As we continue our insights into the world of models, when John at Established Models dropped in to the Boys by Girls Headquaters for a model casting with his chissled cheekbones and quiet sense of self, he had us quite enthralled. As he was about to leave, John gently slipped into the conversation one of his passion, writing.
We love a pretty boy with a brain and of course wanted to hear more. Studying journalism at University, but putting it on pause to do his model thing, John told us he hadn't found much time to put his thoughts to paper in quite a while. So we decided to put his skills to the test. This was the challenge; to document his experiences of his new modeling life and share tales of of his adventures, random thoughts and basically how he is feeling about it all. The good, the bad and the fashion, all from a model point of view.
In John's first installment he gives us all a general introduction and talk about how he got into modeling in the first place.
Imagine yourself two years ago. Where were you back then? What were you working on? Look at yourself now. Are you still working on the same thing, in the same place? It’s funny how life can drastically change in such a short period of time. I don’t know if something like that happened to you, it did for me. Back in September 2012 I was about to start studying Journalism. Now, one and a half years later in March 2014, I’m a fulltime model currently living in London, soon moving to Milan. What the blog!?
Instant Analogue by Cecilie Harris. With special thanks to IMPOSSIBLE.
Let me introduce myself properly. My name is John. Well, that’s not true actually. My real name is Jan-Willem Pieter Wesselingh. I know, that takes 23 seconds to say out loud and so thought my booker too. So you can call me John. That’s now my model name, because it is easier to pronounce in this fast and hectic business. My friends call me JW though, and that’s still how I like to refer to myself. I am 20 years old and born in a small town called Eemnes in Holland. In the past couple of years my life has changed quite a bit. I was an aspiring journalist who dropped out due to a major “study block” as I like to call it. That’s kind of the same as a writers block, and not really helpful when you are studying journalism. I dropped out because I felt I wasn’t ready to keep my head in the books day in day out. I was hungry for adventure, something dynamic, something else. And so I decided to pursue a long forgotten dream of mine: becoming an actor.
An actor, JW? Yes, acting! In high school I had drama classes, which along with PE and history were the only things I wanted to come to school for apart from the social happening, of course. As I got older it kind of got away from me when I started doing stuff that I wasn’t supposed to do. A shame really, but I never lost my passion for it and that’s how I got back doing what I maybe like to do most I guess. Isn’t that what life is about?
As time progressed however, I learned that the acting business is a tough business, especially in Holland. We’re like a third world country in entertainment industries. I found out the hard way and I didn’t really get any further than some jobs as an extra in Dutch, Belgian, German and American TV shows and films. I wasn’t progressing, and it was worrying me. In the meantime I made some money selling clothes in the Abercrombie & Fitch store in Amsterdam. Working there was a lot of fun; I met dozens of really cool people. Among them were a lot of people who worked as professional models. They told me great stories about it and I wanted to try it as well. I figured that if things would go well I could eventually make the transition into the acting business.
And so, I am now living in London, working as a model for Established Model Management. On the 17th of April I will catch a plane to Milan where I’ll be staying for a couple of months to work for Independent Men. I never saw myself doing this, but it is a lot of fun and I like it a lot. If someone had come up to me back in 2012 and told me that I would be where I am right now, I’d probably laugh and crawl back to my PlayStation. It’s crazy what one can achieve by just getting out there and working for it. The cool thing about modeling is that you see result instantly. I have ADD and a severe lack of patience, so seeing what you did turn into something tangable works really well for me.
In collaboration with Boys by Girls Magazine I wanted to start documenting my model journey. I hope it’ll be a long one, but you never know. It can be over just as quick as it started. I will be posting lots and lots of content on my blog, not just about modeling, as well as regular features on Boys by Girls. I hope that I will be able to post a lot about stuff I never thought I’d achieve, and that’s why I’m calling it “What The Blog!?”
For everything goes: Harder than you thought, easier than you think.
John also has a personal blog if you want to read more of his thoughts and words here.
Introduction by Cat Wilding
Instant Analogue by Cecilie Harris. With special thanks to the IMPOSSIBLE.