United States, Chicago
I am a young professional and aspiring entrepreneur as well as a developing creative. I grew up in the burbs of Chicago and sprinted to the city after graduating university in 2016 where I studied business and theatre.
I wear my heart on my sleeve while my mind endlessly whirls. I'm an animal lover and a coffee friend, and one of my absolute favourite shows is parks and rec.
I currently work full time while pursuing and developing creative projects in most of my free time. If I'm not at the office developing as a professional, or working on my creative portfolio, I'm likely sipping coffee, going on adventures with my girlfriend, or playing Overwatch.
Thanks so much for your time and consideration, I would be honoured to be featured!!
Our readers would love to get to know you more Andrew. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
The way I think. I have a tendency to think about things on a large scale and in a bigger picture- I love to challenge ideas and the way people think. Oh, and I'm a Pisces if that tells you anything.
Andrew, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I hope to eventually write and publish a novel. My "dream-big" aspirations include starring in a Marvel superhero film as the hero or the villain and to be invited to the annual TED conference as a speaker. I'm still starting as a model; I started acting in high school after a nasty knee injury led to a surgery and the end of my sports career.
Who is your inspiration in life Andrew? How do you keep inspired?
Inspiration is everywhere in our everyday lives. I find inspiration from Gary Vaynerchuck (@garyvee), from discipline I see in others, the artists and friends I'm blessed to work with, my parents and on the 'L'. Thinking back, however, I think teachers have been one of the deepest sources of inspiration for me.
We all make mistakes Andrew; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I mentioned before that I'm just starting out as a model, but the first show I ever directed I was not prepared for at all, I was a sr. In high school. It was the night before the show, and my cast still wasn't memorised - I told them they'd be fine, that it'd sink in and feel like instinct on stage. It was a disaster. I have learned so much since then.
Andrew, 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
I treat everyone with respect, and I hold myself to a level of professionalism.
Please tell us, Andrew, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Juggling all of my creative pursuits and a day job is a challenge, but with determination and a calculated schedule, almost anything is manageable.
Andrew, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
The best examples of this come from the stage. I love working things on their feet, and when a director is asking for input and ideas, I'm never shy. I have a heavy background in improv and my sr. The year I was the producer of a campus improv troupe. Before then the group's main focus was on short-form improv (think "whose line is it anyway") but my sr. The year I made it a goal to transition the group to long-form improv, and though it was challenging, it was fulfilling.
Andrew, 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?
Honestly, since I'm pretty new, this is a hard question. I'm mostly looking forward to the journey in front of me. Outside of modelling my proudest moment is probably having been selected to speak at a TEDx conference this past May.
Andrew, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
I am currently in the midst of planning an elemental shoot which will be done in 4 parts, each representing a different element (earth, water, fire, air...kinda like the Avatar 😅😅)
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Be disciplined. Be consistent. Be humble.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
All sorts! I love collaborating with creative's up, and down the chain, from animators to writers to other models, to directors and actors, collaboration is one of my favourite concepts.
Todd Kent @churchoftodd