Interview with Oliver Rose
A Different Lens Magazine is proud to introduce UK based Model Oliver Rose in this interview with exclusive images by Markus Brehm.
Oliver Rose.....we love your name and love your looks even more....Can you tell ADL how you decided to pursue modelling?
"I modelled several years ago when I was travelling and appeared in TV commercials in New Zealand as well as L'Oreal New Zealand Fashion Week. Upon returning to the UK I was rejected by multiple London agencies and I pursued other work opportunities. My recent work has been generated by opportunities presented and sourced via social media. The modelling industry has changed massively since I first started doing it".
Besides modelling, do you have other interests to share with us?
"I love football and have played competitively in various forms since I was five. I enjoy boxing and watching most sports. My music taste is quite eclectic but I mainly listen to house music. I love to eat!"
What are your career goals when it comes to modelling?
"I am realistic when it comes to modelling. It is more competitive than ever, however, I now approach it with a more mature, streetwise head on my shoulders. I enjoy the creative side of modelling and seeing the end product of shoot or collaboration".
You have an excellent physique....Any fitness and diet tips from you?
"Find what personally works for you. Avoid fad-diets and be consistent. Focus on what's going on inside not just the outside. Exercise with correct form and technique. Ultimately, find a healthy lifestyle you can enjoy!"
What do you think is your greatest physical asset as a model?
"My versatility. Whilst I mainly enjoy doing edgier shoots, I can easily suit up and have a more classic, commercial look. It's good to be flexible as it opens up more avenues."
What's your greatest strength as an individual and how did that impact your modelling career?
"Life experience. The highs and lows of life have taught me to deal with what's in front of you now. Also, no doesn't mean no ... it just means not right now so I move on to the next opportunity."
When it comes to ADL readers, who do you think can be a model? What would you advise them?
"In modern society, anyone can be a model. Everyone is unique and we live in a diverse world full of opportunity. Don't let anyone stick a finger in your face and tell you that you can't do something. You have to be proactive - opportunities don't just come knocking on your door ... put yourself out there but be prepared for rejections."
ADL Mag always asks about guilty pleasures in interviews...what's your guilty pleasure?
"80s / 90s pop music!.. Food wise I have a weakness for Carrot Cake."
You have such a natural look in your images demonstrating great interaction with the lens....How do you prepare for a photo shoot?
"I like to understand what the photographer's aims and objectives are prior to the shoot. I'm an independent, freelance model so I don't have an agent holding my hand. I have to be organised, professional and self-managed."
If you are to model a particular fashion brand, what would that be and why?
"I love brands like Moschino and Dsquared2 - modern brands with an edge. I also love that social media has opened up so many opportunities for smaller, independent labels which have so much character."
What's your favourite photography style? e.g. Fashion, Art, Fitness or other....why do you think that?
"I enjoy variety, however, I really do enjoy doing edgier, artistic editorials. I love discussing ideas with photographers to create different concepts as it allows me to express myself and have an artistic input in to the shoot."
If you were asked to walk down the runway during New York's fashion week- what would you choose to wear and why?
"Designer underwear, trainers, chunky jewellery, some big shades and a snapback - all of my favourite clothing items in one!"
Which social media platforms you use the most and why?
"I use Instagram as form of self-promotion to showcase my portfolio. I have found it to be a great networking pIatform as it has opened me up to photographers and industry contacts I didn't have before."
When it comes to fashion designers, stylists and make up artists ....what makes them stand out from a model's point of view?
"Character and individuality. Things don't necessarily have to be uber-alternative, however, there needs to be an element of something that catches the eye. Modern industry is all about branding so it's very easy to get lost or forgotten."
Who is your inspiration when it comes to modelling?
"From a classic modelling point of view, David Gandy is huge success story. However, I am actually more influenced by male figures from other industries. For example, I love Tom Hardy's image and style. I also love the Paco Rabanne campaigns with Nick Youngquest, who made the transition from pro-athlete to model."
When it comes to photographers - how do you choose who to work with?
"There needs to be a two-way desire to do the shoot. If the photographer just wants to shoot for money it will show in the images. There needs to be a rapport, working relationship, connection - call it what you will. Right now I am focusing on shaping my portfolio so it's not just about getting snap-happy to gain followers - I want quality over quantity."
Tell us about your shoot with Markus Brehm, ADL contributing photographer,...Did you enjoy the shoot and are you working together again?
"The shoot was great - Markus and I had been in contact for 2-3 months in advance planning the concepts. Markus' communication and professionalism was bang on from initial contact through to the day of the shoot. We are already in discussions over future projects so watch this space!"
You have excellent tattoos...are you getting more done?
"Yes - when I can afford it!.. The tattoo industry has exploded and it's expensive to get ink work done (properly anyway!) I have several design ideas but most of my ink has some form of personal meaning behind it."