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Mindset. I understand the power of mindset and how to use it. I pride myself in always making tough decisions. There are only two paths in life, a hard one and an easy one. The only meaningful way is the hard one.
Jonathan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
Being a model was a big challenge for me! It took me about one year to summon the courage to put myself out there finally. My aspiration is to help as many people as possible to become the best version of themselves. In order to do this, I need to follow my path as well.
Who is your inspiration in life, Jonathan? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
I get inspired by anyone in life who choose to shine in their light, who choose to challenge their fears. Greg Plitt is my greatest inspiration for those reasons. He had a magnificent body, an iron mindset and the power to inspire — a great loss.
We all make mistakes, Jonathan; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Nothing. Sounds cocky right! But it is the truth. Don't get me wrong; I did a ton of mistakes in the past! But I had to make these mistake to become the man I am today, and I am very pleased with who I am!
Jonathan, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I have the same attitude as when I was a soldier: I give everything I can. I like to be viewed as an essential part of my team; that's why I act the part. Even when you enjoy it, work will always be work. Get your head down and be professional!
Please tell us, Jonathan, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
That one is an easy one. Training first, no excuses. Second is my family. I have four lovely kids and the best wife anyone could have. She is very supportive of my work, and we choose each other, knowing very well that striving for success takes time and dedication. The third is work. I can't stay at home doing anything. Work is a very important part of my mindset — anything else is 't prioritize.
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I apply the special forces method for creative problem solving: ask your teammates what they think of a specific issue, and then pick the best idea (or change it to fit your needs). One time I was the recon team leader, and I was reporting to the commanding officer about the placement of the support section for the attack. I had been on the terrain, taking pictures and doing reconnaissance on the enemy position. I argued with reason and evidence while staying charming and chill during the process. He decided to go on with my plan, even though it was going to be more complex than his original plan.
Jonathan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
On my first contract, I was working for the Festival d'’©t’©, a music festival. My agent had booked me for 2 days to do animation in the streets, with festival goers. The client was so impressed that he asked my agent to book me for the other 8 days of the festival.
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?
Since I am a gym owner, I had to learn fast about social media, and how to use them to promote my business. I decided to be bold and intense about our presence so that people would notice us with all the big gym chains around. We created a whole bunch of videos to promote the gym in a creative way.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Nobody is ever going to give you a shot. You have to take your shot. So be it, man.
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