The Story Of Conor

11 April 2012

You remember the very cute Conor at M+P from this portraits series shot by Cecilie Harris we shared last week? If not, you can always click that link to get yourself up to date and endulge in a little male blonde beauty.

This week we share a couple more exclusive images of this lovely new face at M+P Models. As we let Conor tell "The Story Of Conor", hope you enjoy both these beautiful images of him and his gripping and honest story of growing up and how he has become the person he is today. We love that his journey is so full of opportunities, mistakes, learnings from mistakes, strength and awareness of how your own story impacts who you are and who you're going to be.

When I was a young boy I always wanted to be some kind of entertainer. A musician, actor, magician or some kind of triple treat with all three. I started training to be a dancer at the age of three. My two sisters where heavily into it so my mum sort of pushed me into doing it as well, probably so she could have a break from me as I was a bit of a handful. haha At first I wasn’t really into dance that much. It was hard as well being the only boy, but I reckoned it would be an easy way to meet girls. I was wrong. It was hard work and being the only boy doing it was hard work too which I hated. So I stopped dancing at the age of 10 or 11, and couldn’t deal with the torment of being the only boy dancer either.

I was always a clever student when I started middle school. I'd say I beecame a bit of a nerd and was at the top of most of my classes. My parents split up when I was 12 years old and I started to rebel a lot. I became a bit of a naughty one at school, always getting in trouble and being sent out of class. Bunking school all the time, I was the teachers worst nightmare. I had also met this new large group of friends who where known as “The Bromley Lot” (Because we all lived in Bromley), who were basically known as the rebels about town. But it felt good having a group of friends. I was 13 at this stage and most of them where a few years older than me, so I was forced to grow up very fast. I used to think I was 16 years old and literally had no cares in the world. Being part of this group also had it's ups and downs, as it brought me down the route of doing some of the typical teenage experimenting, that I could have done without. Drinking at an early age was a real low point in my life, but I didn’t seem to care. A good side was I got to meet a hell of alot of people, and it really gave me a chance to realise and discover who I was as a person. I was only 13 years old and felt like I had already lived my whole teen life.

Above: Conor wears shirt by Osrchel-Read.

When I turned 14 I grew up. I know that sounds ironic because I was only 14, but I felt I did. I had moved on from being "the rebel" and decided I actually wanted to get somewhere in life. I realised I had this creative flare, so I started to get back into dance and enrolled at The BRIT School where I did dance full time. Moving to that school was probably one of the best decisions I have made in my life so far. I got to be myself and it bought out a whole new level of confidence in me. I was allowed to express myself in lots of different ways and it gave me a lot of freedom, which I had been craving so much. For the first year of being at BRIT I loved it and I couldn’t get enough. I had met one of my best friends, who is still my best friend now and I was allowed to be myself. When it got to the second year however I started to realise alot of things. I had been cast as the lead in our end of year show which was great, but it came with a huge amount of pressure to perform. I started to realise why I had stopped dancing the first time around. For our end of year show we were each given production roles. I was given head of media, andI had always had an interest in media and the creative side of it but had never really had the opportunities to pursue it. So I started to become more and more interested in media and IT. In the summer I interned on a few TV shows and knew for sure that this was definitely something I wanted to do for a career as it interested me so much.

At present I am 17 years old and really enjoying life. I’m at a college in Westminster studying a media course which I am really enjoying. I’m surrounded by some great friends who I have a great laugh with on a daily basis. I have calmed down a lot in the last six months. Because I made all these mistakes when I was younger I know not to do them again. I haven’t been modelling that long, but so far I’m really enjoying all the great and interesting people I have met. So I’m very grateful for this opportunity, and am excited to see where it could possibly take me.

I feel like I’ve lived so much and I’m only just 17. I don’t regret anything I’ve done in my life, because at this moment in time I’m starting to realise that everything I've done has happened for a reason and it's moving me onto each chapter of my life. I’m excited to see what the next 5 to 10 years have in store for me.

At this current time I’m living by this quote. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Thank you for sharing your story so far with us Conor!

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