My father died when I was six years old which devastated me most of my childhood. Eventually is leased me to the streets becoming a drug dealer and gang banger. I was purely lost and seemed to be impossible to change my life in the eyes of many. It’s was when I served nearly eight years in prison when I found God and had plenty of time to redeem myself, spirituality, destiny and all things according to God’s plan. Once I was released from prison, Charles D. Clark was a new man.
Hmmm.. When I was doing background for the first time on Netflix ” House Of Cards ” I went to the wrong food table not knowing SAG & crew had there on the table from background. Here I am putting some of the best food I’ve witnessed on my plate only to get a tap on the shoulder by a PA ( Production Assistant ) asking me ” Are you SAG or background? “..When I answered background she said I could not eat from this table again. I looked at the background table of food, and I was like heck no lol! The next time I ran across the same PA, and she said ” Are you said or background..and you look familiar “..I said I have a twin brother whom you asked the same question too about six months ago..he was background.But I am SAG and boy her whole attitude changed. She was super nice to me lol!
As everyone knows I’m a ( Director’s Pick Featured Recurring ) goon/enforcer in Shine’s crew on Empire. One of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on was the full-featured film 53206: Milwaukee as ” Detective Albert ” my Mz Kim Productions. It’s was my first ever law enforcement role which open doors for me on TV One and the ID Channel primetime true crime tv shows. Shout out to Kimberly Z., Stephen C., Joshua N., Tory L. and my entire 53206: Milwaukee movie family. We were selected for both the Las Vegas and Charlotte Black Film Festival in which multi award-winning Hollywood director, producer, writer and community leader Kimberly Zulkwoski won ” Best Director.”
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Trae Byers, Yazz Bryshere, Jussie Smollett, Forest Whitaker, Rekkhan and Benjamin Oliver. My Empire family lol…Each one these amazing individuals show me love and support on set. I automatically felt like family and learned so much acting wisdom that was a great asset to my acting journey thus far. To be on the set of the number 1 record-breaking prime time show on Fox and a part of it is overwhelming in a phenomenal way. I’m truly blessed in so many ways.
Bro, there is so many I could write a book lol. Terrence and Taraji P. Henson were the main two that sparked my fire to become an actor. Empire writer and Co-Producer Carlito Rodriguez inspired me because our testimonies are almost the same and the spiritual presence when I first met him in person made me grind harder. One of Empire rising stars Rekkhan is like my brother and my mentor. His words of wisdom are tremendously valuable in my acting career. ICE T, Terry Crews, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chadwick Bostwick, Tom Hanks.But there is one person I will say that is truly the spine of my grind in breaking all limits to achieve greater than greater. My sis, my inspiration an mentor Emmy award-winning history maker Lena Waithe! Lena if you are reading this I love you fam and thank you! Lena is simply amazing on all levels of greatness!
By combining my testimony and my now success as a positive reinforcement to the world..especially the youth. My ultimate message is that if you agree to change for the better than, the better will agree to change you for the greater.
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