Saturday, July 30, 2011

INTERVIEW & VIDEOS: Youtube Teen Hearthrob Ben Lins Shows Talent as Actor and Model

Teen sensation: Ben Lins has attracted a large following with his music videos.


 INTERVIEW BY MARK EDWARD

Most people who start their own Youtube channel don't get the kind of following that Ben Lins has. But this muscular teenager has attracted thousands of followers, thanks to his clever videos, during which he lip synchs to a wide variety of pop hits, often while showing off his well-developed physique, sense of humor and acting ability. 

In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, this 18-year-old talent shares his thoughts — as well as some of his most popular VIDEOS — with modelJOCK. Whether he's crooning on the beach to the Backstreet Boys or dancing in Speedos with his high school swim team to Shania Twain, he sure knows how to captivate. 


Ben's Stats
Age: 18
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 155 lbs.
Waist: 30"
Shoe: 10
Chest: 40"
Location: Racine, Wisconsin






You have an impressive number of followers on Youtube. How and when did you start your Youtube channel, and what is your goal with it?
I started making music videos about five years ago, and started my Youtube channel with my brother about three years ago. My videos never really got big on Youtube until my biggest hit, "I Want It That Way" came out about two years ago. My goal is to have fun with the videos I'm doing now and create a fan base that maybe (overall goal) I can be found by a modeling company or acting/film thing and having them want me to audition or something.



Why do you think you've attracted so many followers?
Mostly because of the gay community and with the girl singers "Megan and Liz," whom I did a couple videos for/with.



How and when did you first get involved with fitness?
My parents put me in gymnastics when I was about three years old, and I never got out of it, I loved it too much. So I stayed in the sport when I was three, then I started competing in gymnastics when I was seven, and continued competing for 10 years afterwards. 



What is your workout and diet routine? Do you play any other sports?
My routine is extremely loose at the moment. I go to the gym (gymnastics center) and do gymnastics as my main workout, and sometimes just do some little stuff in my room. Nothing too intense. I dive and I love playing soccer.



What do you think are your best body parts? Any physical aspects that you'd like to work on more?
The best would probably be abs and arms; I would want to still get my abs and arms bigger though.



Your music videos are great. Who do you do the videos with -- and have you ever thought of pushing forward with a music or acting career?
Most of my friends are all like, "feature me in one of your videos" and I say, "of course" but they never go through with it. I do it with family and some friends. And I would love to pursue acting as a career.


Do you have another job/career as well?
I am going to Purdue University this fall to study chemical engineering, and am currently working at a laboratory as a lab assistant, but acting and being in front of a camera is my true love.


What are the best ways for people to follow your work?
I have Twitter — "Linsbrothers" — and a Facebook page — "Linsbrothers" — and also I have someone working on a Website for me "http://www.linsbrothers.tk" and I also have an amazon wishlist if one of my fans want to buy me something haha "http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/1D8KHFQVS6NQ1/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go"

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

VIDEO: Noel Polanco — Muscular Vegan Fitness Star Takes Times Square

Muscle man: Vegan fitness star Noel Polanco shows his stuff in this exclusive video with modelJOCK.com.


PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY MARK EDWARD STUDIO

If your goal is to get in shape, Noel Polanco has two important messages for you: First, you don't need to join a gym. Second, you don't need to eat meat. In this exclusive VIDEO interview, muscular male fitness model and vegan fitness star shares the secrets behind how he builds muscle and stays healthy, without ever stepping foot in a gym. Watch how he works out shirtless in the middle of Times Square, New York City's busiest neighborhood, flexing and pumping his muscles and explaining how you can achieve similar results (and check out his earlier interview with modelJOCK, Man on a Mission). Inspiring stuff. 

 


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Are you Ready to Be Famous? Part 3: How to Deal with Fans — Good and Bad


BY MARK EDWARD

Stepping into the world of male modeling is a big move. And logically, if you're going to have success as a male model or a professional bodybuilder, you're going to need fans. Lots of them. So how do you deal with the sudden onslaught of people you don't know who make comments and want to add you as their "friend"? 

In Part 1 of this series, I suggested Three Questions to Ask Yourself, to determine if you're ready to be famous. Part 2 offered tips on How to Protect Your Privacy as a Male Model. Now, here are three ways to deal with fans — the good, bad and crazy.

1. Accept followers and comments as a compliment. If you want to be a model or famous bodybuilder, you need fans and followers. Don't enter the world of male modeling if you don't like the idea of having fans.

2. Thank your fans. If you have a presence on Facebook, Youtube or other pages that belong to you, when you get comments or friend requests, when you have time, graciously thank people for following you, and direct them to any other sites you want to promote — your Twitter, Website, Youtube channel, blog, etc.

