After serving in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (US Navy '88-'92) Charles studied dance and sound engineering at Chicago's Columbia College; but left school before completing the degree program to pursue an internship with a reputable Chicago-area sound company as a live sound engineer. Having privileged access to concert level sound equipment, Charles began producing underground warehouse parties (raves) which became integral chapters in Chicago house music history. Simultaneously, Charles became one of the country's most sought-after computer graphic designers for his unique 2D and 3D digital art works (see: "Searching For The Perfect Beat - Flyer Designs of the American Rave Scene" published Jan 1, 2000)
In 2006, as the electronic music scene went from underground to mainstream, Charles moved to Los Angeles with his sights set on filmmaking. Charles produced, directed and edited dozens of music videos before attending UCLA Extension Writer's Program in 2007. In 2008 Charles' music video entitled "Peace" (The Luminaries) won the Elevate Film Festival's Best Editing Award. In 2010 Charles collaborated with global brand agency Gertrude Inc. on a series of short brand films entitled "Transportraits" which received a Bronze Telly Award. In 2011 Charles produced, directed and shot thirteen episodes of the series The Super for Mark Cuban's AXS.TV (then HDNet); which is currently streaming on Netflix.
Charles believes in following a story to it's end and is as comfortable on set as in the cutting room. Charles is a collaborator and a thrill-seeker looking for what's real and lives to foster what needs to exist. Charles currently lives in Los Angeles and is excitedly pursuing new story-telling opportunities in long-format documentary film, television and advertising.