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Meet Leon Brown of 7 Point 5 Films in Central

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leon Brown.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Leon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Unfortunately, in the late seventies and eighties, my family was ravaged by the crack epidemic in Los Angeles. Practically, this means I was born a crack baby at Cedars Sinai Hospital, and for most of my childhood and adolescence, I watched them smoke crack cocaine. At fifteen, my mother abandoned me. (I just met my father about seven years ago). With the departure of my mother, I had to drop out of high school, find employment, and get my general education diploma (G.E.D.). I have been on my own since.

While my upbringing was difficult, I truly believe my mother did the best she could with what she had. She instilled in me a strong desire to pursue education and to appreciate the good times in life. With those commitments, I joined the United States Navy at eighteen. I served for ten years. In the military, I learned the value of commitment and a strong work ethic. Additionally, the navy improved upon my understanding of the importance of education. Through the Montgomery G.I. Bill, I received my first two university degrees (i.e., an undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and a graduate degree from Westminster Seminary California. I have since garnered two additional degrees and taught at two different graduate schools).

My life has been a roller coaster, but I wouldn’t take any of it back. It allows me to relate to so many different kinds of people (i.e., poor and rich, black, white, yellow, and brown). Furthermore, my experiences help me to bring so much more to acting.

Yes, I am an actor now. My dear friend, Arnold Chun (series regular from The Man in the High Castle), got me involved. What started as a simple suggestion to take acting classes in order to potentially improve my communication technique turned into a love for the art. I became a member of SAG in a year and also opened my own production company, 7 Point 5 Films. (I’ve only been in the industry about 14 months. A lot has happened!).

Besides being an actor and producer, I am a husband and father. I have vowed to give my children a much different lifestyle than I experienced. So far, my desires have materialized.

I have a patient wife who loves taking our journey together. As a family, we desire to see my acting career and production company grow. Only God knows. In the meantime, I want to continue serving the community, loving my neighbors, and enjoying my family.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of my most difficult experiences was feeling completely helpless and hopeless.

After my mother abandoned me, I lived on the streets for a time. When I exhausted the possibilities of where I could live (i.e., in backyards, friend’s closets, etc.), I walked from one side of the city to the other. I knocked on my aunt’s door and asked if I could stay with her. She said, “No.” In my mind, she was my last resort. I felt completely abandoned and hopeless. Those feelings of desperation and pain are still fresh in my system, yet that same reality only strengthens me today.

I have the best relationship with my aunt now. We sometimes talk about that moment. Like the other parts of my life, I wouldn’t change it, and I bring those experiences to just about everything I do.

Please tell us about 7 Point 5 Films.
I started 7 Point 5 Films because, like other creators, I wanted to produce good content. The name 7 Point 5 comes from the amount of time, or weeks, it took me to marry my wife after meeting her.

My production company is new, but I believe the sky is the limit. The company recently produced a film – The Day of Atonement – that was submitted to twenty film festivals.

Although we are currently working out the scope of our production company, we will continue producing terrific content, sharing our vision to love our community, and joining with others to see cast and crew flourish.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
As an actor, the proudest moment of my career hasn’t happened yet. (I hope that doesn’t sound strange). My dream is to be a consistently working actor. For a time, I thought that meant being in a high budget feature film or being a series regular on a TV show. In this industry, those things can happen, and six months later, the actor not work for months if not years. Therefore, an extremely proud, though future, moment will be when I can look back on my acting career and notice that I’ve been working consistently, which, among many things, allows me to provide financially for my household. I hope that includes being a series regular on multiple TV shows and acting in well-known feature films.

As the owner of a production company, the proudest moment has been seeing my company incorporated in the state of California. It’s a small thing, but it made me proud!

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Image Credit:
Dan Ostergren (professional photo in the black suit). Joe Ramirez (professional photo w/ my wife and me).

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