With a fiery look in his eyes, Karamo Brown has rightly conquered the small screen, winning over a whole new set of fans thanks to his numerous appearances in popular TV shows. A native of Houston, Texas, Karamo was first introduced to the world on the groundbreaking MTV series Real World. Fast-forward ten years later, the budding TV host has worked for the legendary Oprah Winfrey and forged a career as an esteemed model. In this new interview accorded to Examiner Leny Navarro, the dazzling father of two opens up about his seasoned journey.
Examiner: 10 years after filming the MTV hit series Real World, what do you think you have learned from the industry?
Karamo Brown: It is not exactly what I learned from the industry but what I learned about myself. Most believe that reality TV will be the golden ticket into having a successful entertainment career, but that’s simply not true. Whether you have been on reality TV or are sitting at home wishing to be in the entertainment industry, you must first evaluate yourself. I learned that in order to craft a successful entertainment career, it truly takes a lot of hard work, dedication, follow through and countless hours of doing work that you will never be monetarily rewarded for. So since coming off the Real World, I know so much about myself that I can be confident that nothing will stop me from achieving my goals.
E: You have successfully transitioned as a TV host, how do you envision your career progressing?
KB: Right now I am working as a Host-Producer for Huffington Post Live, which is an amazing opportunity. I see myself having my own talk show within the next 10 years.
E: Ultimately whom would you love to interview and what would you ask?
KB: I have already interviewed so many amazing people. From celebrities to politicians, to spiritual guides, I think who I really want to interview is the person reading this. I am captivated by people’s unique and individual journeys. It is unquestionably from each other that we get the real lessons, the truth, the irony, the jokes and the inspiration to keep going. So I want to interview someone who is living his or her life but has a story to tell.
E: Based on your experience as a successful model, what should be the very first step for any aspiring newcomer wanting to pursue a career as a model?
KB: Remind yourself of the following three things daily: (1.) I am not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. (2.) Someone will eventually believe in my look as much as I do. (3.) Is this job I am going out for really right for my look. If you can take those three things to heart you will be fine.
E: Our readers will undoubtedly appreciate your advice. In your opinion, how does social media factor into your work?
KB: Social media plays a big part. I have not been on an auction or job where they don’t ask what type of “influence” I have on social media. Anyone who wants to be in the business must craft an online presence to coincide with the hard work you are putting in.
E: What is the motto or life advice that you live by?
KB: Never be afraid of growing slowly only of standing still. -Unknown.
E: Finally, if you had the chance to be invisible for one day, what would you do?
KB: Lol, what would I do? I’d probably steal from the rich and give it to the poor.
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