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MM: How did you get into acting?
KB: Unofficially, I got into acting as a
youngster making action figure
movies with my cousins in San Juan.
Then we got the bright idea to 'star' in
our own movies, every action was
punctuated with "and then after" fol-
lowed by a quick slap from the adults
for being so loud with grammatical er-
rors. Officially, I got into acting writing
plays for the Drama Guild at my
church, so I wrote the plays, directed
them, and appeared in them, your reg-
MM: What about it attracted you
to the art form?
KB: The freedom to be whoever or
whatever you wanted to be at any
time in your imagination. Who knew
I'd grow up and get the chance to be a
transvestite prostitute on stage? Lim-
itless possibilities as an actor.
MM: Who inspires you?
KB: Heather Franco, Anne Lena St.
Rose Brooks and Millicent Franco.
MM:Talk about your experience
with Girlfriends Getaway.
KB: The Girlfriends' Getaway experi-
ence was awesome. If they'd shown
some of the bloopers at the end of the
movie you'd get the idea.
MM: What's your favourite TV
KB: One Born Every Minute. The
MM: What would be your dream
KB: To play a badass Papa Bois.
MM: How do you get in charac-
KB: Some level of research is
done. Then I have a stare down with
myself in the mirror thinking I am,
whomever my character is supposed
to be, followed by adding verbal affir-
mations that I am, whomever my
character is supposed to be.
MM: As an actor what obstacles
do you face?
KB: Currently, sourcing much-
needed funds to attend acting school
in the US.
MM: What do you think sets you
apart from other actors?
KB: Beside the obvious, being me
sets me apart. Having shared the
stage or screen with different actors
and we always end up saying to each
other "I like how you did this" or "that
thing you did with your hand was epic"
is testament that we, our minds, our
processes, our different interpreta-
tions of the same thing is what sets
us apart as well us unites us as actors.
MM: How have you life experi-
ences helped you at your career?
KB: The emotions pegged to my life
experiences gives me somewhere to
go and something to rely on. And that
is one of the main ingredients that
would have helped and continue to
help my career.
Meet Kevon Brooks-a local actor with dreams of winning an Oscar. He's in
the movie Girlfriends' Getaway that was shot almost entirely in Trinidad.
He has ambitions to attend acting school and further his career with the
hopes of one day winning an Oscar.
Metro Magazine got a chance to ask him a few questions
His shaggy hair, lip piercing and faded sweater/jeans/sneakers combo, makes
Andrew McIntosh look every inch the indie rocker.
He's best known for being the pan-
playing front man of Skid"Nevely, a
local punk rock fusion band that went
on hiatus three years ago. He's also
one half of the rock ballad duo Buffalo
& Back with singer Jeff Wight.
But the 30-year-old is in a place of
transition. It's hard making a living in
Trinidad as a musician who performs
something other than covers or soca.
And McIntosh has been writing and
performing original rock songs, on and
off, for ten years.
"I miss performing so much. I've
started back practising with Skid, but I
don't know where that's going to go.
Jeff is leaving in January [to go to
school] so we're going to continue
playing together until he leaves," he
But an interesting part of his meta-
morphosis, wherever it takes him, is
the success of his latest independent
project -- a song he wrote for a
blink | bmobile ad called No Words.
The ad isn't the typical for a tele-
com. It's full of tender moments, like a
mother seeing her newborn for the
first time, or parents welcoming a
treasured son back home at the air-
port. And there's nary a mobile or
price sticker in sight. The supers on
the last seconds of the ad say simply,
"90 per cent of human communication
is non-verbal. Let us help you with the
other 10 per cent."
McIntosh quipped: "This is honestly
one of the few times that I actually
made a living off of music. Otherwise
it's just gigs and promoters and ven-
ues who don't want to pay you."
He doesn't see writing a song for a
brand as 'selling out' by any means.
The blink | bmobile team and their
agency, McCann Port of Spain, wanted
from the first to support local music
for this new campaign. But they also
wanted to do something different
from the soca-hit-reworked-as-a-jingle
which is now so popular on the musi-
"What I liked a lot is that they didn't
give me a script of what to say, just of
the visuals they wanted to use. So I
came up with a song that talks about
actions speaking louder than words,
and about moving on."
The result is a song that can hold its
own, as local music goes. The ad has
gone viral on social media, due in no
small part to McIntosh's quirky, coun-
try-ballad-pop melody. Viewers are
usually shocked when they realize
that the song was written, performed
and produced locally. 95.1FM's Mike
Ross has got the song on rotation and
it's also available for purchase online
at CD Baby.
On the local rock scene, McIntosh
has often been the odd man out for
rocking on his pan instead of a guitar.
It's not a necessity: "I might try to put
it in here or there," he said, and if it
doesn't work, it gets dropped like any
other instrument. But his signature
tenor does make a subtle appearance
on the No Words track.
What's next for the indie rocker?
"I'm getting more into producing
now, since I produced for Skid and for
Buffalo & Back. I'm supposed to be
doing a song with K Rich, actually; a
kind of house* track. Maybe soca --
just producing, not performing," he
If you search for McIntosh on Face-
book, you'll have to put 'sweff' in front
of his name to find his official page.
It's on his Gmail account too. It's
clearly a personal brand to keep tabs
on all the different kinds of work he's
doing. But what the heck does 'sweff'
"Sweff is a slang in St. Lucia that
means the same thing that 'thirsty'
does here in T&T," McIntosh said with
a grin. He grew up in the French pat-
ois-speaking island from age 2 to 19,
so he would know.
"But for them it's not just sexual, al-
though they use do it in that context.
It also means thirsty for anything. And
that's what I feel for music."
*house -- a sub-genre of electronic
dance music, said to have originated
in Chicago in the 1980s.
Actor, Kevon Brooks
...I have a stare down
with myself in the
mirror thinking I am,
supposed to be,
that I am,
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