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I am currently a senior at Jacksonville University with a major in Communications with a double concentration in Advertising/Public Relations and Journalism and a minor in Photography. I have been an intern at RIAD Represents since 2013, and I have been their social media manager since late 2016. During the summer of 2015, I attended La Trobe University in Australia to take part in their Edge of the Outback Photography Program. During these four weeks, I travelled all over the Australian Outback where he was able to capture nature in its rawest form. Upon his return home, I had two of his pieces from this trip chosen for the Jacksonville University student show that took place in December of 2015. He also had two additional pieces from the trip published in his schools literary and arts magazine. Over this Summer 2016, I had the opportunity to study at the University of Westminster, where he took the course “London: Photographing the City.” During this course, I began his photo series called “Not to the Pointe.” This series documents the people of London through their foot positioning. Upon returning home, I had two pieces in the Winter 2016 Student Gallery at Jacksonville University.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Brian. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
What is unique about me is that I am a photographer and have a passion for modelling. Knowing both sides of the camera is beneficial while shooting and being shot. Working for RIAD Represents, a photographer agency has also taught me how to be a hard worker and has shown me another side of the fashion/photography world that not many people get to see. It makes me appreciate how many different people are involved in a project and how much work goes into getting the finished product.
Brian, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion in life is Fashion/Modeling/Photography. I have also loved being behind the camera as a child, and this started my passion for modelling. Being in Florida for college, I have to wait to pursue a modelling career. However, this is when I discovered my love for photography and fashion. Being able to plan my shoots and shoot them kept me active in the Fashion World and kept my dream of modelling alive, as well as helped benefit me by knowing what its like on both sides of the camera.
Who is your inspiration in life Brian? How do you keep inspired?
I get inspired by artists. People who can sit back and make an idea come to life. Seeing their passion for something inspires me to pursue my passion.
We all make mistakes Brian; 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.
On a shoot for a friend for a school project, I wasn't vocal enough, and I knew the shoot wasn't working, but I didn't speak up because I was afraid to step on her toes, but I've learned that speaking up if its beneficial for the overall project will help.
Brian, 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 take the theme for each shoot and think to myself what do I need to do to deliver this to the client and I don't think about anything else.
Please tell us, Brian, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I had to be strategic about when I should post certain photos. Exposure is everything in this world, and you always have to be thinking about when you will maximise exposure to get the most engagement.
Brian, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I was modeling for a friend, and she was struggling with being able to produce her concept, as a photographer and model, I was able to help assist her photography wise and as a model I was able to show her how me doing certain poses and wearing certain outfits will help bring her theme from paper to live.
Brian, 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 accomplishment is when Wilhelmina reached out, and I was able to set up an interview for after I graduate. It felt like all my hard work and patience over the past three years in college is beginning to pay off.
Brian, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
A time I was able to be creative was shooting myself. It was exciting to be both the photographer and model, but it was also challenging because of each shoot I had to stop and reset the camera and reposition it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Be realistic and know your market. There are so many opportunities out in the world for everyone, and you just have to know who you appeal to because once you get an opening you'll be able to run with it, and that will start your career.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, as a model, photographer, production assistant.
Now for the best part Brian! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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