Updated: Oct 1, 2018
by Elizabeth Gracen:
I met Brandon Alter several years ago in a strenuous (but not too strenuous) pilates class. I had no idea what I was in for. Not only did Brandon put us through our 'stretch and breathe' paces, he opened our awareness and left us inspired and much more open to the world by the end of class. It was quite the morning. When I read his powerful Instagram posts, there was no doubt in my mind that his philosophy of life and honest journey of self-discovery must be shared with an even bigger audience. Please meet Brandon Alter, and be prepared to be changed for the better.
EG: Brandon, I haven’t known you that long, but in the brief time we’ve spent together and after a fabulous perusal of your Instagram account (@thebrandonalter), I must tell you how moved I am by your openness, adventurous spirit, and willingness to talk about and ponder the harder questions that we all face on a spiritual level about what it means to be human in this crazy world.
BA: Well thank you, my love! Honestly, my Instagram is one way for me to be a teacher to myself. When I post inspiration or encouragement, I'm really giving myself what I need for the day. But it's always so nourishing to hear that other people are receiving the healing as well!
EG: From your fabulous feed, there are a few things that stand out: your overwhelming love for both your husband, Angel, and your wonderful pup, Noche! Your Mom is in there too, adorned with full-force adoration. Definite Cher worship (rightfully so), followed closely by Babs, Donna Summer, and a sprinkling of Madonna. If I’m seeing this correctly, I believe you proposed to Angel before one of Madonna’s concerts?
BA: Yes, I did! Madonna is truly a spirit guide for my husband; her aggressive self confidence and ability to reinvent and transform herself are a source of immense power for him. I think on his darkest days he asks himself: What would Madonna do?! So I couldn't imagine a more perfect place to propose. He was truly floored.
Myself, I am an acolyte at the altar of Cher. She truly gives no fucks and speaks her heart's deepest truth at all times. I take deep comfort in her effortless authenticity. I can be such a people pleaser sometimes, and the medicine of Cher is to remember that not everyone is going to like you and that's ok!
"I'd rather be disliked for who I truly am,
than liked for someone I'm not."
EG: You love to travel. You’re an actor with the wonderful DEAR WHITE PEOPLE on your resume. You also have a glamorous alter ego named Brandonna, and she is simply beautiful. You have a colorful live full of love, laughter, and contemplation. Needless to say . . . I am fascinated!
BA: I'm very touched by how deeply you've seen me! This is all so true, I adore travel. Seeing the world gives me access to profound universal truths. And since I was born and raised in Southern California and I still live here, I feel the need to travel often, to ensure I'm stepping out of the reality bubble that is Los Angeles.