3. Know how to handle flakes. When you get rude or inappropriate comments, there are three ways to handle it: 1. Tell the person off (which runs the risk of starting a back-and-forth conversation with them, and they usually aren’t worth it) 2. Blocking them 3. Ignoring them. Obviously, if comments are threatening or indicate criminal activity, you should report it to the authorities.




Don't miss: 
• Are you Ready to be Famous? Part 1: Three Things to Ask Yourself
• Are you Ready to be Famous? Part 2: How to Protect Your Privacy as a Male Model


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

VIDEO: Calvin — Muscular Football and Basketball Jock Shows the Art of the Game


 



PHOTOS & VIDEO BY MARK EDWARD STUDIO

The first male model video I published of muscular male fitness model Calvin Martin was such a hit that it is with great excitement that modelJOCK now presents this second MALE MODEL VIDEO

In this second exclusive video, 21-year-old Calvin takes us on a behind-the-scenes trip to witness the creation of some of his sexiest sports and fitness photos, as he shows off his rippling muscles while displaying his talent with a football and basketball. He also shares the inside scoop about how both sports have played a role into making him the man he is today.








Saturday, July 16, 2011

Are You Ready to Be Famous? Part 2: How to Protect Your Privacy as a Male Model



BY MARK EDWARD

Models and photographers need to consider carefully what they're getting into when they start shooting. Consider my recent experience with a first-time male fitness model who — after doing an excellent photoshoot with me and having me spend hours processing his photos — decided afterwards that he wasn't comfortable being in the public eye.


I felt bad for this newbie model, and realized that there should be guidelines to help male models and photographers make the most out of the collaborative process. The result is this series of posts, called "Are You Ready to Be Famous? A Male Model's Guide to Fame, Fans and Flakes." Part 1 provided Three Questions to Ask Yourself before becoming famous, and Part 3 offers suggestions on How to Deal with Fans — The Good and Bad.

Here, I'll address some ways you can protect your privacy as you enter the world of modeling, so that you won't be overwhelmed as you build a fan base.


1. Pay the Photographer, and Keep Control of the Rights. If you don’t want your photos promoted and visible to other people, it’s simple: Pay the photographer to do the work. That way, it’s considered “work for hire” and you retain the rights.

Models and photographers looking to build their portfolios without spending cash often do a trade (often called TFP/TFCD, which means "Time For Prints" or "Time For CD"), which means neither the photographer nor the model charges money for their time and services. Instead, it's a fair trade of talent and time, and both parties get images they can use. You obviously can’t expect the photographer (or the model) to work for free.

With this kind of arrangement, both the model and the photographer will have the right to use the images as compensation for not being paid cash money, and you can expect to sign a release form that confirms this arrangement. If you don't feel comfortable with your images being promoted by a photographer, it's best to save up some money and hire a photographer. 

2. Limit how you share your photos. Don’t post photos from your shoots on your personal sites (Facebook, etc.) until you feel comfortable with people seeing them. Perhaps share them privately with a few trusted friends before unleashing them on the public.

3. Don't use your full name. If you can’t afford to hire a photographer and therefore need to do a trade (TFP/TFCD) to build your portfolio, ask the photographer to refrain from posting your full name with the photos, to prevent unwanted “fans” from tracking you down.

4. Use a stage name. You may already have another career in a field that has nothing to do with modeling, and there may be no reason to confuse the two career paths. It is perfectly acceptable to use a different name as a model. Actors, models and other artists have been doing it for centuries.


Don't Miss:
Are You Ready to Be Famous? Three Questions to Ask Yourself 
How to Deal with Fans — the Good and the Bad

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

INTERVIEW/VIDEO: "Asian Muscle Beast" Khoi Thanh Le and Team Iron Muscle




Khoi Thanh Le is a beast. At least that's how he describes himself on his Facebook page and Youtube channel. And based on the ripped, flexing muscles on this 20-year-old bodybuilder's muscular frame, it's easy to see why. 

Khoi's perfectly proportioned body is an example of how dedication and a good workout strategy can pay off. Here, he offers his own workout tips in this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with modelJOCK.com, as he shares his favorite photos, WORKOUT VIDEO clips and shots of him with his workout crew, Team Iron Muscle.


Khoi's Stats:
Age: 20
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 136 lbs.
Waist: 27"
Shoe: 9.5
Body Fat: 4-5%
Thighs: 21.5"
Bench press: 225 lbs. max
Squats: 275 lbs. for 5 reps
Location: Seattle



At what age did you start working out, and why?
I began working out when I was a freshman in high school, mostly by doing push-ups and light weights since I was involved in sports. I was a very small/skinny kid throughout my  high school years. I was at 100 lbs in my freshman year, and by senior year I was at 119lbs. Once I got to college, I felt like iIneeded to get bigger and add more muscles to my skinny frame. I told to myself, "it is time for a change; if others can get big then I can too." From there, I began doing lots research about weight training/bodybuilding. I want to be able to feel good about my body, have a healthy life style and pursue my fitness career.


