Where do you live and work? What's it like living and working there?
I live in Orange County, but most of my work is in Los Angeles. Honestly, I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I love living outside of the city and getting to work in it. But, at the same time, I get to be a part of the hustle and bustle of the city life and shoot in really awesome locations. I am very fortunate.
Can you tell us how you got into modelling?
I got into modelling the old-fashioned way. Like they did in the old days…. I sought out photographers, began building a portfolio, and hit the pavement. I was going to open calls, submitting my physical photos, and meeting with agents. This was before this digital age, where social media influence was a defining factor. Soon after, the numbers of your following seemed to be the only thing that mattered.
What has been the best experience so far in your modelling career?
Every experience is an opportunity to grow and to meet amazing people. One of my earliest opportunities was working at Paramount Studios for the advertising of the show American Horror Story. Working on that huge set and eventually ending up on a billboard, even though I was unrecognizable, was an extraordinary opportunity that I am incredibly grateful for. Additionally, working with Camila Cabello on the set of a Fifth Harmony music video was amazing, as was being involved with the incredible team of the YouTube series Escape The Night. It is very difficult to say which has been the best experience as they were all unique and awesome in their own way.
Who, in your opinion, is the best photographer you've shot with?
I could never title one “the best” over another. Each photographer is unique, just as each model is unique. Each act and react differently based on the variables in the equation. However, what I can say is that I have met and worked with many amazing individuals.
Which tattoo on your body is the most special?
Each of my tattoos represents a story; a tale of what once was or a reminder of where I’ve been. Some are very personal, and some are less so. The tattoo on my forearm stands for “The Brave May Fall but Cannot Yield.” That is a part of me. It is in the very fiber of my being. I have been through a great deal of suffering in my life. I’ve been homeless a few times, once as recently as three years ago. Though I may fall on hard times or pain, you will never see me quit. I will never stop fighting and I will stand for what is good and what is right. The hardships in my life have made me a warrior and this is one of the codes I live by.
How do you stay fit? What's your training routine? What's your typical diet?
For me, fitness is as much mental as it is physical. It is an understanding of your own body and of your own mind. These words echo through my head often, “It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It will require sacrifice. You will need to push your body farther than you thought possible. There will be temptation. But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it will be worth it.” That being said, I stay fit by consistently pushing my body and mind to its limits. I work out at least four days a week, every week. When I punch in to the gym, I train hard. It is a battle with yourself on how far you’re willing to go. On average, I’ll have a boxing day, two lifting days, and leg day. As for my diet, most people get upset when they hear I have the same bowl of cereal and chocolate donut every morning for breakfast. So, I typically refrain from discussing my diet. [Laughs]
Your body is obviously always the talking point for anyone. Why hide it when you can show it. Is it difficult to maintain your body in this perfect shape all the time? What's your secret?
I don’t train for the ability to show it off. I train to become a stronger warrior. If you find me in the gym, I will be covered in sweatpants and sweatshirts. [Laughs] The industry I am involved with is that of body and of flesh, but that is not who I am. Is it difficult to maintain? Yes, of course it is. Is there a secret? None that I’m aware of. Just hard work and dedication here. If you find a secret though, don’t hesitate to reach out. [Laughs]
You are also a You Tuber. Is it something you hope to be doing full-time one day?
Absolutely. I feel like my path has always been leading me towards it - although I was unable to see it at times. It is an incredible outlet that gives me creative freedom and the opportunity to connect and interact with fans and supporters in a unique way. I can be myself, produce at my own pace, and deliver a message that I believe in. What I truly want from that outlet is to make an impact on someone’s life in a positive way.