“Your voice is going to be your ticket through life!”, were the words spoken to Clinton by his AP English teacher during his senior year at Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia. In addition to graduating as the STAR Student (highest SAT score) of his senior class, he had won numerous local, state, and regional public speaking and oratorical contests, including Blacks in Government, The Exchange Club, and DECA. Singing in the renowned Dougherty High chorale to improve his vocal ability, while acting as co-drum major of the marching band did not stop Clinton from lending his creative talents whenever asked, in his hopes of someday becoming a recognized entertainer.
After graduating 6th in his high school class and receiving a Presidential Scholarship, Clinton chose to attend Albany State University in his hometown and continue to hone his craft. While matriculating as a Speech and Theater major, his ambitious student worked as a restaurant server and performed in theater productions at his university and at the city’s playhouse, Theater Albany. A couple of his performances included Thomas Melancon’s “Diary of a Black Man” in the spring of 2000, and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” in the summer of 2001. This young performer’s presence and golden tone consistently captivated all audiences when he sang and spoke. Performing at NATS in 1999 and 2000, Clinton was immediately recognized as a stand-out vocalist. His vocal teacher once told him, “Your special quality is that you are talented and very intelligent. You don’t typically find exceptional talent and intellect combined.” After singing solos with his college choir, Clinton would finish to standing ovations both domestically and abroad in Spain and Portugal where he toured during the spring of 2001. Later that year, sensing the need to expand his options and discover what possibilities were available, Clinton transferred to Howard University in Washington, DC, majoring in Communications and Culture. He continued to minor in English and Vocal Performance. The vocal professors of Howard University, much like those of ASU, recognized the unique talent that Clinton possessed. He continued to sing with the Howard University Concert Choir, which produced singers such as Roberta Flack and the late Donnie Hathaway, for three years from 2001 - 2004. This time allowed Clinton to solidify his love for theater and singing, so he moved to New York City one month after graduating from college with hopes of continuing his journey toward the entertainment industry.
The “Big Apple” proved exactly what Clinton wanted and needed. His first two professional auditions landed him gigs. He was immediately accepted as a Double-Bass in the Julliard Choral Union under the direction of Judith Clurman, and his second audition at Chelsea Studios evolved into him accepting a lead role, created for him, in Neil Goldberg’s original cast of “Christmas Dreams” which took him to Branson, MO for a two-month run; performing two shows daily, six days weekly. Continuing to learn the business and hone his craft, Clinton toured as a product model across the country from 2008-2010 for Ford Motor Company in cities such as LA, Miami, New York, and Chicago. He once again found himself on stage and now the camera, using his voice; his gift. During this time he networked and came to understand that his voice was unique and meant to be shared with the world. In April 2014 Clinton was signed by the Wilhelmina Agency’s Philadelphia office as an actor and commercial print model. During that time he made his debut television appearance in season three episode seven of “Deadly Affairs”, hosted by Susan Luci. Wanting to learn more about film and television acting, Clinton auditioned and accepted several background roles on networks such as HBO, BET, and Starz.
Rotating between Washington, DC and New York City for a nearly 18-year span, Clinton seized every opportunity to mature professionally. Studying at “The Mecca”, Howard University, and being a social butterfly throughout his life, Clinton’s network includes corporate executives, athletes, designers, entertainers, politicians, and everyday world citizens. He has successfully worked in the industries of education, government, health care, and entertainment in multiple capacities and roles. Most recently he has created himself the role of Owner and CEO of The Vicks Estate, Farm, & Fishery, now expanding his reach to hospitality and agriculture. Mr. Vicks is the brand ambassador for Airbnb’s Agritourism Trail and he is currently working behind the scenes on a major project set to begin filming in March 2023. Clinton’s mantra is “An unnamed star is still a star, just yet to be discovered.” Clinton Vicks is soon to be recognized for his talents around the world!
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