Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MODEL WATCH: Ian Plasman, male model and hip-hop artist

Ian Plasman, photographed by Edwin Santiago. Used with permission of model.
There are lots of male models that I would love to photograph but, because of geographic distance or scheduling difficulties, I just can’t. Such is the case with Ian Plasman, a Vancouver-based 21-year-old whose striking presence, green eyes and great physique also might come in handy in his burgeoning career as a hip hop artist. Ian — who is new this year to the modeling scene — gave me an exclusive interview about his experience so far, and shared some choice shots from his portfolio. 

At what age did you start modeling?
I only started modeling a few months ago, in May of this year. A lot has happened for me since I turned 21 last November.
 
How did you become interested in modeling?
Many different people have told me I should model, but it wasn't until I found someone to help me build a portfolio when I began taking it seriously. And seeing myself on paper is pretty good for my self-confidence.
What kind of shoots do you enjoy the most?
I like outdoor shoots the most. I also enjoy hockey, basketball and weightlifting.
What's the most difficult, interesting or bizarre concept you've done so far as a model?
Nothing too crazy, but on one shoot I was asked to stand in the middle of a garden, only in boxers, with cars driving behind me and bystanders watching.

What do you think your best physical features are?
This a tricky question because I really do not see myself as others see me. So I will respond with what tips I have gained from modeling. I believe my strongest features are my face, my eyes, my jaw line and my upper torso.
How do you stay in shape?
My job keeps in me in shape, going to the gym three to four times a week and eating healthy.

You play a variety of sports, including hockey, basketball and swimming. Are you on any teams?
I played soccer for 10 years of my life, and played hockey for four years, both on league teams. My teams won medals, trophies for scoring winning goals, which made for great memories.

You are also a rap artist and singer. How did you get involved in that?
Well, I grew up in a small town and always had ambition for something more. So I decided to start singing and make my own music. I really enjoyed it, got more and more into it. The joy of creating motivated me. I have ongoing determination to make the next hit song.
Do you see similarities in how you present yourself as a model vs. as a rapper?
I don't call myself a rapper. When I talk about my music, I say I am a hip hop artist. I think my music is different from other rap songs out there. My objective is to tell a story, others can relate and easily understand it. I feel songs that have a story are the best, more interesting songs. Performing arts and the creative process essentially is transferable between genres.

How important are looks and sex appeal (qualities generally considered important for models) for hip hop artists?
Well, in modeling, looks and sex appeal are very important. It's the nature of the business. Maintaining and displaying high standards are indication of artistic and personal integrity; it shows focus.

What are your ultimate goals as a model and hip hop artist?
I'd like to make modeling a career, travel the world and ,of course, improve the quality of life for my family and myself.

What's the best way for people to see more of your work as a model and hear your music?
We recently decided to begin work on a website, so be on the look out for that. But until that's completed, my portfolio may be seen at www.modelmayhem.com/modelian and my music may be heard at www.myspace.com/e2then2010.

Any shout-outs?
I'd like to acknowledge my family, my girlfriend, and my personal assistant for providing me a solid ground of support, allowing me to do this, to further develop and grow from it. And of course, I wish to thank modelJOCK.com for this great feature opportunity. You are awesome!

Ian's Stats
21 years old
Height:     5' 11"
Weight:     155 lbs
Chest:     36"
Waist:     32"
Shoe:     11

Represention:
P3 Talent Management - New York
Email: P3TMNGT@Gmail.com
Web: www.P3Talent.com

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nude, Bloody Bodies: A Vampire's Treat?

Photo by Matthew Rolston for Rolling Stone.
When is a bloody body sexy? Not just in the UFC, if you look at the current cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. The stars of the hit TV series "True Blood" — Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard — took it all off for this strikingly explicit cover. After all, in a show about vampires, what could be more enticing than three well-formed, rather bloody bodies?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Muscular Teen Bodybuilder Nick Wright Shares His Secrets: Interview, Part 2


Photos by various photographers; used with permission of teen bodybuilder Nick Wright.

If you subscribe to modelJOCK.com, then you've already seen part one of the exclusive interview I did with rising teen bodybuilding phenom Nick Wright.  This muscular dynamo gave such a great interview that I had to divide it into two parts, so here is the rest, along with some additional photos and links to videos from his Youtube channel.

