Thank you so much for being my first non-author interviewee. I truly do appreciate you taking the
time to answer a few questions (six).
I bought my first camera in 2012. I had just returned home from Iraq and had a few weeks of free time. I had always been a creative person, so I figured I try my hand in photography. So I bought my first camera at a pawnshop for about $300 bucks. I instantly became addicted to creating images, and learning how to improve. It’s so fascinating to me to be able to create images that can’t be seen with the naked eye. I get to bring the ideas in my head to life for others to viewJ
Entering into the cover-modeling world kinda happened by chance. I hadn’t planned on it, but I’m so very thankful that I was welcomed into the book community. My first cover was actually a bodybuilding progress photo I took of myself. I took a dramatically lit shot about a week before one of my bodybuilding competitions, and posted it on Facebook. An author saw that dramatic looking bodybuilding pic of mine and requested to use it on her book cover. I honestly thought it would be a one time kinda deal, but I started receiving requests from other authors... and now 25-30 book covers later here I amJ I had always expected to get sponsored by a supplement company, or fitness related brand, but I’m much happier with my involvement with the book world instead. I’ve been doing book covers for exactly one full year now. I have a unique advantage going for myself because I’m also a photographer. So I can put out new photos for covers pretty rapidly, and can supply authors with requested photos within only a few days.
2.) What did you do before you started modeling and photography?
I used to compete in bodybuilding, but retired from competitions, because without using pharmaceuticals I wouldn’t be able to stand a chance.
I also served in the military for 6 years, but I didn’t re-sign so I could grow out my beard and not look 12 anymore ;)
3.) When you aren’t taking amazing pictures, what could you be found doing? Where do you find your inspiration?
If I’m not snapping photos I’m stuck in the classroom drooling on myself, daydreaming about up coming cover shoots ha. I’m a full-time student, as a marketing major, and I’m just now starting my senior year. It’s finally almost over, I’ll be 29 when I graduate. Free time for me is kinda nonexistent, because on top of school, and cover modeling, I work full-time for Avis/budget rental car.
Cats of course, as most of ya’ll know, I have 3 cats of my own. I love animals. I used to snowboard a lot when I lived in Minnesota, but for the past 3 years I’ve resided in Texas. In the 3 years I’ve lived in Texas its probably snowed like 5 times….
5.) What is/are your goal(s), present and future?
My current goals are to graduate college, and continue to be on as many book covers as I can be. After college for me is a mystery, I have no idea what I’ll end up doing. The sky is the limit though! I really hope to use my degree to get a job that I can utilize my creativity and still be able to earn a decent living on. My main goal is to stay motivated and positive, and be great at whatever I set out to accomplish.
6.) Where can fans/followers find you on social media? (In other words, what are your “stalker” links as we like to call them?)