Model Spotlight – Chris Anderson
May 5, 2019 • News
CJC: How did you get your start in modeling?
CA: This is a very long story.. The short version is that my whole life I was told I should try acting or modeling. I ignored it for a very long time until a couple years ago when my life finally hit rock bottom and I had to completely reinvent myself. At the time I was overweight and mentally unstable and physically injured. But I had a friend who still insisted that I could make it as a model. So rather than sitting and wallowing I sucked it up and set my mind on getting back into shape, getting my mind right and becoming a successful male model.. Modeling became my light at the end of the tunnel and I never looked back.
CJC: Who/what do you draw inspiration from during a photo shoot?
CA: I draw the most inspiration from models like David Gandy, and David Beckham, as well as actors like James Dean, Chris Evans, Brad Pitt, and Harrison Ford. I feel like my style and body structure is very similar which makes it easier for me to emulate these already successful men and create my own brand out of a mixture of their looks.
CJC: What do you enjoy the most about modeling and what do you find to be the most challenging?
CA: I enjoy the freedom and confidence it brings. When you model you’re showing everyone in the world who you are and what you are capable of with a single look. You are free to be you which results in this confidence that seems to radiate off of you.
The most challenging part is definitely battling the industry itself and the stigmas that come along with it. Everyone thinks that you get one commercial and you’re rich or you’re in a magazine so you must be rolling in it.. Definitely not the case. For the most part as models we’re all still waiting to be paid for something. In reality it’s barely enough to pay the bills most of the time haha. Then there’s the stereotypical people who automatically assume, because you are a male model, you know nothing and have never had to work a day in your life.
CJC: In one word how would you describe yourself?
CJC: If you could have any costar for a photo shoot, who would it be and why?
CA: Any male model with more experience. I want to keep learning and making connections.
CJC: How do you stay in such great shape?
CA: Hard work and persistence. I’m in the gym at least an hour every day and I run/walk about 10 miles a day while maintaining a healthy diet to the best of my ability.
CJC: Do you have any interesting or unique talents?
CA: I come from a musical family so I play trumpet, guitar and sing. I grew up in a beach town so fishing, surfing, and almost any water sport comes natural to me.
CJC: This industry can be harsh, how do you deal with criticism?
CA: It’s not whether you get the job or not, it’s how you deal with it when you get the job or don’t. Casting directors and clients notice the professionals. How you carry yourself and how you handle rejection might effect whether or not you book the next one. Learn from each experience and take criticism with a grain of salt. If you continually hear the same things from different people then that’s when I start making changes but other wise I don’t sweat it.
CJC: What is something most people don’t know about you?
CA: I was a professional surfer for 2 years. I’ve owned and operated 3 separate businesses and I worked on an oil rig in North Dakota for 3 years.
CJC: How do you set yourself apart from others in the industry?
CA: I like to think it’s my look that sets me apart but that’s not really it. It’s what happens behind the scenes and when I’m not in front of the camera that sets me apart. Its who I talk to and what I know that sets me apart.
CJC: To date, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
CA: I am most proud of pursuing anything and everything I can dream up. Since I was young I’ve always dreamt things and went for them. I’ve never been afraid to go through hell to at least try.
CJC: What are your goals for the remainder of the year?
CA: In 2019 I’m going to book at least 2 major campaigns, get published in international magazines and generate at least $50,000 in gross revenue. This is just the start of my career. Skies the limit!
CJC: What would be the best way for someone to contact you?
CA: The best way to get a hold of me is through my agent Steve Wimbley with The Industry Model Management in Miami,FL.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
CA: If you wait until you have a backup plan you are planning for failure. Go for your dream and let things fall into place. Figure it out as you go and don’t live with the regret of never having tried.