Teen bodybuilder Nick Wright shows off his massive biceps.
How did you get started doing videos?
I'm actually glad this came up, because it gives me the chance to reiterate the point that I am not now, nor have I ever been, focused on being an online trainer, how-to guide, or fitness guru! I literally, just always did my own thing, and people watched. I had made a channel, using the name of a fictional character I had come up with in 6th grade. I had never planned on using it, aside from simply viewing videos. Here and there I would occasionally try to post homemade posing videos way back at 14, before I had a real physique or reputation.

Muscular teen bodybuilder Nick Wright working out in the gym.
Are those early videos still around?
I took those down, but ended up posting my competition footage years later. I would upload my routines or prejudging and forget all about them until I went to post another, a year later. One day I decided to check my stats and realized with only nine videos I wasn't paying attention to, I had already built up over 400 subscribers, and over 100,000 views. I had heard all about YouTube partnership and realized I could do something with this, and began to apply the effort.
As time went on I realized that I could have an actual impact on this sport. There are enough shirtless gurus out there, so I didn't want to be another fitness instructor, even though I DO have a couple "how to" videos up. I stuck to my guns (no pun intended) and continued keeping the theme of just doing me — just the life and career of another teen bodybuilder.


Muscular teen bodybuilder Nick Wright strikes a pose in men's underwear.

So the video channel has been a big success.
Let me tell you: This channel BLEW UP! I only have around 7,000 subscribers at the moment, yet shooting toward two MILLION video views. The attention doesn't match the numbers! I believe many of the kids watching are around my age, and don't want to admit to themselves that they want to subscribe to another teen. I probably wouldn’t, it’s fine! But they are definitely watching, because I am now getting recognized in public! Events, Vitamin Shoppe demos with RTN, even public gyms! It has generated attention from photographers and magazines. It also led to the amazing opportunity to take part in this interview. It's pushing the sport of bodybuilding out into the mainstream!

Muscular teen bodybuilder Nick Wright flexes his biceps and shows off his back.

You have great presence in your videos. How did you develop your speaking skills?
Thank you! I LOVE public speaking! I get a rush from it. I have worked a couple of different sales jobs in the past, and jumped to top positions, as well as taken a public speaking class in high school. Apart from that, I just pick it up as I go; I can also freestyle rap, which many don't know, so I love make shifting on-the-spot speeches.
Teen bodybuilder Nick's girlfriend applies his tan before a competition.
You work full-time in maintenance installation and have a girlfriend of 2.5 years. How do your girlfriend, co-workers, friends and family feel about your amazing progress and awards as a bodybuilder?
At this point, I am down to part-time [work] and loving it. My boss is very supportive of my on-going career, and actually sponsored me for my last competition. My girlfriend, Carly, is the backbone of my success. She is just like me when it comes to the drive and high aspirations in life. She helped nail my competition tan, being a cosmetologist, made a last-minute business card for me when I met RTN at a show, helps with modeling resumes, picks my best photos, hits the gym with me (sometimes) and, most importantly, is ALWAYS there for me when I really need someone at those notorious "low" points we all reach.


Teen bodybuilder Nick Wright goes shirtless with a workout partner at the gym.
And your family has been supportive too?
My family and friends are always there for me, and are extremely supportive and enthusiastic about everything I have been doing. My Dad is my number one supporter in my life. He was taking me to the gym after school every day despite working night shift. I would not be where I am at without him at this point.

Shirtless and pumping: Teen bodybuilder Nick Wright in the gym.
You describe yourself as a "teen bodybuilder" in your videos and profiles. When do you turn 20, and how will you describe yourself when you're no longer a "teen bodybuilder"?
Ha ha, you have no idea how much I think about that. My entire persona and reputation has been built around [the identity] "Teen Bodybuilder Nick Wright." I actually feel it is the "wow" factor in everything I do, being so young. After deciding lying wouldn't work and people would eventually catch on to me being 19 for multiple years straight, I figure I will just do what I do with everything else in life: Put it off until it comes time to improvise [at the] last minute. I turn 20 in June, so I have a full year as a teen competitor left, and I plan on making the most of it. After that, you will probably see "Junior Bodybuilder - Nick Wright" popping up.

Muscle flex: Teen bodybuilder Nick Wright flexing at the gym.
 What are your long-term goals in terms of your body and fitness regimen?
I plan on growing as huge as I can possibly get while remaining natural. Bodybuilding is all about taking it to the extreme and pushing as far as you can go!

