We had the good fortune of connecting with Elovee Andrews Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elovee, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
My biggest inspiration in life are my parents. I am an only child and you can say I was made and raised with all of the love in the world, I say that literally! My name, written E(love)e is pronounced like if you are spelling out “love”, L-O-V-E. Long story short my parents used to tell each other: “I l-o-v-e you” and my mom would say “Elovee”, that sounds like a name! “Who is Elovee?”, and ever since then, my parents said that would be their daughter’s name and here I am! I have been witness of selfless and unconditional love, with that comes tough love as well. The biggest thing my parents have taught me is that life is about following your dreams. My mom is an attorney and my dad is an artist. They are very creative in their own unique ways. My mom was runner up in the Miss Puerto Rico National Teen-Ager pageant at 14. At a very young age she knew she loved modeling and enjoyed singing. My dad was a bass player and was great at painting and drawing and those were some of his therapies. Their families came from a more conventional way of thinking who didn’t necessarily have the mindset that dreams could come true.
Ever since I was little, I wanted to be an actress, singer, dancer, model and performer in general. I would dance and sing in every store and supermarket possible and cause a scene like if I was on stage. I always saw myself giving speeches and inspiring other people. My parents gave me the biggest gift a parent could give their children and that is believing in them and making them believe in themselves. They have always been my number one fans! Every chance they got, they would show a picture of me or an acting clip. My dad was even in the movie The Losers and took me to some of his auditions to see if someone would see me and give me an audition!
As humans, we are surrounded by so many people that have different upbringings and mindsets. As little children, comments can either make or break your dreams. I can say that thanks to them, I have never thought my dreams were unreachable no matter how big they were. They told me to dream bigger every time, and they made me live as if my dreams had already come true. They made so many sacrifices that as an adult I can appreciate even more.
My parents started working at a very young age because they had to. I remember my dad working long hours and my mom as well, and they would take me to belly dancing class and no matter how tired they were, they would wait for me for as long as the class took to then go home, cook, shower and sometimes keep working. They never had a no for me if it involved anything that I had a passion for. I was in every acting class and competition and rehearsal, no matter what the cost or how far it was.
They inspire me to never give up and to become the very best version of myself for me and for the world because one day my message will be out there and through how they inspire me, I will be able to inspire other people and other parents to believe in their children, especially because parents are all a child looks up to.

At this moment in time, I know I am on the right track and I can feel my dreams coming true. Like Ella Fitzgerald once said: “Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong”, and like I like to say, the key to life is love and passion, with that, the rest will come.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe the biggest challenge an artist can face is themself. The unfolding of myself and the peeling of my own layers has been my biggest challenge and biggest accomplishment at the same time. I am what I have to offer and that is the biggest thing but the most difficult as well. As humans, we face the world and are exposed to criticism. That forces us to build a shield in a sense, that unfortunately can cover parts of who you really are at a given point in your life. As you grow older, you realize that all you ever want to honor is your inner child, the one that lives unapologetically and is completely authentic because at that time, one is not thinking about what others say.
What I am most excited about is turning back to honoring my inner child and authenticity. I am finally embracing my own uniqueness once again. I am able to express my fullest self through my art.
Acting has let me live through other characters’ truth and that has helped me face myself. The same way I peel the layers off a character as I study them to portray them and honor their life, I am able to do the same with myself.
For many years, I kept certain things to myself. Many people knew I loved singing, acting and dancing but I didn’t want to seem like I was the one who did it all because I had friends who enjoyed those things as well. This made me choose acting as the talent I would stick to although I loved doing all of it.
I took a leap of faith and moved to Miami for an Acting for Film and Television program at The New York Film Academy in hopes to act professionally and explore the screen, since I had mostly done theatre in school. Once I finished the program, I was signed to an agent with whom I was able to book commercials and some short films. Shortly after this, I got a job in the Social Media department of a big plastic surgery center and was able to utilize some of my talents. Today, I host interviews and travel to different locations with them to film these.
Aside from acting, I always took dance lessons like jazz and belly dancing and was in every talent show possible. In scenarios where there was music involved, I was always there to hype my singer friend and not show or use my own skills even if I would want to explore that about myself on the inside. This made me practice mostly at home and in the car.
Since I kept that part of myself in the dark, it has been a challenge for me to find the “right time” to show the world that other side of me, but as I am learning to fully embrace myself and see how good it feels, I realize that the “right time” is now and it is just another challenge to overcome and it is a part of my journey to open up and live to my fullest potential which is my biggest dream and hopefully I can inspire at least one person.
Yes, I have always lived life following my dreams but nobody said it would be easy and I am enjoying every step of the way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I lived in South Beach my first year living in Miami. There is something about the diversity in South Beach and the relaxed lifestyle that I enjoy. My favorite spot is South Pointe Park. There is an active but zen feeling there that I love as well as the smell of the ocean and beautiful view. I would grab a bike and ride the trail along the water, park the city bikes and go grab a smoothie and continue walking on Ocean Drive all the way into the music and party scene. Then, I would take my car and drive all along Collins Ave all the way up to North Miami, ah! So nice!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe that everything that surrounds you is there for a reason. I would have to thank my Elementary School teachers from The Episcopal Cathedral School in San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as my High School teachers from Saint Francis School in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Yamilka Marquez, Francisco Iglesias (acting teachers) and Yashira and Sabu (belly dance instructors) were a huge part of my life because they believed in me and always strived to get the best out of me. In my most recent years, I would have to thank The New York Film Academy for preparing me for a full year on Acting for Film and Television. Many doors were opened for me in result of my preparation with them. Finally, I would like to thank Steven, my 6 year boyfriend for believing in me and always considering and supporting me and for moving to Miami with me encouraging me to follow my dreams.

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