What did you want to become when you were a child?
When I was a child I loved history and wanted to become a marine archaeologist.
How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to be a model?
I was very unfocused so I think my parents were just happy I wasn't sitting around the house smoking dope or out getting into trouble with my lets say wayward friends. Most of my friends were happy for me and expected me 'to do something like that' although I did get some haters.
Which agencies are you with?
I am with nevs models london, fashion models Milan , traffic Barcelona , mc2 USA (miami and New York) , mc2 Israel, l'equipe brazil.
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far:
I have shot some big fashion and commercial campaigns however the job which I always remember and I think thus my greatest achievement was probably being the main role in the HSBC bank advert which was shown worldwide and notably at half time in the World Cup final. So basically I appeared and had a prominent main speaking role in one of the most viewed commercials ever! Plus we shot it in Brazil and it paid very very well!!!!
Who inspires you in the industry?
No models inspire me to be honest! They are all just guys like me some get lucky and make it big others don't! Modelling is not a talent and anyone who thinks they are special because they have shot a certain campaign with a certain photographer is a douchebag!!! I do think kate moss is a legend she has withstood years of press harassment,crossed over to being a main stream celebrity and is still down to earth and cool.
What aspects of your job do you like best/least?
Modelling is an awesome job (when your working) travelling, meeting interesting beautiful people staying in nice hotels in foreign cities, being paid to hang out on a beach, wild parties and of course getting payed a lot are big perks. However when your not working it's an unreliable and tough life also castings suck sometimes it's all just a big waste of time and you can feel really rejected and alone. It's important to not place all your hopes in modelling and build other careers at the same time that way you can have the attitude that any shoots are a bonus but not the long term total aim.
Describe your style in terms of fashion:
I am also a personal shopper and stylist mainly focussing on men's personal shopping (basically I shop for rich guys and celebs in london) sp sometimes I appear super high end and classic however I have to be true to myself and what I like most is mixing hop hop swagger with a bit of rock 'n' roll style to create funky ghetto fabulous styles!!
You are also an actor, and in the music industry, tell us more about that:
I am currently studying to become an actor so watch that space! I have done particularly well with model roles in tv commercials and would love to extend that and become a serious actor, fingers crossed! I also manage a singer called Teni Solomon check out his music at www.tenisolomon.com. Apart from acting my other dream would be to follow in my fathers footsteps and become a major music industry manager. I have always been heavily involved with black music in london and also run a hip hop clothing brand called 'No Dayz Off' my partner in this venture is a legendary underground producer and also owns a studio which is a Mecca to English rappers and underground legends. We hope to keep pushing the clothing line in conjunction with the music which comes through our studio and form a solid movement. Once we gather momentum the aim is to sign our own artists to our own independent label 'No Dayz Off record'. It's early days as we deal mainly with underground artists which provides good business but isn't quite on jay z's level yet. Not yet!!!! My involvement is to help take the music out of 'the hood' and give it a marketable mainstream backing. Obviously the skills my father has and is teaching me both with Teni and No Dayz Off are the key to our future .
What makes you happy?
I am a hard man to please! If I had to say what makes me happy I would avoid the cliches like family and my partner and holidays abroad etc that is far too obvious! I am an undercover geek and love studying history of any kind but especially European colonial history. I also love music. Mainly underground uk hip hop but really anything which isn't well known makes me feel special and different. I can't stand mainstream rap or pop music and I also have a massive knowledge of all genres due to my fathers influence who has always been a massive massive music fan having based his life and career in the industry. Lots of models say the gym makes them happy for me the best part of the gym is leaving (especially after leg day). I also love foreign cultures and absorbing them I once went backpacking for nine months and it changed my whole outlook on life and I'm sure my whole life path! Oh yeh and I like caps can't forget caps, jewellery and sneakers!
What is your favorite song at the moment, and of all time?
Favourite all time song is a very hard one. Saying a hip hop track is a cop out despite it being my favorite genre it is still basically men bragging mainly about how awesome they are and for me that lacks true depth. So I will say Wichita linesman - Glenn Campbell or stay together - Al Green
What are some of your favourite movies?
La Haine, Shawshank Redemption
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Loyal, funny, sentimental, different, hot. Had to say it!!!
Which living person do you admire most?
My mum. She is beautiful, kind , accomplished and super intelligent.
What do you most value in people?
I like people who are eccentric and do there own thing regardless of what others think. Some of my best friends are complete weirdos and not very 'cool' at all. I also love true generosity (not to buy friends or gain favour).
Name 2 things people don't know about you:
My great great grandmother died on the titanic. I sleep naked.
What is your motto?
He who dares wins
Any advice for men wanting to become models?
Aesthetically: Work on legs twice a week (squats) do calisthenics for abs, Paleolithic diet .... Life aim: don't place all your eggs in one basket, modelling is tough and you are destined for an unfulfilling life.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hollywood! Well that would be nice. Honestly I don't know I have so many plans I will have to wait and see where they take me an which one finally becomes dominant. I have no doubt that I will make it big.