Why did you want to become a model?
It was never really anything I wanted to become... it just naturally developed through other related interests. I have always taken pride in my image, yet I enjoy testing the limits of exploring individuality, and discovering ways that make people question their own approach. The modeling industry is a great example of demonstrating these aspects, and given that my outlook in life is similar of that in the industry, the two combinations merge together pretty nicely!!
How did you get started in modeling?
Well it all started from a fashion show that took place in my hometown 'Exeter' in the UK. I was unaware of my application, as my mom had entered me through the process while I was on holiday with some friends.... then surprisingly, on my return I was horrified to see family images of me in our local newspaper!! - Anyway, seeing as things had advanced so far on, I agreed to advance negotiations in performing in the runway show. Eventually I won the contest and become 'The Face of Exeter'. This gave me great exposure at the time, which provided me with an opportunity to obtain images from professional photographers that were interested in my look.
How has your life changed after you involved?
My life has changed incredibly. I have met some awesome photographers, models, designers and I have travelled all over the world. I carry many memorable experiences that have really changed who I am as a person and the way I am to this very day.
What is your favorite part about being a model?
My favorite part would be the moment when you capture that one image that amazes the neighboring competitor. When you have an image or product that truly screams attention. That feeling is like an addiction and I strive to achieve the same emotion in every given opportunity.
What are your likes and dislikes about modeling?
- Time wasters
- Non-constructive criticism
What are the qualities for you to be model?
It's impossible to define any specific quality, as the demands within the industry are constantly changing. However, from my own experience - confidence and self-belief shines through every image you create and without that frame of mind, you can easily hinder the desired result.
Who are your influences?
I have no 'heroes' as I have always tried to create my own path. Trying to imitate someone else's footsteps is something I have no time for, as you can be too busy watching someone else, and therefore miss the signposts that arrive through your journey. However, my critiques are what influence me the most, as they provide me with an opportunity to identify areas that may need to improving.
What types of assignments are you attracted most?
I love high fashion, as this allows me to fully express myself. If a client approaches me, I have no reason to act any differently than myself, as this is obviously what has initially attracted them in the first place.
What was the hardest challenge for you?
Well it's an ongoing challenge. To keep improving. To keep on testing my abilities and to venture into areas that I haven't yet experienced. I am working on my physique at the moment, as this is an element which I intend to introduce in the future.
What would bring a smile to your face?
Chris Rock!! - Absolute living legend!!!
What would be your "dream job" in life?
My dream job will eventually be instructing scuba diving in Thailand or Australia.
What projects are you currently working on?
\My big project at the moment is sports science. Given that my main goal is to achieve a well built physique, I am setting assisting goals to act as stepping stones. Knowledge of fitness and training is essential if I am to acquire this in the future.
What are your future plans?
I am looking to move to America in the future. This is certainly something I would love to do as I have always wanted to work in a completely different culture.
What’s the best advice ever given to you?
To take a gamble. To contradict the logic perspective and to approach something with full intention and no hesitation.
What sort of tips or advice would you give somebody who is looking to modeling?
Well firstly you need to ask yourself why you want to model? Take up the idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave any other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is the way great awards come fast.
Is there anything else, to say, we did not ask?
I have a message for Jessica Alba. - Will you marry me??
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