I was born August 7th, 1990 in Fayetteville, NC to two loving parents. I have three younger sisters, and I'm the only guy of the bunch. We were very blessed to be raised in a military family with the joy of travelling to new places every few years. Over those years, I have lived on a couple of different continents and experienced many different cultures over the vastness of several countries. When I was younger, I remember being like, "hey, those people in that movie there, that's what I want to do. " I can't tell you exactly what film it was, but it inspired me to say those words. It appeared to resonate with my degree of imagination. Which is un-measurable as much as the next individual. It wasn't until a few years later that I started to get some acting experience with theatre performances and the like. After several years of moving around, and living on my own, I still hadn't made it to the point where It was feasible to move west and pursue this career. It wasn't until my parents gave me the idea to pursue a completely unrelated career to Hollywood since they had seen me struggle enough with coming out of high school and not going straight to college. Enter a career in healthcare, more specifically, nursing. I still can't figure out exactly how all this happened. I know that God is magnificent. After staying in the mid-west for more than a decade considering I wanted to plant some roots somewhere, I decided it was best to start this professional acting. That somewhere is a local market known as Kansas City. I got blessed with several opportunities while I was in Kansas City, as well as professional advice from working industry professionals. This was the plan in motion. Since I was not in a major media market, I needed this ammo to carry with me to Los Angeles. Come summer of last year, I relocated and have been the happiest I have been ever since. California is a lovely splice of Italy & Hawaii from my perspective. Not only that, those two places were my favourite of all our military family travels! My very personable traits include being well versed and exposed for being 27 years old. I have lived all over the world, and have met so many different types of people from world cultures. I am very observant, and inquisitive in the right ways. A major trait I possess is a photographic memory. I'm not particularly eager to brag that much about it, but this helps when memorising a script on a last minute audition! Or remembering something randomly funny that someone forgot. These traits allow me to absorb, and convey emotions as well as my own and translate them realistically. I attribute these traits to my stellar acting abilities. Most people my age I feel can be distracted or not as focused on the right objective. But then again, I don't tell anyone how to live their life. I am confident at anything that I put my mind to and highly intellectual. I utilise my natural leadership skills, my unique "look", & divine charisma to meet people, and establish long-lasting relationships with other like-minded professionals. Professional, productive, and most importantly, positive. Don't forget to smile, because someone always has it worse! :-)
Drew, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My primary passion includes making everyone feel as if he or she is important. Being able to share my imagination with the world is a blessing. I greatly enjoy spreading "love." Love is a powerful emotion, and everyone needs it to survive. I am passionate about my work, and all the concepts needed to support my work. I do not support any hate or discriminatory groups, and I'm am greatly against any negative intentions or actions. You can say that I am also passionate about my family and the love that we have for one another. Again, someone always has it worse.
Who is your inspiration in life Drew? How do you keep inspired?
A majority of my inspiration came from the imagination of Walt Disney. I love that man. Other prominent figures include Steven Spielberg, Wes Craven, & Ron Howard to name a few. Other ways I keep inspired are my faith and spirituality. All of the things that have occurred during my life have happened for a major reason. Whether perceived as positive or negative, the heavens have a plan for all of us. I wake up every day inspired by the fact that I was blessed to breathe life another day. I stay positive and remain inspired by being able to accomplish my goals regardless of what curve balls life throws my way. I don't stress, and when I do, I remove the stressor. No time for stress, only happiness, fun, and success.
We all make mistakes Drew; 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.
Honestly, I don't recall a time where this has happened. Not yet anyway. I am so positive that there is usually no with me conflict when I show up on set. The exception would be an ethical dilemma or a violation of my moral compass. But again, this has yet to happen in my professional acting career. I'll let you know when it happens.
Drew, 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?
Being a registered nurse, prioritisation is my job. It is only natural to deliver the same effectiveness in my acting career. In a situation such as this, it is important to prioritise based on time, energy, and circumstance. You would also include safety, but that is very specific to nursing as far as my prioritisation strategy. For this example, we will exclude safety, but always make it a consideration. Whatever is going to take the most time and energy, you address FIRST. Circumstance is factored in when you need to include the gravity of the expectation. If the expectation from one of your clients is more important when considering what it takes in selling the product, or story, then clearly, that will take precedence. That is a nursing school question in fact. But besides the point, you need to make sure that you are also not losing sight of the primary objective which is the product, or story for a film/TV show and what we want to convey to our audiences. Another thing that is most important, as much as we all want to please our clients to their level of expectation, sometimes you can't please everyone the way they expect, and that is okay too. You don't need to stress over things you can't control. Again, this guy does not stress!
