Interview by Sierra Zaccagnino | Submitted by Tucker Brown Nomination by Rob Brown | Photography by Teerage Photography California
The Nomination: When he was 12 years old he told his mother and I that all he wanted to do for the rest of his life was act, sing and dance. For the last two winters and now the end of summer through December he has been and will be in Los Angeles chasing his dream. The determination to march to the beat of his own drum and chart his own path no matter what anyone may say about it is truly an inspiration.
How and when did you first become interested in performing? I was about six, and I saw High School Musical for the first time. I remember thinking I would love to do that. I have Zac Efron to thank for this.
What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing your dreams? In the beginning it was location, I am originally from Mississippi.
How have you worked to overcome any challenges? I now spend a lot of the year in LA so location isn’t as much of a challenge.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone else who wants to follow his or her own dream and branch out? Most of the time we all feel like we must be like everyone else. We must fit in and do what everyone else is doing. People like to put us in boxes, and the bet piece of advice I can give anyone is to believe that there is no box. We were all made different and we must be who we were born to be otherwise we are just existing and not living.
What on your resume are you most proud of? I have had some amazing people help me and coach me along this journey. The team that I have around me now is what I am most proud. They are as committed to my success as I am.
What is hands down the most exciting experience you have in LA so far? I got to spend three nights on the set of American Ninja Warrior when it filmed at Universal Studios. I got to meet most of the Ninjas which was amazing since I am a huge fan of the show.