Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Jmiah says the upside of modeling is the sky




Written by Edward Carl
Thursday, 05 October 2006

Edward: Hello Jmiah, welcome to Connex family. Tell us: what are your personal and professional interests?

Jmiah: My professional interests are really derived from my personal interests. I love GOD with a MAD passion... ha ha... and I love people too!! I want to pursue being all I can be in this industry being in the public eye... because to me it's more than just being a pretty face and pretty body... it's about WHO YOU ARE and HOW YOU CAN TOUCH LIVES in society, better mankind, be a positive role model, encouraging people to pursue their dreams, to live with the highest standards you possibly can, and just flat out LOVE GOD with all you have!! I want to LOVE GOD, and LOVE PEOPLE... and show people that no matter what... you can be WHO YOU ARE DESTINED TO BE... just pursue!My professional interests? Well, I have some long term and short term goals. My short term are features in my favorite fitness magazines... being able to use my influence to help the American society better themselves in health, fitness, and nutrition. But not just fitness modeling, I have music all inside of me... acting and it's all just a matter of time before I´m going to the next level. I want everyone who has invested in me, to know they invested in a good market, ya know? Long term goals... well, I want longevity in this career... i don´t want to be a ONE HIT WONDER so to speak. I want to be around for a while and influence as many as I can!

Edward: As a model, actor and fitness trainer, you think u´ve already achieved your main purposes in these areas?

Jmiah: UM... well, as far as the goals I set back in 1999? Yes! But not for the goals I have in 2006... it' s all about pushing yourself to be the BEST you can be, man!! I' m DIABETIC TOO... i want people to know that diabetics aren't limited... man, we can do ANYTHING!!!

Edward: In your opinion, what is the key of the success? What are the upside and downside of a modeling career?

Jmiah: The KEY to success in ANYTHING is simply... PASSION, PERSISTENCE, PEOPLE SKILLS, and... WISDOM!The upside of a modeling career is the sky... there's no limit baby... just gotta have standards! downside? Well... when you don´t get the job you wanted, just get back up and go for the next one... when it's in your heart, you're bound to win!! Just make sure modeling is what you REALLY WANNA DO... if not, dont waste your time. There is so much in life to do... find your purpose and RUN WITH IT!!

Edward: Are you a guy into sports? What´s your secret to be in a good shape? What´s the part of your body you like most and why?

Jmiah: My secret to be in good shape? hmmm.... well, I've learned that CONSISTENCY in working out is the BEST secret of ALL! WHY? because anything worth having in life has a price you gotta pay!My favorite body part? Umm... i dunno... I've been told my eyes are the best! LOL I never really thought of my best... I've always just tried maintaining a balance of them all... my abs are my focus though... they ALWAYS got to look my best, because they are the hardest to display!

Edward: Family and friendship: how do think the world is dealing with these two subjects in the society we live?

Jmiah: I think people need to value and respect one another.

Jmiah Design, Inc.http://www.jmiahonline.com/
jeremy@jmiahonline.com

Read More....

http://www.connex247.com/c-now/jmiah_says_upside_of_modeling_is_the_sky.html


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Norman L Johansen photographer



































