I got into modeling when I was in my early 20s. I lived in Gainesville, Florida at the time and a photographer friend asked if I would pose for him for some portfolio work. It was very flattering as I had never thought of myself as being someone that other people would want to look at in pictures. I felt awkward and clumsy as a teenager due to the extra height I always had over my peers. For most of my life my posture was very slouchy, as a side effect of the height issue. I still struggle with this to this day. However, posing for the photographer actually felt surprisingly natural. I took to it right away and I am not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed seeing the images.
Soon after, this first photo shoot, I moved to Ft. Lauderdale and heard about a paying job modeling for a clothing optional bed & breakfast. They were producing a printed brochure and material for their website. I was raised in a nudist family (see childhood story), so nude modeling was a very easy progression.
Over the years I have picked up some other hobbies that have enhanced my modeling career. I took ballet lessons for a couple of years while living in Biloxi, Mississippi which helped me tremendously with my form, and especially gaining a greater appreciation for the curves and lines that the human body is capable of creating. After ballet I started in gymnastics which has helped with by flexibility, strength, and core definition. In addition, I work out regularly with a personal trainer to build specific muscle groups and gain greater definition.
One of the biggest surprises to me in modeling is that I have found it easier to find modeling projects as I’ve gotten older. I believe this is due to a combination of factors. First, older people are more reliable (not as likely to flake out). Second, there are less to chose from as modeling is often a young person’s field. Finally, in my case, I am in the best physical shape in my late 40s that I have ever been in my entire life.
It has been my great pleasure to have worked with some amazing photographers, artists, and producers over the years. I hope this trend will continue.