"As a model, I do my best to get myself calm and into character. Whatever, the theme of the shoot I do my best to match my personality with it."
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Firstly Adrian, how would you best describe yourself?
Adrian. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I am a 24-year-old Georgia State University student. My major is Exercise Science (Class of Spring 2019), and with the ultimate end goal of being a physical therapist. Currently, I already have my associate degree. I am in the process of becoming a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with ACE. Enough, about my accomplishments.
"An artist is someone who is versatile in many areas of life." That is my saying and description of who I am. My first artistic form was writing then; there was poetry. I settled with poetry, but I always knew there was more. I played sports like every teenager in the USA. I wasn't that good as my little brother or my father (Who played for the NFL for a short stint due to injuries). I fell more in love with the practice, training, and preparation sides of being an athlete. As I eventually moved onto college; I changed my major from Business Management to Exercise Science. "The body itself is the most incredible form of living art my God has created."
Nature, city skylines, architecture, and wildlife began to rub off on me. I would think to myself, "How awesome would it be to capture and steal them?" I began to flirt with the thought of going to a technical college and becoming a photographer while, I was in the mist of changing my major. Finally, I went from flirting with to seducing it. I sealed the deal with purchasing a Nikon D300 for $300 from a seller on Facebook.
I became an aspiring male model, before I bought my 1st camera. Never, in my wildest dreams; did I ever dream of being in this position I am in now. I was insecure about my appearance in my grade school years. I was a nerd and a geek at the same time. Haha. I was bullied and verbally abused my entire grade school years. It kind of died down when, I started playing football and getting more involved in sports (basketball, track & field). I made friends and associates, who accepted me as me. I would eventually, find my true self-confidence through fitness. Fitness was the right medicine for my low self-esteem. As I progressed and grew into my looks, I felt more self-love (as egotistical as that sounds). Fast forward to January 2017; I wanted to get some fitness photos of myself. Then, a natural process happened, and I decided to embark on becoming a male model.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Adrian. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I believe me being myself makes me unique. God created only one, Adrian Laster. I stay true to who I am, and it has been a pleasurable life because of it. I have a very witty sense of humour, but I am very passionate at the same time. I know my worth, and won't settle for anything but the best. It is crazy though; I am stubborn, respectful, romantic, understanding, funny, smart, spiritual, and easy going all rolled up into one.
Adrian, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I have a passion for letting my art be known. Whether, it is through writing, fitness/health, modelling, or photography. I just want my talents to be my voice. Hopefully, my voice can touch someone in any way positive.
I want to travel and see the wonders of the world that entice me. Hint, hint: Animal Planet, Travel Channel & Discovery Channel are my top favourites.
How I got started as a model and photographer (non-pro)? It was the long process.
Modeling: After, talking to an aspiring print model (Charlotte L. Terry of www.charmodeling.com); and befriending a wonderful photographer (Robert Rainbow of www.robertrainbowphotos.com). I decided to ultimate dare to embark on the journey of becoming a male model. The decision has definitely paid off.
Photography: I bought a camera from a Facebook friend (Sherrie Bennett) for $300. I love my Nikon D300 and thankful she was looking to upgrade. I'm still getting used to being behind the camera. I am starting to develop "the eye", but I am still a baby though.
Who is your inspiration in life Adrian? How do you keep inspired?
Jesus Christ is my ultimate and daily inspiration. I am still young but, I still to strive to be more like him daily.
My Father and my Mother are my other inspirations. They have been divorced for little over a decade now. I admire my Father for his calmness and illustrative mindset. My Mother is such a trooper and strong-willed. She has taught me how to toughen up when, the road gets tougher. My mother also served in the army as well.
My friends and associates that are doing positive things in their life inspire me as well. Pretty much anyone who is passionate about their craft, and putting in the effort to sharpen it for a greater good are where I draw inspiration from as well.
We all make mistakes Adrian; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Well, I only have one as a model. There was a photographer that isn't that good at communication. It bugged me, because that is top 5 pet peeve for me! Anyways, he used a photo of me on his Facebook company page. He didn't tag me in it or didn't put my name up there. I always give my photographers the credit for the magic they have done. So, naturally, I was pissed off. He deliberately ignored my messages (on Facebook they let you know, when your message has been seen). I had enough of it, so I took to call him out in a respectful manner in the group. Everyone was putting their 2 cents in, and he finally commented. Long story short, I got my credit I wanted with the proper tagging. My lesson form that is: Sometimes I just have learned to let stuff go and deal with it whenever I see that individually in person. It was messy of me to do that. We were both in the wrong, and in the end, it can be bad for business. I mean for me that can scare a potential client off from hiring me. It comes off as I am too difficult to work with, but I promise you I am not.
Adrian , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
As a model, I do my best to get myself calm and into character. Whatever, the theme of the shoot I do my best to match my personality with it. I haven't done anything that didn't match my personality, but I am sure I will.
I organize most of the dates mentally. I look at videos and read about different poses. Things like what a photographer is looking for and the do's and don'ts.
I am still in the beginning phrases so, I am sure I will develop new and better techniques on how to be prepared at all times.
Please tell us, Adrian, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
When, I was first starting to get a grasp on the industry and what they are looking for. I researched and read some many articles. I am finding my niche (fitness, sports, print/commercial). It has taken countless work on my portfolio, and what looks I can sell myself as to the industry.
Adrian, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was finally, able to get my Mother to see my artistic journey; and how critical her support means to me during this journey to the top? It actually took many go-rounds, but that's just my Mother. She wants me to be safe at all times. I tell her, "Ma I am grown and must take risks to taste the rewards of life." I am glad she can see my vision.
Adrian, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest professional moment was being featured on a young lady's up and coming website. It is called November Reigns. She sells neat sayings on t-shirts, and other items.
When, I saw myself on that website I wanted to cry. I shared it with my parents, and they even loved it more.
See me here: https://novemberreigns.com/collections/best-selling
Adrian, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I can be my most creative when, I write what is in my heart. Yes, it is difficult sometimes. Most of the time it just flows. Thank God!
As a model, I have those few moments during shoots was my poses are "just me". It's like a stranger can look at that picture and see the personality oozing.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Be professional at all times. Every shoot isn't going to be sunny and sunshine. You will have some rainy ones. Prepare yourself to hear a lot of no's and some yes's. You can't please everyone, because some clients aren't going to like your look. Clients are looking for a specific look for their project and vision; you may not cut sometimes.
Remain confident in who you are and your values. Don't let anybody persuade you otherwise.
You may enjoy creating experiences and etc., but don't forget modelling is a business as well. So, don't take everything personally. I repeat, Don't take everything personally. When, one door shuts there are many others waiting to be opened.
Stay true to who you really are at the end of the day!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am very open minded to collaborations with creative minded individuals. I am a personality, not a character. When, I do collaborations I will bring my best me.
My preference: Print/commercial, Fitness/health, Sportswear, Fashion.
Again, I am open to doing anything else outside my preference and niches.
I will only do partial nudity, like Sports Illustrated Body Issues. Something along that line.
Other than that, just hit me with your best shot. Haha.
Cover photo: John & Joni Hendricks of Edge Portraiture
Photo #1: John & Joni Hendricks of Edge Portraiture
Photo #2: Sedric Beasley
Photo #3: Gerald King Carter & Diversity Photos
Photo 4: Korbyn Ketchledge
Photo 5: Jeff Coleman
Editing: I edited it to black and white vintage. I was permitted by the photographer.
Photo 6: John & Joni Hendricks of Edge Portraiture
Photo 7: Michael J. Jones
Photo 8: Sedric Beasley