Muscles and all: Nick Wright is one of the most-followed teen bodybuilders on the Internet.
Would you like to continue developing bodybuilding and modeling as a career?
Yes, absolutely! I sincerely plan on making that my ONE career.  I love speaking and really want to make public speaking/spokes modeling a major part of my life in the bodybuilding/fitness community. I am already doing that with my sponsors, RTN, and want to expand. I love traveling on business, and hope/intend to do so a lot more for modeling as well. I began doing fitness modeling, and moved onto fashion as well, and recently got involved in commercial which I would love to journey deeper into. I plan on incorporating all of this into bodybuilding, and bringing the lifestyle out into the open.

The eyes have it: Teen bodybuilder Nick Wright shows his talent as a male model.
What do you like best about modeling? 
Ironically enough, there is actually a lot I don't like about modeling, despite the natural knack I seem to have for it. Of course, with the right photographer, it can be an awesome experience. What I like best about modeling would be the chance give to communicate with the camera through emotion, to be able to connect with inner emotion, circumstance, and learn to control your body right down to facial features, enough to portray any given feeling or look. When working with good photographers and legitimate companies, modeling also brings out the beauty that is sometimes overlooked throughout the day.

Pumped up: Teen bodybuilder Nick Wright, shirtless and working out in the gym.
If you could give one piece of advice to people looking to stay in shape, what would it be? 
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!! You have to know what you are dealing with. Spend hours watching not just mine, but all sorts of videos on bodybuilding or the given area of fitness you are looking at. Ask questions, and never hesitate. I did not wait until I thought I was ready or until others gave me the okay to compete. I waited until I wanted to!

To see more of Nick: http://www.youtube.com/user/scondore (and tell him you want him to do an exclusive modelJOCK.com shoot!)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

MODEL WATCH: Teen bodybuilder Nick Wright shows muscle and talent


Photos of Nick by various photographers, reprinted with permission from Nick Wright.

Like thousands of other viewers, I happened upon teen bodybuilder Nick Wright on Youtube, where his videos provide workout tips and coverage of his natural bodybuilding competitions. This 19-year-old dynamo, who started working out at age 14 and began competing when he was 15, impresses not just because of his muscular physique and male model looks. He also has an amazing presence in front of the camera as he speaks, and a well-articulated enthusiasm for natural bodybuilding; a natural celebrity with an increasingly large following.
Nick spoke with me about how he started, how he stays in shape, and what his goals are. He is so detailed and enthusiastic about sharing, that this will be a two-part interview. The photos here show his progress through the years, as well as some recent professional modeling shots. We’re now talking about collaborating on a photo/video shoot, so with any luck I’ll have some fresh images of this dynamic teen bodybuilder.
 

Nick’s Stats
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 180lbs
8.2% body fat
17" Arms
24" Thighs
28" Waist

You started bodybuilding at age 14. What got you interested in bodybuilding?
At 104lbs, I was TINY [during] my freshman year of high school. I was packing an embarrassing 11.5" biceps, pumped. I had very narrow shoulders, a short torso, and long, narrow limbs. I always had genetic stand-out points such as the peaks on my biceps which I could always manage to get attention from even as early as 10 years old. My traps were always pretty defined from the start, but I was delusional. I literally saw myself as having a great bodybuilding physique when I had less of a build than my little sister! I was always into it, and somehow managed to get attention for my "body"... I suppose at 13 the competition around you isn't so drastic anyway. 


What was a defining moment for you in your pursuit of the perfect body? 
One day, on January 16th, 2006, I was watching an MTV Show called “True Life” on obtaining the perfect body. Seeing a guy push his body toward his goals and tracking progress inspired me to begin doing so, that very day. That night I began Googling various bodybuilding-related names like Mr. Universe and Olympia, not even knowing the difference or what they were.
I was blown away by the dudes on there, Ronnie was the current 8x champ at that point. I printed some photos to post on the wall, and the rest was history. Having done various sports, and never falling in love with any, I wanted something I could be passionate about — something I could take pride in, and carry a passion for the trophies earned. I wanted to jump into a show as soon as I could!
 

