Myles Truitt, who currently stars in the 50 Cent-produced crime drama series BMF, shares sage advice for those who aspire to follow in his footsteps.From biographical miniseries to sci-fi thrillers, Myles Truitt has you covered. Currently, starring as “B-Mickie” in the Starz hit series Black Family Mafia [BMF], the 19-year-old shares how the story of two brothers [Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory], from the southwest side of Detroit, became one of America’s most influential crime families.“It’s not only crime, guns, drugs, and sex.” he tells us. “It’s about loyalty, family, and brotherhood – understanding the environment they came out of and the success they made. Understanding that while it [BMF] has mafia in it. It also has Black family in it. You can watch it with your Black family.”Photography by Shamshawan Scott \n\nStyling by Joe Hunt/Devin Bolton“A lot of people can relate to this show when it comes down to hip hop culture, music, dancing, the lingo – the clothing. Come on now! It [BMF] has it all,” Truitt adds, signaling Motor City’s overall cultural influence.Of his pivotal role as the third OG in the crew, the A-town resident dishes on how he rose to the occasion in the absence of “any primary sources” to prepare. “I had to pick from other sources, like people he [B-Mickie] was associated with and watch different documentaries. There was a YouTube video of him talking – just me picking up his mannerisms, cadence, the way he walks and the energy he gave people.”A task, some may argue Truitt has been preparing for since childhood; noting his time at a local summer camp was the spark that lit the fuse. “I went to theater camp because there were no slots left at the basketball camp. So, my mom was like ‘either you want to go to theater camp with all the little girls and three other boys or you can go to Emory Hospital with your grandmother for the rest of the summer. As a teen, I was like ‘Nah I’m going to go to theater camp.’”It was there that Truitt fine-tuned his craft, learning how to “be still,” emote when speaking and grow comfortable in front of large audiences. Fundamental skills that were soon put to test after joining the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Shortly after joining, casting director Robi Reed tapped him to play Little Ronnie DeVoe on BET’s The New Edition Story.“Moving from that theater role straight to the film world, I had so much respect for theater because you only get one chance on that stage. When you’re in front of the camera, it’s like ‘Alright cut. Can you try it this way? Can you do it that way?’ ’’ Truitt elaborates, signaling the requisite to be adaptable in his newfound environment – a coachable chameleon of sorts.Reflecting further on his journey, the Queen Sugar alum offers some sage advice to aspiring actors. “Every ‘no’ gets you closer to a ‘yes.’ Everybody gets that one blessing. That ‘yes’ is going to be that blessing. So, stay consistent in your goals. Everything is temporary. Everything. So, don’t ever settle.”Adding, “When it comes to your art form, your cooking, when you’re on stage, in front of the camera, be satisfied with what you just put out.”Up next, Truitt joins forces with Netflix, landing the role of a hotshot basketball player in the highly anticipated season four of Stranger Things, slated for release in late 2022. “His name is Patrick. He’s a junior at Hawkins High. This year, the cast is going to high school. So, Lucas’ [played by Caleb McLaughlin] is trying to find his friend group. He doesn’t want to do chess or theater. So, where does he go? He joins the basketball team and befriends me [Patrick].”While he may not “ball” Truitt is confident he held his own on the court, joking, “I hoop. There are people that ball. If they ball, they do it for real – on a regular basis. I hoop. So, I don’t care if you beat me. But, I can still put six points on your head.”Keeping his cards close to his chest, he continues, “I don’t want to tell you too much – I really don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ll be watching in surprise as much as you guys.”In the meantime, you can catch Truitt alongside a star-studded cast including Da’Vinchi [Thoughts of a Colored Man] and Demetrius Flenory Jr. in season one of BMF. Stream the full series on Starz.