Fitness Model Spotlight: Shane Nickels

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My name is Shane Nickels. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’m in the United States Marine Corps. However, right now I am attending college. I have been modeling for about 3 years now, and have had contracts for the last 2. Just recently, I decided to not extend my contract because I’m looking for a new agency.

1) What sets you apart from others in the modeling industry?
I have a drive that pushes me to get everything I’ve ever wanted. When I put my mind to something, I do everything possible to make sure it gets done. The first time I stepped in front of the camera the photographer said I was a natural. Every move I made was at the level of experienced models.

2) What first got you interested in the entertainment industry?
I had some friends that kept pushing me and pushing me to get into modeling. There was an open call at the local Agency and they gave me a contract. I have never looked back.

3) What hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?
I have been through a lot since I started. I had a beautiful daughter who is now 15 months old. That put my career on pause for a bit. My girlfriend had a hard time accepting me doing modeling and I put off photo shoots and casting calls. Finally, she knew that this was my dream and that she shouldn’t hold me back. My only hurdle that I haven’t jumped over yet is exposure.

4) For those looking to get in better shape, what advice would you give them?
Eat healthy, Eat Healthy! You also have to exercise! When you have free time at home, do some push ups, crunches, jumping jacks. There’s exercises you can do that you don’t need a gym. When I travel and there’s no gym, I find a way to exercise. In today’s industry having an awesome healthy body is a must.

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5) Favorite motto?
“Live Everyday Like It’s Your Last.” I have always lived this way. I have had way too many friends and family that have passed away and I don’t take anything for granted.

6) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
Ambitious.

7) Who inspires you in the modeling industry?
Steve Cook is a huge inspiration to me. He never stops working. He has awesome determination and drive.

8) What can’t you live without?
It would have to be food. I LOVE FOOD! Eating about 6 times a day. I love all kinds of food and I’m always up for trying something new.

9) Goals for 2014?
A huge goal for 2014 is earning my Pro Card in NPC Mens Physique. I want to do more photo shoots and hopefully be published in a magazine.

10) Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
Whatever your doing and whatever your goal in life is… Never Give Up! There’s going to be people who put you down, tear you apart and tell you you’re never going to make it. PROVE THEM WRONG!

To see more of Shane visit him on Facebook and Instagram

– CJC Photography

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