A few weeks ago we had the chance to meet the great and funny Paul Carrigan at Storm Model Management. He arrived at our office with pomegranate juice, and left a few words of wisdom later.
Trust us to ask the French person in our team to interview a model with a strong Scottish accent. It was fun to watch - a little cruel on our part perhaps. But Paul happily slowed do to half speed, and all went swimmingly.
Paul shared stories about arts, books, mathematics, law and how he is always on time for things. Please all read this interview with a French and Scottish accent.
Please introduce yourself in a few words.
My name is Paul Carrigan, I'm 21 and I'm with Storm Model Management in London. I enjoy playing football walks in the park and go to museums. Yes, that’s me !
How did you get into modeling?
I was discovered in a night club actually in Glasgow, where my mother agency is. And then I decided to contact agencies in London and see if I can be signed here and yeah I just walked into Storm and they were like "yeah you’re signed". So I’m here now!
What would you say is your favourite thing about modeling?
Actually I have two favourite things: The first one would be the travelling you get to do, it’s great I went to some amazing places. The best place that I’ve been is Barcelona, Paris and Milan is good as well obviously. Yeah I enjoy traveling, it’s good! And the other thing would be the people you get to meet. You know I’ve met some crazy crazy crazy people. And they’re all friends of mine now whether they are designers, photographers, journalists, interns whatever, the people are amazing.
Instant Analogue by Cecilie Harris. Special thanks to Impossible.
What is the most challenging thing about modeling ?
The worst thing about modeling is probably the early starts I think. As soon as the shoot starts you have to be there, you can’t be late.
You’re always on time ?
Always! Except today, but I couldn’t find it. haha
What were your expectations on the fashion industry before being a model? Has it change now and if so why?
I had no expectations about this, I mean for myself I had no expectations and I thought we’ll see how it develops and within a couple of weeks I started to pack up a lot of work. Over the last 5/6 months I travelled a lot, I shot with great people, made a lot of good friends and things like that. I think I’ve come a long way since this. And my expectations haven’t really changed. I mean, I know everything could stop tomorrow, you don’t know, so I try to to enjoy it as much as I can.
What are your parents think about you being in the fashion industry?
They think that’s good, I hope they’re proud of me at least! You know It’s difficult sometimes, cause I don’t get to see them really often since I’m always travelling and shooting, you know. But when I see them that’s really good! I go home like two days every couple of months, and it’s always really good to see them. I really enjoy those kind of moments. I hope they’re proud of me, really!
What do you like to do during this free time?
I like to read, I read a lot, like a book a week! I’m reading a book at the moment called "Ice Passage" that’s really good, I would recommend it!
Who are your favourite authors?
Probably Matthew Reilly, he writes kind of sci fi, adventure genre. I’d recommend "Ice station" and "Temple", favorites books of all time!
I also go to museum, I’m fascinating by the arts. Everything about art, whether it is sculpture, painting, whatever. I’m fascinated by the moment, that second the artist descide to create a piece of art, create something beautiful that people will connect with. I think it’s fascinating. I went to the Louvre in Paris, that was really good. And when I was in Barcelona I spent at least an hour at the Sagrada Familia just looking. Things like that just fascinates me.
Who’s your favorite artist?
I’m a huge fan of Pablo Picasso, he was doing a lot of things that seemed crazy for people. Actually he was crazy I think, but his art is mind blowing. If I could afford a Pablo picasso it would be in my house, maybe one day, who knows?
When you're rich from modeling!
Yes sure ! (laughs)
Which quote would you say describe you the most ?
I think "Never back down, even though time may be tough. Never shy away from what you want. You have to fight for what you want!" Another one that describes me as well, probably the most, is "Be able to sacrifice all that you are for what you want to become". So my life at the moment I should be able to put that all on the lane for greater things.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever come through?
Hmmm…quite a few to be honest. I think probably leaving my family and doing what I’m doing now was difficult for me, but it’s good now. I’m happy, they’re happy, but that was difficult at first. I’m very focused on what I want, so I’m glad I’ve kind of chosen that path. No regrets.
Yes, it is a very unique experience!
Yes, It’s very unique! My friends who are studying at university at the moment often say to me "when are you going to come back and study?" and I say to them that I’m happy and making money, I’m given the chance to see things you won’t see, to meet people you won’t meet. I’m working with people I wouldn’t even have met or experienced without modelling, so I can always go back and study later. Life has many paths.
What are you studying?
I was studying Accountancy, I now have an interview for Law and Economics, so that would be my course of choice.
With what you’ve said, I would have thought about artistic or creative study, so that's really interesting.
Yeah, not to compliment myself, but I’m quite clever (laughs). Like, I’m not the kind of model who’s just good at being a model and nothing else. I mean I’m good at maths, I’m good at things like that. So yes I want to do that when I come back.
Interesting! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Once a wise old man told me "never say no to anything, always say yes, because you can always learn the skills later, so if you’re in front of an opportunity that seems to good for you, never say no to it if you don’t know how to do the job, because you can always learn on the job".
Do you have any plans for the future?
Yes I do, I want to be a laywer. I’m going to be the best lawer, seriously! haha. A family lawer. I can see the way society is moving in a certain way and I think in a few years years the family aspects of laws would be more important !
Interview and words by Maxim Anselin.