Well, my name is Caleb Brunick, and I’m American living in Estonia. I am 20 years old, and currently a student trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and my career.
As a child I grew up with my father being in the military and then after an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps he joined the US State Department. Due to his choices in occupation I have had the opportunity to grow up around the world living in Okinawa Japan, Nairobi Kenya, Frankfurt Germany, and Istanbul Turkey.
Even through I am American I sometimes have to question how American I am at times because I have lived a majority of my life outside of the United States, I have often adopted cultural practices of the host country that I am living.
Tell us three facts about yourself.
- I have spent most of my life overseas
- Im come from a large family, 3 siblings, 3 parents, 13 aunts and uncles, 18 cousins, and 9 grandparents. I know this doesn’t seem possible but we make it work.
- Family is the most important thing to me above all.
How did you find your way to EBS?
I spent the last three years of my high school career at Istanbul International Community School in a class of 36 other international students. So as the time for choosing a university to attend I looked to see what everyone else was doing to try to get some insight one what to do. What I found was that only a couple of them were actually going back to their home nation for uni. So I thought that I should look into the possibility of not going back to New York for school or the the United States for that matter.
At the time I had also know that I want something was totally out of the norm for my family and a challenge. So after doing some google searching and talking to family friends, I found Estonia.
So after applying to Tallinn Uni. And EBS and getting accepted to both of them I had to look at what I really wanted out of my education and what I thought was the best choice for me at the time.
I had settled on EBS because of the BBL program’s focus on the German language. As America is the land of the immigrants, my father traced our lineage back to Prussia, and after my family immigrated the US the ability to speak German was lost in a few generation. So it now has become a personal goal of mine to be the first Brunick in eight generations to speak German.
Where are you from? Tell a little bit about your home country.
I am from the US, more specifically I am from the great state or New York, Upstate New York to be more specific. My home town is Troy, New York which Is a small in comparison to other larger cities. It is a little bit smaller than Tartu with only half the population. Troy is a very historic city such as it was a very important during the US civil war as Troy was an industrial city it had supplied the steel plates for the H. L. Hunley (the US’s first submarine) as well as it is the birthplace of Uncle Sam, who is one of the most important figures in US culture.
Why did you choose to come to Estonia?
Besides the school that I wanted to come to was located in Tallinn, I also wanted to try something new, as a fresh high school graduate and really test out what I was made of as a person. I say this because I feel as if for the first year in the states I would have done the exact amount of studying and partying that I had done here. While at the same point not having the opportunities to test what it means to be independent and self reliant that I would have got if I had went to school in the States.
You are a comedian, how did you find out that you have this kind of talent?
Growing up I have always had the hobby of listening and re-listening to my favorite comedians, and other through CDs and Youtube.
During last September I was watching Daniel Sloss’s comedy special on Netflix and afterwards I was talking to my girlfriend about it and made the suggestion that I might try it out. Within 15 minutes of talking about that with I had contacted Comedy Estonia(CE) and I have been doing shows with them ever since.
But I would say though I knew that this was something good at until I had started to perform shows with StandUp Tallinn, because normally I perform with CE and those are always Estonian shows but StandUp Tallinn is a Russian stand up group. So when I realized that I could make a group of people I share nothing in common with laugh at, I knew that maybe this is something I am good at.
What are your future plans in the comedy world?
My dream of course would to be to make comedy my profession but that is possible as it is so far down the line in my comedy career. But my more short term plan is to be able to put on my own show at one of the local clubs in the next 10 months or so.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, depending on the season you can find me doing a multitude of things. Through the most of the year I will be writing, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends in my free time. Sadly there are some things that I can only do in the summer and winter but are very similar, I am an avid snowboarder and try to snowboarding whenever I get a chance whether it is a small cross country skiing hill near my house, or when I’m down in Italy. In the summertime I love to go wakeboarding in the rivers from Tartu to Peipsi, and then after a nice ride to the lake it is always a nice relaxing time to go fishing on the lake.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m not someone who really believes in omens, or the universe giving me a sign on certain things, but I do believe when something happens twice in two different countries, and on the same day it is a message.
This happened to me, when I lived in Kenya on my way to school on my first day at the new school my bus had driven past a taxi bus engulfed in flames, and the same happened on my first day to school in Istanbul.
What I got out of this was that life is short and you never know when it’s your time to see the spirit in the sky. And so lately I have started to develop the mentality that in ten year I would like to be at a place of financial independence where I don’t have to feel the kind of stress I feel now towards the end of the month. As well as I want to hopefully be in a place where I can start thinking about having kids in following years near the age of 32.
But in all seriousness sitting on a lake fishing, having drink with my friends would also be awesome.
Your favourite quote.
“People say I got a drinkin’ problem
But I got no problem drinkin’ at all” – Midland
Editor: Liisa-Maria Lillepea