Subject: Interview with Norman L Johansen photographer
Date: Sun, January 21, 2007 6:15 pm--------------------------------------------------------------------------1. Welcome to Connex family Norman. It’s such a great pleasure to have uhere in the site. Let’s start up with your personal interests. Tell usabout yourself, hometown....Well, my family’s history is something that aspire ring novelists dreamabout writing about... and could fill several volumes... So I’ll try tosee if I can give the READER’S DIGEST version here.I was born in Bismarck, North Dakota several years after my family came tothe US from Norway. I’m the only sibling born here. I had the usualeducation growing up and was always interested in the arts, especiallymusic ... playing cello, piano (from age 5 onwards) and singing in bothchurch and High School concert choirs. Naturally, I majored in music(theory & composition) while at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota;and graduate studies at the University of Denver and University ofMinnesota.I’ve been to Europe 4 times, up and down both coasts of the US, andto Canada a couple of times too.Minneapolis has been my home for a quarter of a century now. Although Ican complain about it a lot (much laughter), I also love it here. The cityis beautiful with all of its lakes and parks; and there is a lot ofemphasis on the arts here too.2. How did you become interested in a career as a photographer?Actually, I didn’t set out to become a photographer. As I said earlier, Iwas in music, working towards a career as a composer within a Universityor music studio setting; but with the political changes within the US inthe 1980s, my fields of interest (and the work) vanished … and I startedworking in my “hobby” of health and nutrition. This led into management of“health food” & nutritional supplement stores (hence my nom de plume ofThat Nutrition Guy) and my involvement in bodybuilding (both “working out”and watching the competitions).Backtracking here, I had always been taking “pictures” since about 10onwards; but it was just that. I remember getting notes in thepackages when the photos came back from the developer on howinteresting this or that shot was; but there was really no interest atthat time. I started taking my camera to the competitions andphotographing them (and my friends who were competing in them),more-or-less giving them out to the grateful competitors when theywere developed.Back in the 1990s, I started to self-publish a newsletter/magazinenamed after myself: THAT NUTRITION GUY in which I started to includemy photos from various competitions and of the competitors/friends ofmine there. Soon, I started getting more complements on my photosthan the articles I wrote; but I still didn’t think much about them.Then came the worst year (so far) in my life.With all of the promises being heralded for 2000 ... a new century andall of that, all I saw was death and destruction around me. I lostfamily (father & God-father) & friends (murdered), possessions (due totheft) and pets (2 of my cats) … then the first MuscleMania came totown which turned everything around. I covered the competition (a bitdifficult as I was seated in the back row and had to work my way up tothe side of the stage); and, as usual, gave my photos, when developed,to the competitors I knew along with the promoter.Then came the phone call inviting me to Anaheim, California for the10th Anniversary MuscleMania “Worlds” as a photographer at thecompetition. Need-less-to-say, I jumped on the opportunity. Lookingback, I believe that this is when I first really became aware that Iwas a photographer. Not because I have continued coveringcompetitions; but have expanded into more artistic expressions ofphotography before and ever since then.Seeing myself grow as a photographer … and having more and moremodels wanting to be able to come and work with me because of my“eye” … for my artistic vision … has been an amazing journey. I stillthink of myself as a composer; but now, instead of sound, pitch, andinstrumental “color” , I’m doing it with (human) form, light, andshadow.
2. Do you think that digital era really helped the photographersconcerning aspects like quality and tecnology? In your opinion what werethe most remarkable achievments in photography in the last decade?Interesting question as I started out as a film photographer. I suppose Iwas even a bit of a purist resisting digital photography at first. Ilearned my art on film so I stood by it for a very long time; but in theend, had to move to digital due to film and development costs … which havebeen skyrocketing and even (with film) being discontinued in the US andelsewhere. I don’t think that film is ‘dead” (I still shoot film alongwith digital at competitions …using the film for close-ups and such). It’slike they still make vinyl (records) and Beta video tape so film won’tdisappear. There’ll always be someone working with film.
3. What do you look most when selecting models to shoot?The eyes are the window to the soul.  Well, I’m a bodybuilding andmale physique photographer so a fantastic physique is a major, a greatpriority; but I’m attracted to beautiful eyes so I’d say, for me, that’sthe main thing that I look for ... beautiful, expressive eyes. I thinkthat you can see that in most of my work.
4. You seem to have helped a number of models with their careers. What doyou really feel about that?Hmmmm? I suppose I “feel” a bit like a proud parent watching their childbecome happy and successful in their chosen field of interest & work. WhatI “think” is that a model should work with as many photographers aspossible, … not thinking of monetary gains as the main motive; but to getthe experience and feel for the various styles that this photographer orthat photographer has. A model should be thinking of getting as muchexposure (no pun intended) as possible to get his face & physique outtheir.
