Colin was born outside of Detroit, MI and moved to Chicago when he was 10 years old. At the age of eleven, his family moved to a small town south of Chicago where he got introduced to acting at ‘The Illinois Theatre Center’ close to where he grew up in Crete. After doing a couple of professional plays, high school sports took over and his focus became going to college and studying to attend medical school. After playing a year of college football at Illinois Wesleyan University, he transferred to The University of Iowa where he graduated with a degree in Biology/Pre-Med.
FASHION, FILM AND TV
On a whim, he attended a model/talent search event in Chicago and it wasn’t too long before he was traveling to Europe and working with some of the top designers and photographers in the world. Medical school was put on hold as he began doing campaigns and walking the runways for the likes of Calvin Klein, Versace, and Giorgio Armani to name a few. This led to his moving to New York City where he continued to work in fashion and began to revisit his roots in acting.
It wasn’t too long before he was portraying the infamous, Erica Kane’s son on the long lived daytime drama, ‘All My Children’ which soon led to roles on such shows as ‘Melrose Place’, ‘Rizzoli and Isles’ and ‘The Client List’ with Jennifer Love Hewitt. He has also starred in several films including the romantic comedy ‘Something Borrowed’ with Kate Hudson, ‘Open Road’ with Andy Garcia, ‘The Space Between Us’ with Gary Oldman and ‘Backtrace’ with Sylvestor Stallone.
In addition to acting, Colin actively participates in triathlons and marathons raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is also passionate about working with community leaders and developers in Chicago’s south side helping revitalize under-served communities and neighborhoods. Having written his memoir, ‘Agile Artist: Life Lessons from Hollywood and Beyond,’ Colin regularly speaks to groups around the world about the importance of discovering your voice and how to overcome life’s challenge to realize your dream life!
In 2014, acting on his desire to get into the world of real estate, Colin started his own real estate investment company called Stage 2 Properties (www.stage2properties.com) and began rehabbing houses in the south side of Chicago. He also holds a broker’s license with Cobblestone Realty and currently is working with community leaders and developers to help revitalize under-served communities in Chicago. Colin is currently working on creating a community center in Roseland with an organization called Art On The Loose that teaches inner city kids about opportunities and careers in art and design.
AUTHOR AND SPEAKER
Colin recently wrote his first book called Agile Artist, Life Lessons from Hollywood and Beyond which he now regularly speaks about at conferences, corporate and charity events and seminars. Through his story of overcoming severe shyness and insecurity when he was younger to finally taking a chance of pursuing what truly resonated with him- trying to make career as a creative professional on some of the biggest stages in the world, Colin shares his unique and authentic experiences that inspire, make you laugh and sometimes cry. The incredibly powerful insights and strategies that Colin talks about on life perspective that he’s gained having carved out a successful career in the entertainment industry, living through the tragedy of 9/11 as well as being diagnosed with and beating cancer, not once, but twice all while maintaining his career in front of the camera can be applied immediately to start causing the real change we want to see in our lives. Colin is no stranger to adversity and as such, shares how what he learned from the life altering events that have shaped his life can benefit anyone else dealing with their own adversity in pursuit of fulfillment, good health, happiness and harnessing one’s dream life!
“I’m incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunities that life has afforded me in pursuit of my dream of being a professional actor and entrepreneur. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to work with some of the most talented and inspiring people in the world, co-collaborating to bring film, television shows and several businesses to life. More importantly, I’m thankful for every single person who has supported me along the way especially when I needed them most, dealing with some pretty scary and harrowing times. At the end of the day, what I’ve realized is that no matter what life throws at you, the most important thing is being there for one another, to pick each other up when we’ve fallen and to encourage each other to keep fighting, keeping growing and keep learning whatever it is necessary to be able to effectively create the life we want to truly live.” -Colin
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