Please tell us, Drew, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Staying current on the trends in the industry is what keeps you making and shaking in the ever-changing entertainment industry. The secret to being successful in Hollywood is being "well-funded" & being invested in yourself. It has never been just about "talent." Yeah, if you can't deliver on set, then you have wasted your time as well as everyone else. As a professional actor, you are the head of your own business. I stay at the top of my game by continuing to formulate new ways to get my content out to my audiences. With the invention of social media, there are so many platforms where you can establish a fan-base. Which in turn, makes you appear to be more of a "commodity" to your buyers. The buyers in this instance being the casting professionals and the creatives. I.e., producers, directors, writers, show-runners, etc. Staying competitive in a way that is memorable, and showing up to the audition to "book the room." Don't worry about the job. If they want you, you will be booked. With the modelling that I have recently been doing on my social media platforms and the occasional print project, it is simply about having the traits and attributes that you can use to promote health, wellness, fitness, youthfulness, and attractive qualities that inspire people to spread the same message, "love". It does take some skill and thought to think of the next best photo to post on Instagram! :-) If you post good content, you will develop your following. Very simple.The major component you want to consider is "writing, & creating your content." Everyone at the highest tier in Hollywood is just simply working with those level of creators, writing, producing, and distributing their content. It is not a secret. Doing this will make you appear that you have more than just one hat you wear in the entertainment industry that you want to pursue. As well as starring in projects that show you in your best light. Don't lose sight of your baby, acting is my baby, but keep an open mind to other creative routes. I like to write whats peculating in my head. Therefore, it makes sense to write my movies and star in them. You know how many projects I got lined up that I'm going to write, finance, create, & distribute later in my career. We will get there, trust me. We made it this far, no stopping now!
Drew, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Usually, I don't have to do much, and I wouldn't necessarily say it was getting someone to "see things my way." It usually comprises a situation where I am simply doing me, sharing my life experience, or I show something to someone that I am doing, and they immediately implement a similar action in their world. I notice these things on social media usually. Like if I do something off-the-cuff on social media or influential post content, I typically see this change, and I chuckle slightly. It's my positive aura, charisma, and professionalism that inspire people to change the way they do things. This is all just me explaining how I perceive these situations. I guess I could never prove it. But my intuition doesn't steer me wrong 9.9 times out of 10.
Drew 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?
The most important accomplishment is just being able to say that I'm getting to do what I love. What's better, is that I am getting paid for my services. Many people dream of being able to do this. I am doing it, and me being as young as I am, & others witnessing my accomplishments inspires people to go after dreams that they may have put on the back burner, or never pursued because "life" happened, or what have you. Being able to share this is exhilarating. Yeah, an award for my performance can carry you very far in your career, but living this crazy life in a comfortable & meaningful fashion, I couldn't be more blessed.
Drew, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Recently, I wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a film project under the Screen Actors Guild. It is still in post-production, however, I was able to create and produce my content while writing a role that was written for me. The exciting part was being able to work and get in front of the camera. Along with being around and working with other creative Hollywood professionals. It is also exciting to be able to show Hollywood that you are here to make your mark and nothing will stand in your way of making your career visible, and prominent.I wouldn't say that it was difficult to pull this off. If anything, the amount of work to get the financing together was probably more strenuous than actually executing the production. Nonetheless, I enjoy taking on challenges & it moulds you into a better professional than you were prior. You must constantly be expanding your boundaries and growing to become a well-versed professional in whatever you do!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
If you don't take anything else from this interview, the most important thing that you can do to establish yourself in any creative business, i.e., acting, modelling, art, dancing, fashion, etc. is to have "good funding, investors, and a support structure." Possessing these qualities will allow you to invest in your business the correct way and can honestly, help you significantly in this marathon of a career. It is important to remember that a career in the arts does not happen overnight. Yeah, someone may be discovered overnight, but keeping the momentum alive and pulsing takes skill, talent, business intellect, and finances. Yes, money is important because this is a business and it is always about money.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Absolutely. If you are a creative professional, brand, or production that feels your creative intentions, aura, and vibration resonates with what I am bringing to the table, I am always looking for like-minded creative professionals to collaborate, and brainstorm with. Not only do we get to do what we love, but we get to create new neuro-pathways in our brain. Just a little bit of a science nerd. I lied, I am a science nerd. The collaboration must be insightful, positive, professional, and possess a powerful message to carry. Whether that be selling a brand, a product, or telling an impactful story, these are the types of collaborations I look for. Collaborations that get you thinking, and stimulate you. While at the same time expanding your mind and horizons within your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical being.