Elegance was thrown out of his mother’s home at the age of 16 in New Jersey for being gay. He spent the next 10 years homeless seeking refuge on Christopher Street and the New Jersey, Philadelphia metro areas. After ten years spent homeless, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he learned how to make films. Elegance’s award-winning short films have played in almost 150 film festivals world wide including Sundance, Outfest, and the American Black Film Festival. He is executive producer and creator of Viceland’s GLAAD-nominated series, My House. He is also the author of the Kassel Art Book award-winning photo book, Bound By Night. He served in the US Marine Corps as combat cameraman, holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and an MFA from NYU Tisch Grad Film.