Actor Ro Brooks, best known for his role as Michael on Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN, has added author his resume, releasing his book “How To Go From Extra To Actor: The aspiring actor’s guide to stardom”.Brooks has worked on numerous films and television shows starting with uncredited roles in “Meteor Man”, “Homicide,” “Life on the Streets” and “The Corner” to lead roles in independent films “The Holloway Story”, “Charm City” and “Champion Road”, to Co-star, Guess star and Recurring roles in top rated network shows such as “Brooklyn Nine Nine”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Shameless” and, of course “The Haves and the Have Nots.” So, it is from experience that Mr. Brooks speaks about a life in acting from extra to actor.’Ro’ Brooks survived the mean streets of Baltimore to pursue acting. Ro’s natural acting ability was cultivated by his Grandmother and Great Aunt, who encouraged Ro and his three sisters to perform dance and musical routines by throwing change at their feet. During his younger years, Ro began developing his musical prowess by rapping and dancing at talent shows and local events. Ro’s early success started when he got together with a group of friends and formed the rap and dance group “Twice As Nice”. The group performed at local venues and later won a talent show that earned them a spot on the bill at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater for a taping of “Showtime at the Apollo”. A few years later, Ro landed his first role in a feature film, directed by Robert Townsend. He has since gone on to work with other acclaimed directors such as, Michael Bay, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann and, of course, Tyler Perry.
With a background in music, Ro welcomed the opportunity to exercise his musical roots while integrating and expanding on his acting talents in music videos, working with such artist as: P. Diddy, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Lil’ Wayne, TI, Jill Scott, Syleena Johnson, Young Jeezy, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Lil’ Mo and Master P. to name a few.
Having escaped some of the trappings of the inner city, Ro felt compelled to reach out to his family members, friends and those in his community who were less fortunate. As a direct result, he founded The Hook Up- Music Magazine, whose mission was created to provide inspirational messages to inmates in correctional institutions across the country.
Ro’s up coming projects and recent releases to look out for: (Television) OWN-Tyler Perry’s, “The Haves and the Have Nots”, He will be returning for Season 4, New Edition Bio-Pic (Mini Series) slated to release Summer 2017 and “Now Who’s Talking”. (Commercial) Ro is also showing his support in the fight against and to bring awareness to HIV by joining the CDC “Doing It” campaign, A National Marine Corps Commercial Campaign “The Land We Love” (airing now). (Film) “Mysterious Ways”, starring opposite Wendy Raquel Robinson (available now) and “The Congregation”, starring opposite Shari Headley slated to release Fall 2016.
“Bravo my friend and here’s to the journey and the never say die spirit! ~ Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Actor, Obba Babatunde, Julius on The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Ro Brooks a charismatic, inspirational, humanitarian; hes passionate about empowering, developing and equipping aspiring actors and actresses with the knowledge and resources required to ignite and unleash their greatness. Humble spirited man of integrity the epitome of humility Ro Brooks, A TRUE TRENDSETTER!”, Will Stewart (CEO and Publisher of Trendsetters To Trendsetters Magazine)
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Ro Brooks
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