- Frequently relocated throughout his childhood because of his father's military service.
- Took voice lessons when he was middle school.
- Started acting during his senior year of high school, at age 17, securing a lead role in his first musical, 1940 Radio Hour.
- Worked as a New York Knicks Acroback Tumbler, performing during half-times at the Knicks Madison Square Garden home games, early in his entertainment career.
- Was also a part of Liberty Dancers, the co-ed hip hop WNBA dance team.