difficult task also.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I sharpened my skills of filming by doing music videos and proceeded on to do shorts, docs, commercials etc… I have four co-star credits as an actor in film & tv, I also have directing and cinematography credits also… As they say “Google Me Baby!!” LOL.. what sets me apart is with my music recording and engineering background along with my complete acting and filmmaker skills I can cover the spectrum and have a knack of taking something little and making it look BIG.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
My advice to others is simple! JUST DO IT!! Do not allow anything or anyone tell you what you cannot do…

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: str8razorfilms
  • Facebook: Director Ripperbrown
  • Youtube: str8razorfilms
  • Yelp: str8razorfilms, llc


Image Credits

Desonta Tillman

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