Are you originally from Seattle?
I was born and raised in Vietnam and came to Seattle when I was 13 years old with my family.



So you are currently a college student? What are your ultimate career goals?
Yes, I'm currently a student at Seattle Central Community College. My goals are to pursue a career in personal training/fitness modeling and do a little bit of bodybuilding, but my ultimate goal is to open up my own gym one day, somewhere in California.


Tell us about Team Iron Muscle. How do you all stay motivated?
Well, I decided to make a group called "Team Iron Muscle" with the help of my friends Drew and Isaac. Our purposes are to gather people together and build a bodybuilding/healthy life style community. We help each other out by giving workout and nutrition tips and encouraging and motivating each other. Sometimes, we go workout together or throw a team BBQ. We currently have about 47 members in our group now, male and female.




What is your fitness routine like?
Right now, I'm planning to add some more weights on my frames so I can compete for my first bodybuilding show in March 2012 in San Diego. My current routine is: 
Monday: Back/shoulders/abs
Tuesday: Chest/calves
Wednesday: Legs/abs
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Back/shoulders/calves
Saturday: Arms/abs
Sun: Rest
I keep a 6-8 rep range and sometimes 8-12 rep range. I also do cardio twice a week. 

 
What about your diet? 
As for my diet, I eat six to eight meals per day. Mostly healthy food like oatmeal, fish, chicken breast, all natural peanut butter, etc. I don't really count my calorie intake, I just aim for high proteins with each of my meals.
 

What are your best physical features? Any body parts you're focusing on?
My best physical features would be my legs/abs/chest. I would like to focus on my backs/biceps more and basically try to improve every body part.


What is the best way for people to follow your progress?
You guys can follow me at:
Youtube (username: khoibeast)
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MusclesBEAST)

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Are You Ready to Be Famous? A Male Model's Guide to Fame, Fans and Flakes (Part 1)



PART 1: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF 

BY MARK EDWARD

My goal as a photographer and videographer with any shoot is to create images that highlight the very best of every male model, to enhance their marketability and increase their public profile. That is also the goal when featuring models here on modelJOCK.com. After all, this is an online magazine where people around the world can learn more about the world of male models, and discover up-and-coming new faces. And if you're going to become the best-paid male model in the world, you'd better work the fame angle all you can.

Unfortunately, some aspiring male models may not be quite ready for the public exposure they may get by launching a modeling career. Of course, many people interested in modeling are, by nature, great self-promoters who welcome the public adoration and attention that comes with having their images seen and appreciated. But a few may not be prepared, only to later realize that 21st-century media can make your name known much faster than expected. After all, there is no such thing as just a print portfolio anymore. Today, it's more electronic — and more accessible.

Almost all of the male models with whom I collaborate are ready and eager to build their name with the public. But it was a different case with a young man I photographed and interviewed several months ago. He contacted me after finding my studio online — and since he had a great look, I decided that rather than charging for my services, I would offer to feature him in my portfolio and on modelJOCK.com, with photos, video and an interview highlighting his talents. He agreed, and loved the photos that we took. The readers of modelJOCK.com and visitors to the modelJOCK Youtube channel also had nothing but praise for this new face in the industry.

Several weeks later, he contacted me again, saying that he was starting to feel uncomfortable about having his name out there, and that he’d been getting friend requests and comments from people he didn’t know on Facebook. He didn’t know how to handle the fact that people were noticing him and that he was already building a public presence.

I felt bad for him, and wished that I could help him to appreciate being in the public eye. I decided that perhaps it would be helpful to other newcomers to the industry to hear some words of wisdom from experienced male models, to help them decide if they're ready for the concept of fame.

So before you sign that model release form with a photographer who promises to feature you in his portfolio and help to launch your modeling career, here are a few questions to ask yourself (and see below for links to parts 2 and 3 of this series).

1. Do you really want to be famous? If you feel uncomfortable being in the public eye and don’t like the idea of the general public seeing your work, a modeling career may not be for you.

2. How can fame help you? Obviously, being a model is about being seen, becoming known and building a base of followers and, eventually paying clients such as agencies, advertisers and photographers. You may also be planning to build a business with your own blog, Youtube channel or other endeavor for which you want to attract followers and fans. Figure out your specific goals and strategy for achieving them, and how photoshoots and becoming famous fits into that strategy.

3. How will you handle the fans? I told one well-established male model about the problems my recent model has had with the “fame monster,” and he could definitely relate. “It was weird for me at first too,” he said. “He's just got to take it as compliments. That's the best way. In this field, attention is a good thing, so he’s doing something right. As it goes on, he'll be able to sort out the bullshit comments or creepy people from legit — but for now, just accept everything and get a fan base and try to make the best out of the comments, but don't take ‘em too seriously.”


