So you want to know a little about me. I was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Troy, Michigan. Troy is a small town about 20 miles north of Detroit, best known for being the location of the Kmart World Headquarters. Throughout high school I dabbled in modeling and dreamed about acting but never really considered those avenues as a real career choice. Let’s face it, no one from a small midwestern town could actually make a living in the entertainment industry. Right? We were all groomed for the typical 9-5 job. After high school, I attended the University Of Michigan in Ann Arbor and from there finished my Structural Engineering Degree at a private Architectural / Engineering School called Lawrence University.

The plan after graduation was to work for an Architectural Engineering Firm designing and building custom commercial structures and private homes. As we all know rarely does life go the way we plan but I believe everything happens for a reason. So, instead of the A/E firm I somehow found myself joining the Army.

The Army was an experience within itself. Most people who join after college enter the military and become Officers. Not me. I went enlisted. My goal was to become an Airborne Ranger and that’s what I did.

After the military I decided to “chase the dream” so I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. A few years later a huge opportunity presented itself to me. It was the film “Black Hawk Down”. The interesting thing about this film was that it was about the unit I was in, in the military. Talk about things happening for a reason. Needless to say, the film was a perfect fit for me.

About a year later I decided to write my own project. I never really thought of myself as a writer but thanks to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, why not? The script was called “10 Days to Dreamland”. The next step I thought was to shoot a trailer. My friends had a better option. They thought it would be better to shoot a short film. So I did. I called it “Dreamland”. We shot the short on 35mm and super 16 mm film. The whole process was a huge learning experience in filmmaking especially since I took on the role of Actor, Writer, Producer, and Director. Another great aspect of making the short was that I was able to incorporate my love of skydiving into the film. I also discovered a new passion… flying. Once the short was complete I entered it into a few film festivals. It ended up being in the Official Selection of The Atlanta Black Film Festival and the FAIF International Film Festival where it was screened at the famous Chinese Mann Theater in Hollywood.

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