Who are you? Tell me about yourself
Vincent Anthony is a mosaic. That’s the best way I can put it. When you look at me and think you noticed something about me, the second glance will have you seeing something completely different. A little bit about myself.. .I’m a traveler. I’ve been so many different places that I can’t relate with a “hometown”. I’m initially from Aberdeen, Maryland. But most will see me show a lot of love to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve been out on my own since I was about 14. So I’m the definition of a loner. However, I’m very much a people person. I am an alum of the first HBCU (Historically Black College/University), The Lincoln University. I graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree in English and a Pre Law Certification. I’m very much down to earth. I love to laugh and make others laugh. I’m just a big kid that understands the reality of adulthood.
How long have you been dancing? how long have you been modeling?
I’ve been dancing since I could walk. I’ve pursued it as a career for about 5 years on and off. Up until about a year and half years ago, when I decided it was time to chase the dream without reservations. Modeling is something that I tried as a child. I was to insecure with myself back then and allowed how others seen me to stop my dream. However, in college I realized that all the insecurities, I had, weren’t as big as I thought they were. I wasn’t as ugly as I thought. My nose wasn’t the only thing people seen when they looked at me. My eyes out shined the imperfection on my face. I just gained a lot more confidence.
What got you into those careers?
Honestly, both of these careers were outlets to get out of a bad situation. Coming up, I was the “statistic”. Projected not to graduate high school, let alone college, to have multiple children, not to make it past eighteen years old. Just the worst of things. But these hobbies, now careers, saved me. I’ll never forget the first person to see the best in me. A lady by the name of Amy Pentz. She was my High School Dance Team instructor and the first person to book me on a actual dance gig. I owe a lot to her for introducing me to the arts.
Do you do anything else aside from dancing and acting? If so, what?
I can honestly say that I dabble in just about everything. Of course I model also. I ran track in high school, college and the profession circuit. In between my modeling and dancing hiatuses, track and field owned a large part of my life. I love music. I’m trying to learn as much as possible about the music industry. It’s always been a passion. I am always writing something; poetry, songs, stories etc.
Why do you dance? what is your preferred genre?
I dance because it’s a way to express myself. It relays thousands of messages through movement. It also makes the mind think. Not only for the person performing it, but for the audience watching it. Currently, I train at Gotta Dance Atlanta and I am apart of the Atlanta Dance Connection. At heart, I’m this black “ballet boy”. I love ballet and contemporary movement, but I started dancing in hip hop. My current focuses are hip hop and ballet/contemporary. I have a lot of respect for all genres.
How do you feel when you’re performing?
It honestly varies from performance to performance. I like to create different personas for each piece of work. That way different emotions and points of view are expressed.Overall, it is a blessed feeling to even be able to do what I love In front of people that are willing to watch.
Do you feel the same way when you’re modeling?
When I model, it’s the same feeling. The only difference is that I allow the clothes or look define what character I am and then I try to give that to the camera or runway, instead of the movement and music with dance.
What has been your favorite photoshoot thus far?
I normally would opt out of this question, so I don’t offend anyone lol. But, my London Meets Miami “The Dapper Gentleman” shoot with Dwight Montgomery has been my favorite thus far.
What advice would you give to anybody trying to get into the modeling and acting industry?
Stay hungry! Use tunnel vision to see what you want and how to get it. Distractions are inevitable, so you have to be strong minded. Know what you’re willing and not willing to do to make YOUR dreams come true. At the end of the day, you just have to want it! No one can want it more for you, than you. Lastly, remember that your brand is most important! It’s 24/7, 365 days a year. Even when you think people are not watching they are. Protect your brand!
What words of advice would you have to other men seeking to get into the industry?
Always be a man first! Once again know what you want and are willing to do to see your dreams happen. Make sure that your presentation (brand, body, look and attitude) match the avenue you’re pursuing. But most importantly, stay humble.
I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did. There is something to be said about a man who can dress and dance! Something to be said indeed! Follow him on IG @iamvincentanthony and keep up with his stuff. He’s not exactly hard to look at now is he? Share, comment and subscribe readers! See you tomorrow!