As the Bubble Turns: The Life & Times of Bryan Hawn- Part I
By Tom Peaks @MrPeaksNValleys
He’s known for being a talented, creative & sexual sensation on Youtube, but Bryan Hawn has not only a lot to say, but quite the career to reflect upon. The Georgia native has won state track and field competitions, modeled, danced, starred in a reality TV show, featured in various media regarding his pet African hyena, authored numerous books including one about how to achieve a Bryan Hawn butt, and has become a Youtube superstar with over 31 million views. Oh, and he now has a Youtube comedy series called “Bromance.”
His mother was quoted recently as saying “Bryan is 100% relentless.” True, in my observation. I have watched Bryan from afar for years and always found him to be not only unique, but also fascinating, intriguing, and surprisingly polarizing. For our PnV/Fashionably Male interview, Bryan agreed to do a no-topic-off- the- table profile. I found him to be precise and polite, confident, detail-oriented, and forthcoming. This is PART ONE of our profile of the iconic Bryan Hawn.
As always, let’s start with your statistics. Bryan, what is your weight/height/waist? Hair/eye color? Your hometown and current residence? Who represents you (if anyone)?
Height: 6 ft. 1″ | Weight: 185 pounds | Waist: 30 inches | Hair: Brown | Eyes: Green | Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. | Current: Hollywood, Ca.| I represent myself 🙂
“I JUST HAD SEX”
So, at age 12, in the Junior Olympics track & field running, you finished 3rd in the nation in the 800M. You were a sneaky fast white boy LOL. Tell us about that.
I had a strong passion for running when I was little. I won 5 state championships and broke all my school records. I definitely have a driven competitive nature to be the best at whatever I’m involved in. At higher levels of competition, I was always the only white boy in the race. 🙂 In high school, music became my focus and track and field fizzled out.
You grew up with 3 siblings in a very affluent household in Atlanta, Georgia. Would you say you were raised with strict conservative values typically found in the Deep South? How does the cultural underpinnings of your southern upbringing impact how you once and currently view the world?
My mom instilled a lot of beautiful values into my life. It was a great foundation that has helped me stay true to myself in the midst of environments that tend to compromise others. I definitely grew up in a house filled with love. It was showed in unwavering support for my dreams and goals whatever they may have been or how they may have changed. There was a lot of focus and teaching on the importance of the mind, and how filling it with the right thoughts can make or break someone’s success. Our lives having value stems from our ability to impact and lift up other people. Making a difference in the world with our gifts and talents and keeping love the center focus that threads through everything we say and do. Learning to take those things combined with finding the courage to be my authentic self has been a very powerful combination in my life. I am grateful for my upbringing. Remembering where I came from has given me the strength to not crumble under the pressures of the world, but continue moving forward towards my destiny in the midst of many obstacles.
Years ago, Bryan, you and your family were on ABC’s “Vacation Swap” reality show (similar to “Wife Swap”) in Aspen, Colorado. How realistic is reality TV? Why did you personally come across so badly on that show?
Reality shows like most TV is about entertainment. Our family was cast for a specific role and the lines and takes that were used in the show representing the characters and vision of the network. If you didn’t give the network what they wanted, then you weren’t gonna appear very much in the show. They wanted a spoiled rich kid dramatically out of his comfort zone. They wanted conflict, drama, and shock factor. Sometimes, they even had notecards for us to read if we weren’t giving the lines they wanted. I had to play the character of a kid who was going through hell on earth living in a trailer for a week, when in reality, I had just moved to Los Angeles at the time on my own dime and was living in an attachment to a trailer. It was actually a greenhouse with no outlet, no heat or air conditioning, and I lived right next to the juvenile hall in Sylmar, Ca. But I was pursuing my dream and that’s what mattered. I don’t think I came off badly in the show. I think I was extremely entertaining, and from that aspect, I gave the network exactly what they wanted. In entertainment, it’s not always about trying to be Miss America and everybody loving you. It’s about giving people a memorable performance that they will talk about, and that can be presented in many different lights. If you want to last in the world of TV and entertainment, you learn quickly to let go worrying about what people will think of you, and focus more on the trying to captivate their attention. Because with all the other options of entertainment out there, the fact that they are thinking of you at all in itself is an accomplishment.
At age 16, I understand that you were signed by CLICK modeling agency? Tell us how that happened.
I walked in a modeling agency. They set me up with a professional commercial photographer, and I started working locally in Atlanta, GA with my first agency. It was my first experience in front of a camera. I realized from an early age that I enjoyed being in front of the camera.
Bryan, in 2002 at age 18, you had a record deal and moved to Los Angeles. I guess the label went out of business shortly after signing you. Tell us about those circumstances and how you had to make lemonade out of lemons and finance your own records.
