I thought it would be fair to kick start our Model Introductions series by introducing… me :).
Name: Ed aka Edrenalin
Age: At the time of this post, I am 27 years old
Shoe size: 10.5-11 depending on the make
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Black
City/Town/Country of Birth: Melbourne, Australia and grew up in Sydney
Currently residing in?: Sydney
Represented?: No, but am looking for agency representation. You know of any?
On what working basis do you model?: Freelance
I’ve been modeling since 2001, but it was quite casually in the earlier years. I have placed more focus over the past few years.
When I started modeling in my teens and early 20s, I was featured in national, regional and local community campaigns. Appeared in community magazines and newspapers, commercials, film, a documentary and was a spokesperson at one stage. My current focus is fashion, commercial and highly creative concepts. Would love to try my hand at runway.
What I enjoy most about modeling is creating amazing images because they are a collaborative creation between artists. The model, photographer, makeup artist, stylist, post production team and studio staff all contribute to this team effort. I love being able to tell a story and/or convey an emotion with a single photo. I feel that after each shoot I do I learn a bit more about myself. If at the end of a shoot I made new friends and produced good photos then I know it was a great shoot!
Modeling has always been an underlying passion of mine but it was only when I turned 18 that I realised it. I was heavily involved in community volunteering in my early years and that lead me into many opportunities including appearing in community poster campaigns, mainly for health and youth services. I realised then how much I enjoyed that whole experience and went and sought for more. After each shoot I did, over time, I attracted the attention of other photographers who wanted to work with me, and my work became stronger and more focused. I began developing my own signature.
My highlight so far, an international billboard for ANZ bank that popped up all over town here and abroad, as well as on the screens of the ATMs. My friends got a shocking surprise lol. Mind you, going around the world working with amazing photographers also tops the bill :).
Lowlight?: When I first started, I did test shoots with any photographer who wanted to take pictures of me. So sometimes I felt like I was taken advantaged due to my lack of experience. In hindsight I should have been selective with who I worked with and start by focusing on one field of modeling and get good experience in that area before branching off to other types of modeling.
I think that the biggest challenge for models, which was something I had to overcome, is to build a solid sense of self. This is an industry where you can get dealt with much criticism, by people in the industry and even people outside of the industry, such as strangers sending hateful messages. So long that you have a strong understanding of who you are as a person, live life ethically and considerately you can deal with any obstacle that comes your way.
How do you keep fit?: I visit the gym 3-4 times a week, more if I have time. I am a vegetarian and I live a very Apollonian lifestyle. As a Buddhist, I like to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. When I travel I try to exercise in the living room, but nothing beats climbing the stairways of ancient ruins or lugging your luggage around the world.
What do you like to do when you are not modeling?: I’m entrepreneurial by nature. When I’m not modeling I’m working on one my many side projects… or spending time with friends.
Any modeling goals you want to achieve?: I want to get signed to a modeling agency, and with that experience, to gain representation around the world and getting paid for my two passions – modeling and travel. I would also like do a runway walk in a fashion show.
Do you see yourself continuing to model in the next 5-10 years?: A definite yes! The passion hasn’t diminished over these past 10 years, instead it has grown stronger and I envisage that it will continue to grow in the next 10 years. I am very grateful everyday of my youthful genes!
Do you any words of advice for new upcoming, aspiring models?: Learning how to be a good model goes hand in hand with learning about yourself. To develop your style you should look deep within yourself and find something about you that makes you unique, that way, no one will be able to copy you or take that away from you.