What do you think is your best physical feature?
If we are talking about physique, the list goes on when it comes to proud turnouts, since my entire physique was lacking. As far as facial features/looks go, my eyes take it. I have the Native American, pronounced cheekbones to compliment them as well!
On my physique, my arms — biceps in particular — take the cake, followed by my legs and back. My arms were way too small when I began, so I became obsessive about turning them around. Now I am often told they are the leading muscle group in my physique. My legs, however, are the eye catchers on-stage. I have excellent genetics when it comes to the wheels. I actually only train them once every other week at certain points during the off-season, so they do not overrun my upper body. My back is another favorite as well.
 

What is the most exciting part of competing?
I cannot honestly think of one thing that is NOT exciting about it. That final week, watching your body transform, finally getting to apply the tan, playing with the water... Just seeing it all unravel in front of you, everything you have been working on the past few months.
Then there is the entire backstage environment. The intensity, which later turns into camaraderie between the competitors. Seeing everyone completely bundled up, getting your imagination running on how much better they might look than you. Then, of course, the pure adrenaline rush you receive when YOU peel down, and see how sick YOU are looking! And nothing beats the feeling of just being on-stage demonstrating everything you have been working for at this point!



To see more of Nick: http://www.youtube.com/user/scondore (and stay tuned to modelJOCK.com for part 2 of the interview, with more photos and video links).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

VIDEO: Rony vs. José — Taking the MMA Fight Underwater


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I had never seen a MMA or Ultimate Fighter match in the water. So the idea of staging a Mixed Martial Arts photo and VIDEO shoot underwater in a swimming pool seemed crazy and cool at the same time. And Rony, an experienced and aggressive 24-year-old, and José, his well-developed protegé, were game for trying something new. So on a rainy day in San Juan's Condado district, these two jocks were pitted against each other poolside, but it wasn't long before they plunged underwater for a wild sub-marine struggle. 

Neither Rony nor José had ever fought underwater before. And while they did great against the crashing waves and scratching sand during our earlier MMA Beach Fight video and photo shoot, being completely submerged was obviously a very different struggle. The video turned out quite cool, I think — and I hope it's just the beginning of new concepts for showing off strength and skill during model and sports shoots for me. I hope to find more venues and models to continue these themes.

Be sure to also check out the interview video with Rony and José to learn more about these two excellent fighters. And to see my work with another MMA male model fighter, check out my photos, videos and one-on-one videos with MMA fighter Jay on Lessons of the Fight and Mixed Martial Arts, One-on-One. In addition, I'll be posting samples from an artistic physique photoshoot I did later with José on my other blog, portfolioLATINO.com.


Friday, August 13, 2010

WRESTLER FOCUS: Jake Varner


Photos taken by various photographers, and from Jakevarner.com

Part of building your own personal brand — whether as an athlete, model or actor — is to publicize your talents. A good example is Jake Varner, a two-time NCAA champion wrestler who was recently named Iowa State’s male athlete of the year for the 2009-2010 academic year. Varner, a two-time NCAA champion at 197 pounds, capped one of the most successful seasons and careers in Iowa State history with 31-0 season. He was also a Midlands Championships and Big 12 Championship titlist in 2010.
This talented 24-year-old jock maintains an official Website, Jakevarner.com, that's stocked with photos, bio information, blog postings and even a call for donations to support his career. You can also find some of his most recent wrestling videos on Youtube. This muscular, well-built wrestler is certainly someone to keep our eyes on.

Jake's Stats:
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 197


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

VIDEO: Rony vs. José — MMA Fight on the Beach

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You've already had a chance to see the video interview and photos of Rony and José, two Mixed Martial Arts fighters. 

Now it's time to see the VIDEO of the fight itself. 

This fight was different from any match these young athletes had ever done before. On a blustery, rainy day, these two jocks were pitted against each other on the sands of San Juan's Condado Beach. 
You won't want to miss the action in this video, as Rony, an experienced, aggressive 24-year-old, spars with José, his well-developed protegé — as they struggle in the sand and fight to stay above the rising tide from the Atlantic Ocean. This beach MMA fight makes for great combat and an excellent display of sheer macho strength.

Who wins when it's a fight between teacher and student? Watch this video to find out. 
(And you won't want to miss their underwater struggle that I shot in a swimming pool; I'll be posting that soon.)




To see more MMA male model fighters, check out my photos, interview and one-on-one videos with MMA fighter Jay, Lessons of the Fight and Mixed Martial Arts: One-on-one.


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