After rising to fame for his Vogue and GQ modeling work, West launched a second career as a screen actor, appearing in the television series Hey Girl. Also a singer, he released an Australian chart topping single titled "Can You Help Me?"
He launched his Twitter account in 2009 and has received over 90,000 followers.
He was named to Cosmopolitan's 2013 Hottest Actors list.
Born Eric Rosa, he grew up in New York City in a family of both Puerto Rican and African-American heritage.
Early in his music career, West collaborated with rhythm and blues singer Mario Barrett.