Don't miss:
• Part 2: How to Protect your Privacy as a Male Model
• Part 3: How to Deal with Fans — the Good and the Bad

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

INTERVIEW/VIDEO: Teen Bodybuilder Anthony Cavanagh Shows British Muscle

 

I first saw teen bodybuilder Anthony Cavanagh on his Youtube channel and was very impressed. This muscular 19-year-old shows a clear dedication to building his body into the best that it can be. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with modelJOCK, Anthony shares his strategies for success, as well as some of his VIDEOS, as well as early and recent photographs showing his remarkable progress.



ANTHONY'S STATS
Age: 19
Height: 5"9
Weight: 154 lbs./70kg
Shoe: UK 10
Waist: 30"
Arms: 15.1"
Chest: 42.5"
Shoulders: 49.4"
Location: London, England


At what age did you start working out, and why did you start?
I began training at 19 on 1st October 2010. The reason I started bodybuilding came down to the fact I was extremely underweight at 55kg; although toned I was very small and always look upon differently as a fitness instructor. Looking around me, I realized I needed to add some mass if I was going to be a successful personal trainer, so I started lifting weights and dieting very strictly.
Within a week I found myself really enjoying it and slowly I began wanting that huge muscular physique you see in the magazines. Before training, I was sickened by those bodies until I began doing it myself and really enjoyed the stress you put on your body and the feel of accomplishing those reps.




What do you feel is your best physical attribute? Any body parts you focus on the most in terms of improvement?
Easy — has to be my back. I've seen most size and strength improvements there and really enjoy training it on the basis that no matter how hard it is to lift, going to failure can be managed without a spotter. I wouldn't say I focus more on it; my main focus is my chest — I know it's the muscle everyone wants, so I make sure my programs and lifestyle give it as much rest as it can possibly get between training days.


What is your workout/exercise routine?
I find myself switching programs regularly to find the best for me to stick with and have found this one to work the best for me, giving the best recovery, strength gains and has allowed for maximum growth:
Monday - Chest/Biceps
Tuesday - Legs/traps/abs
Wednesday - Cardio
Thursday - Shoulders/Triceps
Friday - Back/Trapz
Saturday - Cardio
Sunday - Rest 

This allows 3 days away from weights and one day for complete rest. I stick to basics, always usually 3-4 sets and always work within the 8-12 rep range. For toning I sometimes hit a 15-20 rep range with short rest times.


How about your diet — what do you eat and what do you avoid?
I eat what people would call 'clean' foods with no sugars or bad fats in them. I've worked very hard on preparing a diet plan that ensures I can manage the amounts of food I need and that I can match my daily requirements. I never "cheat," ever. To begin with, I did cheat every 4 weeks which I did only twice and realized that when it made me feel bad it probably wasn't worth it, so I pushed through all cravings and now I suffer zero cravings and although the same foods do become boring day in day out, I see it like this: Without it I won't grow! and with that in mind, I can eat without any problems and begin enjoyably each meal time.



How did you decide to start your Youtube channel? What has the response been like?
I actually began it just to post videos of well-known bodybuilders for my friends around the world to view, however friends on my Bodyspace at Bodybuilding.com had asked for some videos, so I made some and posted them up. The response has been great, everyone is really supportive and never just tell me the videos are good or bad; they explain why they are what they are and really inspire me to continue.


Earlier times: Anthonoy Cavanagh, back in 2009.

Besides working out, do you play any sports?
I was a very keen long- and short-distance runner before weight training, however now I have made it my life and it is now all I live for, although I was still playing snooker while training but once the muscle pains settled in I found it too difficult to continue and had to give the sport up.



Are you a student or do you work? What are your long-term professional goals, both as a bodybuilder and aside from that?
I was working as a fitness instructor and am now hoping to take my personal trainers course as I am unemployed at the moment I have free time on my hands to get my life sorted. In the long run, I never want to leave personal training for the simple reason that I enjoy training people and helping them transforming themselves, I have so much time for people that take time out of their days to come for a workout and even if I'm training I will gladly assist anyone.
Yes, I would like to take this bodybuilding to the next level and go pro, but I allow myself to believe I won't become pro because I want to keep my options open. I will never give the sport up and will always push to become the best but I will never let it go to my head. My clients come first and always will.


What is the best way for people to follow your work and progress?
There are several ways: my Youtube channel (Gr8BodybuildersFilms), or my two main sites Anthonyc11 on Bodyspace (Bodybuilding.com) or my Facebook - Anthony Cavanagh. These two are updated regularly as I try to get pictures/videos up on a daily basis, If not then I will always be posting about my progress and day — although watch out for the random status, haha.



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