Born and raised in New York City, Brandon aka “InvAsian” has always been involved in the entertainment business. After a successful dance audition into the “Professional Performing Arts School” (where he met fellow classmates - Alicia Keys, Claire Danes, and Sara Rue), he was immediately consumed by the world of Hip Hop. Whether it was dancing or rapping, he was an instant fan of the culture. Following high school, Brandon attended Penn State University majoring in Business Marketing and has choreographed & performed at his college numerous times.
In 2010, Brandon founded “HIP HOP DANCE JUNKIES”, an NYC-based hip hop dance school for beginners and those looking to learn and get a great work-out while having fun. Since then, HHDJ has taught over 8,000+ students publicly and over 300+ clients privately.
In 2015, “ANCHORED talent group” was created. Brandon is not only the founder of the company, but he is also the talent manager for some of the hottest, up-and-coming artists today! With over 35 different forms of talent artists on his roster (actors/ actresses, singers/ rappers, dancers, models, musicians, artists, stunt/ parkour, etc.), his level of passion and dedication to help contribute to their careers reaches far beyond just a talent manager. Himself as an artist, understands and relates to the struggle and the misguided potential that his clients have.
In February of 2018, “ESCAPETHEROOMers” was born. What first started out as an enjoyable “thing to do” for Brandon and his wife Cici, has now become an exciting business venture that’s allowing them to combine the 3 things that they enjoy the most - traveling, networking, and solving puzzles! ETR has become one of the fastest growing and trusted reliable source for escape room enthusiasts! In addition to providing their experience for each room they’ve played worldwide, they provide exclusive interviews with the owners & developers highlighting their creativity and talents behind the “walls”!
As the parent company, UpKey Consulting, LLC is the newest venture that he’s established with his wife by combining their best resources to give the clients what they need as a "one-stop shop".
Born in Nanjing China, Cici is fluent in Chinese. She attended Columbia University where she earned her BA degree in Economics. Later on, she also studied at Fashion Institute of Technology for her textile and marketing degree. She also hold an MBA degree with concentration in CPA. She’s worked in finance with companies such as Morgan Stanley & Merrill Lynch, fashion with Calvin Klein & Escada, cosmetics with Barney’s New York, advertising with BMW Magazine & Boat US, import & export businesses through the US and China in textiles and much more!
In 2009, Cici started her career in Real Estate. She's been in the industry ever since. As a homeowner in NYC and NJ, she understands the search and transaction processes in NY & NJ ’s unique markets so that she can empathize with the excitement and concerns this major task of finding the perfect home involves. In this competitive housing market, having a specialist on your side will definitely make the real estate process easier. Her customers usually describe her as honest, genuine, funny, organized, and highly detail oriented. She has made many great deals for her sellers, buyers and renters through her negotiation skills and knowledge of the market. Since her 10 years in the real estate industry, her sales have doubled every year and sold over 100 million plus in real estate. She believes only through learning new information and knowledge every day will she be able to pass on helpful information to her clients so that they can pick out the best investments together.
Cici is an entrepreneur at heart and always looking for new ventures. In late 2018, her and her husband started a YouTube channel and a website for Escape Room enthusiasts called “ESCAPETHEROOMers”. This is where they are able to vlog their travel journeys and to consult the growing industry.
As the parent company, UpKey Consulting, LLC is the newest venture that he’s established with his wife by combining their best resources to give the clients what they need as a "one-stop shop". She hopes to utilize her specialties such as attention to detail, creativity, organization etc. to achieve the best result for her clients.