What inspired you to become a model?
When I was playing basketball my sophomore year in high school my teammates mom approached me after a game and asked if I ever thought about modeling, I was a bit introverted at the time but I went to the model search anyway to see how it was, they wanted me to walk down a isle, it was a room full of other people for the search. I always just zone out when I have to be in public but after I walked they contacted me the next day and asked if I would be interested in being in a show in Hawaii and I turned it down because I had basketball practice which is now funny looking back, but I guess it was always something I wanted to do.
What is your routine before a photo shoot?
Drink lots of water to flush my system until a day before, it’s good for the skin and helps with shirtless pics. Always moisturize in the morning and I make sure I have fruit like a banana for energy and a apple because I don’t really eat much and those are two foods you can use to keep the body tight. I always pack whatever brings I need or the team ask me to grab, make sure my beard is even or shaved if requested and always plan to be 10-15 min early.
How do you stay motivated in such a competitive industry?
Honestly you have to have the drive to get to where you want to be, not every week is going to be filled with castings. Our job is to keep moving, through training, traveling or just finding other means to stay productive. I submit myself to things on different sites, for commercial or acting roles as well. Stay driven by success in everything and when you can start investing, it is the best way to make sure your money is always working for you.
Tell us about your most proud campaign.
My most proud campaign would be working with breathless oasis resorts, I’ve shot in Mexico and Dominican Republic, it’s nice being able to travel and explore other countries through work and I live the food there as well.
What type of training have you had?
Where should I start, haha. I was in the military out of high school, I’ve had a security clearance, anti-terrorist training, I was an expert marksman, fireman and survival at sea. I’ve had training in runway modeling when I first started modeling in Dallas, I moved to NY and took a year conservatory at the New York film academy while getting my degree in business management, so I’d say I have a lot of training.
What are the benefits in having representation?
This is a great question, when you look at the industry you have to understand that it is great to look good, you could even be the smartest in the room but without access it makes your job even harder. That is what having the right representation does for you as well as makes you look more established in the industry, but before you go signing with any agency do your homework and I tell people all the time use your resources. IE. Google, literally will tell you who is where and how to find them, your team is you, and you are your team. No one is going to work harder for you than you but that is something that will separate you from the crowd, and always show love to the team because they are working for you and their future as well.
What does success look like for you?
To me success is a combination of things, being busy is great and is a part of success but giving back is the ultimate form of success in my eyes, helping others build their dreams is the richest thing we can do as humans. It’s not always monetary, sometimes it’s advice on set or a connection to a project or agency, I would love to start my own production company and tell stories that puts vision in young minds. I think that gives everyone a shot and helps them find their true potential.