Some people become models because they are beautiful, others because they have character. Some people are hand models or leg models because they are well endowed in that area. Some people become models because they achieve a unique notoriety that sets them apart from the rest of us. I became a model because I was either the only one in the studio or the last one on location without something to do.
During my internship in LA I had four instances where the end result was actually published.
The first one was as a hand and body model. Notice my well defined muscular body and my long delicately refined fingers.
My next assignment was on location. Kind of a character thing. I wasn’t just playing a beautiful prop, there was emotion in this one. Kind of a harsh gritty moment that had just a touch of a wicked tension that made the piece come alive.
I’m the one against the wall guarding the door with the machine gun.
Note the steely determined and slightly mad glint in my eye.
I was so amazing in my still work that my next two assignments were in video. I don’t have copies of either one, but I’ll try to describe them well enough to give you some impression of those two powerful moments on film.
The first was in a corporate promotion piece for a steel foundry in East LA. My boss decided to open the video with a metal dye being struck by a hammer, then pulled away to show the company’s logo. I played the hands. I was able to show my amazing range. My hands were broad and hard, the veins pulsing with raw energy, my muscles hard. It was breath taking. At least I always imagined it was – I never saw the final piece.
I’ve never seen the last one either, but I’ve imagined it many times. We shot the stills for an ad shoot for an Argentinean candy company staring Mr. T – complete with gold necklaces and attitude. After the stills were done they shot the commercial. The opening shot was a pan across the stage to Mr. T. After a couple of takes they felt something was missing – they needed a special sort of pizzazz. As they sought a solution, they noticed me just off camera watching and the solution was obvious. I stood stage right. The camera started stage left. As the camera panned right I walked left across that stage and for just the briefest of moments the power of my presence lit the camera and provided that missing magic.
Then I retired.
It was a glorious career.