The United States
State / Region
Los Angeles, CA
I am a Sports and Lifestyle Model, A Vegan Athlete, an Actor and a Brand Ambassador for big clients such as Asics, Adidas, Saucony, New Balance, Reebok, Google, Samsung, Levis, Mitchell&Ness just to name a few. I have also done runways for NYC Fashion Week and LA Fashion week in the past before I switched to Sports Modeling.I have also been featured in several magazine editorials.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Kenan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a big proponent of an active and healthy lifestyle. I am into Veganism and having a Plant-based lifestyle. I am active in community outreach in San Diego, CA that encourages, promotes and supports new artists and creatives in building their platforms.
Kenan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My biggest passion and aspiration is to be a positive role model and to promote diversity in this industry. I wish to use filmmaking to showcase my acting talent and to use that medium in promoting diversity and encouraging people of my generation that anything is possible through hard work and tenacity. I started as a Model when I was spotted at the Coachella Music event in Indio, CA. A talent Manager for a big well known Agency from Beverly Hills saw me and the rest was history.
Who is your inspiration in life Kenan? How do you keep inspired?
My biggest inspiration is my Mom and my Grandma. Their love, hard work and support for my goals is what keeps me inspired.
We all make mistakes Kenan, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Fortunately, I have not been in a situation yet wherein the outcome has been disastrous. My Mom has always taught me that respect for other people and respect for myself is what's going to give me longevity in this industry. She always says to pick your battles and learn to recognize and walk away from a bad situation. Do not burn bridges with anyone no matter how bad it may seem because the industry is small for any "working" model and actor. It is only a big and intimidating industry if you are not booking jobs.
Kenan, 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?
Timeliness and communication is the key. It shows that you respect everyone involved in the project. I always go to any of my jobs 110% ready not because it is what is expected of me but because it is what everyone in production deserves. I only accept jobs whom I think I can deliver the best version of myself. It is important to me that I leave them a good impression of my work ethics because that is how you get direct bookings and repeat clients.
Please tell us, Kenan, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As a Sports Model, I have to be very consistent with my workouts and my diet. I try to live a healthy lifestyle. I have to continuously take classes to perfect my acting craft. I network a lot and remain active in social media.
Kenan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Being a Sports Model is very technical and very arduous. A photographer, especially the ones you have not worked with before, has an idea of how he wants to photograph you but until you show him your athleticism, flexibility and what movements you are capable of, he will never know. The most amazing sports photographs are created because of the openness between a good photographer and a Sports Model who does not put limits on himself.
Kenan, 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?
Asics Global Campaign is probably one of my proudest work. We shot it for one week. It was my first major campaign after switching from runways to Sports Modeling after 4 months. I see my work all over the world, in stores, magazines and social media and it seems so surreal.
Kenan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I would say that each job that I have undertaken, I have to be creative and adjust to the clients' vision. Sports Modeling is different from a regular "pretty boy" modelling, I have found out. It is more active, engaging, exhausting and repetitive in order to get the perfect shot. It requires stamina and patience. So many times that I would wear a sample size shoe of 8.5 or 9 and I am an 11.5 or 12 and I have to run or jump 20x to get that one shot. At the end of the day, my feet are not only blistered but bleeding and then you have to do it again for a few more days. But when you see the final photos, you can't help but be proud.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am always open to any new opportunities. There are so many to name that I am interested in. If the opportunity makes sense to me, then I will consider it.
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