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Hello, my name is Kole! I was born in Austin, TX and currently live in Houston, TX. I have been an athlete all my life, standing firmly at 6’5” 195lbs. I am Black and a 1/4 Chinese aspiring to be a model/actor possessing a unique, swanky depth to my character. An old soul with a millennial mind and innovative body, reaching for the stars. I love to travel the world when I can; wanderlust runs in my blood. The family is significant to me, and it’s Family Over Everything where I’m from. A fun hobby of mine is making music, engineering beats, freestyling. Music is one of the few pure joys in life, that can bring people across all cultures together.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Kole. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
One unique thing about me is how laid back I am. One of the most mellow people you’ll ever meet. Life’s too short to be pressed over little things. Pro tip: if it is not going to matter 5 years from now, then let it go.
Kole, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion my entire life up until a recent injury was football and basketball. My love, them both is unparalleled. I began modelling after going on a trip to Milan, Italy and an agency out there saw me and suggested that I start modelling. People, he told me for years that I should, but that little extra motivation from someone official like that was all I needed so here I am!
Who is your inspiration in life Kole? How do you keep inspired?
My biggest inspiration in life is athletes. Knowing where most of us come from and making it to the top, igniting our dreams into reality is my favourite fairy tale.
We all make mistakes Kole; 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.
Kole, 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?
Focusing on details and the little things. My old basketball coach uses to tell us before big games, “Take care of the little things, and the big things will come!”
Please tell us, Kole, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I had my first shoot in Austin, and I had no clue what to wear. I just knew the agency wanted headshots, 1/2, 3/4 and full body shots that I could take on my own. So I decided to buy some new fresh fits and shoes and got a pro-photographer to take my pictures for which turned out phenomenal. Moral of the story: it doesn’t hurt to thoroughly, do more than what is asked.
Kole, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I had work-study in the file room on campus. The room was 1 way in and out, no windows, like a comfortable jail cell haha. Worked in there 4 hours a day straight through lunch hours along with 12 other students. Our boss would always ask us why the file room stays in disarray over the last 10 years. I told him, “if y’all provided us with snacks or got some natural light up in here maybe students would have more incentive to get their work done.” Next thing I know they started providing fruits and chips for use and even had a pizza party. We finished the year as the most productive staff over the last decade.
Kole, 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 was getting my first job offer from Lowe Cosmetics. Nothing better than getting reassurance from employers that you are capable of excel in such a robust industry to crack.
Kole, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
In my shoot with Kathy Whittaker, I was able to portray a basketball player training in his Jordan’s, and it was so much fun! Seeing the results of those live action shots was sublime.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
The sooner you start, the better. Experience and timing is everything. You can be anything you want to be. Just believe in yourself and shoot for the stars without caring how other people perceive you and what you’re trying to accomplish. Like Nike, do it!
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 would like to collab with designers on clothes and sneakers. I’m a huge sneakerhead! Collab with female models/artists on specific themes photographers are looking for. Anything’s really, I like a challenge and want to see what looks I’m capable of executing.
Kathy Whittaker @kathywhittakerphotography