Tell me about your education and training.
I did my basic training in the Great Lakes of Chicago after high school and studied Aviation Administration in Mississippi with the Marines; I was a Staff and Gunnery sergeant. It was challenging and we did all of our physical training with Marines. We would run until our legs were numb. Most of our training was at our own pace. Another student and I were first out to graduate. Later, I was transferred to Lemoore, California, where I went on eight missions. I finished my service on the coast of San Diego working with fighter jets and a search and rescue helicopter squadron. San Diego is where I received the Naval Aviation achievement medal, golden wrench, global war on terrorism, and junior sailor of the quarter. Later, I started modeling, and attended a Meisner/Stanislavski acting academy. I am currently finishing a degree in business management.
How did you get started in modeling?
One day I was working, and Lisa Dawson, of the Kim Dawson Agency, walks in and I sold her a few items and she told me to check out her agency.
What has been your most difficult obstacle in modeling?
Traveling and being away from my family. I’m very big on our connection.
At what point did you realize that you were going to be a success in this field?
When I told myself it was all or nothing.
What does a normal day look like for you in preparation for a shoot?
I normally wake up around 7:45 a.m. do 200 push-ups and take a hot shower, moisturize and hygiene. I have some egg whites and oatmeal, and pack my normal items. If the client ask for any other brings. I always like to smell my best so I normally do a slight spray of Versace or Chanel Blue before I leave.
What was it like to be published as a model?
It happens fast and after it is on to the next project.
What has been the best advice you’ve received from other models?
If you want to be successful, you have to work just as hard as your team.
What advice would you give someone who is considering becoming a model?
Always look forward and never forget why you started.
Acting is a goal for you. What are you doing to prepare?
I am always observing film and new projects, if I get a scene, I will always watch the TV show first to see how the characters interact. I always like to break down the scene, actions … normally things just form on their own when you are in character.
Where do you see your career in the next five years?
Acting, writing, directing and making films. I always wanted to start a mentoring program for children that the support.