Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday we are spotlighting our next #rebel who’s a model, actor and digital social strategist who hails originally from Detroit but now an LA native. Chad’s big dreams brought him to LA where he was destined to be in front of the camera. Chad’s dynamic, genuine personality and sense of humor is what really engages us and brightens our day and we couldn’t wait to spotlight him. Learn more about @ChadMRogers below
Name: Chad Mitchell Rodgers (@chadmrodgers)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Name something you can’t live without: Coffee. ☕
In what ways does James Dean resonate with you: Having studied film, movies, and acting my whole life, I’ve been a huge fan of James Dean for sometime. Dean was only in three major films before he died at a really young age. I think what resonates with me is how he stands for a “Live Fast, Die Young” mentality. Life is short; what are people waiting for? There’s no perfect time to do anything. There are dreamers, and then there are doers. I’m a doer. I live as fast as I can possibly handle and while yes, this sometimes causes disarray and things to be wild and crazy, who cares? I’m living. If things are normal all the time, that means I’m boring. God, who wants to be boring?
How are you living like a rebel? I wasn’t born in LA, I’m from Detroit. Born and raised Motor City boy. That’s not the best place to be growing up. By the time I was 22, I saved a few thousand bucks, packed up my car with everything I had, and moved to LA. I knew a handful of people there, had a couch to crash on for one week, and I moved five times in my first year. California will eat you up and spit you out if you don’t dodge the punches it throws at you. I’ve jumped off bridges, partied like a rockstar (with actual rockstars), and bent and broken most rules to get them to work for me. I think that’s what Dean did, and I think that’s what I’ve done too. Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.