..And answered a few questions for us about his career so far, including shooting with all the big names, hustling his way into Istanbul and driving monster trucks!
How long have you been away from Australia for? I’ve been away for 20 months straight, 600 days to be exact. It takes it’s toll traveling for long periods of time but it’s been a big adventure and experience.
Are you excited to be back for a little while? I’m definitely excited to be back, to escape the freezing winter in new York and Europe, so for the next few months it’s sun and sand, of course I’ll be making short trips for jobs in-between.
What is the first thing you want to do when you touch down on Aussie soil? Well my family doesn’t know I’m coming home its a suprise, the only people that know are my bookers and my friend who’s picking me up from the airport. I originally wanted to land on my older brothers birthday but as a few shoots came up last minute I stayed the few extra days. I’m just going to turn up on the doorstep. So that’s the first thing I’ll be doing.
What are some of the campaigns you have shot overseas? It was my first season and I landed an exclusive contract with Givenchy but I also shot campaigns for Stefanel and some other Italian clients, i also did H&M winter campaign and their S/S13 lookbook and 2 spreads in separate Vogue Hommes.
Do you have a favourite photographer you have worked with so far? Or one you’d like to shoot with in future? Well this year I’ve been lucky to shoot with Mario Testino, David Sims, Mert&Marcus, Steven Klein, Nicola Formichetti, Andreas Sjodin and Kacper Kasprzyk. I don’t have a favorite; they all have their style and different personalities which brings out different sides of me, there’s a few photographers I’d love to shoot with but I’ll just have to be patient and wait.
Any crazy stories from a recent job? My mother agency sent me to Istanbul once they scouted me whilst I was in the Phillippines. I went to Istanbul on a one way ticket with literally not a cent to my name and took a chance trying to further my modeling, I got stuck at immigration for 3 hours as I didn’t have the money to get through, lucky I told the police I was going to the toilet, I asked a complete stranger who was passing through the terminal to use his phone to call the agency in Istanbul, he over heard my dilemma and gave me 15€ to pass the visa office. That was definitely stressful and a strong memory.
What has been your favourite experience so far? Never knowing where you will go next is exciting. Over the time I was away I went to roughly over 60 cities in 18 countries some I’ve been to 4 or 5 times. It all starts to blur into one big trip, a high light actually from a few weeks ago I did my first underwear campaign that shot on the beach – I got bitten by a macaw and drove a monster truck that was on set.
What are your plans for the future? Well before I left Australia I had a contract with a VFL club, I’m going back to pursue my dreams and see where my football can take me. And I’ve started my own business selling skin care products with my mum.