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Our Mr. May, Roy Baker!
• Where are you from?
• When did you start modeling?
I had my first photo shoot for a tuxedo company at the age of 17, from then on I decided that modeling was something I could be good at and decided to give it a shot.
• What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry?
Besides loving fashion, I believe joining this industry is a great way to meet and network with remarkable individuals. Traveling is a bonus as well. But what really pushes me to make a name for myself in this industry is that I’m a firm believer in getting what you desire. No dream should be considered “too big”, this has been a dream of mine for a while now its time to make it my reality.
• What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling?
With every job comes benefits and disadvantages, but over all it what i want. with that said I will have to say the traveling aspect of it is a great experience, and the worst will have to be constantly being compared to others. I had to teach myself to love who i am, and that my friend is what separates the best for the rest.
My advice to everyone not just models is to love who you are from within, shoot for the stars, and if people ask why your reply should be why not?.lastly do what makes you happy , that will make your life more meaningful
• What is your dream job?
I would have to say my dream job will have to be being featured on a Calvin Klein campaign, dreamed of that job since I was a little boy
• What would you consider your best feature?
In my opinion I don’t believe that i have one striking feature but the combination of them all is what i love and completes me.
• How do you stay in Model shape?
I train five days out of the week.I love working out whether is it in the working out at home, in the gym,or outdoors. my diet is also very strict I try to stay away for bad carbs , but I do have a bit of a late night sweet tooth which im working on.
Our female model muse of the month is Miss Nelita Villezon, who happens to be celebrating her birthday today!
• Where are you from? I am from Los Angeles California.
• When did you start modeling? I officially started modeling when I was sixteen.
• What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry? My family has always worked in the entertainment industry and fashion was something that I have always loved. Modeling and fashion is where I get the most joy. I love the freedom of expression and the interpretation of creativity.
• What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling? I have the best experiences with most of my modeling gigs. It is always such a joy and thrill to do what I love. Not all gigs turn out the best, but I make sure to make the most out of every experience.
• What advice would you give to hopeful models? I would tell hopeful models that there is no right or one formula to success in this industry, but you have to keep your personal drive in you everyday.
What would you consider your best feature? I would say my best feature is my eyes. Makeup artist love them and I’m told that they are very expressive.
What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or are recognized in? Goodness, I have people finding my work everywhere. I am in AT&T ads, Cingular Wireless, Honda commercial, book covers, Jet magazine and other various ads.
How do you stay in Model shape? I definitely am very watchful of what I put into my body as far as food. I am all about portion control. I also do not drink or smoke. You can also find me in the gym everyday with at least one hour of cardio.
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With the New Year we’re hoping to give you MORE with our blog and web presence. One of our most popular features is the male/female monthly model features and 2011 will bring you some more new and amazing talents. Here to bring int he new year the RIGHT way is Detroit’s own, Darius Peek, Mr. January.
Where are you from?
I’m a 313 baby all day, lol. My physical address is in the city of Highland Park but I all but live in the city of Detroit, so I guess you could say I’m a dual citizen of both as we call them locally “The Park” and of course “The D”.
When did you start modeling?
I started modeling the second I came out of what I have come to know her as my mom, lol, but my official debut onto the modeling scene came in 2004 at the tender age of 17. My very first booking was Seagram’s Gin promo for a local promotions and marketing agency, whose owner is beyond gorgeous, whom we’ll call “G” is an ex model and if you were to see her you’d see why, who by the way now that I’m 6 years past legal should give me call so I can take her to dinner, lol.
What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry?
I have always been a people person and kind of glutton for attention, and the money is pretty good too in the fashion industry, lol. My drive comes from my love of all things fashion and my need to be the best. I don’t think I could adequately explain the feeling I get right before I step out from the curtain into the bright lights and eyes of onlookers sitting to the left and right of a runway I’m about to walk but not just walk but own. The modeling industry is naturally competitive, some might even say over competitive due to both the level of talent present and literally the sheer number of people all doing the same thing and all going after the same limited goals, gigs. I am naturally competitive and always trying to be the best at everything and not the best do to the lack competition but the best because I was better than the competition. so what better place to showcase my natural affinity for competition.
What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling?
