Brandon Perea is considered one of the top Jamskating prodigies. His abilities know no limits, and even if there were to be a limit, he finds a way to exceed that limit. Brandon Anthony Perea was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 25, 1995. Where he continued to live there until 2011.
When Brandon started skating it was just like most of us: from the bottom and on rental skates! Brandon began his skating journey at the age of eleven, where he would go to Main Street Roller Rink every weekend. His mission each weekend was simple: be the fastest skater there. At the end of the session one Friday night, Brandon noticed something different that his eyes had never seen before. There were people dancing on roller skates. It looked similar to the moves he could do on feet as Brandon was a trained break dancer. The cute girl on the skate team called Freeze Force made this experience even more captivating. Brandon quickly made friends with his crush and she convinced him to get some skates. Of course, Brandon is a typical guy, going off to do something to get a girl. So Brandon set off on his roller skates to “woo” her with his smooth moves.
Brandon quickly developed a skating talent like no other. After skating practically every day for two years, and shortly after he turned thirteen, he became a sponsored skater for one of the most successful skate companies around: Vanilla. Brandon began to travel forty weeks of the fifty-two week year. After three years of hard work and dedication, Vanilla Skate Company moved fifteen year old Brandon to LA. Brandon didn’t just move to LA with family, he actually moved there alone. After speaking with Brandon’s father Joe Perea, we see how much a father could love his son. “That was one of the hardest things in my life to do! I really didn’t want him to go because I was terrified to send him off on his own,” says Mr. Perea. Luckily the father and son were able to communicate via cell phone or Skype. Mr. Perea says: “I’ve always trusted Brandon, and I knew he had a great head on his shoulders. If I had the money, I would’ve moved to LA too so I could be closer to Brandon! I wouldn’t move there for his success, but just to be there as a support system.” Mr. Perea obviously wants nothing more, but to see all three of his boys succeed in life. This move was huge for Brandon! It opened the doors for commercials, music videos, and other sorts of entertaining gigs.
Brandon moved to LA to pursue his dream and become an entertainer. “I love acting and skating. If I become successful in acting, I’m bringing my skating with me. I will advertise Jamskating to the fullest, and help it grow,” says Brandon.
I asked Brandon if he sees himself as a role model and what group he mainly appeals to. “I hope I’m a role model to other skaters,” says Brandon. Nobody can deny that Brandon has a personality like nobody else. His laugh and energy is contagious. Every event he goes to, there isn’t a moment where he isn’t yelling “Lesss go” repeatedly as he’s trying to hype up the crowd. I think that Brandon is an excellent example of what Jamskating is about.
Brandon doesn’t just skate for VNLA, he’s also the team manager. As team manager it is Brandon’s job to make sure that each skaters needs are fulfilled. Brandon orders skates, clothes, and anything else that the team may need. He points the skaters in the right direction and helps them achieve their personal goals and their skating goals. This job may seem stressful, but here’s the real kicker…Brandon is also the one who makes the cuts. If any of the skaters aren’t on their skating game and just not progressing, they get the boot. So I guess it’s safe to say that it’s maybe a good idea to stay on his good side if you’re on team VNLA.
Despite the many responsibilities that comes with being team manager Brandon wouldn’t trade this job for the world. Brandon says: “It’s a fun job because I look at everyone on this team as family. Sometimes it does get difficult when I’m the one who has to deliver that bad news, but overall it’s an honor to be in this position.”
“I get a crazy feeling as soon as my wheels touch the floor. Skating takes me away from reality.” For Brandon Jamskating clearly gives off a whole new feeling. Skating is a very special entrainment form because it’s literally rolling around. “I love that there are tricks that you can only do with rollerskates. It’s just an amazing art form. I love it.”
Generations of skating will come and go, but we must not forget that we are one big family. Skaters are at their peak and some of the older skaters have surpassed their prime, but all that matters is we stay united as a family. Brandon’s message to the new generation of up and coming skaters goes like this: “I think the new generation should focus on all aspects of Jamskating. Try to be as well rounded as possible. I would like to encourage them to make up moves that can only be done on skates because that’s what makes skating so diverse! These kids also need to focus on music. They need to learn how to express themselves to the music as well as learning how to listen to the music. They also need to just HAVE FUN! That’s why most of us started, so don’t forget to enjoy it.”
Brandon is clearly one of the best, most well-rounded skaters in the game, otherwise he wouldn’t be rolling with VNLA. Brandon loves VNLA so much because they all push each other to get better. It doesn’t matter if they’re at the rink or just at home, VNLA will remain a family until the end!
I’d like to thank Brandon Perea for taking the time to talk with me. After sitting down with him everyone should know how humble and how down to earth Brandon really is. In the words of Brandon Perea “VNLA all day!”