TO DESIRE A CAREER IN THE SPOTLIGHT, TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE, OFTEN AT YOUR MOST VULNERABLE, REQUIRED NOT ONLY TALENT AND CONFIDENCE. IT ALSO NEEDS A CERTAIN LEVEL OF EXHIBITIONISM. TO BE WILLING, AND FEEL COMFORTABLE, TO SHOW YOURSELF. YOUR DEEPEST EMOTIONS. YOUR MOST PERSONAL PERSONALITY. SURE, WHEN YOU’RE ACTING YOU PLAY DIFFERENT ROLES. WHEN YOU’RE SINGING YOU PLACE YOURSELF IN THE WORDS AND THE MUSIC. BUT YOU CAN’T DO THAT WITHOUT PUTTING A LOT OF YOURSELF IN IT. AND THIS PART OF SHOWING YOURSELF CAN ONLY REALLY COME TO LIVE WHEN YOU ARE BEING WATCHED BY THOSE WHO LIKE WATCHING YOU. IN OTHER WORDS, TO BE VOYEURIZED.
Artist, actor, philanthropist, model, musician. They are all different sides of the man know as D.J. – David John – Craig. D.J. Craig was born in a small town in the state of Pennsylvania where he spent most of his years in school as a part of theatre and performing arts. He honed in on his crafts and began training in singing, dancing and playing instruments, including guitar and piano. From early years on it seemed inevitable D.J. would eventually relocate to Hollywood to pursue a life beyond the boundaries of Hazleton, PA. Now, 5 years after he made that bold decision to move to California, he is working as an actor, model and musician., while simultaneously developing his skills as a writer, vocalist and producer.
D.J. Craig’s passions span beyond entertainment. He studied 10 years in Martial Arts and holds several black belts. He also has a deep desire to travel the world and give assistance to third world countries who are not as fortunate as the land of the free. And in recent years, D.J. has developed a love for physical fitness and nutrition, something that clearly shows in these portraits shot by VOYEURIZED photographer Chán André. But, his very first passion lies in entertainment and he has worked diligently to find not only his voice, but where his true passions lie. In the process of writing and recording what is now a large catalogue of music, a real connection to the human experience grew inside of him. D.J. Craig made a conscious choice to use his voice and platform to talk about the state of society. With a voice that soars with passion, in and out of the highest highs and the deepest intent, he focuses on the rise of the underdog, equality, self-love, suicide, bullying, belief in a higher power and never, ever giving up.
As mentioned in the intro, to be able to put yourself out there and allow yourself to be seen and judged for what you do, knowing it includes often your most personal self, you need a certain level of exhibitionism. And you need an audience. People who like to watch you. For D.J. Craig one of those persons is Chán André. Chán has more than 20 years of experience of working in the entertainment industry under the belt. As a producer, songwriter, vocal producer, arranger and creative director in the music business, he had already worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Dr. Dre, Paula Abdul, Whitney Houston, EnVogue, Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, Randy Jackson and a host of others. But truly loving the progression of life, he was looking for new ways to express himself. Though he had never worked a day in the field of photography, Chán decided to this would be the next step in his exciting career. And so after a brief retirement from the music industry, he picked up a camera and taught himself all he could.
Now, about 10 years later, Chán André has photographed everything from billionaires to the homeless, famous to infamous, actors, singers, dancers and models, including some of his own model discoveries that have gone on to campaign glory. His images have been seen and discussed in many places, on many platforms around the world. He has produced, art directed, conceptualized, and even hands-on edited nearly every single photo shoot he has done in his six years of shooting. With love and deep knowledge of lighting, styling, make-up and set design each image takes on a visual completeness that is now comparable to the masters such as Herb Ritts, Matthew Rolston, Paul Hunter, David LaChappell and Peggy Sirota. Masters he used to see at work while still working in the music business.
VOYEURIZED is the name under which we can find Chán André’s photography work. It opens a door into the world of celebrity and beauty, where we find those who made it and those who are on their way. Beautiful people with confidence and hope, with stars in their eyes. D.J. Craig is among them. A young dynamic star that proofed his acting talents with appearances in productions such as known for All I See Is You (2016), Tattoo Nightmares (2012) and Next Caller (2012) and his vocal and musical talents with his album Brick x Brick. A man who, belongs on the biggest stages around the globe. Who deserves to be voyeurized. –BM-
Information about D.J. Craig can be found on his official website, Facebook page, Instagram and Soundcloud. You can also follow D.J Craig by Twitter.
More about Chán André can be found at VPiEntertainment, VOYEURIZED and Instagram.
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