John-Samuel Kande (a.k.a J.S.) is an upcoming model from London. Although John is extremely busy working to complete his studies at University and doing commercial modeling work, we were delighted when he agreed to complete a feature model interview for Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out about his inspirations (both for life in general and in the fashion world in particular), his current career highlights, such as selection for Brighton fashion week, and what he does to relax when not working.
Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?
I’m 6’2 which is a perfect height for a male model…People often used to ask me if I was a model and I would say no and they would say that I should look in to it. The rest is history. However, fashion is something that I’ve always been interested in. I’m always looking out for trends and what’s out there at the moment.
For me I like being involved in fashion and the lifestyle of being a model. In other words I like to look good and always stay fresh!
Think how important it is for a football fan’s team to win the champions league. Its something equivalent to that for me when it comes to fashion. I like to look great.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 for me was a good year but could have been better. I did well at University passed all of my exams, auditioned to get into a drama school and got my place. Also, my son’s first word was Daddy so that’s always a huge pleasure.
In terms of modeling I joined a couple agencies which was utterly a waste of time…However I still managed to get myself work independently.
Q: Who inspires you?
My first inspiration would be my son who keeps me going every single day. Having said that, in parallel in the fashion industry I’d say Tyson Beckford and Naomi Campbell. They make me believe there’s a place for me out there.
Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?
Andre Bannister is an up and coming designer who’s done some work experience at Viviane Westwood and I will be modeling for him for the Brighton Fashion Week. Andre Bannister is one to watch out for!
Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?
I think studio shoot is boring and prefer to shoot on location.
Q: Do you have an interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?
I recently applied for a casting through star now and it was actually for the Brighton Fashion Week show. At the casting I had to walk up and down a catwalk which I had never done; and the minute I when back to my seat, a women from a modeling agency approached me with a business card and said that they’re interested in having me on their books. That was not a massive story, but was not bad for a first casting as they also want me to model for the Brighton Fashion Week too.
Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?
No one in particular I like all of mine.
Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?
In terms of modeling I would like to join agencies that are part of the association of model agents.
In terms of models and photographers, I’m keen to work with anyone who’s successful or those who are very passionate about their work.
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
In the world we live in its all about status.
Q: How would you define your personal style?
I like a mixture of both fashion but also with a manly twist that represents my character.
Q: Where are you based?
I am based in London.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Very lively and busy. It always seems to be all about fashion where I’m from.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being selected for the Brighton Fashion Week and also receiving interest from a few large modeling agencies.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
I would want like to sign a contract with an agent.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
RnB, Pop, Hip Hip, Rock and Jazz. I listen to all types music. Anything that sounds good to my ears.
Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?
I really enjoy going out clubbing, socializing and networking.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?
Never join modeling agencies that ask for money up front. It is a rip off.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
My motivation is my believe I believe in myself.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I am an aspiring actor and am looking to network with people with similar interests from the industry.
I trained at Sylvia Young and am currently doing a BA Hons Degree in Theatre studies. Also I have done a couple of short films.
Editor’s Note: The interest that J.S. has generated in a relative short space of time for his modeling work is impressive. We expect to see John S Kande enjoy continued success in the future in the fashion world.
If you’d like to learn more about John or see more of his work, just follow the links below:
web page link: http://www.starnow.co.uk/jsamuelkande
Youtube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRf6kGNHC1Q