Turhan Slayton made his first acting debut in early 2020 and has skyrocketed since! He’s appeared in 24 productions in the year of 2020 casting in movies, short films, television, commercials, music videos, web series, and more! Turhan’s recent major network features consist of Netflix, VH1, and Nokia just to name a few. If you’re a fan of the show Infamy on VH1, you will discover him in episodes 102 and 103 playing 4 different characters between both episodes releasing later this year!
Turhan grew up in Hemet, California, the youngest of 5 children. He reached early academic success enabling him to quickly advance to 2nd grade, but after consideration with his parents, he declined. Directly after high school, Turhan enlisted in the United States Air Force for four years as a Meteorologist. Garnering invaluable communication and life skills, Turhan returned to the civilian sector and ventured into San Diego’s residential luxury real estate industry, becoming fully licensed in the state of California. His connections in real estate would open doors to pursue his dreams of acting and modeling. Turhan secured management with Hollywood Talent Associates and representation by San Diego Model Management for acting gigs in San Diego and Los Angeles.
2021 will yield greater success for Turhan as his castings will finally surface! He’ll continue acting and modeling full-time while seeking membership with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union (SAG-AFTRA)--an elite group for performers and media professionals. His work ethic, charisma, and creativity are continuously recognized on stage and will continue to open doors for bigger opportunities. Turhan brags of his passion for giving back to his community and frequently volunteers for the Wildlife Conservation society.
How did you enter the Acting/Modeling industry?
Turhan Slayton: When COVID-19 hit the nation I decided to follow my dreams. I got on Facebook and joined every acting and modeling group in my area and ended up connecting with my current manager Camie Carpenter at Hollywood Talent Associates. She was the first to recognize my talent and genuinely believe in me, so that was very special to me. She helped me with everything I needed to get started. She perfected my resume, helped construct my reel, and taught me the ins and outs of the industry. I wouldn’t be where I am without her.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Turhan Slayton: Don’t wait to follow your dreams. Do it now and if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Nothing beats hard work. Set your goals high and do small things daily to accomplish your goal in a timely and structured manner. You can never be over prepared.
Have you worked with anyone famous?
Turhan Slayton: I have! I’ve been on set with Will Ferrell, Andre 3000, Woody Harrelson, and more! It’s always interesting meeting and working with someone you’ve seen on TV! Everyone I have met has always been very down to earth contrary to popular belief about celebrities.
What is your ultimate goal?
Turhan Slayton: My goal is to become a household name in the media industry and make an impact on society with my influence, film projects, and philanthropy. An Oscar would just be icing on the cake! :-)
“Doing what you love is amazing. But doing what you love while making a change makes all the difference.” -Turhan Slayton