Think back to when you were in high school, who were you? What type of friends did you have? What did you aspire to be as an adult? One person that I went to high school with overcame obstacles, changed his appearance, and took a chance to move far away from home with the hope of accomplishing all of his dreams.
His name is Michael Alferoff and we went to St. Edmund Prep together, back in the early 2000’s. Michael was a shy awkward teen, who I saw as one of my friend’s little brothers, trying to hang out with the older crowd. He was always different and creative which helped him drive his goals.
Now Michael is Mikael Brusio. He is an experienced actor and writer with aspirations to become a musical artist/rapper. “Brusio” which comes from the Italian word for “Buzz” is one of Michael’s nicknames from college.
He fled out to California in 2010 before finishing his degree in Staten Island College accepting his fate to follow his dreams. Michael packed his bags, and headed to Los Angeles to start the beginning of a memorable journey into stardom.
Mikael started getting work just one day after arriving to California. His frat life, in college, helped him become more outgoing and more independent. The first show he ever worked on was “NCIS”. From there, the jobs kept rolling in. From “2 Broke Girls”, to “Big Bang Theory”, “CSI”, and “Modern Family” just to name a few.
Mikael was even in the final three seasons of “Glee.” It must of been his unique dancing and singing skills, plus being a former geek in high school probably helped, as well. Mikael was getting more confident and happier as the years rolled by, meeting new people and landing more jobs/roles. Movies, Mikeal, was apart of were “Batman vs. Superman”, “Anchor Man 2”, “Neighbors” and “Neighbors 2” just to name a few. Whether Mikael was putting on an interesting costume, uniform, make-up, or just working behind the scenes, he was busy, busy at work.
Mikael, who majored in Accounting and Business Management, with acting, writing, and production experience underneath his belt, wanted to use music to inspire, but he didn’t have the best singing voice. Shortly after moving to Cali, he met Que Lamar, an up and coming music producer from Michigan, who would help Mikael fulfill his aspirations in becoming the rapper now known as Brusio. Mikael’s first passion was always writing poetry. Add that with the help of Que Lamar’s musical talents; inspiration was born. 51 songs written later, he is still writing and rapping. His first two songs were “Born” and “Booty Hunt”. Today, he will tell you his favorite songs written are “All Day” and “Follow My Lead,” because they really show you who he is and what his music is all about. His first Mixtape, “Mikz Tape: Brusio’s Rise” can be found online. He has many more songs in the works.
Mikael came from a humble Brooklyn background with two older sisters and two loving parents.
Mikael’s Dad was a former DJ in his night job. His dad would take him out on jobs as a rodee, while his mom assisted in many of his elementary school shows as a dance choreographer. It goes to show you that the creative apple doesn’t fall far from the creative tree. Mikael has many more goals to accomplish in his young life, but as a young man about to be 30 years old, I have no doubt that he will never give up before completing every dream he has ever imaged. Living and working in Hollywood is the best and worst depending on how the days go, especially when it’s hard to find steady work.
Mikael’s advice to all aspiring actors, comedians, dancers, models and musicians trying to break into the biz is “Someone out there is living that life, and that person should be you. To fulfill your dreams, you have to find your riches within before trying to get rich on the outside and all great things start from humble beginnings.” This really humble and sound advice is for this and the next generation, who seem to be more consumed with money and what the world thinks of them, rather than happiness and what they think of themselves. You can work but in your spare time, do what you want to do, before worrying about those almighty dollars that many choose fame for. If you want to know more, or see other photos of his career and Cali life, you can follow Mikael on social media. From a Brooklyn shy nerdy high school kid to a confident, successful Hollywood man, he has given me and many inspiration. I am so proud and happy to still be close friends with Mikael Brusio and to be a part of his inspiring journey.