We had the good fortune of connecting with Jermaine Browne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jermaine, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
For me it’s Practicing my craft so that I feel confident when I am called upon to do my work. Also, never given up. I feel there’s a lot of ups and downs especially after and during the pandemic, but I think as an artist and person you have to have a strong belief system In your capabilities. And also no that what’s happening in the moment can change into something positive if you just keep at it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started out as a model and then Dancer, after dancing I started choreographing. Working for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera. But get in there wasn’t the easiest, because I started very late as a dancer. The thing is I could dance but I couldn’t remember choreography, so I had to take classes with kids who were 10 and 12 years old when I was 17 just to be able to get the technique that I was missing. later on as I started taking classes with dancers of my age financially I did not have the money for these classes. So, I cleaned toilets, I work at the snack Desk and did what I had to around the dance studio to make money to pay for classes. There was a point where I was also homeless and pretty much going from one persons couch to the next.
Coming from a different country it wasn’t easy at all, but my will to succeed and not to be a statistic was strong so I focus on my goals and thank God and Hardwork and the people who help me along I was able to have some success. Some of my success has been with the names of the artist that I’ve mentioned above, but also working on many fashion shows, fashion films, commercials and print work.
I realize what separates me from a lot of other people not only being a immigrant of Caribbean/West Indian dissent, but the different training that I’ve had in jazz, in ballet in street hip-hop in contemporary, but also working as a model has allowed me or I should say given tool that makes me a diverse Choreographer and Creative.
Along the way that certain lessons that I’ve learned hard work pays off and to trust yourself. Also, you can sit around and wait for the agent to get you the jobs or to get you in front of certain people you have to be proactive.
I love what I do and I believe that it saved me on a lot occasions mentally. To be able to see the work that you’ve created in music videos and other mediums that you’ve imagine is a great feeling. Teaching and choreographing dance has allowed me to travel the world and see so many different cultures and meet so many amazing people. As well as collaborating with numerous artists. This may sound corny, but it’s kind of true “art save lives”!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite spot I would take my friend well the Whitney and the MOMA museum. To go out dancing probably every day people or soul summit. That is more festival style. For night life maybe Le Bain, boom boom room at the standard hotel, the box, Jimmy’s rooftop , Lambda lounge Brooklyn (hip-hop), Williamsburg there’s so many amazing restaurants. I will also take them up to Harlem to check out the culture there is very bright and vibrant and artistic. If we’re going to see a show there’s always something on Broadway, but there’s a great show and a public theater call fat him but I love. I think also checking out the little island In the West Village, Central Park and cloisters.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So for my Shout out it goes to couple of people the support of my mother who passed last year. Darren Dewitt Henson who is now an actor, but he was my mentor and help me to find my place in the beginning as a choreographer. Ed Razek and Rene Célestin, who had my back while choreographing the Victoria’s Secret fashion show for 15 years. And there’s so many more that I wish I could name.
The pic in the suit is shot by Leandro Justen Dance Pic: Inge Prada White shirt: Gregory Vaughan