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I am the first of my family to be born here in the states. I am Nigerian by blood, but a Texas native.
Ezekiel, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I love bringing stories to life. I do model from time to time, but I'm also an actor. As an actor, I love bringing a simple script to life and portray a character that is relatable to many audiences. The fact that I have the ability to touch many lives through my art is beautiful to me, which is why I am truly passionate about the arts.
Who is your inspiration in life Ezekiel? How do you keep inspired?
I get a lot of my inspiration from everyday people. Being able to see life from a different perspective and placing myself in someone else's shoes is really touching. Many people have been through tough times, some worse than others. As an artistic individual, I look through the lens of someone else and bring their story to life through my art.
We all make mistakes Ezekiel; 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.
There was a time I was doing a runway show, and we had fewer models than anticipated, so we had to do super fast quick changes between walks to fill the space. I remember walking back to the changing room after my first walk, and a really nice song came on, and I just busted out dancing instead of changing into my next outfit! The designer was not happy at all, but I still managed to change into my next outfit in a timely matter. Afterwards, I of course was confronted. I told him that a lot of times music moves me, so it's hard not to dance especially if I'm in a good mood. Being that we've worked with each other before and had a good relationship with one another, he laughed, shook his head, rolled his eyes, and said to control my dancing outbursts during the show or else he would be forced not to hire me again. Mistakes to me are learning experiences, so in this case, I definitely learned my lesson.
Ezekiel, 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?
Time management and organisation is definitely key. When I receive an email, text, or phone call about a booking, I first check my planner to see my availability. If I have days open that work with the dates the client wants to book me, I immediately write it down in my planner. With this system, it makes it a lot easier to be on top of things! When it comes to multiple clients on a single project, I do my best to embody the style, feel, or concept the clients are looking for as a whole. It can be tough at times, but the end result usually comes out pretty well.
Please tell us, Ezekiel, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Like I said before, time management and organisation is key in this industry. I have everything from live events, photo shoots literally, and commercials were written in my planner. If I'm already booked on a specific date, my agent usually tries to negotiate another open day that I'm free. Sometimes it works out, other times I have to miss out on projects. You win some, and you lose some, but you can't always win them all.
Ezekiel, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
It's hard to help someone see through your perspective when they're closed minded and only like to do things their way. Luckily in the entertainment business, a lot of individuals are open minded. Most of the people I've worked with are pretty open to new ideas and concepts. That doesn't necessarily mean that they'll go with your suggestion, but many times they at least hear you out. There was a time however that a particular individual I worked with was extremely closed minded, and seemed very sensitive about their vision. In other words, if it weren't their way, then you would have to hit the highway! In this instance, I remember trying to give input on different angle suggestions because I could tell that the individual was new to this. He immediately said "no, it's okay. I got it." Completely shut me down in front of everyone! Afterwards, the producer pulled me to the side and kindly told me "if you want to give suggestions, feel free to. I don't know why he told you no because it's obvious that he's new to this." We shot that same day, and just as we all expected, he indeed did not know what he was doing. Long story short, we ended the shoot as if all was well and the producer kindly called all the talent, telling us that we will definitely be doing another shoot with a different DP.
Ezekiel, 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?
There was a time I was doing a runway show to showcase a few local designers' designs, and we had a practice rehearsal a few days prior. I remember as I did my walk, one of the other male models commented "how does he do that? It's like he flips a switch and BOOM, he's a professional model." I believe he was referring to my facial expressions as I did my walk, pretending to interact with an audience member. After I finished, he asked me for advice, and I smiled and shrugged as I told him "I don't know, I just act like I own the room." Following that, the person in charge of the show came up to me and asked me to coach the other males on how to walk and make interactive facial expressions! I truly was flattered.
Ezekiel, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
There was a time I was in an acting workshop, and the instructor gave me a scene to do with a partner. It was a cold read, and I didn't know my partner to well. So we had to get really comfortable being uncomfortable fast! We both read through the scene a couple of times and played off each other's character choices. We threw in a few suggestions to one another, and before you know it, we were up next to present. As we walked to the front with the script in our hands, we looked at one another and agreed to have fun with it. In conclusion, we took a scene that had no character backgrounds or synopsis and creatively came up with our own. It was pretty exciting and fun to do! Started off rocky when we ran through it a couple of times a few minutes prior to presenting, but overall it was good. The audience and instructor seemed to enjoy our choices as well.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Love yourself. You have to be comfortable in your own skin and truly love the person you are. Once you do that, self-confidence is second nature.
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 want to collaborate with any professionals who are in need of an individual to bring their story or concept to life "visually." Whether that would be a commercial shoot, spec shoot, print, or even a short film, I'm always open to interesting ideas or stories to bring to life.
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