Photographed by Ronnie Cruz of Art Personas Management
Image Source: Art Personas Management Facebook page
“His name is Karl”, yielded by a female model with her camera phone ready. As the backstage people started to clear the room, this model came close in his blue tee showing a lean physique that describes “The Boys of Summer”. During our Q&A, he cheerfully introduced himself while he brushes off his nerves. By the looks of him, we know that there is something more beneath his pair of glasses. As he clicks his shoes on the runway, his achievement outside the modelling world is something that can make our pearly whites grind. He is a Dentist by profession and enjoys the runway as much as he enjoys his nine-to-five job.
With his entourage watching and listening closely to his answers, he just gave a sigh of confident smile saying “The Dentist is in”.
How did you start modelling?
I started way back November 2013. I was discovered by Tito (Uncle) Junel Quinones of Art Personas Management.
Is modelling really a dream of yours?
Yes. During grade school they would like, “Oh Karl you should go model because you’re tall”. I was one of the tallest back then, so I said let’s give it a try.
Did you ever think of being a model when you were a kid?
Like what I’ve said, it’s because my friends who pushed me. “So Karl, go try modelling” like that.
Who is your inspiration when it comes to being a model?
Right now, maybe Tyson Beckford cause he’s one of the top models in the business.
What other hobbies do you engage in?
I’m actually a dentist. That’s kind of my full-time job. It’s also my passion.
What made you decide to take up dentistry as a course?
Actually, we are a family of dentists, both sides. My great grandparents, up to me and up to my younger cousins right now.
Whenever you’re on the runway, what goes into your head?
(Laughs) Actually, every time I go to the runway my mind becomes blank. It’s kind of nerve wrecking, but it’s very fun.
Is it really hard to be in the catwalk, with the spotlight and people looking at you?
I’m very thankful for Mr Ronnie Cruz, Ms. Sara Kae and Art Personas team because they trained us. Before, I walked like a zombie and they trained me every week for Sundays. Every little detail changes every week, so I became better and better.
What are the perks of being a model?
You experience something new. Like me, I like to meet people. Different kinds of people from top models to the starting ones. I think I started late and kinda’ late learning from the young ones and the top models.
How about the disadvantages?
It’s kind of time consuming but super fun. It’s worth the time. Because you have to wait 12 hours, 14 hours. The call time is 8 in the morning, but the show is 8 in the evening. So it’s just fun. Really fun.
What is your plan after this exhausting day?
I’m gonna’ eat a lot and chill out with my friends.
Lastly, what can you say about the current trend of modelling in the Philippines?
Right now, Art Personas is changing the game.
Bless the models!