Sometimes in life, things don’t go the way you plan, and you have to find other routes to try and get you to the same destination. Funding my own project was rewarding. I liked that I was investing in my dream. It put me in the driver’s seat and made me feel empowered with the direction of my life.
Your song “More than Enough” went to #1 on Logo Network’s “Click Countdown” and was #2 video of the year on Logo in 2008. How exciting was that?
My song hitting No. 1 on Logo was one of the top 3 most exciting moments in my life. My whole life I had dreamed of being a singer, and I had put so much time, effort, and money into that project. It made all the sacrifice worth it, and breathed life into something I had dreamed about since I was 4 years old.
What are the best ways for fans to hear your own music? What musical genres and artists inspire you musically? You have also covered a lot of artists, Bryan. Looking back at the final product, what covers are you most proud?
The best way for people to hear my music is on Itunes. I am inspired by great singers. Mariah Carey is my all-time favorite. She is vocally unstoppable. The cover I am the most proud of is my version of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” when I was a senior in high school. With it being such a tall order, I think it was delivered beautifully.
LISTEN TO ‘I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU’
Modeling-wise, you have been on billboards in LA, kiosks in Times Square and posed for retailers like Macy’s, Dillards’s and JCPenney. You were named best Swimwear Model at a show in Vegas. Bryan, tell us about your two most memorable modeling experiences.
Landing the campaign for Play Underwear was the first moment where family and friends would be walking through malls and text me saying, “Bryan, there’s a poster of you in the underwear department of Macy’s.” It was cool to experience that level of success with a career path where people are always telling you to have a plan B. But I have never been the type to have plan B, it only distracts from plan A.
You have over 250 Youtube videos, over 31 million views of your videos — not to mention a million social media followers. So, Bryan, when and how did the Youtube parody phenomenon take off for you? Was this by design of did you just realize you had stumbled onto something? I recall my first Bryan Hawn video…it was ‘Baby, Baby” by the Biebs lol.
It was always a dream for any youtuber to have video go viral. For me, stumbling upon the formula was a complete accident. But in a nut shell, listening to your audience and delivering what they want is the simplest format I can put it in. “What I Did All Weekend” which is the “Baby, Baby” video you are referencing, was the first video to unveil my formula for captivating a large audience.
‘WHAT I DID ALL WEEKEND:’
I’m a bit naïve on technology, but can a person make a living creating Youtube videos?
Making a living on youtube is a real thing. Thousands of youtubers are making quite a living off selling products, content, and of course the advertising ads.
What are your favorite Bryan Hawn video parodies to date (I loved the Mariah Carey Christmas one)? How do you choose which songs? Why do you so rarely parody classics from the 1960’s to ‘90’s? That would be fun!
My favorite parodies to date are Adele “Hello”, Sia “Bird Set Free, & “Bromance”. I pick songs based on what is trending at that time. It needs to be current and popular so it gets a lot of traffic from the youtube search engine. Timing is everything. That’s why I rarely parody songs from other decades.
“BIRD SET FREE”
Tell us about this exciting new web series called “Bromance’ with the very cute Harry Farrell.
It is a fun new comedy series about a gay guy and his straight best friend. We are actually best friends in real life so it makes it easy to work together and come up with content. I have big plans to launch this on a much bigger scale. Great things are in the works.
BROMANCE, Ep 1:
You do self-published fitness e-books (and other books). Tell us about the book “The List (What the Top Fitness Models Don’t Want You to Know)” and where we can purchase it.
The best way to answer that question is to direct you to this video:
Your website bryanhawn.com does not have a lot of exclusive content for paying members. What have been the challenges and decisions that have gone into having a site.
My VIP section of my website is growing slowly overtime. Every now and then a video gets banned from youtube, so it gives me a chance to still share it with my fans. I also have several workout videos on some of the advanced movements that have really changed my body. Also, access to my ebay store is a fun way for people to purchase props and swimwear from various youtube videos. I’m sure as time goes by it will grow. Members can cancel at any time, so I feel good about what’s being offered at the moment.
You also book club appearances around the country. Tell us what you do at the appearances and how promoters can book you.
Promoters can book me by messaging directly at my official facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBryanHawn/
PART 2 COMING SOON: Stay tuned to PnV/Fashionably Male in the weeks ahead when Bryan will discuss his famous butt, aggressive fans, travels, dancing, his car accident in Florida, his controversy around his exotic animals, fantasy booty calls and more!
For more on Bryan Hawn:
To order Bryan’s aforementioned book, ‘THE LIST’.
For Bryan’s website, & online store: http://www.bryanhawn.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BryHawn/videos (subscribe today)