Based in: Orlando, Miami & Chicago
Currently Located: Orlando, Florida, but I travel so often I always think of airports when people ask where I live.
Agency: BMG Models
Slenderbread: You recently signed with BMG Models. What was it that drew you to sign with that agency specifically?
Jason: Ready for this confession? By the time I was 18 I already had 6 very successful modeling agencies representing me, but during a weekend shoot in Chicago I met with BMG and it became the only agency that ever turned me down. When I moved to Florida for my PhD a few years later, I heard BMG’s Orlando office was less than 10 miles away from my new villa. It was a chance for me to prove to myself that I improved every day and was worthy of their representation now. After meeting with BMG Orlando’s agents, I was signed the next day.
SB: Do you have any previous modeling experience?
JC: I’m reaching nearly a decade of experience in the modeling industry having worked in LA, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, & Miami. Growing up in Minneapolis, I made a name for myself at a young age so that when I reached 20 my portfolio was already full. This is what BMG really wanted: a fresh face with a full portfolio and a decade of experience. I’ve walked in countless runways, numerous editorial spreads, magazine covers, and commercials for clients ranging from Target to Aveda.
SB: How does your age play a role in your modeling career now and in the future?
JC: To be honest, I don’t think that age is as critical as the public perceives it to be when it comes to modeling. Most male models start their careers a decade after female models around 25 or 30 when they’re really developed and trained. I didn’t want to let that obstacle stop me so I first auditioned when I was 15 and my career improved every year. If you really want something, you’ll work for it no matter if you’re 15 or 50. Agents and clients will recognize your confidence and talent; age is simply an excuse for the failure you’re afraid of.
SB: What do you do on a weekly basis to practice and improve your modeling skills?
JC: This is a critical, often unasked question. People see a magazine cover and assume that it took a quick afternoon to create. In reality, being a professional model requires a daily dedication. For male models especially, fitness is everything. It becomes a part of your lifestyle. There are no “plus size” divisions for male models in any agency in the world. Aside from our physical obligations, I attend every test shoot and casting requested by my agents. I’m grateful that I work so consistently that the best way for me to practice is simply by doing. You’ll learn something new on every set. If you don’t, you won’t last very long. (more…)