I grew up in the Compton/ Long Beach area and have accumulated a lot of life experiences that help me with my acting. I’ve been told that I have the determination, tenacity and skill to go far, in this career. I left high school illiterate and now read Tolstoy and Chomsky. I was homeless as a kid, graduated with a Masters Degree from UCLA and teach USC. I strive every day to be better than the day before.
My best friend of 19 years, who’s like my brother, never hands out compliments, referred to me as a 'success story', which makes me eager to continue that success -- paying it forward to other individuals like myself coming from communities, who may not always have advantages or opportunities but will definitely create one.
“For those on the downside of advantages, surviving purely on courage – it’s possible” – Russell Crowe (Oscar Speech, Gladiator, 2000)