PHOTOGRAPHER: LAUREN MUSTOE
MODEL: JAKE EDYMANN
What were you doing before Modelling?
Before modelling I was a P.E teacher (professional tanner). Full-time moulding the minds of our 11-19yr old boys and girls. I taught in England for a year then moved to Bangkok to an international school before going on a bit of an extended holiday to Australia (6 months)… Then it started.
Where were you scouted?
I was scouted at a festival in Sydney, I wasn’t too into the music so I decided to collect beer cans from the ground to get free drink…which is a thing I swear. 9 cans = 1 free. I was then approached and asked if I wanted to sign to their agency. I said yes and continued with the can collection.
What advice would you give an aspiring model?
I’m pretty new myself, but I’d say ‘just do it’. I meet a lot of boys that are really successful off the back of a ‘why not?’ mentality; get stuck in there while you’re young. Looks do fade, and make the most of it. Secondly, don’t take it personally if you’re not selected, it’s not because you’re better or worse than the other 100 casting boys. It’s just your individual look isn’t what they’re after on the day, you wouldn’t be a signed model if you had nothing about you…play to your strengths.
Sorry this is a long answer now, but expect plenty of scratching others’ backs at the start. It has to be done and there are a lot of itchy backs out there I quickly found out. You do get a bit back though, great images and experience is imperative. So, in the meantime…get out there and start growing your nails boys.
Any exciting projects coming up?
I don’t think so…I find out pretty much the day before a job. I’ll let you know.
What’s the best thing about modelling?
You get to meet a lot of fun people! And the free time (golf).
See yourself in 5 years?
Modelling is definitely a short term thing for me. I’m giving this a bit of a go and back into teaching. With no disrespect to the fashion industry, it’s not something I value in the grand scheme of things. My heart is in teaching.
Fave piece from the Serge collection?
I loved the cut off t-shirts! When I finally get paid I’ll be heading straight for one of those.