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July Male Model of the Month- Phoenix
Persuade: Mr. Phoenix, Welcome to the Persuade realm, lol
Persuade: How long have you been modeling?
Phoenix: I started modeling when I was 19
Persuade: How did you first begin modeling, being that it’s such a challenging industry to get into?
Phoenix: A photographer, who was also a good friend of mine, asked me to be a model in one of his projects. It was intimidating at first; all of the lights and instruction was overwhelming. I learned very quickly that modeling is hard work.
Persuade: What is your inspiration for modeling?
Phoenix: My first love is actually music. I love being an artist. Modeling works hand and hand with promotions and branding. Modeling allows me to show my versatility.
Persuade: How do you handle rejection from various designers or agencies? Do you ever become discouraged?
Phoenix: I don’t get discouraged. In this business you must be able to accept hearing “no, you are not what we are looking for”. I learned to take the feedback that I get and apply it to future opportunities. You will always find a designer/ agency/ photographer that loves what you can bring to the table.
Persuade: What’s next for Phoenix?
Phoenix: The question should be what isn’t next for Phoenix…lol. I’m looking forward to building my brand; doing more photo shoots, commercial/print work and fashion shows. I will be featured in, and also opening up for, a cancer awareness fashion show in Texas in the fall. I’m just trying to stay on my grind and get better at my craft.
Persuade: What are the advantages as well as challenges, if any, of being a model in today’s industry?
Phoenix: One of the advantages of being a model is that it allows me to take on the role of different characters. I enjoy transforming on camera and bringing pictures to life. One of the negatives is that I’m short… so it limits me from doing a lot of runway work.
Persuade: Who are some of the models in the industry that have inspired your work?
Phoenix: Tyson Beckford, Ben Hill, Andre Douglas, Rob Evans and Ignacio Figueras, just to name a few. Their work is amazing and they make modeling seem so effortless.
Persuade: Who would you say is your biggest fan?
Phoenix: A combo of my family and friends. They are my biggest support system.
Persuade: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your modeling career?
Phoenix: To break barriers. To prove that even without the height I have what it takes to be a top model.
Persuade: Tell us a little known fact about Phoenix?
Phoenix: I am a gamer. I love to play video games. My PS3 is my best friend.
Persuade: Final Words:
Phoenix: Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this magazine and thank you for recognizing my talent as a model.
Persuade: Thanks Phoenix for allowing Persuade to interview you.