Please start with a short introduction telling us a little about yourself. Hi I'm Paul but also know as P-J. Been around the block a few times but still very young at heart. I love dance, motorbikes and of course modelling which I've been doing now for nearly 3 years. What made you decide to be a Model?
To be honest I never had any thought of being a model at any point in my life. Due to my love of retro and vintage, I was invited onto a seventies group shoot as a male participant and I guess I did ok as it snowballed from there. Most won't believe me but I'm naturally quite shy.
What's the most enjoyable part of your job?
The creativity. My head is constantly buzzing with creative ideas I'd love to try. My outlet when I was younger was art however I neither have the time or inclination to pick up a pencil or paintbrush, so I collaborate and use the skills of photographers, make-up artists, other models and fellow creatives to make my visions a reality. Is there anything you don't like/ would change?
There's nothing I don’t like other than not being able to do it full time as a career.
Oh and money can be tight when you embark on ambitious projects but the results are always amazing.
Proudest moments of your career?
That's a hard one! I've got several and all for different reasons. I’m not body confident so going nude for the first time was a big moment for me.
Some of my images have won national and international prizes and my face is
adorning leaflets at the 2017 photography show at the NEC so naturally I'm proud of that.
Other moments are getting some ambitious ideas completed like my ‘motorway shoot’!
Also getting others involved in modelling when they view themselves as ‘not model material’ and watching them grow is amazing.
Professional goals for 2017?
2017 is set to be the epic year for some of my most ambitious ideas!
Some are secretly stored away in my head for safe keeping but they will blow your minds so watch this space!
Other than that I keep toying with the idea of seeking agency representation, but still unsure if I'd make the grade and I rather enjoy the freedom of freelance. If you were not a Model what would you be?
Well modelling isn't my full time or even part time career, more of a hobby. Modelling is my great escape into a play world. What's your opinion on the current industry? It's a strange industry and luckily I'm more or less on the outside looking in. One thing that is noticeable is the common belief, especially amongst women, that they wouldn't be ‘good enough’, ‘young enough’ or ‘pretty enough’ to model. That's why I took time out to introduce people to modelling. Even just to try it once so that they could be inspired and acknowledge just how beautiful they are inside and out, in front of and behind the camera.
For me it's fun but the higher up you go the harder it is especially as a male model.
If you could change one thing what would it be? On myself – my body! Even after all the time I've modelled I'm not body confident yet.
Generally – I would seek more time and more opportunities for paid work just to help with bigger projects I have in my head.
Who inspires you?
There are too many to mention. I follow with admiration a lot of female models. Their work ethic is second to none. Just a few of my faves would be Anna Quinn, Valis Volkova, Lauren Brock…the list is endless really.
Male model wise – Horace Silver will always stand out to me. A true gent and inspiration and I was honoured to work with him.
What's next for you and where should we expect to see you/ keep an eye out for you? Well it seems 2017 is going to be a busy year of getting my projects completed as much possible.