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My obsession and drive. That's uncommon these days. One of the virtues that I seem to have been gifted is the ability to be both self-critical whilst remaining patently goal oriented. When I say I'm thinking of doing something that means I'm doing it, I'm putting all of my mental and physical energy into it, and I'm working at it to the best of my ability. There's a quote in A Book Of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi. It is good fuel for this mindset; he said that; Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast¦. Of course, slowness is bad. Skilful people never get out of time and are always deliberate, and never appear busy. Love that quote; the whole book is like that, just fuel for mastery of one's own life.
Jack, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion in life is life itself. It's easy to lose sight of that today, especially when one is bogged down with the trials and tribulations, city life is a test for yourself. More and more I make certain to remain thankful for everything I have. My aspirations right now are to live a full and balanced life, that's at the top of the goal list (which is a real list that I keep in my bag). And I started as a model by accident, kind of? I never even thought about doing it, at all. It was just an application that I made to my now mother agency, Ford Models NYC, that launched my new career as a male model almost two years ago now. I was signed from overseas having never modelled a day in my life; it was crazy! I got so lucky; they saw something in me I guess? I don't know. But I'm super grateful for the opportunity.
Who is your inspiration in life Jack? How do you keep inspired?
Joe Rogan is a big inspiration for me; he's awesome. He has nothing to do with fashion, at all. He's a podcast host, comedian, martial arts commentator, and all around workhorse. His podcast is amazing too, he has all kinds of guests on, from neuroscientists to other comics, and everything in between. I love listening in to fascinating conversations about interesting topics; it pushes me to want to strive and do more. Nothing motivates you like listening to smart, successful, awesome people all day, every day. It kicks the car into gear, you know?
We all make mistakes Jack, 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.
Oh, I put my foot in it all the time, maybe it's a byproduct of listening to the way comics talk to one another, I don't know, I know that I have said the wrong thing to people throughout my career as a model. But you know what, I find that if you are genuine and kind, people see you are only silly. I like to talk to people like we are friends already, that usually works at breaking the ice.
Jack, 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?
Before I do a job I research the brand or client and think to myself, â€œwhat can I bring, how can I bring the best? And usually, that works, my creativity starts to flow, I picture myself on the shoot, in the clothes, and so on. Visualisation is a hell of a tool; it makes you so comfortable when the game day comes. Nothing is a surprise if you are well versed on your task.
Please tell us, Jack, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
It's all a part of a strategy. And my strategy is hard work and discipline. So long as I'm doing the right things and having fun whilst doing them, I can't go wrong. One thing I do do is keep track of everything, every activity, every job, every casting, even this interview! I keep track of it all so that I know in black and white what I'm achieving, or not. The strategy works the best when you know what you are working with.
Jack, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Speaking your truth. That's the sentence that springs to my mind. Any circumstance that arises where I feel like I need to express something, ask for something, whatever it may be, I collect my wits and speak truthfully without apology. You can't just be an ass hole in life and expect to get the things you want; you have to be flexible, pliable while being firm and strong. If you can strike that balance in life, you will be unstoppable. Like all of the answers I'm giving in this interview, for example, I have no idea how they will be received, all I can do is speak my truth. I find that when I do that, with confidence in my words, I am met with respect and kindness. Unless I'm speaking to my mother, haha!
Jack, 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?
The fact that the best shoot I was a part of was also the shortest, coming in at just two hours. I was genuinely proud of myself! The team and I were smashing every shot, and getting it done in two hours? Ugh, it was cathartic! It was the first time that I felt like a professional, you know? It was awesome.
Jack, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Every editorial I've ever shot, I have been fortunate in that regard I feel, all of the teams that I've worked with have proven to be super open to input and ideas. Letting the creative juices flow. And you never know what will come from those shoots! There's such a sense of purpose to your work when you give your all; I love it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Do other things at the same time as modelling, and don't become lazy. I don't care what anyone says, ninety per cent of this job is free time, and time is worth more than anything in the universe. That free time can be filled with anything you like, any project, any activity, whatever you like! The number of models that I've lived with that lie around the apartment all day breathing out of their mouths in a zombified state is just staggering. Iâ€™m telling you, models, get out and do cool things, have something to say, be curious. People will see that exuberant nature and be drawn towards it; it's human nature! And finally, enjoy this job while you can, it's a privilege, and it won't last forever. You'd regret it later if you wasted your time missing castings and goofing off. Oh and if you are a model, and you are offended by my accusations of your laziness, then that is probably because you are lazy. ;)
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
As a writer, I would love to collaborate with pen companies! I still write in my notebook every day, and promoting that same work ethic to the next generation of creative minds would be amazing. As a series of biopics as a part of a campaign that promotes the craft of writing, that would be amazing to be a part of. Maybe with brands like Moleskine, or Parker? I don't know if that has ever even been done before, so that would be both new and cool.