More About Justin
Justin has had a somewhat unorthodox journey from his native Texas to the entertainment world of Asia.
After graduating from the University of Texas with a double degree in Communications and Hispanic Studies, he deferred a corporate career in order to travel and explore the world. His off-beat adventures took him first to Mexico where he played semi- professional soccer and worked in a store selling fake-plants, and then on to Australia where he was employed as a door to door salesmen. He then travelled north, backpacking through Southeast Asia and working as an English teacher in Thailand before finally arriving in Singapore, where a local friend persuaded him to try modeling. Although he was somewhat reluctant at first, the rest is of course history as Justin built up an extensive portfolio of TV commercials and campaigns while modeling across the region.
Through his successful commercial modelling career, Justin discovered a love for film, and expanded his skills to include writing, directing, producing, as well as acting. Having established himself as an independent film-maker, he has created his own artistic work such as Petals & Thorns and Screaming at Stars and acted in films such as Art of Living, Inertia, Final Recipe, Joker Games and most recently the HBO Asia original drama series Halfworlds season 2.
Justin first gained attention in the region as a presenter as the host for Heineken’s award winning series The Passport, traveling solo from Inner Mongolia to Bangkok using nothing but beer as currency. It wasn’t long before he became a fun and versatile crowd favorite. He has hosted events for Phillips/Martini F1 Singapore, Bacardi Untameable, Singapore Tatler’s Fashion Hall of Fame, Hennessy Artistry, Mixed by Singha, and The Apartment Live with Jamie Durie. On the TV screen you may have seen him guest Host on Epad with fellow Collective member Oli Pettigrew, hosting Central on HBO and Cinemax, or as one of the contestants on The Apartment Celebrity Season which aired on Starworld in 2015. More recently, Justin has started hosting two hit shows for Channel News Asia, The Big Idea and It Figures.