Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JTC RECOMMENDS: ROMAN KARABELLY




























MODEL AGENTS|AGENCY: 
Nole Marin|Wil Hill|Aim Model Management
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Roman Karabelly|Aim Model  Management
Special thanks to Nole Marin and Will Hill and the men's board at Aim Model Management; Roman for stopping by to visit JTC's casting space!

Monday, September 29, 2014

THE EDUCATOR|SAMUEL WORTHEN
































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IN CONVERSATION|SAM WORTHEN

Name|Samuel Worthen (nemonic.bandcamp.com)
I use my mom's name because I'd rather that my students not find out that I'm a model. And because I'm proud to be her son.
Age|23
Hometown|My mom lives in Milton, Massachusetts, I went to school in Providence, and now I live in Bed-Stuy.

How did you get discovered? I was riding the train home from teaching summer school in the Bronx. A handsome dude asked me: "You're a model right?" I laughed, and he said that he models with Red, and that I should go to their open call and talk to George Brown, who signed me. 

What were you doing prior to modeling? I was, and still am, teaching. I've taught music in different contexts for the last eight years, but this is my first year teaching middle school English. It's a more-than-full-time job, but I'm excited to keep working as a model and learning about fashion.

People would be surprised to know that I...used to have gold, curly hair to my sternum. I donated last year. I love modern languages. I've studied French, Italian, Spanish and Mongolian.

What is your latest obsession? Recently, I've been obsessed with reggaeton, especially Don Omar's more melodic songs. That groove propels me. It helps me get to school at 6am, and it's something to look forward to on my walk from the building to the bus.

Since you are an educator, can you listed your five favorite books? The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; One Hundred Years of Solitude/Cien Anos de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated by Gregory Rabassa; Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino; The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway; Venite Poemas de Amor y Una Cancion Desesperada by Pablo Beruda And, it's not a book, but Joanna Newsom's Ys is heart stretching literature.
Your most prize possession? I asked everyone in my life who speaks a language other than English how to say and write "butterfly." I practiced writing the 33 words, the different alphabets, and then drew them into a butterfly. It was her birthday, I was in love, and I pulled my first all-nighter cutting the stencil. In the morning, I printed, waited, ironed, washed, and my best friend, Matt, drove me to the post office while I held the wet shirt out the window to dry. I made it, 4:59, and sent the shirt to her express. I printed one for myself, and it's still my favorite shirt. (See image above)
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero? My heroes were and are my grandparents, Tom and Sherbie Worthen. They are hard-working—in their late 70's and still running their own business—and pro-adventure. I remember Tom taking his chainsaw out into Hurricane Irene to preemptively cut branches until the men sent to do that by the state sent him home. When I was in a band, they came to every show. I hope to be like them when I grow up.
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone? The last time I said, "I love you", like that, was to the last person I loved, in the stairwell of the house I lived in Providence. I said it in Mongolian. Since you asked, her name is Dulma, and she's wonderful.
Three adjectives that best describes you: Intense, Sweet and Patient
Describe your personal style: Most of my hours, I'm wearing teacher clothes: button downs, ties, gabardine suit pants, a jacket. My favorite tie was my grandfather's, pink with five types of flowers. Otherwise, my clothes are mostly t-shirts I printedor hand-me-downs from people I love, my grandfather, my friend Peter, my little brother. Besides my school shoes, I have three pairs: work boots with the soles half-detached, Nike Mavericks for skating, and navy canvas loafers that my friend La GΓΌira took off and gave me when he saw the state of my boots. He threw my boots in the trash ("¡Pero esos son mis favoritos!") but when he left the party in his socks, I retrieved them.

Your favorite place you have travel to: My favorite place that I've been to but never lived in is Cape Town. I went when I was 18 with my high-school jazz band to play three weeks of shows around South Africa. The two most memorable people I met were Nyameko, a fellow trumpet player and xhosa rap virtuoso (he didn't have e-mail and I have not found him) and Aqeelah, the all-around lovely photographer friend f my host family (we write letters)

Your favorite film and scene from the film: Once—Scene: My favorite scene might be where Marketa pulls her Hoover down Grafton Street, like an elephant by its trunk, to Glen so he can fix it. The way she says "It's fucked" is so adorable.

Your favorite sport: I cared and knew a lot about sports ten years ago, when the Red Sox "first" won the World Series. Now I'm pretty ignorant, but I have to say the Celtics and Paul Pierce because he's been so good for so many years, 15 for Boston plus one for Brooklyn, and we have the same real last name.

If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend? Providence, Rhode Island—If you come to visit me in Providence, I would take you to the train bridge. I've been there with many of my favorite people, sometimes to write graffiti, sometimes to sit. Even though, physically, climbing it dangerous, on that platform way above the Seekonk river, I feel safe.

If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song? It would probably be a cooking show called "Grab Bag." I have never watched a cooking show, not a full episode, but this is something that I love to do and might be fun to watch: a friend and I go the grocery store and each choose three ingredients, each of which fits one criterion (e.g. "something summer" "what a rodent might worship as an idol"). We hide them from each other in the store. Then we convene and make a meal out of all of them. Word to Tanner Senecal at The Essex Inn for being the best collaborator and my culinary hero. 
Theme song: I would write and record my own theme song, but the best I've heard is Ziggy Marley's from Arthur.

