What did you want to become when you were a child?
I wanted to become a youth pastor or a motivational and inspirational speaker. One of the two. That's still what I want to be when I grow up.
Tell us why you do what you do:
I do what I do because it's what God has for me. I've realized that His plans are better than mine.
Who inspires you in the industry?
The people who inspire me the most are the ones who don't have a relationship with Jesus. I want to be able to to reach those people with God's love.
What aspects of your job do you like best/least?
As far as best goes, I like having a very open schedule. It gives me a lot of time to work on Love More Give More and connect with people for coffee. Traveling is always an adventure.
The aspect I like the least is that sometimes it takes a few months to get paid. It's part of it though.
Silly question: Do you find you got more traction as a model WITH or WITHOUT the beard?
With, for sure.
Talk to us about your involvement with lovemoregivemore:
I founded Love More Give More back in 2010. I play a big part in the creative direction, event planning and I run a lot of the back end stuff. I also handle all of the PR, press and team building. I work with a wonderful team who makes LMGM come to life. I couldn't do it without them.
It seems that many people are afraid to speak up about religion, not you, how has God inspired you/continues to do so:
Well, God is my identity. He is the reason I do..anything. I know how miserable, lonely and meaningless life is without having a personal relationship with Him. I know what it's like because I've been there. I don't wish that on anyone and want everyone to experience what I continue to experience.
Describe your style in terms of fashion:
It just depends on what I'm doing that day and where I'm at. If I'm back home in the South, you'll probably see me with a cowboy hat on and some Levi's. If I'm in NY, you might see me in drop crotch sweats, a long t-shirt and some high tops.
What makes you happy?
Jesus. For real—He really does.
Which three people do you find most inspiring, why?
My adopted Mom. She is the most wonderful lady in my life, well, her and my Grandma. I love them equally as much. My adopted Mom inspired me to start Love More Give More because of her massive heart for those less fortunate. She is the most caring woman I've ever met. My grandma is wonderful. She always keeps in touch with me and watched me a lot when I was little. She makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever. Oh and pancakes. Great, now I'm getting hungry..
Second would be the youth pastor that I had growing up. He took me in when I was kicked out of my biological parents house. He still is my main mentor to this day. I consider him and his family, part of mine.
Jesus came to the earth as 100% God and 100% man. He inspired me by the way He lived and treated people. Never once did He blow anyone off or make them feel like they didn't matter or were less important, for that matter. He stuck up for the truth and told practical stories that were applicable to those listening. He didn't ever try to impress anyone, either.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Pizza and more pizza. For sure.
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Genuine. Loyal. Honest. Hardworking. Creative.
What do you most value in people?
I value their heart. Sometimes people do and say stupid things but have a pure and genuine heart behind it. I'm learning to understand their motives the best I can before jumping to conclusions.
What is your idea of the perfect date?
If it's the first date and I think I might really be into the girl, I would love to pick her up at her place early in the morning, right before the sun comes up and ride to a really scenic spot on the motorcycle that I don't own yet and have coffee together. I'd have a themas to keep the coffee warm. Dinner on the first date is lame. I have a lot of ideas. I guess it depends on the girl though.
Name a thing people don't know about you:
I haven't owned a vehicle in almost 2 years.
I ride my bicycle almost everywhere when I'm in LA.
What is your motto?
Break your own rules to believe in people.
Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Probably eating pizza somewhere...
Any last words?
Yeah. I just want people to know how truly valuable they are. No matter what you've done, God loves you and can't stop thinking about you. He created you to do special things that only you can do.