Born in Seattle, Washington, to a gringo dad who sold and adored seafood and a Latina lady, my life up until this point has always been a little bit of a struggle. But I’m not here to moan and groan; life is way too short for that. I want to show the world my talents and how I stand out.
My wonderful grandma raised me in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, known as home to one of the largest drug-trafficking cartels in the world. At 12, I got my first job as a paperboy, and well, let me tell you – it was hell. Wake at 5:00 am and cycle 27 miles daily in the intensely humid Mexican morning heat. I returned to Grandma’s fresh glass of chocolate milk waiting for me once I returned, with a raw egg beaten in for extra protein. Pretty awful, but without a doubt, it t turned me from a boy into a man.
My earliest memories of the arts came from a 2.0-megapixel camera borrowed from my aunt. Nearby rivers and fields, my heat-scorched rusty bicycle, family members, and perhaps most vividly, my aunt’s cat ‘Emilio’ all featured in what you could call my earliest ‘portfolio’. These moments stuck with me, and I now realize they marked the point when my love for the modern media developed.
The next step is traveling to the US to pursue my dream of working in the media. Quickly learning English (while feasting on mouthwatering patty melts), I enrolled in college and worked jobs to fund my journeys around the world, saving for further education. I developed plays for the toddlers at family reunions, complete with outfit changes and full cassette soundtracks. This led to getting lead roles in theater workshops, which gave me my first taste of the main stage: a huge open-air theater, right next to the deep blue ocean. I’ll never forget the fresh Pacific wind hitting my face on stage. It was magical, like a spell cast on me. It left me wanting more, which, eventually, is what I got.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a little boy cycling the streets of Sinaloa would go on to feature in a music video viewed over 1 billion times worldwide and have a part to play in one of the most anticipated films of recent times, Oppenheimer, and –what I can safely describe as one of the biggest achievements of my life, but after seeing myself at the VMA’s for those few seconds, as the ‘Video of the Year’ category was broadcast to millions, it’s now almost a reality, and I feel like I’m only getting started.
Outside of acting, photography remains a huge passion, with a portfolio including travels to over 41 countries. I also produce electronic music, amassing over 100,000 listeners on Spotify. Make no mistake: I remember my roots and the fate of others, active in charity work, primarily involved with HIV-infected children in the incredible country of South Africa. I’m also currently finishing my degree at the University of California, Berkeley, after previously attending Santa Monica College, holding a part-time job, funnily enough, selling seafood…
I am actively looking for agent representation and welcome any approach. Please use the contact details at the top of the page.