"I stopped looking at my pictures and hating them, and I looked at them for what they really were. I looked at my picture and I saw a model and that moment changed my life for the better."
We’re so glad we came across Ryan, such a down to earth and dedicated individual, who put a lot of thought into his interview responses. Ryan’s interview reminds us that “normal” isn’t perfect, and different is what makes us memorable. It takes a lot of guts to ignore the bullies who targeted your image, and go to the extreme of putting yourself out there for the whole world to see. We love you Ryan! We hope other people can be inspired by your story.
Tell us something interesting about you, something inspiring. Don't be shy. :)
All my life I have always dreamed, a dream world where I can show people that beauty comes from anything and everything. I have always wanted to inspire people that the perfect image that was always shown to me about how I should look or what I have to look like to get by in the world, is not accurate. I was constantly told as a child about how odd looking I was or that I should give up on my dreams because the camera would never favor someone who looked like me. I was always nip-picked for not looking how a boy from Houston, Texas should look. I just want everyone to know that if you truly love something enough don't let the negative comments get into your head and make you think that you aren't pretty enough or you that you should give up on your dreams. I love being on camera and if you love and are as passionate about your hopes and dreams as I am don't let anyone or anything stop you.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
Although, some people just have this natural ability to look amazing on camera I firmly believe that if you can study different poses, watch yourself in the mirror finding your good angles and sides you will be able to look amazing as well. My Mother who I love dearly and I am so thankful for started me into modeling at a very young age, so I have received training from courses for the most part of my life. Courses have included learning how to move my body through a space and to create a world of my own to come up with an amazing shot. I constantly find myself watching runway work to learning how to walk properly or even just watching other models work and seeing the different ways a body can move to give your photo set an amazing variety of work.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
In my opinion the think that makes someone a fit to be a model is ultimately your work drive and your passion. If you aren't willing to put in the time and energy into making your body a canvas or learning to take critics and improve then this is not the field for you. This industry requires so much work and you have to have the passion just as much as the work. If you aren't trying to improve yourself with every shoot, every frame you get then it will show. When I look into fellow Models photos and I look at their eyes you can see the amount of drive behind them and that is why they continue to have great photos.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
My goals as a model are to be able to see myself inspire people, I want to be able to form a career, become successful in marketing myself and see myself on billboards. I want to be able to show anyone of any age that no matter what circumstance you are in if you really want this than it is possible. When I dream I see myself on magazines all over talking about my struggle to get to where I am and telling my story. I want to be able to use my platform to help change the world.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
I know that the advertisement industry is an extremely competitive industry, they are constantly looking for new ideas and new people to help sell and distribute their ideas. I was always told the psychology aspect of the industry is almost like the nervous system in the business world. They are always trying to present something in a way that evokes us as consumers to want to buy their product. They use many different images and pictures to excite us ultimately into purchase, sell or even rent.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I am a very huge people person, I love to talk to anyone and everyone. I am always kind to everyone because the world can be such a harsh place and I have no idea what other people are going through so I am as friendly as I would like people to be to me, along with the fact that all my life I have been told that I was incredibly patient as regards to anything. I was very open to any requirements asked of me I was always told that the best kind of person is someone who listens to others, I was taught at a very young age about how important adaptability was on set and how to take direction so that has never been a problem of mine.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I am southern so I tend to like my fried food and that habit has been a little hard to break. I try to eat as nutritiously as possible I do have times where I crave a burger though so that part I'm still working on. Ever since I moved out here to Los Angeles I've started to improve my diet and it gets better everyday but I can always do better. I jog every morning and every night, I do a lot of core work to keep my abs in tack. I use to hate working out, but after a while it became routine so it gets easier every day.
What is your dream role as a model?
My all time dream role as a Model is to be on the cover of GQ or Vogue. I remember as a child I would look at GQ and Vogue, I would picture my face on it and would realize I want to be at that level I want to be a GQ man or a Calvin Klein model. I want to be able to show that even that young boy that everyone used to tease and call ugly or say that he would never amount to anything will be on the magazine cover that they see at the store or in the mail delivered to their house and think wow he really did do it, he really did accomplish his dreams. I want every kid to know that nothing limits them except themselves because anything is possible.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
I don't have many limitations, my boundaries are something that’s hard to explain. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot as long as it is not life threatening then I am comfortable with it. Modeling is an art form just as much as painting is and us as modeling should not go into the industry with a closed mind, you have to be open.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?
I am 100% available at anytime of the day or night. I have a passport ready as well, I have a very flexible schedule so I am able to work full or part time. I love this industry so much and would do anything I could to better myself or to be readily available to head to a shoot or runway.
What is your most memorable experience?
My most memorable experience so far would be the day I first looked at a photo of myself modeling. I stopped looking at myself and critiquing ever single detail about myself. I stopped looking at my pictures and hating them, and I looked at them for what they really were. I looked at my picture and I saw a model and that moment changed my life for the better.
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