Could you introduce yourself?
What’s up friends, my name is Karamo Brown and I’m a television host, producer and father. I was first introduced to the world as the first openly gay African-American reality star on MTV’s “The Real World."
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
My life’s philosophy is never be afraid of growing slowly, only fear stands still. Working in entertainment is a very bipolar career. You have many ups and many downs. But if you stay focused, driven and make small steps every day toward your goals, you will succeed. While entertaining the shows I host, I also try to help people understand they too can live their dreams as long as they don't stop.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the industry?
The thing that makes me stand apart is that I equally work on the business side as I do the show side. Many people I know get consumed with entertaining and forget you have to be strategic if you want to move forward.
How would you describe your style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
My style is Urban and Classic. I normally love a skinny jean with an oversized shirt or hoodie and I don't leave home with out a cap. But other times I like to be in a very tailored suit with pocket square.
What are you most excited for when it comes to the new MTV show premiering at the end of March, "Are You the One: Second Chances"? As well as History Channel's, "The UnExplained”?
My new series "Are You The One: Second Chances" is one of the most exhilarating shows you will ever watch. I took 20 MTV stars and put them through challenges and an elimination that has never been seen on TV before. It premiers on 3/22 at 9/8c on MTV.
As well, in Summer of 2017 I have a new series on the History Channel called the UnExplained were I am investigating conspiracy theories. People are going to be amazed by the things I discover.
How do you feel your work on these two upcoming series have influenced you and your creative pursuits? What's one thing you learned from this experience?
Both shows have only made me a better host! They have showed me that at the end of the day, we all want to be seen and heard. We all want to know that our experiences and feelings matter. It’s allowed me to be not only a great host but also be more creative in the projects I have developed.
#Throwback! How do you feel your experience on "The Real World" back in 2004 has shaped the creative direction you're pursuing now? Do you feel there is a connection between your past and where you are currently?
As a host, I have more empathy for contestants on reality shows I host because of my experience being a cast mate. But creatively, when I am developing content, my experience on “The Real World” makes me ask deeper question such as "Why do people make the choices they make?"
Could you tell us a bit about your non-profit organization 6in10.org?
As a black gay man I have seen too many of my friends almost die because of not getting treated for their positive HIV status. It is important to me that I do my part to support them. The CDC reports 1 out of 2 black gay or bi men in the south will contract HIV before the age of 40. That is ridiculous! I knew I had to join the fight and support my brothers.
Your work is so important and has a great impact not only for today's youth, but all of those who need a role model. What are a few of your end goals, what do you want to change in this world?
I want people to know they are not alone and that they can accomplish anything they want. If it’s possible for me, then it’s possible for you. You just need to make a plan, do it and ask for help along the way.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Be disciplined and determined. If you half-ass the time you put into it, you will have a half-ass career. Also, people will try to stop you along the way. Be determined and don't allow them to stop you.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I listen to music, mainly hip-hop. The right hip-hop music can get you pumped and remind you that anything is possible.
What’s a typical day for you?
Kids, shoot my shows, spend time developing my own projects, friends, cross-fit and then sleep.
Coffee or tea?
What makes you happy?
Completing a task and making others smile.
Where can people follow you (social handles)?
You can follow me on all social media (instagram, twitter, facebook, etc.) @KaramoBrown