*New talent is ready to show you what they’ve got on NBCs “America’s Got Talent” (AGT)! EUR sat down with season 15 winner, Brandon Leake to talk about his journey, talent and advice for season sixteens new contestants. Leake won last season with his spoken word genius.
Leake decided in his sophomore year of college he was not going to play basketball anymore because he felt like, “God was calling him to do something else,” so he started an artist collective that performed regular open mics – from there, he kept chasing his dreams.
He originally tried out for AGT in 2017 and didn’t make the show. Then, he continued to work on his craft and returned in 2019 to audition again.
Leake said, “it was the mentality about how he chases after his art” that changed. “When you love something, you do it. But, when you respect something, you practice it, you hone your skills in it, you perfect it,” Leake said.
That made all the difference in how he auditioned, how he performed and how he ended up the last person standing…winning the ultimate AGT title and the prize.
Leake has built lifelong friendships with his experience on AGT and his words of wisdom for new recruits is “be you!”
He went on to say, “people get invested into your art, not just because you are a good artist, but because you are a good person.
A lot of people will cheer you on, vote for you and support you, because they want YOU to win.
So, when you go up there and be yourself, then you don’t have to front, you don’t have to fake it and it’s so much more beautiful that way.”
Leake is currently directing a short film, he wrote, titled “Complexity,” he’s getting into television, will be part of the Las Vegas AGT tour and has a poetry workshop coming up.
The new season of America’s Got Talent is streaming NOW! Make sure to check out AGT Tuesdays, 8/7c on NBC.