Tom Warren ¦ Model Advice

How were you scouted?

Shopping in Covent Garden when I was 15

What was the initial process?

I came into the offices for a meeting, they decided to send me on a test shoot and when the images came back they agreed to sign me

Do you remember your first casting and how it felt?

It was for a magazine company near the agency so my booker at the time, Josy, came with me and introduced me to the client

What do you wear to castings?

I tend to dress in accordance to what the castings is for. If I’m going for a tailoring job, then I’ll wear a shirt and a jacket. If it’s for something a bit more edgy I’ll put on a leather jacket

What was your first job?

Do I have to answer this? Bliss Magazine! I was Bliss Boy of the Month!

Do you remember how it felt?

Highly embarrassing given that most of the girls at school had subscriptions!

What sort of job do you look forward to the most?

Anything that involves travelling to somewhere new. I was really lucky earlier this year to be able to travel to Mauritius for a job! It’s on jobs like that when you’re shooting on a deserted beach with a beautiful girl that you have to pinch yourself!

Biggest & best job so far?

Probably shooting the Dolce and Gabbana campaign in New York with Steven Klein

How does the average day/ week pan out for you? 

Modelling wise I probably do about two or three days worth of jobs a week. Outside of that I've just opened a photography studio called Lock Studios, so all of my free time outside modelling is spent running that

Do you think that personality plays a key role in being a model?

It definitely helps to be confident. Castings are usually over in under a minute, so you have a very short period of time to make a lasting impression on clients. Making sure you smile and portray yourself as the type of person who would be fun to work with is a must!

When you're given a brief for a shoot how do you get into that role?

Depends what the brief is! I think one of the most important things on a shoot is for the model and photographer to have a good understanding of what the client wants. The best way to achieve this is to keep communicating with the photographer; ask him or her what’s working and what isn't and this way the briefs are usually met!

How do you keep healthy & in shape?

I go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week and I haven’t had a carb since 2006 ;-)

How do you overcome your nerves, if you have any?

I don’t really tend to get nervous for modelling jobs anymore. I have started doing a couple of small video jobs through Models 1 though and to overcome nerves for these I just make sure that I’m really well prepared.

What’s the most nerve wracking job you've done?

Definitely my first catwalk show! I was 16 years old and I was flown out to Paris by YSL to open their show. I’d never done a catwalk before, spoke very little French and I'd never traveled by myself. Luckily the team over there were so kind and literally chaperoned me everywhere around the city. They even got someone in to teach me how to walk!

Best thing about being a model?

Travel and free time!

Worst thing about being a model?

Everything is so last minute. I've had to cancel more holidays than I've had hot dinners!

What do you think makes a successful model?

At the end of the day you have to be someone that clients want to work with on a regular basis. Some jobs can last for weeks, so I think it really helps to be as charming, polite and punctual as possible

What advice would you offer to someone looking to become a model?

Only do it if you are really prepared to put some time into it

What advice would you offer to someone who has just been signed?

Make sure you have a back up plan. Finish school and university if you can, unfortunately your good looks won’t last forever!

How would you describe your model/ booker relationship?

I love the team at models 1!

Contact: frankie@models1.co.uk


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