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I studied architecture during school but found that my true interest was found in modeling. I believe in simplicity, meaning I enjoy keeping my shoots as basic, and real as possible. This provides an accurate representation, of how I live my life daily. I also believe in finding the most simple way, to create the most comfortable atmosphere for my photographers. I specialize in street and fashion photography.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Donovan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I’m 20 years old, with the drive of a Bugatti engine. I enjoy setting goals and pursuing them without limit. Growing up, I participated in manly academic, along with extracurricular events. Such as sports, including football, baseball, track and cross country. I succeeded the most in my track career, missing state qualifying finishing by mere seconds. I have a particularly large family, consisting of 11 children, including myself. I love my life based on a set schedule. I wake up at four in the morning every day to go to the gym before I go to my daily 9-5 job. After my daily job, I practice poses and study how successful models operate. This industry is a true, authentic passion. There is absolutely nothing quite like the feeling I feel when I’m in front of a camera!
Donovan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion in life is to be the best person I can be, not only for myself: but for my family and peers as well. I aspire to be a model because I believe that’s what I was born to do. Ever since I was a young child, I have been told that I should consider modeling due to my bone structure. It all started with my friends and I messing around with cameras when we realized that I indeed had the potential to thrive in this industry. Ever since that day in 2015, modeling has been a part of my everyday life!
Who is your inspiration in life Donovan? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is my father. He raised me by himself, nearly my entire life. He is my rock; my go to. He has taught me everything that I know about family, trust, and love. Being properly educated in those specific categories had allowed me to evolve as a person, and excel in my human relationships. Knowing that my father is the true definition of the word in every sense, I thrive to be the man that helped create me.
We all make mistakes Donovan; 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 truly have not had an experience where I wish I could’ve handled a situation differently. During my short career as a model, I have never had a bad experience with any other model, nor photographer.
Donovan, 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?
Every client has different ways of working. Whether it be, a change of scenery, a change of outfits, or simply a familiar photoshoot with a hint of spice. As I previously stated, my human contact skills are particularly sharp. I’m able to understand what the client wishes from me and work together to create an ending product that exceeds their expectations.
Please tell us, Donovan, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
There was a time during this past winter, where my clientele, was expecting a variety of styles from me to express the seasons, along with my current life choices. I knew that I had to pursue their wishes with a full heart. During this moment in time, I shot in the bitterness frenzy of the Wisconsin winter, every day for at least three hours. From being fully clothed, to be partially nude in the winters grasp. There is nothing that will haunt me, from reaching and meeting a client's expectations.
Donovan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
My daily job is very important. I work in the aviation field, building parts for, “Boeing’s”. There was a moment not too long ago, where a coworker and I, disagreed on a situation that included productivity levels in our work stations. On this particular day, I was cutting while for one of the mechanisms needed to provide power in the seats of a plane. My coworker believed that there was a different machine that would increase the productivity level, when in fact, this was going to decrease productivity instead. Together, we created a new worksheet to trace our productivity each hour. The end product consisted of our work, being completed in an ideal fashion, on time, with 100% satisfaction from our company’s customers.
Donovan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was also my biggest failure. Being new to the industry, I’ve been encountering new modeling agencies almost daily. I completed a submission to a local agency and waited patiently for a response. After a few days have come and passed, the agency got back to me, and kindly rejected me. As I was not what the agency was currently looking for. That moment was a huge milestone in my life. It showed me that yes, I could put in the work, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m what is needed. This moment, flipped a switch in my head, which encouraged me to see modeling not only as a hobby but as a way of life. Meaning, that I had to pursue it harder than I previously did in the past.
Donovan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
During the past winter, I had the opportunity to do work for a client that required me to be shirtless in the midst of winters elements. Using the natural colors of the snow, along with the complimentary colors of my environment, I was able to successfully create an exciting product that pleases multiple clients.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
The best advice I can give to anyone that has wishes of being in this industry is to be yourself. Get to know your clients, along with your photographers, to provide yourself with maximum comfort. The more comfortable you are, while working with photographers, the better the end product will be.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I’m currently open to any, and all work that is available. I aspire to be the best version of myself, at all times. This means that I’m willing to go out of my comfort zone, to learn different styles that different photographers have to offer.
Now for the best part Donovan! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Ami Bartosz @amadeusbartosz