Not sure how to break into the modelling game? Take Jason Field’s advice and his light bulb moment. Jason had a finance degree, tackling that 9-5 grind working in a cubicle, until he met the love of his life who was so sure he was a model. Soon after meeting his girlfriend he scored a modelling job and said goodbye cubicle, hello travel. Now he just keeps climbing the international model ladder to becoming the world’s best.
Jason is the perfect example of how hard work and determination can lead you to success. He shares with us that in the world of modelling you may only book 1 out of 100 jobs but its perseverance that lands you that one. After his first shoot he had phenomenal success in a variety of spaces via The Right.Fit, Social media, fashion stills and commercial content all within the space of a couple of months.
“Remember also this is a numbers game, you have to knock on 100 doors and be fully aware that 99 will say no, yet still knock with the same enthusiasm and motivation at door 100 because when you do get a yes, it could change your life forever.”
From talking with Jason he makes it very clear that you don’t need to be ‘born a model’, you could be one you just don’t know it, things happen for a reason!
“My path into modelling is the inverse of most others in the game. Many folk’s leave school, see it as an opportunity to see the world then look to complete studies or pursue other vocations after the soul searching endeavour.
Where as I ticked the boxes of suburban ideals; finance degree and worked myself into a quarter life crisis, burnt out in the private banking arena. With seemingly the weight of the worlds expectations of middle management, the white picket fence, a dog and a 2.5 kids provoking infinite fear, I was ripe for the picking.
Then I met a German girl in Canggu who I was madly in love with and she was convinced I “looked like a model”. I always scoffed, I wouldn’t have been able recall a male models name at the time. Modelling always induced imagery of Kate Moss, I always thought the males must have been silky smooth Enrique Iglesias types. Yet, as is the case with most mantras, you repeat it often enough you start believing it – or at least less dismissive.”
Tell us about your first time on set?
“With an attitude of “anything but a cubicle”, I found a TFP advertisement on Gum Tree. They wanted to shoot some accessories at Milk Beach. Seemed like a good way to test myself. I arrived an hour early to the brand owners apartment in Elizabeth Bay to make sure I was ready. Not wanting to disturb just yet, I walked around the nearby oval in circles countless times with a parched mouth, and a stomach that broke my general rule against time spent in public toilet facilities.
I had to turn myself around more than once from hopping back on the train home, but I’d implemented a trick I’d learnt earlier to catch myself. Tell your mum your doing it. That way you won’t want to disappoint her, if she didn’t know, I would never have rang the doorbell.
The day was amazing, lots of fun, laughs and new friends. It still took me some time to realise that trying to replicate the statue of David doesn’t work so well; fluid, natural, expressive motion is always more genuine, but as with anything worthwhile, you don’t learn it overnight.
The photos that came from the shoot I naively attempted to portray as the beginnings of a book after discovering TheRight.fit on Google. Thankfully Taryn has persistence, and introduced me to Max whose images armed me with marketability.
Still holding on to the tenterhooks of desire, I visited my German Fräulein at which point contact was made with my current mother agency at Iconic Management in Berlin; they were just establishing their men’s board and they saw something in me.
I returned home to pack up my life, and in the meantime had phenomenal success in a variety of spaces via The Right.Fit. Social media, fashion stills and commercial content all within the space of a couple of months. It proved to me how nimble the industry can be, and lifelong connections made, when the platform is right.”
Just from one photo shoot Jason was on the path to being an international model and with the help of Theright.fit he was climbing that ladder very fast.
Where have you travelled for work?
Modelling is definitely a virtuous method of seeing the world, I’d travelled extensively in a backpacking sense prior to this life change, but nothing quite matches arriving in a location and feeling apart of the locals immediately as is what happens by necessity on set. I’m based in Berlin however I have travelled for work to London, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Istanbul, Izmir and Cape Town. Next up I have Brazil in March and Paris in April. Not bad for less than a year in the job.
What is your biggest ‘pinch me’ moments?
I’d be remiss to not mention my pinch me moment as being selected to be featured in a Vogue editorial as my first job upon landing in Europe. Scooted off to the weekender hideaway for the wealthy in Tegernsee, the professionalism of the team, the stunning locations and a 5 star resort was an unbelievable start.
That said the reality of the industry is vastly different to the way it’s commonly interpreted, I myself wholeheartedly admitting my stereotype judgments ran deep. First of all, it’s one of the few occupations your work is not separated from you. Previously I would conduct a client meeting, or produce an analysis but ultimately detachment was always present. The output was in excel, or word, or actions within the framework of corporate values and responsibilities.
In this line of work the output is you. As such rule number 1 is, always remember it’s a mental game. One day your king of the world, the next nobody wants you.
Have multiple sources of peace and happiness. Whether its an activity such as surfing, yoga, meditation, drawing, cooking, meaningful social connections. You name it, have a list – that way you count your wins early in the day and the smell of necessity that oozes from those in need of validation is quenched, and you are more open to the possibilities in front of you. The law of attraction isn’t voodoo, it’s real.
More often than not the model that is booked is the one that doesn’t need it, that’s the beauty of momentum. That individual is satisfied in life, must still be eager to achieve, but brings energy into the room. Those in dire need of validation are energy vampires, that vacuum the room of its possibilities. We all have an example of a friend entering the room and the vibes evaporating, of course in that instance the nature of friendships is to help them out, but in the casting room, you’ve got 30 seconds to prove to the world you don’t need a pat on the back. Shine bright.
It’s the number one feedback I receive from successful castings. They didn’t book me because I have certain hair, or muscle tone, they wanted “energy” and they got it.
Remember also this is a numbers game, you have to knock on 100 doors and be fully aware that 99 will say no, yet still knock with the same enthusiasm and motivation at door 100 because when you do get a yes, it could change your life forever. It’s not a world where you must earn your keep in the mail room before someone will listen to you, but remember, you must knock, those in the corner office are too busy in their own success (rightfully so) to be aware of your existence.
As noted in discussions of courage, it is not the absence of fear, but advancement in spite of it. Do something outside your comfort zone every day, and the amazing human species adapts rapidly to form habit, create records of success where you are most fearful, and confidence will grow exponentially.
You must reverse engineer your success as you proceed as well, do more of what works and less of what doesn’t. That said, own your flaws, unchanging characteristics are the reason why you are you. Perfection isn’t remembered, this is an industry you must be a wolf, desiring to dissolve into the pack will not take you forward. As one Brazilian model repeated to me (who now rubs shoulders with the fashion elite of Paris), “normal não existe Jason!” – there is no normal, you are already a miracle in being born, take your chance.
Be worthy. You deserve success. If you don’t believe in yourself then don’t expect someone else to, that comes later. You can’t expect a client to book you for a job, believing you are the right fit, if you can’t convey confidence in yourself first.
Strong convictions, held loosely is a financial trading proverb that applies here. Walk into the room with the confidence that this job is yours, you don’t “need” it to prove to those in your life your a “model”. The role is perfect for you, believe it is. However, this mindset must be within the paradigm of your success rate. So, have a strong conviction in the casting, however don’t suffocate it with your expectations because if you aren’t picked, let go immediately, and focus on the next.
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