In this week’s episode ‘You Should Know,’ Billboard is finding out a bit more about singer and actor Anthony Ramos, including what his first ever job was, what his experience was like starring in the hit show Hamilton, and where he draws inspiration from when making music.
Ramos, who grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, tells Billboard that his first ever job was working at Victoria’s Secret in SoHo. “Shout out to David, the only person that would hire me, the boss at the time at Victoria’s Secret,” he adds. “You're the man.”
Asked about his time being in the Broadway musical Hamilton, Ramos recalls that every night, there was someone new and exciting in the audience.
“It was like, oh, Oprah's here, prime minister this country's here. Obama's here,” he shares. “We all knew it was special. We all knew…even before when we were at The Public Theater], we were just doing workshops it and we were all making like 400 dollars a week or whatever, doing the same show, people saw on Broadway. We all knew, like, ‘Yo, this is different.’”
Posed with the question what his favorite album all time is, Ramos names Brand New by Ben Rector. “You feel like you've just been teleported to wherever he was or wherever his mind was when he wrote it,” he explains. “You’re full after the album cause it's just every song hits you in a special way.”
In the interview, Ramos also discusses how his life influences his music, stating that so much happens in life that people don’t talk about.
“Life is just so inspiring,” he says. “If we really just take a step back and take time to look at it…and kind laugh at the things that we wouldn't necessarily laugh at and be open enough to cry at the things that we…don't have enough courage to cry about, I think we can come up with some cool stuff.”
You can check out the full video interview with Anthony Ramos above to learn even more about him.