I studied Acting for Film, TV & Theatre; I minored in Film Production. As an actor, I love being creative with the insight of bringing a character alive based off of my imagination. A part of being an actor, I've often Directed music videos, short and feature-length films as well as theatre plays and musicals. Having this ability gives me full control to produce thought-provoking, compelling content that goes respectfully beyond any social-norms. I love keeping an audience engaged and wrapped up in living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
As a creative, I love pushing the envelope. Often I find myself as a wardrobe stylist or director on a photoshoot. I thoroughly enjoy assembling pieces that do not necessarily go together but instead paint a vivid picture of the story the model is conveying or what the photographer captures.
My positive outlook, infectious energy, determination and ambitions keep me motivated along with journey and as a result, fosters great working relationships with other models and creatives alike. The sky is no longer the limit when a man has walked on the moon.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Jonathan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
My background is a little different from anyone I've met; my upbringing. This gives me a unique perspective that has allowed me to vastly see solutions that are creative, yet resourceful. Further, I believe my skillset and personality brings a dynamic edge to my uniqueness.
Jonathan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
To be an influencer, a motivator and ultimately someone who lives on this earth just inspiring anyone, even if it's just one individual. I started as a model while working at a telecommunications company back in The Bahamas, I worked in Marketing & PR as a Product Specialist and our team lead Ms Carole Barnett asked me to be one of the models for their International Calling card.
Who is your inspiration in life Jonathan? How do you keep inspired?
Taraji P. Henson, she's a phenomenal woman. Her truth, her struggles and her story is so inspiring. She's an incredible actor, model and human being. She has such an amazing outlook on life, despite what's going on in her world. Every waking day I have this vision, this thought, this idea of who I will be in the years ahead and that honestly keeps me inspired.
We all make mistakes Jonathan; 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.
A time ago I wasn't truly confident in myself, my body and how I felt about myself not being able to bring to the table with a photographer, despite her assurance that I was great. If I could have whispered in myself to just believe in me, I know my confidence and ability would have gone far beyond and exceeded her expectations.
Jonathan , 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?
The most important thing is to manage an effective and efficient and effective schedule with timelines. Of course, prioritize the list based on status and demand but be fair, equal and respective to each client. I try to be reasonable, and honest about any deadlines set and remain on course as much as I can.
Please tell us Jonathan, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Organization! I had several projects in one area, with a two or three-time gap between. I realize I had to be on point with each appointment and pack all essentials for each job. I mapped out everything beforehand, set alarm timers and had conversations with the producers from the onset.
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
My body type! So much of the industry is focused on models half my size; I'm a 34 in the waist and pretty thick/muscular. There was this one pose that would have worked if I were four sizes smaller, but because of my body frame, it looked awkward! Understanding and confidently knowing my body type, I was able to show a few poses to the photographer and give the definition and frame he was trying to acquire.
Jonathan, 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?
A nude photoshoot! I've never been COMPLETELY nude on a set or photoshoot before. It took some gumption, but after I did it I felt proud of that moment and my body! The photos looked incredible!
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Set design and wardrobe, I was working with a new photographer. A recent graduate, great eye for photography but asked for a bit of help for the creative set aspect. I was able to create an outstanding lifestyle set and match a wardrobe to the overall look and feel of the shoot. The photographer loved it, and it looked incredible in the photos.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Be confidant! Be brave! Believe in and trust yourself! Take risks and be on time!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. I don't have anything in particular; I'm just interested in tackling any collaboration for anyone who would love to work with me. I'm all in!
Photographer: Ethan Zhang
Photographer: Emily Bruno
Photographer: Ethan Zhang