By Chaske's Lover
Although his role as Sam has catapulted him to fame in a short period of time, Spencer has used the bright hot spotlight in many positive ways: he’s the spokesperson for United Global Shift, a charity designed to create learning programs for people trying to make a difference and co-founder of the Be The Shift Campaign. The campaign aims to promote action and charity work throughout the country. It’s obvious that Spencer is an extremely passionate person; not only about acting, but also about making a lasting difference in the world for the better.
Like his devotion to helping others, Spencer has remained active with photography, and exhibited his work, along with the work of photographer Nadia Itani, at "THE BAR" Dream Hotel on July 12 in New York. It’s hard to believe that Spencer was raised on a remote Indian reservation in Idaho, and it’s obvious he hasn't taken the fame thing for granted. Check out Ology’s chat with the actor below, where he told us about his charity work and awards!
OLOGY: Hi Chaske! Congrats on the Unsung Hero Award you received in New York a few weeks ago.
CHASKE: Thank you so much, thank you.
Obviously people know you from Twilight, but it’s pretty clear there’s a huge charitable side to you too. How did you become involved or even hear about United Global Shift—it seems like a great organization.
Yeah, definitely! My manager is really involved in United Global Shift so when we got together, like years ago, it was always something I wanted to be a part of. When I got the role in Twilight, I decided to use the spotlight from the movie to help bring light to subjects that don’t usually get covered by mainstream media. So yeah, we had meetings and stuff about trying to help bring fresh and clean water to Indian reservations, try to educate people about ocean purification and different technologies available to help recycle your water. That’s been a big project for us.
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Chaske Spencer Exhibits Photography in New York City
Actor Chaske Spencer, most famous for his portrayal of Sam Uley in the Twilight Saga films, has no shortage of projects going on, but he’s recently taken time to show off work done with a different sort of camera. Spencer developed a passion for photography in his teens, and currently has several pictures on display in the bar of the Dream Hotel in Manhattan.
“I was really fascinated by National Geographic and war photography,” Spencer told Ology.com. “I started looking at a lot of combat war journalism and it struck me and made me want to start taking pictures. I also liked to go to galleries like [the International Center for Photography]. Yes, my work has changed, you can see a progression, you can train your eye, the ones in the beginning aren’t that impressive but I’m really proud of my recent work.”
Spencer said that he picked just a few favorites for the show out of some 5000 he has amassed over the years.
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