Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Stephen Brown.
Patrick Stephen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
If we are starting from the beginning, I should let you know that I shared a womb with three other humans. They call us “the quads” which is short for quadruplets. For the first few years of our lives, we shared everything–toys, outfits, and even giving our parents premature grey hair. While I’m the only quad with red hair, I’ve always felt the need to further differentiate myself from my siblings.
To combat this issue, my parents decided each of us could partake in a single extra-curricular activity that was our own. I decided to try basketball only to realize that my best position was warming the bench. Then I decided to collect rocks–yes, I was that kid. Finally, I had an “aha moment” and discovered the theatre. I was hooked and continued to improve myself over my high school career which eventually led to a college scholarship in vocal performance at the University Nebraska-Lincoln.
In college, it seemed like each week I had something new I wanted to learn. I studied voice, theatre, public relations, and there was even a semester when I decided I wanted to become a marine biologist… in Nebraska. Soon enough, I would be living a dual life—working for the Nebraska Attorney General in communications by day and headlining in regional theatre by night.
When small-town Nebraska wasn’t holding my interest any longer, I moved to New York City to try my luck. While I wasn’t quite a Carrie Bradshaw, I was fortunate to check a few dreams off my list—performing as a solo artist off-Broadway and working for The Office of the New York State Attorney General.
But in reality, New York and I didn’t quite mesh. I found myself at a crossroad waiting for another “aha moment.” I then realized that my interests in wanting to do and study all these different careers and paths in life could easily be accomplished by telling story.
So, here I am, in Los Angeles studying storytelling and working with an incredible non-profit called One Earth as a digital media producer. I hope to always be as lucky to follow my passions and continue my quest in knowledge about the world and the stories that inhabit it.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think everyone has unique and individual bumps in their road. Some have a smoother ride than others, but it’s all relative. I’m a true believer that no matter what, your truth matters. Now, whatever that truth is, it is up to you to navigate it. Everyone has that power no matter how steep the road maybe. In my journey, I am thankful for those around me who offered guidance and clarity in challenging times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it is out there.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I consider myself to be a freelance filmmaker that specializes in content production. I’ve been fortunate to work with clients such as The Nebraska Attorney General, The American Civil Liberties Union, The Office of the New York State Attorney General, Author Pamela L. Newton, Cubcoats and most recently, One Earth.
One Earth is a non-profit that offers a pathway to stay below the dangerous threshold of 1.5˚C in global temperature through renewable energy, nature conservation, and regenerative agriculture. Working with the One Earth team has meshed my passion for fighting for something I believe in with my film education. Together, we create short educational one-minute sharable videos about the earth and wildlife conservation. It’s a gift to learn something new every day. Did you know gorillas hum while they eat? You can learn about this and more on our Instagram page @OneEarth.
Recently, I also finished writing and directing my first short film, “According to Gayby” at The Los Angeles Film School. The story follows a magical fairy she-god who enters a closeted boy’s life and helps him discover that maybe those who know and love us deserve a little more credit.
I’ve always had my feet planted in two different places—one in the arts and the other in humanitarian welfare. Regardless of where my balance lies, I am determined to make the world a better place for those who are not heard with stories that must be told.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I don’t think anyone’s road to success is comparable. When I dissect the pieces of my life that I deem successful, I feel I got to these places because I was able to listen to myself and others who supported me. I guess I would say that listening is an important characteristic of success. But, I’m not the greatest at it and it’s something I work on every day. I think the world would be a better place if we listened to each other more rather than thinking of what to say next. I’m working on it.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @brownpatricks
- Other: @OneEarth
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