Model of the month (March) Anthony Lorca.
Hi, Anthony thank you so much for sitting with us and taking the time to do this interview.
Firstly where are you originally from, and where are you currently living?
Hi, this is a pleasure for me. I am French, and I was born in a small town in the east of France. I currently live in Madrid, but Iv lived in other Cities in the past, such as Paris, Taipei, Hong Kong and Auckland New Zealand.
How old were you when you started modeling?
When I started modeling, I was 19 years old. A photographer found me on the street and asked me if I wanted to pose for him. I remember that I hesitated a lot before coming and that my parents didn’t entirely agree with that project. I finally accepted, and I’ve never regretted this decision since.
How difficult is it to get into the modeling industry, and how long has it taken you to get where you are now?
Well, even relatively recently, modelling wasn’t a priority for me. I preferred to stay focused on my studies. I’ve never regretted this choice because I could always manage to find time for modelling as a part-time job and I am quite satisfied to be in possession of a Master’s degree today. However, since a few months now, I’ve got new modelling opportunities in Spain and I am managing to get a full-time model job step by step. Modeling is a very hard job, and there will always be someone who is happy to steal your place. You need to be patient, steady and keep a good attitude, and these are some of the things I have learnt with time.
What type of modeling do you prefer?
I am specialized in commercial modeling. That means I do advertisements, TV and Video commercials. Sometimes, I also do fashion catalogs, but mostly for suit brands. As I prefer doing commercials, I would like to turn to acting in the future.
How do you balance work and private life?
I think that private life plays a massive role in the development of a modeling career. Keeping a good social life is important. I have alway’s had my friends by my side and showed them how important they are in my life, and they have always been there when I need them.
A real social life keeps a healthy mind, working too much has never been healthy.
What’s your favourite food?
I like all types of Asian food. I had the opportunity of living in Asia for awhile for modeling, and I was delighted to discover all the richness and the savors of the Chinese, Thai and Japanese food. I also enjoy cooking this type of cuisine as well. Hopefully, it is healthy for a models diet.
Which fashion capital would you love to work in, and which ones do you work in currently?
I have worked in New York, and I would love to go back there again. From time to time, I work in Paris or Milan, but like I said before, fashion is not my primary business. The advantage of working for commercial is that I can work almost everywhere in the world, and I don’t need to stay particularly in any fashion capital.
Who is your favourite designer?
I have a pronounced taste for the Italian fashion. If I had to choose only one, I would say Giorgio Armani. I admire his career, and I think that he has brought a lot to the fashion industry, especially for menswear. I would love to wear “Giorgio Armani” every day.
We see you have a few ads under your belt. Would you mind saying Tiramisu for us one more time?
It’s funny because since I have done this advertisement for KFC, all of my friends and family ask me to do it every time. It was amusing when I was in Taiwan that everybody associated me to this TV advertisement. Three years after, fortunately, the things have changed a bit, and the people don’t see me only for this ad. So this time, just for Creative Young Souls, I’ll say “TIRAMISU.”
What is your favourite tv show or movie?
That’s hard to choose only one, but I usually enjoy watching auteur films or independent films. I am passionate about art, and I love to discover new artists, movies, and exhibitions. I think that this passion gives me a lot of inspiration for my work as a model.
Have you done any acting before? If so, Name a few projects and how was it?
I have done acting for different commercial projects, whether it was for a car, computer or phone brands. Recently, I had the chance to get a small role in a French series, which is now on TV.
Is acting something you would like to do more of in the future?
That is a big “yes”. I would love to continue, not only for commercial jobs but also for a TV show and why not, cinema.
How important is acting when it comes to being a model?
I think that all depends on what type of model you want to be. I know some models who work exclusively for fashion and who don’t like acting. However, it’s always important to know how to give emotions and to express something. Moreover, as a model, we usually have to represent a brand, a type of clothing, a lifestyle, and it’s always good to know some acting.
Which model do you look up to the most?
I’ve always had a great admiration for the model David Gandy, who has been able to break the standards of the male fashion industry. For some aspects, I identify myself with him, and I would love to follow in his footsteps.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My friends. A few times I wanted to give up modeling, but they have always been here reasoning with me. I think that if they were not here for me, I would have abandoned everything and live a more “traditional life”.
Do people recognise you when you walk down the streets? And how do you handle it?
Yes, it happened a few times that the people recognized me because they saw me on TV, on a magazine or Internet. I am always very surprised when it happens because I think it’s very hard to recognize someone that you’ve only seen once on a picture. It makes me happy when I can put a smile on someone’s face, and I am always happy to spend some time with the people that approach me.
How long did it take you to sign with your first modeling agency, and how many are you currently signed with at the moment?
From my first photo shoot to the first contract with a model agency, it took me about two years. During these two years, I was in my hometown, I built my portfolio, and I prepared to move to Paris, to contact powerful model agencies. Currently, I am signed with more than ten model agencies around the world.
How important would you say being signed with a modeling agency is, or would you suggest freelance modeling?
Yes, I think it is important to be featured by the maximum of model agencies if you are a model. The model agencies give you access to the castings, represent you, sell you, give you visibility. However, it’s true that you can find small clients by yourself with the help of social media, but these opportunities don’t happen every day, and you will still need model agencies.
It must be so much fun during shoots becoming different characters. How do you prepare for a shoot? Is there anything specific you do the day before or on the day?
It’s true that the most exciting part of modeling for me is to be someone else during one day, such as a teenager, a husband, a groom, father or a fantastic creature. The day before the shoot, I usually eat healthy, relax, do some yoga and to practice my poses (yes this is crucial for a model to have striking poses). The hair and make-up time are imperative too, to start the project and to feel like a new person.
What was the best advice you ever got? And from who?
I remember my first agent told me once before my first big casting: “Stay yourself. You will see at the casting a lot of men who can be more beautiful than you but don’t mind. You are different, and you will make the difference.” I always keep this sentence in my mind before going to any casting or any important meeting.
What’s the best advice you would give to all our inspiring models to be?
I think that it is important to stay strong, consistent and confident because there will be a lot of people who will try to manipulate you. It’s also crucial to be smart and to know the people that you can count on. It is imperative always to have a good attitude. You won’t always be chosen for all the castings, and sometimes you will stay without working during long weeks. In this case, you will need to have people around you to help you during these tough times. Modeling is not an unusual career, and it’s sometimes good to not consider it as a major career because it often takes a lot of time to be recognized and to earn a good living. Modeling is a daily battle, but that’s why it is exciting!
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