Swimming With Sharks

28 April 2015

Smiley and quintessentially charming, Callum Noble at D1 Models takes a seat in the Boys by Girls office. Twiddling his fingers, there is a subtle sincerity that emanates from Callum's voice. The warm hearted 18 year old soon unveils himself piece by piece, as we start chatting about sports, friends and family, which are all of paramount importance to him.

Having been brought up on the bumpy bit on the side of England, Callum describes himself as bold and we soon witness this come to life. New to D1's model board after being scouted at a festival, four months into this new world, his naivety and new forages into modelling are quietly humorous and captivating. Having once swam with sharks, he delves into facts about family holidays and jokes about superpowers. With advice beyond his years, we are assured by Callum that we should simply be ourselves, as that is always the best option.

How did you get scouted?
I was actually at V festival watching one of the acts, and a couple of people came up to me and asked if I wanted to do some modelling in my spare time. Then a couple of days after I got back from the festival, I got a phonecall and now I’m at D1 Models.

What are you passionate about besides modelling?
Probably my football and keeping fit. Just anything active to be honest. I’m always willing to try new things and spend a lot of time hanging out with friends.

Instant analogue by Cecilie Harris. Special thanks to IMPOSSIBLE.

Are friends important to you?
Yeah, they are quite important to me because, they are always supportive. Whatever you do, they are always there. You always have more fun when you’re with your friends than when you're on your own.

How do you think your friends would describe you?
Funny, loud and outgoing.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Probably swimming with sharks in Mexico. It was kind of crazy, a bit dangerous at the same time, but still cool. I was quite young, so I think I just got roped into it by my brother. I was about 12, so it probably is the craziest thing I've done.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Athletic, bold and tall.

Why bold?
I quite like being out there to be honest, being at the forefront of something. If I'm with my friends, I’m probably the one who will speak out more than the others.

What would you say was the best thing you’ve ever been at the front of?
Probably something simple like being captain for a Cup Final game that I had to do once in my football team. Getting the team motivated.

How does it feel to motivate a whole team?
I think it’s quite good, because you get to say what you want and you see how people react to you. Within the season, I earned a lot of respect from other people on the team. So when I said something, they listened.

Tell us a bit more about where you’re from?
I’m from Norwich, a little bumpy bit on the side of England. It’s a pretty cool place, quite quiet. It’s not really built up, hasn’t got many people and I live in a little village called Eaton. I live there with my brother, and my parents.

Are you close to your brother?
Yeah, I am quite close actually, but he’s at University at the moment. Any free weekends I’ll go up and visit him in Newcastle. Certainly when he’s down I spend a lot of time with him. My brother is 20 and I'm 18.

Did you grow up in Norwich?
I grew up in Norwich, it’s a really nice place to grow up. There's no problems there at all, because it’s quite a quiet place and you don’t really come into contact with a lot of people. When you do though, it’s usually the same people. So the same people I went to school with I also went to college with. Basically everyone knows everyone.

If there was one place in the world you could go, where would it be?
Probably back to New York. It would be nice to be in a built up, atmospheric area.

What would your dream day in New York be like?
I'd go to the top of the Empire State building and then, in contrast, go and see the ground zero memorial service. I'd also have a bit of money to do a fair bit of shopping as well.

What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on?
Most probably when I went to Thailand. I went to Bangkok for three days and went to Koh Samui for another 10 days. It was really good, the beach was really nice. I went there with my family, and I’m hoping to go back next year.

Would you say you’re a family person?
Yeah, as a family we did quite a lot of holidays when we were young, it was never a case of myself going off with my mum or my brother going off with my dad. We stayed together and did a lot of family holidays, but as we’ve grown up family holidays have sort of drifted away. We’ve sort of gone on and done our own things.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
To be invisible, so you could be standing somewhere and no one would be able to see you. I could go and sit in on a high end private meeting, and just listen to what they’ve got to do. I don’t know what kind of meeting, but yeah, just to be nosey and listen in.

What’s your favourite quote or life advice you’d give people?
Just be yourself. Don’t act different when you’re with other people, just be yourself and who you are.

Photography by Cecilie Harris.
Interview by Sophie Mayanne.
Words by Vilija Kasiginaite.

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