Actor, model, and host Fazon Gray is burning up the social game. The entertainer has accrued nearly 70K followers on Instagram. Aided by appearances on The Today Show and Why Am I Still Single? on VH1, Gray has secured endorsement deals with brands ranging from Sperry to 50 Cent’s Revolution Wear to C4 Energy Drinks. He was also featured as a model in an article on Hollywood trainer Corey Calliet in Athleisure Magazine. Though you wouldn’t know it from his confidence and natural charm, his route to Internet stardom has been a circuitous one.
Gray grew up in Harlem when the neighborhood was still plagued by gang violence and initially had no desire to pursue a career in entertainment. First discovered over a decade ago at his then-girlfriend’s uncle’s fashion show, the entertainment world was foreign territory. Encouraged by friends and family, he posted some subpar professional pictures online and waited to see what rolled in. The photos sat there for several years while Gray made his living working construction and other odd jobs. Then, one day, he checked the hits on his online model profile and began landing gigs. “I actually ended up getting booked for three or four in a week. I got paid more for those jobs than for three months working construction,” he exclaims.