Already making his mark in the industry, multi-hypenate Chella Man has brought significant attention to his work as an artist, writer, model and actor through sharing his personal documentation of his life while advocating for those within his communities.
Being Deaf, genderqueer, trans-masculine, Chinese, and Jewish, Chella found he didn’t have role models to look up to, so he decided to be his own representation.
This motto “Be your own representation” would become a pillar of his teachings.
Through his talks, he opens up on his experiences transitioning on testosterone, navigating the world with a disability, and facing isolation while growing up within a small and conservative town in Central Pennsylvania.
Since leaving high school as a Junior to attend college early, he has written for Condé Naste’s first queer publication Them, launched a radically inclusive clothing line in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, signed as the first deaf and trans masculine model with IMG Models, and was casted as a superhero within Warner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s.
With over 245K subscribers and 8 million views on his YouTube channel, Chella is becoming a true representation for many communities as he advocates for those within the disabled and/or queer communities.
Chella is currently taking a semester off from studying Virtual Reality Programming at The New School in Manhattan, New York to further push his art and activism.
He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.