Michael Aurelio
United States
State / Region
My rate starts at $75-$100 per hr depending on assignment

I'm a lifetime actor with a BFA in Acting from Cal Arts. I was born in Rome, Italy and lived throughout western Europe before eloping to California and then fatally, New York. I've had guest star roles on several television shows for CBS and TNT and a diverse history in theater, mainly Shakespeare and new works. I've performed at The Old Globe, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Hammer Museum, HERE Arts Center, Boston Court Theater, and more. I seek the artistry in everything and strive to find the emotional and truthful depth of every project while presenting a professional atmosphere and healthy hunger to challenge myself in all forms of media. 
I'm great at taking direction as a Model ('m an actor - it's what I do best) and it's very punctual. If I say it'll be there - I'll be there. 

*Editorial Clients have included: 
Brooklyn Dapper
Temple Tape
Gordon Spector

Commercial Clients Include
Sharkk Electronics

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Michael. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I was kicked out of the boy-scouts when I was 12 for fighting and I guess I should have seen it coming. I was born in Rome, Italy and lived in 8 different countries before I was 10 including (Ireland, Germany, Holland, France, Sweden, and the US) I used to speak fluent French and Swedish but forgot it all years ago. I always had a hard time fitting in until I moved to New York and found my place amongst like-minded transients and wanderers. 

Michael, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

I'm always trying to explore a greater sense of self - I came to modeling through acting as it just seemed like a natural move to see the camera through a different style. I try to bring the truest self I am to every image - never wanting to present something that would feel foreign to me later on. 

Who is your inspiration in life Michael? How do you keep inspired?

I ingest all forms of art - films, books, theater, fashion, ballet - there are always three books on my desk that I am halfway through - if I'm every feeling artistically discouraged or dull - I'll just go see a show - or put on a record and let an amazing artist bring me back to myself. 

We all make mistakes Michael, 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.
I was working on a fitness shoot that was going all day long - 8hrs blaring sun, climbing, and running, and I started to draw into myself due to the exhaustion. I stopped joking and being the most relaxed guy on set - which I always try to be - looking back I wish I had just been honest - made a joke about how tired i was and kept the mood light - you can be honest about your needs and respectful at the same time and 've learned that. 

Michael, 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?

I'm very time oriented - seriously there is nothing I don't put on a calendar and there is no email I don't try to respond to in under an hour. All I can control in this world is my time and my professionalism - and I make sure every client gets communicated & confirmed as quickly as possible. 

Please tell us, Michael, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

I've had to do multiple shoots in a day. it's tough - but doable as long as you are upfront and realistic about your timeline. I always leave travel time open so that even if I'm running late still going to get there 5 minutes early. 

Michael, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
There are times when someone will give you a direction or suggestion that has not been communicated very well - things like "this is not working - I'm not getting what I need" - I always try to translate that into something concrete. I'll break it down - "let's find what exactly is not right - is it the angle? the expression? what if I try this or that?"I'll always try to add something to contribute so it's not just the photographer's problem to fix. 

Michael, 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?
I did a shoot that was getting a little stale - we were capturing everything we needed for the client but something was just missing - it was a feeling for the brand - we were outside and I started talking to a few people walking by - engaging, laughing, and swapping stories - we got something natural and good-natured that fit the brand perfectly - I'm so happy I followed my instinct on that one. 

Michael, 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've always been a big fan of the fear complex - if I'm afraid to do it probably means I should. I know I'll find something different or challenge about myself and learn a lot - so I lean into projects that make me nervous - I did one in my home once with a photographer I'd never met who approached me to do a series on my home and life - I was nervous to show someone the inner sanctum of my life but im so glad I did - seeing my apartment and how I existed in it through the eyes of a really good photographer made me see parts of my life that I'd never seen before - and made me appreciate what I have so much more 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

Always show up on time. Always be responsive, and be the easiest person to talk to on set. I don't mean be overly chatty - but be approachable and relaxed - make everyone going home think "you know what the best part of that shoot was? the model, they were so easy and cool to work with - made my job a breeze"

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I love doing editorials, fit-modeling, e-commerce shoots, commercials, brands, and passion projects. I'm here for it all

Now for the best part Michael! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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