Today we’d like to introduce you to Wesley Charlton.
Wesley, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
After receiving my degree in dance from The Ohio State University, I moved to LA to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Moving here has presented many challenges and I’ve certainly experienced the highs and lows of living in Los Angeles. I’ve met many different people and am fortunate enough to have had some pretty cool experiences as well. I had goals set for myself when first moving here and I’m grateful that I have been able to accomplish many of them. I got signed to an agency, I’ve booked work with celebrities and a few local artists, I danced and traveled with a professional company. These days I’m crossing over into modeling, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. My goals have changed in the years that I’ve been here and I think that I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want in life. I’m grateful for how far I’ve come and I look forward to continued growth and new opportunities!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I definitely would NOT say it has been smooth. Living in such an expensive city and trying to find success in a brutal industry has been really tough. I think the biggest challenge for me has been supporting myself and still finding the time, energy, and money to invest into my career. LA is the entertainment capital of the world and beautiful, talented people come here every year, many of whom are trying to accomplish the same things as I have. It’s an extremely competitive field and everything is circumstantial. We’re all on a different path and how we get to where we’re going will look different for everyone. I think my time here has taught me to really figure out what I’m passionate about and how I want to go about achieving those goals. I’ve really had to learn patience and how to just go with the flow, which has never been easy for me.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
When I first moved out here, I was really focused on dance, so most of my experiences out here have been dance-related. I’ve worked on many different gigs and have trained in different styles including hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and Bollywood, just to name a few. I’m most proud of the fact that I can say I moved to LA and have been working as a professional dancer and model. That is really something I dreamed about for a long time, and although there are many goals I have yet to reach, the fact that I’ve gotten paid to do these things gives me a sense of accomplishment. As I mentioned previously, I’ve learned a lot about what my passions really are and how I want that to be reflected in my legacy. I want my work to make a positive impact, no matter how small. I’m currently a brand ambassador for a plant-based skincare line, Basedskin, that is cruelty-free and eco-friendly. I hope to continue working with brands whose values resonate with mine and I want to express myself authentically through the arts.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
I’m not sure if I have one in particular. I had a pretty good childhood, filled with lots of love and happy times. I think reminiscing about time spent with family and friends during the holidays makes me feel good. I don’t see them as often as I’d like these days, but I am happy I can always recall a fond memory when I miss them.
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