On top of modelling, I am an architect and a competitive marathoner. I can say that I've both designed and walked in fashion shows. Moreover, a typical day for me involves putting on multiple hats, from training for marathons in the early morning to going to work in an office to castings during my lunch break and back to work.
John, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Of my many passions, the underlying impetus is to help others. As an architect, I'd love to help developing countries and those in need of housing and spaces that need better design. I've started as a model at the age of 18 when different casting directors on the street approached me.
Who is your inspiration in life John? How do you keep inspired?
Family. Both lost, and future included. I often think about those who passed away and left the foundation for me while also thinking about my future children whom I would love to hug someday. This love is what keeps me going.
We all make mistakes John, 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.
Not so much a mistake but a way of thinking moving forward as to learn to have a voice in the model workplace; providing input and if necessary challenging the client.
John, 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?
By concentrating on each task at hand under the notion that I should be thankful for every opportunity and treat every small or large job as a blessing.
Please tell us John, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As a person who has a demanding full-time job and training schedule, I am strategic in the way of making sure I get my work is done and more. Additionally, I have to be strategic in the ways I take time off and use my lunch breaks as opportunities to get to casting calls.
John, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
As much as clients have their vision of clothing, I know my body better than anyone else. If there's a way I see something better, I will give my opinion.
John, 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 has to be the first time I saw myself in a major magazine. Not only because of the magnitude of the result but the fact that I was able to get into such a position through faith, diligence, and persistence.
John, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
As someone who dabbles with photography and someone who works in architecture, I often have an eye for unique shots a photographer or client may not have imagined. It is at these moments when I find creativity. An example was during a first look shot during runway practice before the show. Instead of the traditional wall backdrop, I suggested taking a shot utilising more of the architectural space and chairs that were empty.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
To know that while there are thousands of other models out there who may be more beautiful or unique, it is the ones who take chances and believe in themselves that will be rewarded.
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 am open to working in all forms of media which can find my character versatile and unique as a fashionable architect or athletic runner or even an everyday lifestyle face. The underlying passion is to get more Asian male faces in the industry.