On being mixed race – is being mixed race a hindrance or an asset to a model like you?
I would say neutral. Never really associated my race with my success or failures. Many people use race as an excuse in life but I say pay it no mind and just do your best. If you failed, then you either went about it wrong or it was just not for you. Modeling is not for everyone. If you are what they are looking for at that moment then that's all you need. Be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people.
What advice can you give to people aspiring to walk runway / model internationally?
Finish school and get ready for 100 no's before your first yes. Modeling is not all it's played out to be. We are just normal people.
If you weren’t a model today, what would you be? Explain why?
I’d like to think a basketball player hehe, but more realistic would be an actor or entrepreneur. I had a very promising situation in the acting industry layed out on the table for me in Los Angeles before modeling. But I guess I just did not want it that much at that time because I gave it all up to get out of LA in pursue of something else. If not acting then possibly starting a business. I was in school also at that time for economics before I started modeling. I could also say a dancer as I was also a professional break dancer in my earlier years. My first trips to places like Paris and Milan was actually for dancing performances. But dancing was something I enjoyed and was good at but I never saw it as a career.
How did you become a model? Did you always want to be one?
I was approached for the first time at a mall in my high school years at Slovakia. I did not decide to give it a try till many years later and many more scout approaches. One of the reasons it took me so long to start was, I never really dreamt of becoming a model and was actually not very interested in the begining compared to what I had going on in my life at that time.
Most significant campaigns so far.
Which one are you most proud of and why?
It's a hard one to answer. I’ve done so many and some of my favorites are not necessarily the biggest ones I worked for. The most significant to me was for Iconic campaign shoot I did in Dubai. The reason it was so special to me is, I shot it with my girlfriend, and it's not every day I get to see myself with my girlfriend on building size billboards. Now the funnest campaign shoot experience I have to say would be Adidas world campaign shot near San Francisco. We went from sunny surf beach side shoot to snowmobiling in blizzard snow mountians all in the same day of shooting.
Tell us about your journey to the modelling world in NYC. How did you get there? How did you start? How did you get your break?
Not much of a journey to be honest. NYC was my first trip for modeling, and I signed into modeling for the first time in NYC. It is where my modeling career first officially started with my management in NYC. Since then I fly back and forth for work.
What’s the best thing about being an international model? What’s the worst thing about it?
Traveling by far is the best. I honestly would not be doing modeling if I could not continue to travel. Now the worst part would have to be the vain superficial side of the industry. I have never been a guy to care too much about how I appearded till I stepped into the modeling world. Fashion and styling my hair was never my thing. But it's something you just have to eventually get use to and better at.