Interview With Rhyon Nicole Brown | The Art Of SELF-empowerment
The biggest effort lays in aligning ourselves with our desires. We all are looking for the desired outcome to feel happy, hence pushing ourselves too hard through actions. But when we enjoy and appreciate the process towards the life we want to experience, we will have the opportunity to accomplish what we want much faster while witnessing and sensing the expansion of our own self-power.
The multitalented and inspiring actress Rhyon Nicole Brown, who stars as Maya on Fox’s television series “Empire,” which will premier its Season 5 tomorrow says,
“I happen to believe that no matter what your walk in life may be, you have to learn to be content where you are but you never stop dreaming and working to make your dreams your reality. It’s called SELF-empowerment because you have to do it yourSELF!”
- Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Rhyon Nicole Brown?
Rhyon Nicole Brown is a small woman with a big purpose.
- You are a multi-talented artist. Did you fall in love with the music and film industries simultaneously or each had its own moment?
I went to see a musical at the LA Theatre Center and it was a cast of kids between the ages of eight-eighteen. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. They were doing The Wiz and the acting and singing and dancing and costuming were so captivating. Right then, I knew that entertainment was what I wanted to do. So I’d say I fell in love with them at the same time, but as for my growth in each, the paths were very different.
- You have been involved in the entertainment industry from a very young age. How does your professional and personal path has nourished each other and contributed to your growth as a human being?
People often talk about art imitating life and life imitating art. Well, it’s really true! When I’m acting, I’m taking someone else’s words and ideas and trying to bring them to life. Of course, I do my research to understand the characters I’m portraying, but I often use my real life experiences to evoke the different emotions of the characters I’m playing. But, when I’m writing music and singing I’m sharing who I am and I try to be as transparent as possible because I want people to connect with the message in my songs whether it’s “GONE” where I talk about a relationship gone bad or “PRETTY GIRL” that’s about knowing your beauty lies within.
- The entertainment industry is changing very rapidly, especially over the last few years. How do you foresee these changes affecting professionals like yourself and in consequence impact the audiences?
It has been changing and it will continue to change. I think the effects are what we as professionals make them. We now have the ability to create our own platforms and be closer to the communities of people that support what it is we do. I think that is amazing when used properly.
- Do you think there is a strong demand from the audience to see more powerful female characters?
Definitely! Audiences are demanding to see themselves reflected in the work we do. There are so many amazing actresses who haven’t had the chance to have powerful roles because they simply weren’t being written on a consistent basis. But now, with so many women creating, producing and directing their own projects it has opened the door for us to have powerful lead roles that are impacting the industry. Now no one can deny that we are here and we are capable! And hats off to the men who always believed in us!
- How do talents in the entertainment industry through their exposure become an example of self-empowerment to the audiences?
Being in the entertainment industry gives us a platform to reach more people which allows the beliefs we already have inside to be amplified. I happen to believe that no matter what your walk in life may be, you have to learn to be content where you are but you never stop dreaming and working to make your dreams your reality. It’s called SELF-empowerment because you have to do it yourSELF!
- After a stellar performance as Maya in Season 4 on the acclaimed Fox’s television series “Empire,” you have joined the cast as a series regular. What does it feel lie to be part of this project?
Thank you for the compliment. It’s really humbling to join such a star-studded cast that season after season captures the audiences with their dynamic character portrayals and the amazing performances. I’m honored to join this wonderful cast and I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for Maya.
- What was the process of studying your character Maya and how do you connect with her?
Maya was described to me as a teenager who was born in prison, stolen from her mother’s arms, and adopted by upper-middle-class parents who don’t look like her. She is headstrong, she’s beautiful, and she is a graceful classically trained dancer. Not much of that character description describes Rhyon Brown. Well, wait a minute, I am headstrong, I do come from a middle-class family and I believe that we are all beautiful. But, needless to say, I had to do some homework to understand what it feels like to be adopted and happy and then have that be disrupted by a parent, who I thought, must be selfish to want to step into my life at that point. I had to figure out how to deal with rejection and acceptance and who I (Maya) really am and what I now want out of life. That sends Maya on an emotional rollercoaster!
- How does being a singer and a dancer in real life resonate between you and the story behind “Empire?”
Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be an entertainer! Acting, singing, and dancing are like breathing to me! So, to have an opportunity to showcase multiple talents on “Empire” is like a dream come true! And there are some other things that I do that you’ll find out more about as the show progresses.
- Why do you think the series “Empire” is so attractive to the audiences?
Honestly, I think it’s because no matter what happens to the “Lyon Family” they find their way back to each other. I give it to them (the producers, the writers, and the actors) each character is unique, the storylines have a lot of twists and turns, the sets are beautiful and the music is great. They have done their jobs! But, for the audiences, I think it’s the unity of family that keeps them tuning in.
- Could you give us a teaser of what fans can expect to see on “Empire” Season 5?
Well from season 4 we knew Maya was aware that she was adopted but it had more of an effect on her life than she wanted to admit. So, when we find Maya in season 5 some things have changed. Cookie made a promise to Poundcake that she would make sure Maya was alright. But, it’s “Empire” so it can’t be that simple! Did you really think I was gonna give it away?
- You will star as Alice alongside Oscar Award winner Gary Oldman and Jessica Alba in the upcoming indie crime-action film “Killers Anonymous.” How was your experience in working with such a fantastic cast in a film that is not affiliated with a major movie company?
We had an amazing time making this film! We shot in London, the locations were beautiful, and the cast and crew were incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see this film. This wasn’t the first independent project I’ve worked on so I was no stranger to not having all of the luxuries you get when you’re working with a major movie company. But, trust me, you won’t know it was an independent when you’re watching “Killers Anonymous”!
- You have recently completed your debut album entitled “Pretty Girl.” How did the idea of this album was born and what is your core intention behind its creation?
I left home going to USC thinking I knew who I was and what life was all about and boy oh boy was I wrong! I met a lot of people, had a lot of experiences and spent a lot of money trying to figure out life! When I got up enough courage to tell my truth, Pretty Girl was birthed. So, Pretty Girl is like an ode to those four years of my life and it resonates with girls and women because we’ve all experienced things in our lives that challenge us. But, the beauty is we get to choose how we handle it. I encourage us to stand, see the strength and beauty in ourselves and to be champions over those challenges!
- Do you have a practice when you want to remind yourself that we, all humans, are naturally born worthy to live the life we consider is best for us?
Prayer, having a lot of conversation with God always brings me back to that inner peace I think we all are in search of.
- What is your definition of a true entertainer?
An entertainer is someone who can capture our attention and take us on a journey. A true entertainer is someone who can act and sing and dance and do them all well. Like Dorothy Dandridge, Fred Astaire, Sammie Davis Jr, Donald Glover and the list goes on…do you have to do all three to be a true entertainer? No! That is what Rhyon has to be in her journey as an entertainer!
- How does it feel to have been honored with the “Rising Star” Award on the 2018 Trumpet Awards?
I was recognized as the McDonalds “Rising Star” at the 2018 Trumpet Awards for doing what I love, inspiring others to recognize and walk in their worth, to be comfortable in their skin and confident in who they are so that they can find their true purpose in life. I am honored to have been given a platform to share my ideas with others.
- Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?
In addition to Pretty Girl being implemented into schools, I work with the LA Promise Fund and Girls Build LA in motivating over 10,000 girls across the city of Los Angeles; empowering them to be the change we need; challenging them to impact their communities; and ensuring them that they have opportunities to
become what they aspire to be knowing the options are limitless. I also enjoy dedicating time to the girls at the Union Rescue Mission having Girl Talk Sessions to remind them that they are strong enough to overcome the obstacles they face today and having Braid Parties to keep them looking good because that’s what girls like to do!
- How do you embrace the intimate experience with existence which we call life?
As an adult, I am constantly trying to make sure that my decisions and my experiences align with who I am. That’s how I embrace life, by being myself.
- The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is “The Essence of a Joyful Living.” How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?
I’m incomplete without my art. It’s truly the way I express myself, and I believe that true self-expression is why each and every person in the world is necessary because when we are all living in our truth we add something to the world that no one else can, and its necessary. I believe when we are playing our part, the gift we receive in return is – joy.
- When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks. What is your take on such a statement?
I am in complete agreement. There is a misconception that magic is when rhyming words cause sparks to fly from a stick. I think WE are the magic, and it comes it the form of our words and our action, and that’s something that God has blessed us with. I just wish more people would tap into it.