Issac Ryan Brown was all smiles at the premiere of his new movie “Believe” at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 27 on Wednesday, November 30. in Nashville, Tennessee. (photo credit: Deseret News)
Issac Ryan Brown has quite a list of acting credits at just 11-years-old. He is currently a 6th grader at Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA) splitting his time between classes and professional acting roles.
This month, Issac is promoting his new holiday movie, “Believe.”
“Believe” is a faith-based, Christmas film about a small-town business owner that tries to save the local Christmas pageant with the help of a homeless child. Issac plays the character named CJ. He talks about his role in the movie during this behind the scenes feature at the 0:47 mark.
Issac started his educational journey at a brick and mortar school. His mother had to take him in and out of school for auditions and filming.
He took a couple months to work in New York for a couple of months and when he came back into the public school system, Issac found it to be too slow for him. He started to be labeled as a kid who couldn’t sit still.
Issac suggested that his mother, Dominique Brown attend a class one day, to witness how his daily class session played out. Dominique found that his teacher had no structure and the setting wasn’t conductive to Issac’s learning style.
Issac was on set with a private teacher who worked with him one-on-one, when they suggested that the family look into an alternative schooling option that fit Issac’s learning speed and that could work with his busy schedule.
In third grade, Dominique enrolled him in MVCA. The program is working wonderfully for Issac and his family.
“He logs in on set with a studio teacher and they allow him to do school for 4/6 hours,” Dominque said.
Dominque explained that Issac has excelled in working on his own. He isn’t afraid to talk with his teachers when he needs help and has learned more material than ever before.
“There has been a huge improvement in his learning,” Dominque said.
The family loves MVCA so much that they have also enrolled Issac’s brother this year as a first grader.
Issac is best recognized for his acting as Young Dre in the ABC Series “Blackish.” He started working in television at the age of 4 doing commercials and was seen by a wide audience during his audition on the popular television show, “America’s Got Talent” at just 6-years-old.
His resume includes voicing reoccurring characters on the animated cartoons, “Miles From Tomorrowland,” “Bubble Guppies” and “The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave.” He also was seen on the DreamWorks series “OMG,” has a recurring role on “How to Get Away With Murder,” and even appeared on the big screen this past summer in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Issac and Dominque often spend a lot of their time in Los Angeles, but their family still lives in Detroit. They used to go back and forth more often but now he is doing more leading roles and needs to be in L.A. They will be going back to Michigan for the state tests next year.
Issac was able to invite his MVCA classmates to opening night of “Believe.”
“It was great to see and meet my classmates and have them share the opening of my new movie,” Issac said.
Heading into 2017, Issac continues his reoccurring roles on both “Blackish” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”