We had the good fortune of connecting with Bre’jon Patrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bre’jon, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance to me is essentially being happy about the life I live. I ask myself if I’m doing the right things, making enough time for myself, resting when I need to? About five months ago I started to take my fitness and health seriously. I was tired of feeling weak and small, so one day I got so fed up that I said “That’s it. I’m working out right now.” And I did and it was genuinely one of the best choices I’ve ever made for myself. Strengthening and fueling my body has brought me so much physical and mental balance in my life that I can’t imagine not having fitness being a vital part of my every day. Balance used to be going to the gym no matter how tired or not in the mood I felt. Now, balance is working out consistently, but resting on the days where my body tells me it’s had enough. Balance taught me how to maintain the lifestyle I want to live.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel like I was guided to the life I live today. Pursuing modeling, building my own brand and image, and operating in a space of creativity doing the things that make me happy. I got my degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Penn State. That’s actually what brought me to California. I got accepted into the Penn State Hollywood Program and received an internship with Paradigm Talent Agency for the spring semester of my senior year. I’ll never forget how incredible life felt during that time. Working so hard in college and landing an opportunity like that one that could open so many doors for my future. Within like two weeks I knew I was moving here after I graduated so I really focused on building friendships with people who lived here so I would feel like I had a home to come back to.
At the time, a friend of mine was shooting behind the scenes for Tommy Hilfiger’s spring show. By some insane luck, I was given a backstage pass to tag along. I was so blown away by the world of fashion, the models, the designers, the hype of it all. I ended up sitting second row at the show…completely underdressed and out of place, but I pushed that thought aside and allowed myself permission to be present. I’ll never forget that day. It gave me so much courage and fearlessness to go for the things I want and it taught me the value of putting yourself in the places you want to be and not waiting for it to happen.
Now I look at everything I do in that way. If it’s something I really want, I go for it. No questions asked. There are times when I get in my head and feel like I’m not skilled enough or the right fit for the opportunity. Whenever I feel like that I imagine the version of myself that is qualified and I channel that. That energy of self love and worth has allowed me to build relationships and land huge brand deals. It’s taught me how to negotiate and talk the talk to make my name and face as memorable as possible. There are so many challenges in life that I have yet to face and I can breathe a little easier knowing that I have my own back and I will always keep going and continue growing into the woman I know I’m capable of becoming.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am really big on being immersed and surrounded by nature, so my go to is a quality hiking trail that gives you the scenic vibes with the relaxing energy to match. Wisdom Tree is an amazing trail with an incredible view once you reach the top. There’s something truly spiritual and grounding about it. After a good hike, you gotta eat! I kid you not, I have entire restaurant albums categorized into types of food in my Yelp! account. That way I’m always ready when a friend comes to town. They know I know the spots. Although I’m lactose intolerant now, due to my inability to stop eating a tub of mint chocolate chip ice cream every week for like a year straight, I will occasionally risk it on some high quality Italian food. Top three Italian spots: Maccheroni Republic, Osteria Mamma. The food and hospitality are top notch.
I’m not a big drinker, but there are some bars that I know my friends would love like Harlowe, Atlas, The Know Where Bar, and Madame Siam. I love a good Moscow Mule or Margarita! The crowd, the ambiance, and the drinks are the things I look for whenever I go out. I love a spot with good low lighting to set a mood.
It’s funny when friends ask me what are the best places to visit in LA because I feel like there is so much of the city I have yet to see. I’ve lived here for four years now, with one of those years spent unfortunately in quarantine, and yet I’m still finding new things about the city. The museums here are a must see. There is so much incredible art to take in and creativity to access. I always recommend staying far away from Hollywood Blvd because it’s truly not what people think it is and yet it’s such a touristy spot. I always shoutout the Flower District simply because I love plants and I think everyone should own one or fifty, downtown in general for bars and good food, and as many beaches as they can possible fit into their visit. Some of my favorites are El Matador, Leo Carillo, El Pescador, Hermosa, Huntington, Manhattan, and Venice.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give big props to my parents for trusting me and my wild visions. I remember when I told them I was moving to LA after graduation and they weren’t about it. Then they saw how serious I was and were very supportive and helped me get settled for my first two months. Now, I’m entering my forth year in the LA and it’s given me so many opportunities and experiences that I knew I needed. I talk to my parents, who are in New Jersey, pretty much daily and they help keep me on track and my head on straight. They taught me a lot of things growing up that has without a doubt allowed me to avoid a lot of dangerous situations. I definitely get my street smarts and morals from them!