Tuesday, September 13, 2011

INTERVIEW: Male Model Eh Moo La Shares his Impressive Portfolio

Male model Eh Moo La, who is based in the Chicago area, has an impressive portfolio of professional work with a variety of styles, thanks to his collaboration with several great photographers. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, this talented, athletic male model shares his thoughts about modeling and staying in shape.

Eh Moo La’s Stats
AGE: 25
HEIGHT: 5’8’’
WHERE DO YOU LIVE? Crystal Lake, Illinois (suburb of Chicago)

At what age did you start your fitness/workout program, and why did you start?
I started when I was about 23 years old because I wanted to go into modeling and to have a healthy looking body. When I was younger people told me I was not good looking, and that pushed me to work harder.

What do you feel is your best physical attribute? Any body parts you focus on the most in terms of improvement?
I’m happy with most of my body since I’m already pretty lean. I usually average about 7% body fat or less. When I’m at the gym, I try to work out every body part. But people tell me that my shoulders are probably the strongest. Guys at they gym always come over and compliment me on my shoulders or upper body and ask what I do to get so lean. I wouldn’t mind getting my legs bigger and maybe my biceps. But I don’t want to get too bulky; I just want to be fit and well defined.

What is your workout/exercise routine like?
I work out at the gym about four to five days a week, one to two hours each. Once I’m at the gym, I try to hit almost every body part and take no more than one-minute breaks in between. That’s really gotten me shredded and lean. Plus I’m not there to chat, so anything longer than a two-minute break gets me bored and I don’t feel like I’m productive. On the days I don’t have energy, I’ll sometimes start my workout by running for 10 to 20 minutes and that warms up my body; then I’ll lift for another hour or more. Lately I’ve been trying to bulk up mass, so I’ve started focusing on one or two body parts. On those days I try to hit hard the one or two muscle groups, such as tries or chest, with the maximum weight almost from the beginning of the workout. I start and stay heavy instead of gradually working up the weight because if I do it for too long, the muscle tires out and I can’t get to that heavier weight.

How about your diet — what do you eat and what do you avoid?
I have pretty high metabolism, so I don’t really have to avoid fatty foods or foods with carbs. But I’m Asian and it’s in my nature to eat healthier, leaner foods. Usually, you’ll see me eating many small meals throughout the day. I love fresh fruits and vegetables. But after a long work at the gym, don’t be surprised to see me in line for Chipotle. I love those burritos and they seem to fill me up. I try to avoid processed or packaged foods, in part because I don’t like the taste. Fresh is always my preference.

How and when did you start modeling?
I started modeling a little over two years ago, mostly part time. I even went to Los Angeles for some time to work for a studio, but the producer was not honest and wanted me to get into things I didn’t, so I came back to Illinois and took a short break. Late last year I started collaborating with photographers again and it’s been a really awesome experience to work with all the great photographers and to be getting all the compliments. 

What has been your most exciting moment so far?
The proudest moment was probably when I did a photo shoot with a photographer from Chicago last winter. He was publishing a calendar and a book and did a behind-the-scenes YouTube video of my shoot, which I wasn’t even aware of at the time. But that video started getting huge hit counts and almost became his top viewed work. That gave me more confidence to keep on trying and not to give up.

Besides working out, do you play any sports?
I love tennis. I’m not very good at it, but I can play and it’s a really exciting sport for me. I also enjoy swimming, soccer and running.

Besides modeling, do you do other kinds of work? What are your long-term goals?
Currently I work for an electronics company as a quality assurance specialist. Modeling right now is a part-time job, although I really want to make it full time work. My goal is to become a professional model or actor. That’s really my ultimate dream. But if that doesn’t work out, I would be happy as a personal trainer.

What is the best way for people to follow your work and progress?
I try to upload new pics of my work on ModelMayhem, which you can find here: http://www.modelmayhem.com/MooLa. You can also find my model profile on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eh-Moo/163772500343406.

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