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Meet Brandon Koen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Koen.

Brandon, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been a creative kid. I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to London with my family at age seven. Art has always been the easiest way for me to express myself, I started drawing when I was really young and always loved being in art class.

I grew up really shy, speaking in front of the class always used to terrify me in school. I definitely wasn’t doing any acting. I had horrible stage fright and wasn’t even in any school plays unless it was compulsory and even then I’d just be in a blue T-Shirt to be a part of the ocean or Villager 3.

The movie ‘Step Up’ made me fall in love with hip hop and breakdance. When I was 14 I entered a Disney Channel Dance competition and made it into the Finals and Two years later, I danced twice on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. That’s where I really got a taste of the spotlight and Los Angeles.

After that, I made it my mission to conquer my stage fright and when I finished school, I applied to the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, where I studied a Bachelors of Fine arts in Acting for film and graduated in 2018. That school definitely knocked the stage fright out of me and it’s where I found my love of film and Acting.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I suppose confidence hasn’t always been easy for me to access  – but It definitely gets easier over time. It was difficult to leave Art behind because I loved drawing so much and thought I was going to go to art school but I still keep it up. I try to keep looking ahead and not dwell too much on the past.

Walking into an acting class on my first day at NYFA with no acting experience was daunting but I’ve learned so much over the last four years I’ve lived in LA. Moving overseas by myself was hard at first, mainly being away from family but it’s where I need to be and I’m very lucky to. I’ve certainly grown a lot moving out to LA on my own, I’ve also made incredible friends, and become a better actor.

Please tell us about Brandon Koen.
Since graduating, I made a film called ‘Benji’, which won multiple awards at film festivals in the US. In addition to that, I’ve been auditioning and primarily working on short films within the network I’ve made over my time here.

I acted in six short films last year and another six so far this year. I’ve also worked on a couple of exciting web series which I look forward to seeing completed! I’m all about the future and I can’t wait to see what it holds.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
It’s competitive today in all industries, even though the film industry has a reputation for it.

There are so many talented people in the world and after the hard work’s been done, luck is what separates the successful from the not.

Personally, I’m incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to study and live in Los Angeles, largely due to incredibly supportive parents. Also, because of the people I’ve met growing up who’ve all supported and encouraged me to pursue what I love.

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