Today’s episode is with my good friend Josef Brown!
Josef’s professional career began as a Soloist with The Australian Ballet in 1994 before joining Sydney Dance Company in 1997. Then Josef’s career pivoted towards acting when he took on the role of ‘Johnny Castle’ in the original stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing which toured throughout Australia and New Zealand. He was even part of the opening on London’s West End and toured throughout the United States as part of the pre-Broadway tour completing 1500+ shows over 4.5 years. Incredible!
Josef then returned to Australia to take on the role of ‘Patrick’ in the multi-Logie Award winning series Dance Academy, ‘Dale Canning’ on Home & Away, ‘Auctus’ in Spartacus – Gods of the Arena and ‘Daniel’ in Sam’s Story before playing ‘Matt Turner’ for over two years on the beloved Aussie drama, Neighbours.
This is why his face might be familiar to many of you! In fact, when I met up with Josef for our interview in Sydney a couple of months ago, I posted a photo of us on social media and very quickly got a text from my partner saying, “Why are you hanging out with Matt Turner the cop from Neighbours?”
Josef also has many writing and producing credits for various webisodes, ABC TV documentaries and was a sitting member of the NSW Ministry of the Arts Dance Board. He’s one talented and exceptional artist with brilliant professionalism in dance and business.
Speaking of business, Josef is now the Relations & Development Director at one of my favourite dance brands ever… MDM! And this is how we became friends. In fact, he is the voice behind the MDM sponsorship ads you may have heard in previous episodes. Just for fun I’m going to play it again for this episode, not because MDM are sponsoring this episode or Josef’s and my chat, but because I just love Josef, the MDM team and their products.
We have a long, but super interesting chat that I’m sure many of you will enjoy, so let’s get straight into it…
Grit & Grace,