I always find when you say the words male model, people for some reason think a man getting naked and sitting in the middle of a room being painted by women in an art class. Either that or they think of Zoolander – if you haven’t seen the film, I can’t recommend it enough, Ben Stiller at his very best.
That is not the type modelling I’ve done though I did most often seem to have my top off.
Perhaps the top campaigns I have done, involved modelling for the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign, which involved me taking my top up off, clambering out onto some rocks and then for the next hour and a half dipping my foot in and out of the sea in a manner which was tantamount to repeatedly doing a one legged squat; and fronting a campaign for Wade Opticians, which involved me sitting in a chair and modelling perhaps a hundred or so different pairs of glasses and sunglasses.
Rather frustratingly I never got to see pictures from either campaign which is a shame, but seems to be a recurring problem for professional modelling jobs at the lower levels.
Other jobs I have done involved modelling for stock photography, as well as doing studio days, workshops and more.
In terms of my feelings towards modelling, it can be fun, but I realised quite soon on that it was not for me, I just found it a little boring standing in front of the camera either smiling or pouting.
For me I just felt there wasn’t enough range to express myself in the way that I like, more than that my love is the world of story and I felt standing in front of the camera modelling was simply telling someone else’s story. And most often it was the same story over. That’s why I prefer being behind the camera rather than in front of it.
However, it was a good experience and I am glad that I did it, I would also recommend anyone who hasn’t tried their hand at modelling to give it a go, worth doing even if only once.
Also there are a good few pictures that I thought were quite cool (in a poser kind of way I must admit…), some of which are posted below:
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