Featured Model: Eric Chong

"The only thing that never got taken away from me was my freedom to express myself."

Model Citizen Media provides a platform to recognise 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.

Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I have been homeless for a good half of my life. The only thing that never got taken away from me was my freedom to express myself. Whether it's been washing dishes, modeling, DJing for thousands of people, or going to the bathroom, I wanted to do it my way and make it look beautiful. I suppose the simple things keep me sane. This is where modeling comes in for me. I think you have to be at your most free and sincere self to sell a mood or tell a story in just a photo. I live for that vibe. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? I'm still new so I'm still mostly concerned about simply honing my craft and contributing to the industry. Besides that, my next step is to get signed. I've already been scouted and met with a couple agencies. But I want to take my time and make the right decision. With luck you'll be seeing more of me :] How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I'm lighthearted but sincere. When it comes to clients I think its important to really penetrate their mind. Understand who they are as an artist and what the vision is for the job. Both of you are there to build something together. And have fun at the same time! If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I barely made it out the first time. I'm not sure I would want to do it all over again haha! I'd try to remember to enjoy it more. I was so focused on the next day and the next step that I forgot to enjoy the days and steps I was on. Even the tough ones. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? The man in the mirror. He never gave up on me. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? You should always have the mind of a student! I took music production courses, piano classes, jazz band, etc. It helps you connect your left brain to you right brain. That's where you start thinking more profoundly. Even if you don't plan to be an artist, I think it's incredibly useful to take creative education courses. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? I was about to ask you the same question.

Photo Credits: Aiza Aperture @aiza_aperture Charlie Drizzle @hellonuocmami Angelica Joson @anjellicatz Efren Garza @garzaefren Frank Samuel @_franksamuel

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