Timothy James

What did you want to become when you were a child?

As a child I was always creative and wanted to be an artist or an architect, as I grew older I took an interest in flying and considered a career Flying in the Royal Air Force. I came close to the military life but studying architecture allowed my passion for design to grow and thus I chose to stay the course and become an architect.


How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to be a model?

My family & friends were surprised but very supportive and encouraging. As long as I'm doing something that makes me happy that will always be the case.


How long have you been modelling for?

Almost 2 years now.


Do you find your career got more traction with or without the beard?

Having a beard has its pros & cons with work, you can easily become typecast for certain looks. I'd never really tried modelling seriously without the beard though so who knows...Id like to think there is more to me than just a beard, but I understand certain looks are in fashion for certain periods and then they're gone.


What has been your greatest accomplishment so far:

In life so far, it would be getting my Masters and becoming an architect, it wasn't an easy ride by any means.


Who inspires you in the industry?

There are two people. The chap I most admire in the modelling industry would be the British Model David Gandy, he has a great timeless look and he has developed himself into much more than a model, creating his own brand and a future for the day the he decides to stop working as a model, if ever.

And secondly it would be Mr Tom Ford for his undeniable style, his creative vision and drive.

What aspects of your job do you like best/least?

The job comes with such uncertainty, you don't know where your next booking will be, which can be worrying and exciting at the same time. It does allow you the freedom to pursue you other passions in life, as you can earn great money for a few days work. 


Describe your style in terms of fashion:

I don't over do it, I'm happy in jeans and a tee as much as I am in a well made suit. I prefer comfort over anything else, if you're comfortable in your clothes your style will be so much more natural anyway.

What makes you happy?

My family, my loved ones and seeing people I care about succeed.

What is your favourite song at the moment, and of all time?

Right now its 'Iron Sky' by Paulo Nutini but all time would be 'Stand By Me' by Ben E King.


What are some of your favourite books?

Most books I read are design related but I do love 'Into the Wild' by J Krakauer and 'The Curves of Time' By Brazilian Architect O Niemeyer.


What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Binge Eating, mostly biscuits- you can't have a cup of tea without a good biscuit, especially when back home in England.


What is the one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

That you honestly can be whatever you want to be, not what people tell you can be.


Describe yourself in 5 words:

Loyal, Passionate, Genuine, Dreamer & Caring.

Which living person do you admire most?

My parents, they are everything I could ever hope to be for my children one day.


What do you most value in people?

Honesty, integrity and passion and a little eccentricity is always fun.

Name 2 things people don't know about you:

I'm an architect and a history buff.

What is your motto?

'Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.' W. Shakespeare.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully doing what I love, being in Love and starting a family of my own.

Any advice for those wanting to become models?

If you really want it...Do it. But prepare yourself, get a thick skin, be careful when starting out and just keep going, knock-backs can be part of the job and always have another string to your bow-skills will always be there to fall back on when you need them.

Any last words?

Advice wise I would say "Speak the truth, boldly and with intellect, even if your voice shakes.' That, and 'you are who you chose to be, be your own person.'

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