Born in Baltimore, Maryland; Brandon Novak is a skateboarder from the renowned Powell-Peralta team, an MTV celebrity (Viva La Bam, Bam’s Unholy Union), an alumnus of the Jackass motion picture series, a star of the legendary CKY skateboard video series and author of his bestselling addiction memoir Dreamseller.
In love with skateboarding at the age of seven he even slept with it.
His skateboard was his holy grail. As soon as the skateboard touched his hand he knew he was going to become a professional skateboarder. His happiness also made his mother happy.
Brandon was discovered by Tony Hawk at only age fourteen before turning pro, touring the world and endorsing products. He was at the top of his game.
Unfortunately Since childhood, the disease of addiction grasped Brandon. Alcohol and drugs, particularly heroin consumed him.
It was a downward spiral from there ultimately quitting skateboarding and Tony Hawks team.
His family never gave up hope; his mother sold three homes to financially pay for him to attend two treatment centres.
Brandon did attend Banyan Treatment Centre; where he learned that his mentality will create the reality for which he lives in. He changed his perception which changed his world.
Brandon then joined his friends at Jackass becoming a multi-millionaire.
“I’m a millionaire three times over between the ages of 23 & 34 – But I can’t keep a needle out of my arm”.
He has made several appearances on the Howard Stern Show (in which he received recognition for one of Stern’s Top Ten Outrageous Moments. Novak was also a guest host to Bam Margera on Sirius XM’s Radio Bam and guest host on the TBS series Bam’s Badass Game Show.
“As a skateboarder, I was fixated on testing my boundaries, but this was my way of fooling myself into feeling in control. Soon the addiction and lifestyle grew to consume me.
I was a dreamseller. I sold those who loved me their dream that I was a recovering addict.”
Travelling the county for Banyan Treatment Center as an addiction / recovery public speaker, in an effort to raise awareness and help addicts find the treatment they need.
His appearances are currently being sponsored and documented by VICE. Brandon’s testimonial is a powerful mission statement for his commitment to the recovery community.
Addiction is not a deaf sentence. Your history does not have to dictate your future. As long as your breathing it’s never too late. There is a solution – this can be preventable.
May 25th 2015 was the last time Brandon had a drink or shot of heroin
Brandon now works at Banyan Treatment Centre.
One community – One concern