"I communicate fairly well with people. I accept criticism well, and listen fairly well. I take direction extremely well. I’m very open to client’s requirements, but there is a fine line between professional and unprofessional. All you need is good judgment and common sense to realize what a client may be asking of you is borderline inappropriate."
My friend and I are currently traveling Asia to understand emerging fashion industry markets better. We visited a few places where we could speak to fashion models, designers, photographers, etc and got to meet some really exciting people in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taipei. We learned a lot of things, especially the struggles of amazing and talented people to achieve their dreams.
In a few weeks, we will be traveling to Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan. In Asia, countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and China are the fashion hubs. Seoul, South Korea is getting there as well.
We have received an enormous number of inquiries from established labels and agencies across the globe about what we do. We are so humbled for your inquiries and we thank you for spending your time visiting our website, and reading the interviews we conducted.
We have received more than 150 entries which give different inspirations to everyone. With that being said, we will be posting an additional post today.
We would now like to introduce an amazing and down to earth guy, Braun Wilburn.
Please read his interview below:
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modeling as a career?
My name is Braun Wilburn. I live in San Diego, California and I am 25 years old. I’ve always been told that I should become a model, and I finally decided a little over a year ago to begin the process of transitioning into a model. The main reason I am pursuing a career in modeling is that I believe modeling is a good stepping-stone that could lead me to jobs in the entertainment industry. Eventually, I would like to transition from modeling into acting.
How important is modeling education: Have you attended modeling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
I have attended modeling and acting courses through John Casablanca modeling and career centers, but I believe that you learn the most when you are actually on a set/ photo-shoot. I have as of recently been working with Wander Aguiar and Andrey Bahia, who have been extremely critical in the beginning stages of the modeling career. They have taught me more about modeling and what to expect on different photo-shoots than anybody else.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
You have to take care of your body. People always tend to believe that going to the gym and having a routine workout schedule is that hardest part, but little do they know, keeping a clean diet is the hardest part for most people and them never truly take dieting into account. Another factor you need is a good sense of style and keeping up with trends. Lastly, I believe you, above all, you have to have thick skin. You can’t pay any attention to what people say or think. You have to do you. The wolf doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of the sheep.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
It would be great to be featured in a magazine and eventually work my way into commercials. I want to be featured on brands like Calvin Klein and any other big brands. I’ve always been told that I have a GQ style and look. I would also like to be featured on Instagram pages like MenWithClass/Style and other well-known modeling pages.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology, and photography?
The only thing I know about the ad industry and phycology is that sex sells. I don’t know much more than that. Still an area that I have to learn.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I communicate fairly well with people. I accept criticism well, and a listen fairly well. I take direction extremely well. I’m very open to client’s requirements, but there is a fine line between professional and unprofessional. All you need is good judgment and common sense to realize what a client may be asking of you is borderline inappropriate.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I lift weights about four times a week for close to 2 hours each time, and I do cardio three times a week. I eat fairly healthy but, now and then I usually have a cheat day where I eat pretty much anything I want. Don’t judge me; my sanity depends on it.
What is your dream role as a model?
Like I said earlier, I would love to be featured in ads for brands similar to Calvin Klein but eventually would like to branch off into acting.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modeling request?
No limitations. I’m pretty open to just about anything.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
I would love to travel and work full-time as a model. I would love to move to LA to work full time as a model.
Tell us the most unforgettable experience you had in the past?
Working with Leonard Simpson in my first ever fashion show. At the show, I met a photographer who is very well known in the modeling world named Wander Aguiar, who mentioned he wanted to work with me. I learned more that day about modeling than ever before, and he ignited a fire in me to pursue this until hopefully, one day, I will be a professional model known worldwide.