How did you become a model?
I was walking through the mall one day when someone approached me and asked if I had modeled before, I said no. He gave me his contact and I told him I would think on it. As the agency was located in Calgary and I was new to the industry, I was apprehensive to join. The next day I told my girlfriend about it, and she said I should message Numa and see if they would be interested in me, as they have a well known agency in Edmonton. I set up an interview and ever since then I’ve been modeling with them!
How do you cope with insecurities?
Lots of times models are insecure about their looks because the industry is constantly changing on what look, body type, or style they want. Being turned down for jobs because you don’t have “the look” can sometimes put a damper on your self image. Personally for me, I have to remind myself that it’s not a personal thing, it’s just business. If I’m not the look the industry needs right now, then I’ll be the next one and to keep doing what I love. My whole life I grew up with a severe learning disability and that sometimes came with people judging me. Over time I’ve learned to be confident and not care what others think of me, which I think has helped me immensely in the fashion industry.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
I enjoy being active so I play hockey, snowboard and dirt bike. On the weekends I spend time with my friends, and try to take trips to Banff/Jasper for a mountain get away!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
To be honest I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years. I just became a Red Seal welder, but am looking into becoming a firefighter; which will hopefully happen in the next 2 years. I just bought my very first house in August and aiming for having it paid off in the next 3 years; then buying a new place in the next 5. I’m the type of person that just goes with the flow. I set goals and I try to achieve them as fast as possible, but for the most part I just ride the wave and see where it takes me.
What are things you typically remind yourself during a shoot?
What really helps me during the shoot is imagining what the camera sees. A lot of times it’s hard to tell what you look like in a certain pose, so I pretend there’s a mirror in front of me. I also always ask the photographer to see some of the pictures so I know how I look and what I can adjust and/or continue to do. The photographer has a different eye than I do and I have to remind myself that what they like, I might not and that’s okay.
What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
Adapting to life with my learning disability is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m intelligent but it takes me a lot longer to do things when it comes to learning and it gets stressful and frustrating after a while. Especially when I had to study a lot more and all my friends were out having good time. Although, I’m thankful for putting in the work and being successful because of it.
Model: Tyler D
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