Lil’ Eric (@whokneweric)


Making a name for yourself in the entertainment industry is not an easy job. People struggle a lot on this journey. Yet, there are many who are able to overcome these challenges and end up making a name for themselves. Lil Eric is one such person. Lil’ Eric also known as Justin E. Hayward is an artist, actor, and rapper. He has been in the entertainment industry since he was 15 years old where he has worked in films and music videos. Lil Eric proves to be an artist of many talents as he has made quite a name for himself. He has many fans across the world who are always anxious to see his work. 

Lil Eric was born on 4th November 1987 in Lafayette, Indiana. He discovered hip-hop at an early age when he was introduced to artists such as 2pac, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, and many others. He fell in love with music at a very young age. Despite having musical influences while growing up, Lil Eric’s career started with acting. He was only 3 years old when he starred in a swimming instructional video. He didn’t do much after that until he moved to Dallas, Texas. In Texas, he was approached to do modeling. He signed up with a talent agency. He kept working with the agency up till the age of 19 when he moved back to Indiana. Later, he had more success in the entertainment industry when he was signed with Helen Wells in Indianapolis, and Heyman Talent out in Ohio. After some time, Lil Eric realized that he was ready to take off to LA. After moving to LA, he started acting classes with Fred Ponzolov and did some on Camera Training with Charles Tentindo, who was recently in the film “American Satan”. 

After arriving in LA, he also started with a few background roles. After he finished his training, he did a few TV shows and commercials. Acting led him to star in various music videos for renowned artists such as Chris Brown, Kid Ink, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and so on. Then he got a call from Universal to do a role for Dracula. He was the Body double for Luke Evans in the movie and got to play Young Vlad. From there, he was also cast in NWA straight outta Compton. He also starred in Ariana Grande’s music video for “One Last Time” and Justin Bieber’s music video for “What do you mean”. 

After having a successful run with acting, Lil Eric decided to diversify his profile. He had always been interested in music so he decided to work on his own music. He took influence from all his favorite artists. He had always been blessed with a beautiful voice which he decided to share with the rest of the world. He released his first song in October 2019 called “Charles Lee Ray” on all major streaming platforms. He also worked with artists such as Snoop Dogg. He released a song featuring Snoop Dogg called “Celebration”. The song was an instant hit and proved how much potential Lil Eric has in the music industry. He is an upcoming artist in the hip hop industry. He has also been widely compared to Eminem in the form of style and performance. Lil Eric shows a promising future in the industry.

Lil Eric shows everyone how working hard can get you to such a place. He tells people to “Always live your life to the fullest and never stop trying”. He had always been ambitious about succeeding in life. There were many times when he would get knocked down or get frustrated but he never quit. He kept on trying until he made a place for himself in the industry. For more information about Lil Eric, people can follow him on Instagram at @whokneweric.  

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