“I say everything that comes to mind. I don’t have a filter.” From his outrageous Twitter and Instagram antics, to his blunt commentary on Ridiculousness (some of which is so blatant, it often doesn’t even make it to the show), it becomes apparent that Steelo Brim, is spot-on with this self-analysis. Whether he’s being Steelo, the handsome lover of fashion, Dr. Trill, his hilarious alter-ego comparable to a more hood version of Dr. Phil, or just Sterling Brim, a once-upon-a-time baseball superstar from the West side of Chicago, one thing remains constant—his realness.
The 25-year-old who is currently working on the 4th season of Ridiculousness and 6th season of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, along with his own sketch comedy show and a clothing line in the works, tells it like it is throughout our entire phone convo. Read on as Steelo shares with Vixen about his unexpected career journey, hilarious relationship advice, 13-year-old bromance with Fruitvale Station star, Michael B. Jordan and more.
Can you tell us a bit about your career journey? You played in Hardball as a kid, but where did things go from there? How did you end up on Ridiculousness? Were you always interested in acting and being on TV?
I didn’t act. I started off ranked in Illinois as like the number one baseball player, so they called me in with the kids ‘cause I was actually good at baseball. I started off at Ridiculousness, because I was always into music. I used to A&R for Atlantic Records, for Songbook Atlantic with Trey Songz. I started working with Drama who’s on the show Fantasy Factory on a production and publishing company and Rob used to just hang out in our studio sessions all the time and just kick it. I used to always be making jokes, heating people all day, but I never thought anything of it.
Rob came to me one day and said, “I would love for you to do a show with me,” and I was like, “uh, okay.” I didn’t think Hollywood worked that easy. He was like, “I would love for you to be the guy on my side and just talking about people all the time.” I hadn’t heard anything else about it for three months until he called me one day and said, “I’m sorry I’ve been so busy, but that show I want you to do…we start filming tomorrow.” I had never been on TV. We filmed the pilot and I spoke like three times. I was scared as shit. MTV was ready to pull the plug on me. They didn’t think they needed me and he told them, “believe me you do.” He had a talk with me and told me to be the Sterling he knows. Not only did I end up helping with the filming, but I helped with the structure of the show. I get an actual producing credit on the show as well.