By Lisa Chou
Carl Man is an aspiring actor with a list full of interesting experiences and accomplishments. He has been in New York for a couple of years now, focusing on screen acting with a long-term goal of “international recognition” for his passion. Acting is a magnetic hobby that Carl feels in his soul and a way of “living in the truth and honesty of emotions.” He is working up to a “smaller film production that is character-based, exploring the depth of human relationships.”
Carl’s exotic looks, vibrant energy, combined with a calm and fetching English accent, makes him immediately charming. He could pass as a double for Sean Connery as James Bond. Born to a British mother and a Chinese father, he grew up in Margate, a small town near the ocean, outside of London. He cried to go home the first time he visited Hong Kong (at the age of 11) because he “couldn’t speak to anyone and was culture shocked”. He grew to love the bustling city and the infamous “bubble tea” (a fun drink of sweetened tea, milk, and tapioca pearls). He has long overcome his fear of big cities and prefers the urban lifestyle of New York City now for “the convenience, the public transport, and how you can be who you want to be without conforming.”
Carl lives in Chelsea for the convenience of location but favors the West Village for its resemblance to London, the non-planned streets and the more intimate atmosphere. When it comes to fashion, Carl prefers “something cool in grays or blacks that feels comfortable,” a style that pairs well with his young, energetic, and thoughtful personality. He loves the British brand TOPMAN and also Japanese fashion because “it’s more individual and a good fit for his slim frame.” He recommends shopping in SOHO for the current fashion.