Do you want to start my telling me how you go scouted?
I actually didn’t get scouted. I started dating a girl in college who was modelling. I was super-shy. I think if someone scouted me I probably would’ve said no. Hanging out with her and going to castings with her I figured out it was not a bad way to make some money while you were studying so I got told through her agency to give it a go, and a couple of other people, so I made a list of London agencies to try out for and Models1 was the first one on my list!
Tell me a bit about what you have been up to since you started modelling.
It’s been about ten years or so! I’ve been up to a lot. I built up my book for about a year before university, so I was doing a lot of editorial and bits and pieces and when I started studying things started to get busy, I was travelling a lot more for work, which was great. I got to go to some amazing places!
You mention that you’d kind of been able to do some travelling as a result of modelling. What are your favourite places that you’ve been to and why?
I love New York, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time in New York over the last seven [or] eight years. I try and go for a few months a year, I was there for about six last year and I love the city, I love being able to spend time there. Sydney is another place I’ve done quite well in. I was there a couple of winters ago, managed to skip the whole British winter and live on the beach, which was a real touch and I guess just other random opportunities that modelling gives you like I’m quite into sharks, I love great white sharks, and I had a client that used to book me in South Africa so every time I got the job I’d stay for another day and go cage diving, which is a real treat and then I had a job, a client booked me out of nowhere in LA and I don’t really work there much at all and it just so happened to be the week before Burning Man, so the next thing I know, I’m in the desert at Burning Man for a week, which is something I would have never been able to do.
Which leads perfectly on to my next question: what are the positives and negatives of working in this industry?
The positives are the variety, meeting so many different people, very talented people in so many different fields, really opens your eyes, getting to live in different places, see different places. The main positive I’d say really is you can earn a living without having to work five days a week, which gives you the luxury of free time to focus on other things you’re interested in, other passions or careers. Then the negatives, I think, especially with guys is you can be in this prolonged adolescence, you don’t really have to grow up, a lot of your friends and family think you are incredibly flaky because you never know what you’re doing ever. I’ve had to let so many people down at times for work.