I feel that my belief that art is much more than entertainment is unique. I search for art that touches and expresses the true human experience. Being someone that is LGBTQ and African American, it was hard feeling that I had a place in the world. The art I create is what gives me a place in this world. I hope that my art also gives someone that same feeling. Everyone needs to feel as though he or she belongs. As though they are understood. I would like to do that. I see no end to my artistic journey. I am prepared to dedicate the rest of my life to his craft and the people it will benefit. Understanding that art is much more than just me.
Charles, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
The image I want to embody is that of tangible excellence. I desire to be a role model to especially the Millennial generation and proof that success comes to those who seek it. In the future, I hope to write, produce, star in, and direct films that include and properly represent marginalised and minority groups. I want to cover somehow every spectrum of art I can: music, television, theatre, cinema, writing. I believe that art cannot only be used to entertain but to inspire and unite people. I feel that I can create art the showcases authentic people and authentic situations. Believing that although people may live through different situations, they connect through their similar emotions.
Who is your inspiration in life Charles? How do you keep inspired?
Miley Cyrus is the person who inspired me to pursue acting and performance. I'd always had a love for music, but I didn't know performing was what I wanted to do until I say, Miley. I also look up to Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin Manuel Miranda, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Lorde, Whoopi Goldberg. I appreciate their diversity, the quality of their work, and how committed they are. It doesn't just take talent to be a performer. It also takes work ethic. I appreciate people who don't just act but make important movies and play important roles. I appreciate musicians who write important. It has to look and sound good. But it also has to move somebody,
We all make mistakes Charles; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
In poetry competitions a few years back, my team performed a piece that offended a few people and one school's team specifically. It was completely unintentional, and we did try to apologise. The next year, we competed against that same school in a semi-finals round. Afterwards, I felt that I should have approached the team and apologised again now that now that time had past to smooth things over completely. But I didn't. I wish I had.
Charles, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
Usually, if it not an emergency, I will prioritise the person who came to me first. I believe strongly in being a person of my word and following through with commitments. If I cannot handle something immediately, I will before the day is over.
Please tell us, Charles, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
My last semester of college was an accelerated semester, and I was taking five classes as well as working a job. In order to keep track of everything, each night I would make a "To Do" list for the next day. I'd look at deadlines, appointments, and first, see what could not wait until the next day. Those tasks would take priority. Afterwards, I would accomplish small bits of any long-term projects or small projects if I had the time.
Charles, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
In 2017 I participated in Writer's United's first film festival. They are a writing student organisation at UCF. After being both an actor and screenwriter for the first festival, I had some notes about how to make the 2018 festival more organised. Many of the people involved have never made a movie before. In order to ensure the movie quality was even better than the prior year, I typed up a list of solutions to many of the issues we had last year. This list took into consideration many of the pointers I received from industry executives I met at the VIP Ignite Hollywood conference. Most pertained to simple organisational and time management changes. I sent this list over to the President of Writer's Uknighted in an email who received it incredibly well.
Charles, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Recently I travelled to Hollywood to attend Reach Management's VIP Ignite Networking Conference. They invited me out to California to sit down with important names in the Entertainment Industry. It was my very first time going to Hollywood, and I was so honoured to get to talk to casting directors, actors, music producers, scouts. It was a surreal experience.
Charles, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My senior year of college I served as coach/competitor for Project: SPIT's slam poetry team. It was my job to coordinate all the logistics of getting my team to competitions. I worked with my team on writing and staging a repertoire of at least 12 poems. Some individual, some group. My goal for our team was to push our individuality and write pieces no one else would think of. As a coach, I was required to keep my team organised, motivated, and united. As a competitor, it was my job to ensure that my performance was the best it could be. That year we ranked 20/72 competing schools.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Put in the work. Never let anyone convince you that you can't achieve a goal. If you're putting in the work and doing all you can do to make sure you're the best you can be, the opportunity will come. The moment will come. It may not be on the first try, or second, or third, but it will come. Just don't give up. Don't rest.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am open to any collaboration.
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