You can be yourself

15 February 2012

As a follow up to our exclusive portrait series with Raymond Parkinson (M+P) last week, we have this fabulous interview to share with you. Check out his portrait series by Cecilie Harris here.

What are you doing these days?
In addition to my modelling I'm at university doing a sports science degree. I also play a lot of sports. Mainly cricket.

BBG: Cricket?

RAYMOND: Yeh, no one ever believes me but I've played for years! It's fun to bat and be able to hit the ball out of the park. It's fun to win. The team I've been playing for has been doing really well.

BBG: Are you competitive?

RAYMOND: Yeah. Not to a stupid level though, but it's good to be a bit competitive.

How did you get into modelling?
I contacted pictures to M+P about 11 months ago, and they asked me to come in and signed me. From then I've shot GQ Style, ID Magazine a few times, and lots of other magazines and also a Channel 4 commercial.

What's your favourite part of modelling?
The people you meet. I've met a lot of cool people through modelling. It's great to be able to get a lot of cool new experiences, and the money is obviously helpful. Especially when you're a student. It's like fees after fees. The travelling is great.

What's your favourite shoot you've ever done, except from the Boys by Girls ones obviously?
Awwww haha. The GQ style one was really cool! I really enjoyed shooting with Cecilie though, as you get to be yourself a bit more. When you're modelling you rarely get to do that. When you shoot with Cecilie you can be yourself and you're in focus. That's really cool.

What do you do when you're not modelling?
I'l be cooking, eating or sleeping when I'm at uni. I cook quite a lot! I'm hungry now just talking about it….

Give us three random Raymond facts.
I haven't cried for 3 years. (We offered to send him a really sad movie, but he didn't think it would work….)
Although I'm a model I'd rather dress for comfort.
I like philosophy.

What are you passionate about?
I try to be myself and sticking to what I agree with. Sometimes it's hard though when you grow up you sort of realise that it's hard to be yourself with the amount and lack of freedom that you actually have. I'm still finding myself. I like to explore, and I like to learn new things and talk to new people.

Thanks Raymond! We can dig you.

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