People always ask where I'm from or where I've lived, so here ya go! I was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario – a small city of maybe 190,000 or so now (110,000 when I was young). Ever since my first trip to Toronto and New York City, I knew I was destined to live a big city. I always loved the hustle and bustle of big cities, the multiculturalism and its food offerings as well as the vibe. So as soon as I could, I moved to Toronto for college to pursue acting.
After college I decided it was the best time of my life to go and travel. I wanted to do that first, before I got settled into a family and a job, and just explore. I researched where to go in Europe and I found Contiki Tours! I chose a 3 week tour through Europe which I believe covered around 13 countries! On top of that, being very proud of my Maltese heritage, I wanted to live in my home country for a Summer and see how life was for my ancestors and perhaps end up moving there.
So after my 3 week tour starting in London, I landed in Scotland to visit family there for a week. Next was Malta. Malta is a country with its own language. It’s an island on the Mediterranean right next door to Sicily and Africa. It’s basically a big beautiful country built on rock full of wonderfully (short) amazing people. While there I got a job as a bartender at a Nightclub and also as a receptionist at a hotel. I sometimes would work until 6 in the morning at the club and then walk to my day job as a receptionist. I worked a ton of hours and barely made enough to survive on. Malta had just joined the EU that month, so things were changing and hopefully for the better. After 4 or 5 months in Malta, during which my grandparents came to stay for 3 months with me too which was AWESOME, as well as my parents who came to visit, it was time to fly to Paris to reunite with Marco.
Marco and I had only dated 6 months before being apart for 6 months while I traveled and lived in Europe. In Paris, Marco attended University while I found odd jobs. I first got a job as a nanny to two French children. I’d pick them up from school and walk them home, make sure they did their homework until the parents returned from work. Soon after I found a job as a bartender at a Canadian pub and the next month I was a manager at an English style pub. The plan was only to stay in Paris for 3 months, so when my boss asked me to take over the bar I was shocked! I told him I was leaving in a month and a half and he said that was fine that he knew I could do a good job. Well he was right, haha, because I built up their revenue by 30% in that short time by running fun events like a Battle of the Bands competition.
It was time for me to return to Canada, and so I did. I said goodbye to Marco so I could get a start on my acting career, post college, and he could finish his studies. Not 2 weeks later did I get a call from Paris that they wanted me to return to run their biggest, most popular, multi-million dollar bar! I declined 3 offers until they gave me ‘an offer I couldn’t refuse’ haha. I really missed Marco, so it was a no brainer. 2 years later, Marco and I left Paris to live in Canada.
In Toronto we lived for 8 years together during which time we moved to 4 different properties and my acting career took off. I held many roles in tv series, films and commercials and Marco soared in his job. My dream had always been to go to LA and finally the time had come. Marco got a transfer through work to move to San Francisco! For the year that we lived there, I would drive every week to LA (6 hour drive) to audition and take classes. I booked a few small commercials and films on my own, but nothing too crazy. After a year of living in SF, we were able to transfer once more to Los Angeles.
Once in LA, I started driving for Uber and Lyft to help support my acting career. Most actors don’t make a living, and I was ok with that. I was doing what I loved and that was all that mattered. Shortly after arriving in LA however, I started a little YouTube Channel. Well, that’s a lie. I already had a YouTube Channel that was like 5 years old and I had like 18 subscribers. It held all of my acting reels on it (they’re still there! Here's my demo reel from 2015!). So I added a few gambling videos on there for fun, but spruced them up for entertainment.
Fast forward to today, I have now lived, with Marco, in 3 countries or 4 cities. I encourage everyone to travel as much as you can. It truly opens your eyes to the world around you and makes you appreciate life and others. When I first landed in Malta, I had $1000 to my name. My family all thought I was crazy, but look at me now :p haha . My favorite saying in life is “Nothing changes, if nothing changes”. And it’s so true. When I returned to Canada after being away for many years, it astonished me how much I had grown and how much I had seen – yet many of my friends had not changed. They were still in the same jobs, at the same places, doing the same things. For me, that was not enough. I need and require change in my life. For others, they require order and repetitiveness. To each his or her own. But if your desire is there, then feed it!
If you want to go back to my very first YouTube Slot Video, enjoy it HERE where I played Lightning Link for the FIRST TIME! I used to upload 3-5 videos A DAY before I decided to squish them into a single larger video instead lol. The first day, April 19, I uploaded five videos. April 20, I uploaded six videos and April 21, I uploaded only 2 videos. I then took a 3 week break because I honestly wasn't planning to post any more videos, but since they took off - I rolled with it! I think I made a good decision haha.
I've talked about my top 10 favorite slots in the past, so next week let's change it up to my Top 10 Movies of all Time! And if you think I should visit your casino next and have a connection, let me know below!
Brian Christopher xoxo❤️
“What other than slots, do you do on your spare time??” asks Mari L.
First off, spare time..What’s that?? Haha. Although I do work my butt off for my channel, I do allow myself time to enjoy the things that I love.
Travel. I love to travel the world. I’ve so far lived in Malta, Paris, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles (more on that in my blog in 3 weeks!) and I’ve visited all over Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Unfortunately (or fortunately) these days I always include casino trips in those, so they become work trips. But NOT when I went to Hawaii for my 10th Wedding Anniversary! There are no casinos in Hawaii don’t ya know ;)
Entertaining. I LOVE to entertain friends and family. Any excuse to have a party, and I will host it. And with each party, I try to outdo my last one. At Marco’s recent Birthday party I found a bartender on Craigslist and hired a company to make tacos on the deck and we even had a drag queen (Cake Moss!) come and perform. For the Oscars I rented a large screen and projector complete with a popcorn machine to make the experience more fun. At one of my parties, just show up and enjoy!
Family. Marco and I are the only family we each have in the city. My family is all in Canada and his are spread between Indiana and Central America. So whenever we get a chance to see our families, we make the most of it. For the second year in a row, we have invited my parents to stay with us for a month in LA (complete with a trip to Vegas of course!).
Sports. I like to watch Baseball as it was the sport I played growing up. Blue Jays are my team. Aside from baseball, I enjoy participating in the end of year finals of other sports like Super Bowl Sunday. I recently went to watch the Toronto Raptors play in LA in fact!
Home. If it’s just me at home for the weekend, I like to get a bit dirty with some handyman work or yard work. I’ve only electrocuted myself twice (I swore I turned off the electricity beforehand lol). As you may have heard, I recently fixed our hot water tank by diagnosing the problem using YouTube videos.
Birds. We have a hummingbird feeder with resident bird, Buddy, who sits atop the feeder to fend off other birds from getting any nectar. He’s a jerk, but I love him, haha. After the death of our cat a couple years ago, he’s the best thing since. We travel too much for a real pet and so we have a fake cat too ;)
Outside of all that, Marco and I like to make random date nights. Our next one is a metro date. We’ve never used the subway metro lines in LA before, so we’re going to explore the stops and find some cool places to visit! And for my Birthday, he’s planned an outing to see the show WICKED, which I haven’t seen before! I’m always open to finding more places to see and visit, so let me know where else to go by commenting on my blog post on Facebook!
To find out more about Marco and I and how we met, check it out next week!
Brian xoxo ❤️