Personality Plus: Justin Bratton

I recently was back in the studio with members of [the] Collective Asia as you know. Let’s showcase Justin Bratton today…

Justin Bratton is known for being a jack of all trades. [His words, not mine!] He is an established host, actor, model, stand-up comic and film-maker based in the Asia-Pacific Region. Of American and Burmese descent, you may recognize the energetic Texas Native as the host of Heineken’s award winning series The Passport and  from a certain Pepsodent commercial which has been on heavy rotation as of late. [Justin - Get off my TV will you??? ;-0 ]

Currently Justin is wrapping up two Indie Film projects, Cupid and Petals & Thorns, which he co-wrote and directed with the Creation Circus team out of Bangkok.  The dark provocative films are a stark contrast to Justin’s more light-hearted TV Commecial and modeling roles and he is keen to get them out on the film festival circuit.

As an Emcee and host Justin is quickly becoming known in the region as a versatile crowd favorite, having hosted events for Hennessy Artistry, Estee Lauder, F1 Grand Prix in Sepang, Mixed by Singha, and The Apartment Live with Jamie Durie. This past year he has branched out yet again, taking on the unforgiving world of stand-up comedy and performing with The Bangkok Comedy Collective and The Comedy Club KL.

Although only recently arrived in Singapore, Justin is already busy with several projects – starring in FZD Media’s new film Tesseract, as well as shooting for publications such as Surface Asia, August Man, L’Official and guest hosting on Cinemax’s E-Pad.

So let’s find out more about Justin…

1. What is your main work goal?

My main goal is to make magic happen. Like a wizard, but without the floppy cone hat. My cone hat will be strong, upright and sturdy. And no wands. Definitely no wands. But in all seriousness, I just want to create innovative and entertaining content to help propel the film and entertainment world forward in Southeast Asia.

2. I love bucket lists. What’s on your list?

Make a film that get’s into Cannes!  That would be a pretty cool thing to achieve. That and becoming a wandless wizard.

3. What’s something that no one knows about you?

I’m totally into dinosaurs.  I have been since I was a kid.  I know their names, whether they lived in the cretaceous or jurassic period, and I have dinosaur toys.  There are two plastic toy dinosaurs chill’n next to my bed right now.  I’m pretty sure it’s a healthy obsession. That, and sometimes at night, I light a couple candles and watch The Daily Show with John Stewart. It’s freaking relaxing, don’t judge me!

4. Is there a quote you live by?

Salvador Dali – “The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.” I have never disagreed with any quote from Dali.

5. Who inspires you?

My Grandfather Inspires me.  He fought in WWII in Burma and then managed to tirelessly work to move my mother’s side of the family from Burma to The US.  On top of that, he is 91 years old and was the designated driver as my parents and I indulged in the fruits of Texas’ hill country wineries and breweries over Christmas.

6. Do you have any advice for people starting out in the business of entertainment?

My advice to all you fun creative folk entering the entertainment world would be to have persistence, originality, don’t take yourself too seriously – odds are you’re not THAT significant – and remember that every single day there is something you should be doing to achieve your goals.

Justin, it was lovely to finally spend time in the studio with you. I look forward to our next session! [Or Tacuesday!]

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