My name is Stephen. I am an aspiring model and Technology Management Graduate Student at Texas A&M University-Commerce. I'm originally from Chicago and the Michigan area. I've been in Dallas for three years. I like to model to show my creativity and fashion vision. Two years ago I was a guy that wore Star Wars shirts all the time lol. I am looking to create dope art that will inspire others.
Stephen, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I am passionate about my family, music, and art. I aspire to create art through modelling & photography. I started modelling as a hobby after going to my first Kanye West concert here in Dallas, and I got inspired. I wanted to create something memorable for both myself & culture.
Who is your inspiration in life Stephen? How do you keep inspired?
Some people that are my inspirations are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kanye West and Dallas area, Artists.I am newer in the modelling industry so every day I am learning and wanting to create.
We all make mistakes Stephen; 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.
Being late to a photo shoot. It was my first time working with the photographer. That day I was very late after a long night partying. I stayed in touch with the photographer throughout the day, and we still were able to create some amazing takes.
Stephen, 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?
Making sure I respond to each client would be the first thing. I then would begin to create a calendar of projects that need to be completed.
Please tell us, Stephen, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
When I was visiting Toronto. I wanted to do a photoshoot there. I had to research Toronto photographers and pack clothes I wanted to present for the shoot. I was able to complete my Toronto photo shoot and even enjoyed my trip.
Stephen, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Stephen, 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 my first ever photoshoot. A couple of years ago I was a guy that wore star wars shirts and sports team clothes. Now I was modelling in front of people. It was both scary & exciting. It was a surreal moment for me performing street modelling in the middle of deep Ellum neighbourhood in Dallas.
Stephen, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Create and don't be afraid to think outside the box.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I'm looking to collaborate with brands, photographers, and other fashion talents.
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