I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
I moved to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles when I was nine. My family returned to Brazil when I was just eighteen, leaving me alone to care for myself. My rent, groceries, car payments, insurance, gas, utilities and the dental bills – all on me.
The stress and demands were overwhelming for any one, especially an eighteen your old kid. But, with the encouraging words of my beautiful mother in my head and the help of my friends, I kept my head above water. It would have been easy for me to give up and return to Brazil. But I was determined to pay my bills and show the world I could succeed.
I did a million different jobs, taking on anything that paid. I was a busboy, a waiter, a security guard, and a personal assistant. I sold timeshares, packed groceries and I cleaned pools. I was usually holding down two or three jobs at a time. Yet I was barely scraping by. The stress was overwhelming. But I never gave up. So I survived.
I love to dance. Nothing energizes me like dancing. It refocuses my mind back to everything that is good. And, even better, I see the joy it brings to people watching. I am often asked how I learned to dance like I do. Everyone has a talent; I am grateful that this is mine. I have never taken a class. But when I see a move, I can copy it. I never really thought about it much; it was always just something that came easy to me. The fact that I can now make a living doing what I love most amazes me.
My future is bright. I will continue dancing and modeling as long as I can. But I would really like to establish a career as an actor. I am attending acting school now, working hard every day at developing my craft. I am looking to get work in commercials, TV shows, film, and the theater. Ideally, getting a role in a Brazilian novella would be a dream.
As long as I can pay my bills, make my mom proud, and entertain the people watching me, then that is enough for me. Anything beyond that is a blessing.