Chilled Out Charlie

15 September 2015

Life sometimes has to be taken with a pinch of salt, taking things as they come and having a laugh and a joke (or two) along the way.

After being in the UK once previously, Charlie Nye at IMG Models has come across the pond once more and dropped into the BBG office for a chat. His easy going nature is an immediate hit, explaining that London town isn’t too dissimilar to Sydney, Australia, except the lack of beaches. Arent you all just immediately very jealous and dreaming of pina coladas and sand between your toes?

Initially scouted at a music festival, it wasn’t till a year later that after bumping into the same booker he decided to take up the offer of modelling. Charlie talks about what life is like back in Australia, from his mother that inspired his sporting interests to his two younger brothers that are no doubt as mischievous at school as he says he was.

Where are you from?
I’m from Sydney in Australia and arrived about three weeks ago. I’ve been here once before, but yeah I like it. It’s not too different to Sydney actually, similar, but with no beaches and more people on the streets.

How old are you?
I’m 16.

So you are still in school?
No, I’m no longer at school, I’ve started an apprenticeship. It's a bit more hands on, and keeps me busy.

Instant Analogue by Cecilie Harris. Special thanks to IMPOSSIBLE.

How did you get scouted?
I initially got scouted at a music festival when I was 14 and didn’t take up the offer, then later saw the same woman again, so decided go and see what it was about.

Tell me a bit about yourself, what are you interested in?
I play rugby, I’ve been playing it since I was young and my mother was into it, I’ve been sporty from a young age. I also enjoy a surf session from time to time, and I love going to the beach. There are plenty of those back home.

What do you like the most about modelling?
Being able to meet new people and given the opportunity to go to new places. I prefer it to glazing, it’s definitely better than being at work every day.

What were you like growing up as a child, did you enjoy school?
No I didn’t, I had friends, but I mucked around, I just played up so I didn’t have to go. I ended up finding myself a job and I liked that so I did that instead.

Do you have any younger siblings?
Yeah I have two younger brothers, we are really close and I look out for them. They think it’s good I model even though they take the piss out of me all the time.

You seem to be able to handle it well though?
Yeah I like it, I prefer life not to be serious and to be able to laugh at yourself. I enjoy having a laugh, but it’s also that I don’t take anything serious. I'm pretty carefree, and don’t worry about things or think about what’s going to happen too much.

Do you apply that approach to modelling?
I’ll do whatever they ask me to the best I can do it, but I also try and have fun at the same time.

Do you have a lot of friends back home?
Yeah I do, I have a few close friends and other friends too. My mates are really important to me. I’ve also met new people while modelling. I’m quite socialable and go out quite a lot.

What about girls?
I’ve met a few, but nothing major. Back home everything I go to people tend to be a couple of years older than me, but when I went into the agency there was a few other people that was my age. I’ll get on with anyone.

Interview by India Opie Meres.
Words by Fraser Stannage.

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