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Rising Stars: Meet Troy Brown

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

Troy, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
When I was eleven years old, my father died and my mother had to work two jobs to support our family. This left me in the paternal role requiring me to help raise my three other brothers and sisters. So up until my mid-teens cooking, cleaning, doing hair, all while dealing with my adolescence had been a regular part of my everyday routine. I eventually went off to college where I obtained three degrees: A bachelor’s in accounting, Master’s in Communication, and a Master’s of Art in Filmmaking and Directing. Now at 31, I am a budding filmmaker, writer, and artist. I have directed a few independent films and started my own media company (Brown Digital Media) mostly doing photography and graphic design. I have traveled the world, climbed mountains, chanted with monks, jumped from cliffs, surfed the rocky shores of Bali and Peru, and visited for days on end with an indigenous tribe in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. I guess you could say adventure is my middle name. I currently live in Los Angeles but I travel home to Texas at least three to four months out of the year to help take care of my paraplegic younger brother. He has been parlayed from the neck down since 2018 from a flu vaccine. This book is dedicated to his daughter Zaria Brown who has been a shining light and beacon of love for our family. My first published work is inspired by my beautiful wife a Sofia who I love very much.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely NOT been a smooth road, but it okay because is that not the nature of life. They say anything worth having is worth fighting for. I am one of those people who have had to work for everything I have with very little to no outside parental guidance, so my life could have gone in a totally different direction if I did not keep my head on straight. And trust me, my head has not always been screwed on to straight. Growing up in the south I had to deal with racism, police brutality, and discrimination; firsthand. Despite all of that, my biggest challenge was finding myself and trusting my creativity. Growing up, I always heard the terms “broke artist” or “starving artist” so when it was time for me to choose a career, I chose Accounting. But in finding myself and learning to be true to me and what I wanted, I decided my art and self-expression is more important than a “safe” career. Now I have two amazing films and a published literary work that I am very proud of, and this is just the beginning.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Two of my proudest works are two films which I wrote and directed, Cleo Brown and The Girl Who Fell from the Tree. In both of these films, I give a creative perspective on race relations in America from my point of view as a black man growing up in this country. As a filmmaker, I feel that it is my duty to use my creativity to shine a light on issues and topics that the general public may be privy to. Previews for both films can be seen on my website I just began my festival run for one of the films and I am very excited to see where it takes me. I also just published my first children’s book “Can I Touch Your Hair.” With this book, my goal is to teach young girls to love themselves and to find the inner strength that comes from being different from everyone else. It is great for the home as a bedtime story or school as a class read because it teaches children tolerance for those who are different and provides representation for young black children. The book “Can I Touch Your Hair can be found on Amazon and Google books.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Covid-19 has taught me a lot. One thing it has taught me is don’t believe everything the media tells you. I won’t go too much into that. The main thing that I have learned is to push myself when no one else is pushing. To still be productive and creative when it is not assigned or there is no check coming in. I learned that when you feel like giving up and the world is crumbling around you, just stop and breathe and keep going because your not the only one in this position who feels like this. And if they can keep going, you can keep going. The reward lies at the end of the tunnel but you have to keep going to make it through the tunnel. Also, I learned how to be a better husband to my wife, who I married during Covid-19. But that was all her teaching, I can’t take all the credit for that one.


  • Can I Touch Your Hair ebook- 9.99
  • Can I Touch Your Hair Soft Copy- 14.99

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