Karl Daniel was born in Haiti. He moved to the US when he was four years old. After spending his childhood in Maryland, he decided to move to New York City to pursue acting. He was still finding his niche in acting when he fell into modeling. He stayed in New York for four to five years to model while he was still chasing after his dreams of becoming an actor. He also lived in LA for a year to pursue acting while continuing his modeling career.
The night I met Karl was very random, just like many of my nights in this big, great, crazy city. It was in this New York City apartment occupied by models, I liked to refer to it as the party pad. People were always over. It was always noisy. There was just always something happening. This actually brings funny memories because at that point, New York City was a different place to me as it is now.
I was sitting on my friend’s roommate’s bed, and it was one of those hot crazy Manhattan nights where people would do anything for a cool breeze. There was either an air conditioner or a fan making noise, trying desperately to cool us demanding human beings off as we listened to loud music coming from the living room. Everyone was out there partying, as I sat there with my friend just chatting. Karl came in briefly to check up on a mutual friend, and he mentioned that he was Haitian throughout the conversation. The whole time I was thinking how amazing it was that there were four Haitians in this two-bedroom apartment surrounded by people from all over the world- Nigeria, London, etc. Such a small world, right?! I recently decided to reconnect with Karl to see what he was up to now since the first time we met. He sounds like quite the busy guy! Here is a little bit about Karl…
My name is Karl Daniel, I am 100% Haitian.
FP: Being a Haitian-born who moved abroad at such a young age, how often do you travel to Haiti?
KD: Up to the age of 15 I used to go every summer, Christmas, and spring break. Since then, I’ve only been a handful of times.
FP: How would you describe Haiti to a stranger?
KD: I would describe Haiti as the hidden gem of the Caribbean Islands. It has so much soul, art, and resilient people. If you know where to go, and you don’t pay attention to what you see in the media and their portrayal of Haiti, you can see the type of class that Haitians have at home. The beaches aren’t to bad there either!
FP: What do you look forward to the most when you travel to Haiti?
KD: Besides family, that paradise is one of the main things I look forward to on my trips back home.
FP:Do people react a certain way when you tell them you’re from Haiti?
KD: Haha yes. They usually don’t believe me at first.
FP: How many languages do you speak?
KD: I speak three languages: English, French, and Haitian Creole.
FP: What do you like to do? What are your hobbies?
KD: What do I like to do? I like to lift things up and I put them down, haha!….All jokes aside, I like to exercise; play sports; do problem solving activities/getting involved in projects and so on. My main hobby would be screenwriting. I can’t say I do that professionally yet, but hopefully one day I can. I have a stack of stories just shelved for when the time is right, I can hopefully do something with them. But for now I consider it a hobby.
FP:Any big plans or projects in the works?
KD: Yes a couple actually, thanks for asking.
The first: Me and my friend Chris are starting our film production company back up, Diamond Raven Films, LLC. That project was put on hold for a while, but now we’re back up and running. We have four Short Films in Post-Production right now which hopefully can make their rounds into the Film Festivals.
The Second: I am helping my best friend start his gym, FITology, up in Washington DC. FITology is a Personal Training Holistic Wellness Center which helps people meet their goals to get the body they desire and also feel good from within. I am working for him as his right hand man basically. My title there is ‘Director of Operations’. My job is to make sure things run smoothly and nothing gets left behind. I like to compare this job to Film production, being the Producer to the Executive Producer basically. Be on the look out for both!
FP: Would you like to add anything else?
KD: Thank you for interviewing me. I really respect the work you do!
Isn’t Karl just darling? Stay tuned for more Haitian Faces! Ansanm Nou Se Ayiti.