Regular dude by day; dancer by night.

An alter ego is an alternative personality. For some people, it is completely different to their main personality. Case in point: Marlon Brewster.  Marlon is a stylist, costumer, and devoted son on weekdays. On weekends, his alter ego MarMar, a go-go dancer and acclaimed househead, comes out. “My alter ego allows my inner light to shine!” he says.
Marlon studied languages at York University in Toronto, Canada, and as he recounts those years, his eyes light up. It appears that is where he found himself. While in Toronto, he sampled everything that the cosmopolitan city had to offer. He admits to even trying drag with drag queen roommates, and hanging with his many fashion industry friends caused his love of style and costumes to blossom and sent him on a new career path.

On his return to Barbados, after a stint in cake baking, Marlon joined Hugo Boss. There, in addition to being a visual merchandiser, he is not shy to tell you that he “sold like an Indian” and was “damn good at it”.  In fact, during the interview, several former clients came over to respectfully shake his hand. Marlon says he doesn’t follow trends; rather, he instinctively knows what will become trends even before they do. Earlier this year, Project Marz, his personal shopping, styling and life coaching consultancy was born. He counts cricketer Tino Best as one of his success stories.

Marlon injects his spiritual aura into this business by way of his many sayings and daily affirmations. But this philosophical man in his stylishly conservative white jeans and brown dress shirt dramatically transforms into MarMar, hands moving expressively, when he talks about dance music. His enthusiasm is so infectious that you want to bang your head and get sweaty along with him.

Without any formal training, he tried go-go dancing in Canada but did not pursue it as a career. Back home, Craig Corrie noticed that when MarMar danced, everyone gravitated towards him, and so he was hired to dance at The Alchemist and Chasing Sunset limes. These gigs pay well but it’s not about the money for him; it’s about seeing, feeling, hearing the music.

Dancing allows him to ignore negativity. On the dance podium, he tunes out. He lives a line from ‘Moving Up’ by Inaya Day: “I take my problems to the dance floor; let the music make my spirit soar.”

He acknowledges that Marlon is who he is because of MarMar, and vice versa. He would love to do more with MarMar, with one goal being to dance on stage with Madonna. Marlon, on the other hand, wants to style Rihanna and learn to sew a Savile Row suit. For now, he is content to let MarMar come out to play on weekends, and he will tell you that everything happens for a reason and in its time.And since he turned 40 and has become freer and more hardcore, who knows? This could be the decade of MarMar.

 

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