"After taking care of [my mother] the last 2 years of her life, I became fully aware how important it is to follow your dreams."
We love it when we come across someone so passionate about achieving their dreams, and when that echoes in their interview responses. Joe proves that age no limit when it comes to modelling, as long as you have the right state of mind and the look that people are after. Joe's commitment is so evident, and we wish him every success! We hope you enjoy Joe's in-depth interview!
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
Modeling to me is the art of individual discipline and collaboration coming together to achieve something exciting, memorable, inspiring, thought provoking, all for the world to capture in their minds! I love the self discipline that goes into eating healthy, working out, proper sleep, practicing tequnique and skill, understanding the industry, etc. All in an attempt to continue growing as a model and as a person. When you combine that preparation with a group of other people who have done the same, it's absolutely magical for me! Creating something together, in a respectful, collaborative fashion doesn't get any better. The day after 9/11 I sat in my home and thought about what is truly important to me, what on my deathbed will I think about. The answer was and continues to be, Connections with good, loving people. This career allows me to do that on a regular basis, which makes me feel very fulfilled ! Also, my mother recently passed away. Which is the reason why I got into modeling. After taking care of her the last 2 years of her life, I became fully aware how important it is to follow your dreams. My mom was only 66 years old. I'm doing it for her as well. She is the person I look upto the most, the hardest worker I've ever known. She is always with me!
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
Modeling education is very important! Modeling education comes in many forms. Understanding yourself is crucial, in my opinion. Feeling genuine in your movements and thoughts gives the shoot a very authentic look. Getting advice and feedback from others is another important part of education. Observing others, whether it's their images or just walking on the street, is always very educational.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
Personally, it's all about health for me. A healthy body, mind, and spirit gives me the confidence to believe I'm the right person for the job.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
I am someone who is attracted to a variety of different things. Getting involved in as many areas of the industry as I can is my motivation each day! Ultimately though, it goes back to what I said earlier, my main goal as a model is to connect with good people... giving me the ability to collaborate on a regular basis.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
I am a professional photographer as well. So, fortunately, I understand that side very well. Often times, I will even shoot myself. I think it gives me the ability to understand what is required of a photographer during a shoot, what they are looking for. My best attribute is listening. It gives me the ability to put myself in position, in a mindset, as quick as possible.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
My whole being is wrapped around how I communicate with others. Communication is an art for me. I take so much pride in how I communicate, both verbally and non verbally, with everyone I come into contact with! I am genuine, flexible, giving, loving, friendly, patient, understanding, and very respectful to clients requirements.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I do eat very nutritiously. Fortunately for me, my first job out of college was with a nutrition, fitness, and health & wellness company called SparkPeople. As a coach for them, I got to educate myself on nutrition and fitness, so it has become a way of life for me. Also, my fiance is a nutritionist and I exercise every day. Some days might just be a few walks with sweet Millie, our 7 year old lab/golden retriever, but most days I'm in the gym taking classes, running along the coast, or lifting weights.
What is your dream role as a model?
My dream role as a model revolves around projects that are tied to things I believe in, things that excite me, things I have an interest in. Fitness modeling is something I'm passionate about because I've been an athlete my whole life. Underwear modeling has always appealed to me. Creative, editorial modeling is very exciting to me. Modeling for awareness and projects that help people are very intriguing to me. I have a strong appetite for life. Therefore, I have many dream roles!
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
Yes, I have limitations and boundaries. For me, I just know them when I know them. I'm very open minded and flexible.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
I am committed fully to my career - doing whatever it takes... travel, full-time, overtime! I love what I do! I want to work as hard as I can, as much as I can!
Tell us what's your memorable experience so far.
My most memorable experience so far is actually a music video I just did, with Golden Eagle Films, for Joanna Carlson's latest song "The friend that you are", which is a finalist in the Los Angeles Film Featival. The song is about connecting with another person, helping them overcome and find their joy. I got to portray and model that character, with a group of very loving and talented people!!
Agency: Blackwell Files San Francisco
Photo Credits: Marcy Maloy/ Marcy Maloy/ Sarah Rittenour/ Joe Downie/ Nancy Hamilton/ Sarah Rittenour/ Joe Downie/ Stephanie Malilong/ Marcy Maloy
Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to share my story!
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