Emmy Award winning Wayne Brady is one of the most versatile performers in show business today, entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. We sat down to talk with Wayne at the W Hotel in Beverly Hills. His unbelievably soothing personality and positive energy shines right through the minute you meet him.
J: Wayne, thank you so much meeting with us today, it is truly a pleasure to meet you. You are such a huge television personality. You are a singer, an actor, a comedian. Share with us please what is it that you did to get where you are today?
W: I did everything. I took every performance opportunity I could find, whether it is being a character at the Disney World ( I was two year as Goofy), sing and dance at Bar Mitzvahs, I did professional theater, community theater, I did commercials, I was on cruise ships, dressed up as characters at kids birthday parties, I did improv gigs. You do everything you can to give yourself experience. I had to build up experience.
J: I know you have an eleven year old daughter Miley. I have an almost thirteen year old myself. How do you go about raising her? Would you take her to Miley Cyrus concert for example?
W: My kid comes from a showbiz family so she is pretty savvy, but she knows what's right and what's wrong. What Miley Cyrus is doing she is winning the show business , but as a dad I will not let my daughter sit there and watch what Miley Cyrus is doing on stage.
J: Is it true that people like Wayne Brady are always happy ?
W: No, it's not. I am a human just like you.
J: What did you think of late actor Robin Williams?
W: I was blessed enough to work with Robin, he made all these people feel great. And at the same time, knowing what he had in his mind. All that love could still not stop that man from saying, I am in so much pain.
J: What is your advice for aspiring artists trying to succeed ?
W: It's all about doing the work. Get up there, do something, work at it, do your thing.