The best experiences in my modeling career so far are honestly the feeling I get whenever I get booked for a job. The feeling that I get knowing I was chosen over so many other to represent an ideal, or fantasy, or physical manifestation of another’s aspiration is truthfully kind of arousing, for those few minutes speaking with an agent or director or reading an email that I am wanted, in demand, sought after enough to be paid to be merely looked at is intoxicating. I pride myself on being humble but at those moment I feel the universes is giving me its brief window to bask in my self-proclaimed greatness, to indulge in all sorts of narcissism and self-indulgence free of the worry of backlash or jinxing my accomplishment before returning to reality. I think to be a successful model everybody has to feel at least a small sense of irrational self-absorbed bravado. Its fun at times and definitely necessary with the amount of regular rejection and cold hard truthful critique the average model will face throughout their career, besides if you don’t think you’re the best no body else will either.
My worst experiences have been my loss of jobs due to my lack of willingness to undermine my morals, ethics, and values to succeed in this industry, or the loss of friends; well-being that hindsight is 20/20 so-called friends due to my successes and their shortcomings.
What advice would you give to hopeful models?
To all you new models who want to succeed in this industry the first thing you need to do to succeed is to be honest with yourself about your chances at success and what you can bring to the table that will allow you to stand out amongst the crowd, next get a thick skin and don’t let rejection and what others think of you be the blueprint of who you will be, and lastly work hard, grind, claw tooth and nail 24/7/365 until you achieve your accepted level of achievement. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and in this industry if you not eating you getting ate.
What is your dream job?
I have two dream jobs one I’m sure anybody who has read this far could guess, I want to be a world renown supermodel. My second dream job, a top investment banker or hedge fund manager at the greatest investment bank in the world, Goldman Sachs.
What would you consider your best feature?
My best features I would say is my facial bone structure in particular my jaw line.
What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or are recognized in?
I have done a Pelle Pelle campaign (regional), Chicago Fashion Week, a campaign for MGM (regional), and PNC (national), and soon to be a featured cover model for KRAVE Magazine, among other things, lol…
What do you do to stay in ‘Model’ Shape?
My regimen to stay in shape honestly consists of working out 4 of 7 days of the week and a strict diet of McDonald’s hamburgers, pizza, Krispy Kreme donuts, and Gatorade, no really, lol ….
How can you be booked?
I can be booked by calling my business line @ 3135493424 and please leave a message if I am unable to answer, “NO REALLY” and my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ha! We like how you snuck in “KRAVE Magazine” and your aspiration of a corporate financial career.
We salute Mr. Darius Peek for continuing to live his dreams and reach his goals, a true KRAVE Man.
Aziza Ngozi Walker is a Video Editor/ Videographer from Los Angeles, California. She attended Long Beach Poly in Long Beach, California where she met I’von during their freshmen year. It is also where she developed her Camera skills working for the local cable station and for the Video Yearbook Team at Poly that she was responsible for bringing on campus. She then jetted off to Chicago to extend her studies in Film and TV at Northwestern University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a strong background in documentary installation projects; she covered the situation of the Chicago Public Housing Systems for the entirety of her college career. Aziza returned back to Los Angeles after graduation and began her freelance career as a Videographer and Video Editor. She has been teaching Video Production for the Los Angeles Unified School District for the over 2 years now and works as an Assistant Editor at a Post Production House in Culver City. She still picks up freelance videography and editing work and is available per project. Aziza’s work towards being able to launch her film production company on an international level with projects that speak to everyone and are able to evoke and inspire change and awareness.
“Our team is special because we are all young, driven and motivated. In addition, we all have our own unique focuses and goals but are equally hard workers. We compliment each others skill sets and from our experiences together thus far, we have been able to compromise and make things work for all parties in order to get the job done. It is important when working with others that you know what you can expect from them and the people in this group couple honesty and commitment when dealing with one another- being real and being upfront has been important so that we can effectively work well together and be productive in our efforts.”
“We are bringing the passion, energy and full dynamic personalities to KRAVE. The I’von, Brandon and Aziza trinity is an action packed experience at any moment of interaction while operating on the highest levels of professionalism. We look forward to adding to the vibrant flavor of KRAVE and helping to solidify the KRAVE brand.“
I’Von is a green-eyed Long Beach, CA native. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte with a dual Bachelors of Science in Business Operations Management and Financial Services Management he began modeling with Directions Modeling agency at 19. Having booked clients ranging from Neiman Marcus to Home Depot his dual love for business and the fashion/entertainment industry led him to begin freelance work as a marketing and strategic planning consulting. In 2010 he signed with Pinkerton Models in LA and currently models part-time and at the age of 24 is the Senior Account Executive at Bunker Hill Magazine (www.bunkerhillmagazine.com). I’Von hopes to bridge the fashion, corporate, and philanthropic worlds by further pursing his modeling and supporting business ventures that shed and create positive light in the entertainment industry and the world.