Your wish for the remainder of 2014? If I could have one wish, it would be to have no chronic pain, starting now. I wouldn't wish to never have had pain. Pain has made me me. But if it could go away today, I could do so many more things.

Clothing: Black jacket with leather sleeves and blue t-shirt, both by Baldwin; green jacket with brown corduroy collar by Fingers Crossed; blue t-shirt by Alex Mills; all other clothing and shoes, Samuel's own

MODEL AGENTS|AGENCY: 
George Brown|Dave Fothergill|Citizen/Red
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Samuel Worthen|Citizen/Red
Shot on location at the new FINGERS CROSSED|JTC/VT Studio, Chelsea, NYC
Special thanks to George Brown & Dave Fothergill and the men's board at Citizen/Red; Tim Cush at Maguire Steele; Ryu Hayama at Fingers Crossed; Samuel for his time to answer a lengthy Q&A and time spend with JTC!
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SAMUEL WORTHEN' S SELF PORTRAIT

Friday, September 26, 2014

GOLDEN DAWN|NICHOLAS COSTA














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IN CONVERSATION|NICHOLAS COSTA

Name|Nicholas Paschoal Da Costa
Age|20
Hometown|Santos, San Paolo, Brazil

How did you get discovered?
I had a bet with my father. We were drunk and my father said if I passed out first, I would have go to a agency near where I live and give modeling a try. I am happy I made that bet cause I have been traveling around the world due to modeling!
What were you doing prior to modeling?
Before modeling, I was studying to become an engineer!
Most embarrassing moment in modeling.
I modeled for a brand called Long Tran. They made me wear this tall platform shoes and I was supposed to walk on the runway, it was so high that I almost fell on the catwalk! Thought it could only happen to women with heels!
Something surprising about yourself...
Some years ago, I was more muscular than I was now. I was into bodybuilding. Once I got into modeling, I was told to stop all those muscle building exercises. I actually lost almost 5 kg. of my muscle weight at one time!
What's your latest obsession?
The Walking Dead, TV-Series
Your most prize possession?
Worn out purple sneakers from Vans, I need to get them repair! They are super comfortable!
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
When I was a kid, I wanted to become a fireman
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My mother...I love you!
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Unattached, Easygoing and Funny
Describe your personal style:
In colder weather, I love to wear vintage clothing. In warm weather, comfortable clothes only!
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Tokyo, Japan, people are so polite and respectful and the parties are awesome!
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Zombieland—Scene: When the male character try to impress the girl character by trying to be the kind of guy he thinks she would like. For example, riding a motor bike when he hardly knows how to ride one.
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Santos, San Paolo, Brazil—All the beaches in Brazil are amazing! So definitely there!
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
A interview talk show with guests like Will Smith and model Sean O'Pry. Theme song would be hip hop music, not a specific song comes to mind yet. 
Favorite moment in modeling:
When I did my very first catwalk show for Versus/Versace in NYC, designed by J.W.Anderson
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
I never did Brazil fashion week and so if I do plan to it this season (In November) I wish I will do a lot of shows!

MODEL AGENTS|AGENCY: 
Delwin Kamara|Nadia Shahrik|Major Models
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Nicholas Costa|Major
Special thanks to Delwin Kamara, Nadia Shahrik and the men's board at Major; Nicholas for his time spend with JTC!
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NICHOLAS COSTA' S SELF PORTRAIT




Thursday, September 25, 2014

ONE.1 MEN SHOW CARDS BONUS|FENCES|REECE DIMECH


























Clothing: Color blocking t-shirt by MR.MATTHEW; all others, Reece's own

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Allen Osborne|One.1 Men Model Management
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Reece Dimech|One.1 Men Model Management
Special thanks to Allen Osborne and the men's board at One.1 Men Model Management; Reece for the wait for the feature to launch and time spend with JTC doing this shoot!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HEART OF GOLD|NOAH TEICHER






























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IN CONVERSATION|NOAH TEICHER

Name|Noah Pierce Teicher
Age|18
Hometown|New York City, New York

How did you get discovered?
I graduated high school and thought about modeling before going to college. I send some pics to my dad, who use to model and he send them to his old agent/manager.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
Before modeling, I was in high school. I originally had my mind set on going into the navy but found out I was unlikely to get the job I wanted since I have asthma.
People would be surprised to know that I...
love french fries with honey!
What's your latest obsession?
Physics and learning about the universe
Your most prize possession?
Grandfather's World Series jersey from The Yankees!
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
Albert Einstein and Spiderman
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My ex-girlfriend of two and a half years, Sarah
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Thoughtful, Observant and Goofy
Describe your personal style:
Preppy and urban mixed together
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Pirenees, Spain
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Happy Gilmore—Scene: Just tap it in
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Baseball
Team: The NY Yankees
Player: Mariano Rivera
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
New York City, NY—I would actually like to take you to the Swiss Alps to eat sandwiches on top of a mountain and look off into the distance, pondering...that sums me up!
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
Comedy skit show, very SNL. Hey Oh by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
Wishing the world would alleviate asthma!

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Christophe Sanchez-Vahle|New York Models
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Noah Teicher|New York Models
Special thanks to Christophe Sanchez-Vahle and the men's board at New York Models; Noah for his time and long walks with JTC!
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NOAH TEICHER' S SELF PORTRAIT