Rodrigo Brand is one of the few people who are so passionate about his career that they leave an established life behind to follow their dream. A practicing Psychologist born in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Brand is one of the most multi-talented and accomplished resources that the industry can boast of. Someone who has never stopped learning, Brand is an actor, director, writer and model as well. He has years of experience in all these fields which makes him a storehouse of talent and great skills. His journey started in 2004 in the city of Vitoria when he landed a role in a production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and soon realized that his real love was acting. He then sought for acting schools and attended several of them, training under many renowned names to make himself a deep actor, writer and director.
His journey in the field of acting took him through the cities of Vitoria, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and finally abroad, to United States, where he now resides. He first studied acting at the Casa de Artes de Laranjeiras in Rio. Soon, he attended other schools of acting, like Artcênicas and Centro de Estudo Artístico Experimental. He also studied at the Stanislavsky Institute in Sao Paulo and at the Promenade Playhouse & Conservatory in Santa Monica. Currently he is a part of a very special acting group called Rhinos, led by the teacher Benjamin Mathes and with a space in North Hollywood.
Talking about his work, the very first play directed by Brand became a hit in theatre festivals in Brazil. He not only directed, but also wrote and acted in ‘O Salto’, which was acclaimed by the theater circle and also nominated for several awards. Others scripts written by Brand are still on tour in festivals in Brazil.
Moving to United States gave Brand the opportunity to totally immerse in the English language and culture and the first result of that immersion was his first American Play, called ‘Scene Noir’, work inspired by the Film Noir Genre. The play was performed in a stage reading and got good reviews as a material with great potential. After that Brand brought to the table his first feature film screenplay ‘Paris, Oh Paris!’ and he didn’t stop there. Under the teaching and supervision of the writer and director David Garrett, Brand is already writing a new feature film called “Play Bill” and starting to develop a thriller about the Cecil Hotel.
You can see some of Brand’s films on Film Festivals and some of them are already open to the public on the internet. ‘A Balada do Beijo Roubado’, ‘Angorá’, ‘Delicadeza Perdida’, ‘A Ultima Danca’, ‘Coffee break’, ‘O Homem que Sonhava Fotografia’ are some of his previous works. Also for TV, on ‘Jornal Sensacionalista’ and ‘Afinando a língua’ and commercials & print like ‘MasterCard’, ‘The Bungalow’ and ‘Portico Club’. ‘Dicas do Rio’, an internet series, was also hosted by him and we cannot forget to mention his theater accomplishments. At total Brand performed in more than twenty plays. Some of his latest works in theatre include ‘Plays in the Park’, ‘LorCabaret, ‘Six Characters in Search for an Author’, ‘O Salto’ and ‘A Way to B’.
Brand is a synonymous of diversity. He is continuously asked to perform music in the productions that he is a part of and he also has a whole “set of different cards” that he can bring to the table, like his knowledge in Martial Arts, Sports and Languages. All this is a result of years of investment, or a ‘process of investment’, as he likes to think.