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I've been modelling for over 20 years. I've shot over 100 commercials in the US and Asian markets. I'm an ex-professional baseball player and have worked overseas the last ten years living in several Asian countries. I enjoy doing both print and commercial. I have ten agencies in the US market and 10 in the Asian market. I'm of mixed race (Thai/American). I work as a personal trainer in the LA area working with clients at their home gyms or working outdoors in the beautiful CA weather. My look has been described as ambiguous which makes me appealing to several markets around the globe.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Taber. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I was drafted into the Major League Baseball draft and spent six years playing professional baseball. Being a professional athlete has made me a better model and person teaching me hard work, discipline, and persistence. Baseball is game without many failures, so it's prepared me for this industry.
Taber, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Health and fitness are my passions, so it goes hand and hand with modelling. I get to do both things for a living being a personal trainer and staying in shape for modelling as well. I pride myself on being healthy inside and out. I started modelling back in college and worked with my older brother who was and still is an LA agent at a prominent LA agency.
Who is your inspiration in life Taber? How do you stay inspired as Model?
The Dalai Lamai. I'm a Buddhist, and he inspires me to be a more compassionate and giving person. I stay motivated as a model because I aspire to travel more and more plus I enjoy the challenges modelling brings. You have to be mentally tough to keep trying to improve yourself and bring your best YOU.
We all make mistakes Taber; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
I think my biggest regret is never making it to the Major Leagues in baseball. I got close. One level below the highest level. However, I hurt my knee in a game, and I always think "what if." The injury was a freak injury and nothing I could do about it, but you still have regrets that maybe it was karma and perhaps I could've worked harder, and it wouldn't have happened...
Taber, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I'm a true professional. All jobs I consider myself a small part of the situation. We all have a responsibility to do on the project, and we all want to do great. So let's work as a strong team and bring our best to make sure everyone is happy.
Please tell us, Taber, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
The family is priority number 1. Luckily my family is laid back and not so needy, so we keep in touch and get together on holidays. Work is my main priority, and I'm always working on improving and honing my craft. I don't have much of a social life these days at my age, and I'm ok with that. I use social media to catch up with friends.
Taber, 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 to persuade some other models to try and stay positive on a campaign shoot we had in China. The two other models were from South Africa and Germany. They were upset with all the travel we had and the food or lack thereof in choices of food. We were in small villages and had to sleep in tight conditions, and it rained the whole time. They were so upset and frustrated. They couldn't understand how I was ok with it all. I told them we are lucky to be here. Lucky to be seeing this part of the world and getting paid to do so. That it's out of our control what the weather brings and we will be just fine. They started to be more positive and take the positives from the shoot and were much happier.
Taber, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
I think it's my 8 Men's Health covers for Singapore. I shot my first in 2005. I went to them and said I wanted to shoot a blanket and they obliged. The rest is history! My last was in 2016. I want to kill a couple more to make it an even 10! I always strive to be better than the previous even as I get older.
Taber, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
I had a casting video request from Hong Kong for a job that would require me to be a safari guide in the deep wild on a Jeep. Instead of shooting in a studio, I opted to pull the whole thing on my Jeep and in the desert mountains of Colorado where I was living. I acted out a full-on Travel tv show in full clothing and cut the casting video into a full clip. It was my best effort in casting and got me the job! I shot for a week in South Africa with cheetahs! The director said my casting video was amazing and got me the job!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Be persistent. Be prepared to get rejected. Be willing to keep working harder and harder. Don't be discouraged and don't take this job for granted. Be ready to work in conditions you don't want to and be asked to do things that are hard, but you'll be grateful in the end.
photographer: Chuando and Frey @chaundo_chuandoandfrey for Ave Management Singapore