The Mindset to Change Your Life’s Direction, w/ John Brontsema

My whole life was dedicated to baseball from an early time. People say, “Don’t put your identity,” or “You’re not a baseball player. That’s not your identity.” It really is though. While it’s not, it feels like it, because every decision I made, everything I was passionate about was baseball and achieving the next level.



Michael Washington Brown, Creator of ‘Black!’ on The SKYLER IRVINE Show #98

Michael Washington Brown; Actor, Playwright & Storyteller (Episode 98)

Michael Washington Brown was born in London, England.  He is the first generation born outside of his family’s direct heritage of the Caribbean (Jamaica & Barbados). In 1992 at 19, he left London for the shores of California, a place he fell in love with from his initial visit as a child at age 10. He knew even at this young age that he would ‘one day’ make America his home.


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What is ‘Black!”?

In this piece, you will meet several individuals who will each describe their personal experience with the word BLACK!  We will learn about their stories, how their lives are affected by this word and most important, their individual perspectives.

We hope to discover and better understand what they feel towards those of similar ethnic roots, and why they may not necessarily share the same ‘black’ experience…

…or do they?

More about Michael: 

Do you have any upcoming events/products launching that you would like to promote?

I am bringing my show “BLACK!” to the Tempe Center for the Arts- Nov 2nd & 3rd @ 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at:



Born in London, England, moved to AZ in 1998- moved to America in 1992- lived in California.


What was the first job you ever held? feel free to elaborate on any fun memories or experiences!):

First job EVER was at Woolworths (London) I was 15 and lied to get the job!


Favorite AZ restaurant, venue, or activity and why? I enjoy healthy restaurants like Flowerchild, I enjoy yoga very much (5-6 times a week) at Modern Yoga in Scottsdale. I like to be active as it keep me out of my head and into my body.


Who is someone that has had a major impact in the person you are today? My Mum & Grandmother- They are the rock of my existence.


What is your most memorable mistake you have made in your business or career? Trying to do it all alone – not being willing to delegate or allow others’ to share in the experience.


The biggest obstacle you’ve overcome: Myself – will elaborate.


Someone who inspires you and why? Tyler Perry – what he has built for himself despite being in the “outside looking in…”


Favorite quote? “When a person shows you who they are…believe them”- Maya Angelou


Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do? Stay committed to your vision and purpose, be open to change, but never compromise on what your purpose is. NEVER give up!  Find a way to move forward- the right people will eventually show up. Have FAITH!