"Modelling is all about being unique, presentable, confident, inspiring, humble, and easy to work with. Having an exotic look is something designers seek out, models who stand out are noticed more."
Model Citizen App is the platform where we recognised fashion models, photographers, designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, creative directors, bloggers, stylists, and labels around the world.Every day, we feature an individual on Model Citizen Interviews. People get to know each of them- their hopes, challenges, aspirations and inspirations in life.
David has been an amazing guy and very patient as well. He submitted his entry a few months ago, and he remained patient and professional. If you check David's Instagram, you'll see how he loves his little Ms. Mejias. (Congratulations David!). May you continue to be blessed both of your personal and professional life.
Please learn more about David as a model through reading his amazing interview below.
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
Tell us something interesting about you, something inspiring. Don't be shy. :)
I'm 22 years old, and for sometime now I have been inspired by many fashion trends and the love for photography. The reason behind why I want to work as a model is to bring about notice to new fashion trends and inspire people to express their views as an artist through modelling. As fashion trends change, I like to incorporate new and old fashion together and bring it into the modelling world so people can view my ideas through my images. Modelling also opens doors to travelling all over the world so models can express their love for seeking adventure. Modelling can help me broaden my perspective on art and imaging; I would like to be a model who can travel internationally and bring home the beautiful images of the world around us for those who don't have the chance to travel.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
Modelling education is important. I for one, have not taken any course because I have just begun my modelling career. What I do find important in the modelling education world is learning from others who are more experienced. I have learned plenty of things such as facial emotion, poise, fashion, how to work with photographers, client respect, responsibility, proper casting presentation and plenty more. I do believe I have acquired a vast amount of knowledge from many of the designers, photographers, clients, and models that I have built relationships with over the years. So, although I haven't taken any educational courses on modelling which I do have an interest in doing, I find that my background on modelling has been built from many professionals around me.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
Modelling is all about being unique, presentable, confident, inspiring, humble, and easy to work with. Having an exotic look is something designers seek out, models who stand out are noticed more. With that being said your presentation reflects on your agency and clients who use you for their images. Confidence bleeds through a great photo and at castings, designers and photographers would rather have a confident model who is accepting of his or her uniqueness then those who are shy. Having a humble attitude can make it easier to be open minded when it comes to ideas photographers have for their shoots. Being physically "fit" is not always the goal, all body types are respected in today's society, but a "fit" model in my eyes is one with great character and again uniqueness to their look.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
My goals as a model are to work with high-end designers, travel the world, and inspire people with my images. As a model in the making, I see my self-progressing by learning from those who are more experienced then I am, taking criticism and applying those critiques to my following modelling shoots, Networking, and working with many people within the industry.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
I am just now starting to follow my love for photography as I learn more and more about the industry. Capturing significant photos and bringing them to life can sell. As I am new, I have learned that advertisement is the main way companies, client, designers, etc. can get their fashion and ideas out into the world for many people to see.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
When it comes to my relationship with those in the modelling industry first and for most, it starts with being professional. Many designers may not like someone’s look, and it is always important to accept critique and professionally handle situations. I have created many relationships with models, photographers, and designers all because I know how to respect people. I am a very friendly guy, I love to motivate people to have a good time during nerve racking casting, and I enjoy making new friends. I have realised that patience is a virtue and although things don't always run on time or the way you expect them to I do keep my head up and constantly remind myself that things will always work out. When it comes to clients and their requirements, it is important to me that I stay open minded, accepting to rejection, and know that not everyone is looking for my look in a casting.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
Like I had mentioned before, all body types are accepted now in today's modelling society. Being physically active and eating well is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and good body. Yes, Eating well is part of my daily life style. I know that with good food being ingested in our bodies it reflects on our skin, hair, mental health, energy, etc. These are key characteristics that models need to have to present themselves well at casting and shoots. Going to the gym is a hobby of mine, and I would say I go as often as four times a week between work and school to maintain my physique, as well as improve any imperfections I feel need work on.
What is your dream role as a model?
My dream goal as a model is to travel the world, be presented in magazines and build boards, so people recognise me and see how I am trying to spread my admiration for fashion and photography.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
I currently have a job with a big cooperation Honey Well. My shifts are typically 10 pm to 6 is. I prefer to leave my mornings and afternoons open for any castings and job offerings. I would love to travel and with the time I’ve spent at my job I do receive personal time off as well as vacation time to spend if I have any requests to travel for modelling. My dream is to travel outside of the US for jobs. So, working around my work schedule would not be a problem for me.
My most memorable experience thus far has to be Model Volleyball here in Miami
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