Featured Model: Marlon Dance-Hooi

"Influencers have unprecedented power as tastemakers, and brand-integration is the order of the day rather than merely showcasing a product."

Marlon has launched himself into a rewarding career of amazing experiences that come with being an international model. He also doubles as an actor and a singer, and currently stars in FitForFashion TV, a reality TV show in Asia. He has learnt a lot along the way, and has shared with us some of his tips and tricks. If you check out his Facebook page, you'll even get to hear a piece of Marlon's singing talents! Marlon finds it important to stay fit and has developed a regime to support him. We can't wait to see where Marlon's talent will take him next! Please enjoy Marlon's interview.

We’ve heard you starred in a few TV Shows. Tell us more about it please.

I have appeared on Singaporean and Australian TV in a few different shows, such as Underbelly, Fiends and Foes, Incredible Tales, and For Better or Worse. I have also been a contestant on 2 different reality TV shows

With your recent TV show appearances in FitForFashion TV, what was your most memorable experience?

I’d have to say the most memorable experience was working on a high wire - mainly because those harnesses were very constricting on certain areas!

Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?

First and foremost I am an Actor. But I have always been fascinated by the acting potential that modelling has. To be able to convey emotions, story and thought within a single frame of time is an incredibly valuable skill to develop.

How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?

My biggest education in the world of modelling was on Fit For Fashion. Since then I have been seeking out modelling coaches and classes to improve myself.

What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model? What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?

I believe people have misconceptions about the nature of the industry - they believe that a person needs a particular look or body type to be a model. the fact is that there are as many different body types as there are types of modelling - Runway, Commercial, Editorial, Host, Street Fashion, High Fashion, etc. I think the most important quality is to have a relentless drive to improve yourself and a willingness to learn about the industry.

What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?

I have befriended and worked with several people in the industry so I feel I understand the psychology of advertisement a little bit. The industry today is radically different given the vast scope of social media to shape and direct opinion - influencers have unprecedented power as tastemakers, and brand-integration is the order of the day rather than merely showcasing a product. However skillful photography and artistic sentiment will always have a place within advertisement.

How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?

I do my utmost to ensure the client is satisfied by my performance. As we are making both art and commerce, I want to work closely with the photographer and art director’s vision and improvise based on their needs. During Fit For Fashion I learned the value of listening to photographers’ feedback and adapting my pose to suit it.

Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?

I am currently on a bulking cycle and so aim to gain 3 kilograms of muscle by the end of this month. Therefore many of my meals are high calorie and would not necessarily be classed as ‘healthy’. However I make sure to get proper amounts of fruit and vegetables into my system. On bulking cycles I go to the gym about twice a week, for cutting cycles 5 times a week. I also eliminate carbs and sugar from my diet on cutting months.

What is your dream role as a model?

I would love to model for a famous underwear brand like Calvin Klein. Moreover, I would love to work with designers to create a unique brand of clothing and accessories.

Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?

I am comfortable with most things, however I am not realy interested in doing nude shoots - nothing against people who choose to do so, it is simply not my thing. Outside of that I’m open to adventurous shoots such as suspension, antigravity, shoots with animals - you name it.

State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?

I’m more than happy to travel and work full time as a model if the opportunity arises. I think it would be exhilarating.

Tell us what's your memorable experience so far.

I’ve led a pretty eventful life, but one moment that sticks out for me is sitting on top of Machu Picchu, the famous Incan city, staring at the clouds below as the sun shone over the mountains.

Favourite photographer? Marc Chang and Todd Anthony Tyler

Favourite makeup artist? Delanie Wong -

Favourite designer? Fernando Barazza

Instagram: @thatotherguymarlon

Facebook: @marlondhooi

Website: www.marlondance.com

Twitter: @thatguymarlon

Email: marlondancehooi@gmail.com

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