"Whether I keep playing [football] professionally or not, I am confident I will have a promising modeling career because my ambition is greater than any factor that might threaten to stop me."
Enrique Montano is a professional footballer (or soccer player) for Louisville City FC and a part-time model. He sees modelling as a future long-term career direction that he will enjoy greatly. He noted in his interview that playing soccer has the added benefit of making sure he remains fit and healthy. We are so excited to feature Enrique on Model Citizen App, as he is so down-to-earth and interesting! Please enjoy Enrique's interview.
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
I've been playing soccer since I was 3 and I am 23 now. The sport has given everything. I played four years of varsity soccer in high school and won the first ever Men's soccer Central Coast Championship title during my junior year. I went on to play three years at NCAA D1 level at San Jose State. I graduated with a bachelors in communication studies. Now I play professional soccer for Louisville City FC in the United Soccer League and model in my spare time. I see a bright future in modeling. Whether I keep playing professionally or not, I am confident I will have a promising modeling career because my ambition is greater than any factor that might threaten to stop me.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
I think that education in general is important because it allows us to master our craft(s). The more we learn about how to hold a pose and what pose to use depending on the scenario, the more effective we are. I have not attended any modeling classes but I have done a lot of online research on the field of modeling.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
It is all relative. If you have nice hands but ugly feet, it obvious you won't get a lot of feet work. Or you might, if they are making a commercial that needs ugly feet. I am fit because of my good looks but more than that I am an easy going person that always works towards being the best I can which allows me to grow and gives the client what they need or want.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
I plan to use my imagine to encourage other athletes/ men/ women to use what they have. Make every "weakness" your strength. When I was growing up, people would make fun of my big ears and I hated it. Now it doesn't bother me one bit because I have fully accepted who and how I am physically. I was blessed with a good jaw which I'm thankful for but it's one thing to be thankful and another to use it to your own advantage (in my case for modeling).
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
We all have needs and wants and we want what we don't need. We also like to feel appreciated in one way or another and that's why [popular] models are used to attract the common eye. "Oh look maybe if I wear that HM sweater I'll be/feel like David Beckham".
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I am friendly and will start a conversation with anyone. If a dog at the park barks at me, I'm starting a conversation. I am not crazy, I promise.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I am a professional soccer player so my performance depends on what I eat and how I exercise. I go to the gym four days a week but train 6 days a week.
What is your dream role as a model?
I admire the work of other professional athletes so anything that has to do with Adidas or Nike commercials would be a dream role. The one commercial I love and always remember is the Aqua de Gio cologne ad that has the guy diving into the water, then coming out and kissing the girl in a white bikini.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
If it has to do with hurting animals or promoting anything that takes advantage of another humans wellbeing, I won't do it.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
During the off season (November- mid February) I am more flexible since I only train and do some modeling. I would travel If travel expenses are paid for or the rate is enough to cover my travel.
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