He was discovered on Instagram by an agent from Wilhelmina NY. At that time, he was working construction with his father and playing college basketball at Point Park University.
He had hopes of playing professional basketball in Europe. He has more than 750,000 followers on Instagram.
He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and relocated to New York City. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 11. He is of Polish, Irish and German descent.
He and Finnish pop star Benjamin were both discovered on Instagram.