Just few moments around model/dancer/etc. Jose Chu, and it’s obvious why Jose would BE successful in any endeavor he chose. He’s not unwilling to roll up his sleeves. If he needs to play manager and organize an event himself, he will. If he needs to assist in the career of another, he doesn’t view it as taking away from his time, but rather an opportunity to elevate another person which inevitably comes back around anyway. This universal wisdom is too often lost in an industry where everyone is looking for their own come up, even if it means stepping on others on the way to the top. [ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW PICS]
Jose claims a joint heritage of African-American, Chinese, and Latino — and is currently the face of T.I.‘s clothing line Akoo. We caught up with Jose as he worked on a shoot with photographer Zina Franklin. Jose recalled his BEginnings growing up next door to Marques Houston in Los Angeles. “Me and him used to put on our penny loafers on Sunday and dance to Michael Jackson,” Chu muses. This led Jose to pursue a career as dance was his first love. “I also used to dance for Team Millenia (America’s Best Dance Crew) when I was in college. My first [paying] gig was with famed choreographer Fatima Robinson.” Chu pauses to reflect. “Some people never get to work with her in a lifetime.”
After Relocating to Atlanta in 2005, Chu credits celebrity photographer and director Leo Marshall for preparing him for the world of modeling. “I learned about lighting and composition [and directing and producing]. In a remarkably short amount of time, Jose has been able to establish himself in the modeling industry. He has rocked the runway for choice designers like Andrew Christian, Genuine Jockey Underwear, and Nya Nya Couture.
In the past year, Jose has also been cast as a featured model in music videos for major recording artists such as Angie Stone, “I Aint Hearin U”, Juvenile, “Gotta Get It”, Plies, “Becky”, and Verse Simmonds featuring Yung Joc, “Buy You a Round”, which has been featured in nationally advertised campaigns for Avis Rental and JBS Urban Beauty Hair Products. He also produced and directed a Polo Noir piece HERE.
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