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Model Spotlight: Jeff Violette

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CJC: How did you get your start in modeling?

JV: One day in 2020, I took a photo of myself in my bedroom and posted it on Instagram.  From there I had a photographer in NY message me and ask if I wanted to collaborate on a shoot with him.  I initially said no as I had never modeled before, and with my background in construction, it didn’t interest me much.  After some persuasion from my best friend, I ended up agreeing to shoot and had a blast.  Fair to say I had no idea what I was doing, but fast forward 2 years, here I am working as a model full time.

CJC: Who/what do you draw inspiration from during a photo shoot?

JV: Inspiration always changes for each shoot depending on the mood and what you are trying to portray.  But digging back into personal experiences is really what I try to do.

CJC: What do you enjoy the most about modeling and what do you find to be the most challenging?

JV: I enjoy working with other creators and really trying to bring an idea or theme to life.  Taking someone’s vision and making it a reality is super fun and rewarding.  The most challenging for me is definitely portraying emotion while shooting.  Being able to really put yourself in a mental space to show an emotion is a skill that takes practice, and one that I’m still working hard on.

CJC: In one word how would you describe yourself?

JV: Indescribable.

CJC: When being categorized as a model, what stereotype do you find to be the most untrue?

JV: I feel a lot of people assume that all models are a bit arrogant or unapproachable.  Trust me, as before entering this industry, I thought the same thing.  But now, after meeting some very successful models, I can honestly say that from my experience, 99% of the people in this industry are the nicest, most humble people, who just love to create and collaborate with others.

CJC: What’s going too far during a photo shoot?

JV: “Going too far” is different for every person.  For that reason, it’s super important to discuss ideas, and comfort levels prior to a shoot.  The most important thing is that all parties, including the photographer and the model feel completely comfortable.  If both are not, it will be apparent in the shots.

CJC: Where would you like to travel to in the future?

JV:I’m a huge beach bum so anywhere with beautiful beaches and warm weather.  But one destination high up on my list is the island of Ibiza!

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CJC: How do you stay in such great shape?

JV: I try to fit in a workout every day, and when it becomes part of your job, it absolutely gives you a bit more motivation.  But I should probably also thank my parents for any genetics they might have passed on to me.

CJC: This industry can be harsh; how do you deal with criticism?

JV: This industry can be very harsh for sure.  I try to surround myself with a close-knit group of positive people (Chris included).  You just have to do your best to take it all as constructive criticism and learn from it (trust me it’s easier said than done).  Before modeling, I worked full time in the construction industry, and that helped train me for how to take criticism.  

CJC: What is something most people don’t know about you?

JV: I went to College and got my degree in Construction management.  After graduation worked as a project manager for 6 years before becoming a full-time model.

CJC: How do you set yourself apart from others in the industry?

JV: I just try to be my authentic self and try my best.  People can see when you are being genuine, and giving it your all, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. 

CJC: To date, what accomplishment are you most proud of?

JV: I’m most proud of myself for taking the leap to pursue modeling and entrepreneurship full time.  Leaving my stable, full-time job was absolutely petrifying, but I made the move to a new city to chase a dream.

CJC: What are your goals for the remainder of the year?

JV: My goal for the remainder of the year could be summed up in one word: “Growth”.  I’m looking for growth.  Progress in all aspects of life.  Taking small steps each day to keep getting better at modeling, as a person, everything.

CJC: What would be the best way for someone to contact you?

JV: Hit that email button in my Instagram bio or send me a DM, but Email is most effective!

CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?

JV: From the bottom of my heart, I want to give a big thank you to everyone reading this, as you have truly made a difference in my life.  2022 is going to be a fantastic year and I can’t wait to see what it has planned for all of us 🙂 

CJC: Jeff, its always a pleasure working with you.

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