5. What advice would you give to models and to the aspiring ones?Like I said before, get as much exposure as possible. BUT, be sure of whatyou’re getting into. Do some research into the photographer to make surethat you’re not getting into something that will come back and bite you.(I’ve had two guys that went to work with “supposedly” good photographersthat contacted them … only to have their photos appear on porn and/orescort sites).I’m thankful for having a very wide circle of friends andacquaintances in this biz that I can recommend my guys to in orderto try to prevent thinks like this happening. But, there’s alwaysthat model that gets swept off of his feet with promises of grandeurthat go to his head ... and leads into a bad situation.
6. There must be special moments when you feel that you have captured aperfect picture... Share this passion with us. How does this specialmoment happen?Wow! How to answer this one? It just sort-of happens when both the modeland I “click’ at the same time during a shoot. I have this phrase that Iuse “mental orgasm” when I get this high from the creative process and themodel is right their experiencing the same thing from the shoot. It’s likewe’re having great sex together ... the same feeling … only from thecreative process of the shoot. We both know that we’re doing better thanaverage stuff and feeding off of each other’s energies creating a sumthat’s greater than the whole. Both of our creative juices are spurting atthe same moment; and from out of that come one or more fantastic shots.That does sound like good sex, doesn’t it? 7. If you could select 5 fantastic places around the world for a shooting,which ones you´d choose and why?Hmm, this sounds like you want me to become a landscape photographerinstead of a physique photographer. The model would become part ofthe landscape in a shoot of this sort. What would be more fantastical,the model or location?Well, one of the places in Minneapolis that I like to shoot at is theWalker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden/Park. There are a couple ofsculptures that remind me of ancient Greek & Roman architecture that Ilove to shoot around/on. So I think that a shoot at the Acropolis inGreece would be one place. The islands in the Aegean would also benice.Because of my family background, it would be fun to grab a few modelsand fly off to Norway and shoot in the mountains and fjords therealong the coast. Sorry, no “land of the midnight sun” shoot.I worked with one of my guys (Jeffrey Beck) at Minnehaha Falls inMinneapolis (taking one of my most beautiful photos of him) so Isuppose that Niagara Falls or Victoria Falls in Africa would be afantastic backdrop for a photo shoot.Anywhere warm with low humidity I like, so possibly Hawaii. I’ve neverbeen there so it would be a discovery for both me and the models onlocations there. (Inside an active volcano is out of the question).Does cyberspace or outer space count as a location “around theworld”? I suppose that photo editing on a computer already counts ascyberspace; but to shoot on the space station, the weightlessnessplane that NASA has ... the vomit comet … would be an experience forboth me and the model to shoot in. So I guess that that would have tobe included as a fantastic place to shoot
8. How was 2006 for you and what are your expectations for 2007?2006 was my busiest and most productive year-to-date. In fact, I’m stilltrying to finish up all of my shoots that I did. I discovered several newguys and worked with some of my favorite bodybuilder/models. I got astudio space to work in (which I share with 2 painters of local andnational renown)… which has expanded my abilities; and discovered anotheroutdoor location in which to work at. I now have exposure on MODEL MAYHEMwhich has bringing a lot of responses for guys wanting to work with me;and Mike Downs (of Z productions / AllAmericanGuys.com) got a photography“showcase’ webpage started up on me (something that had been promised forover 4 years now).For 2007, I hope to be working with several of my new discoveries(from around the world) that I met at the FITNESS HOLLYWOOD lastNovember and through MODEL MAYHEM; and to have, at least, three of myguys finally make it to Minneapolis for work in the studio space(which I’ve worked previously with only in outdoor locations or inother cities in the US. I’m also hoping to see more of my workspublished, set up in an art show or two; and, naturally, see a littlebit more of the “green stuff” come my way to continue variousprojects and work .9. If a model wants to work with you, how do they get in touch?The best way to contact me is by E-mail at: NORMANL.JOHANSEN@Prodigy.netI can also be contacted through my page on MODEL MAYHEMhttp://modelmayhem.com/member.php?id=56773and last, but not least, by phone (which does have some problems):cell: 612-384-8641 (I can’t answer during the store’s business hours thatI’m there).home: 612-874-1676 (which is also my computer/Internet line which means,if it’s busy, I’m home working so call the cell phone and I’ll get backto you when I can)work: 763-571-5544 (Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM in most cases’but remember that this is a business phone and I can’t always talk).

Dennis Nathanael van den Eijk





Sunday, January 28, 2007

Norman Johansen on the eyes as window to the soul




Written by Edward Carl
Thursday, 25 January 2007
Edward: Welcome to Connex 247 family Norman. It’s such a great pleasure to have you here in the site. Let’s start up with your personal interests. Tell us about yourself, hometown....
Norman: Well, my family’s history is something that aspire ring novelists' dream about writing about... and could fill several volumes... So I’ll try to see if I can give the READER’S DIGEST version here.
I was born in Bismarck, North Dakota several years after my family came to the US from Norway. I’m the only sibling born here. I had the usual education growing up and was always interested in the arts, especially music ... playing cello, piano (from age 5 onwards) and singing in both church and High School concert choirs. Naturally, I majored in music (theory & composition) while at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota; and graduate studies at the University of Denver and University of Minnesota.
I’ve been to Europe 4 times, up and down both coasts of the US, and to Canada a couple of times too. Minneapolis has been my home for a quarter of a century now. Although I can complain about it a lot (much laughter), I also love it here. The city is beautiful with all of its lakes and parks; and there is a lot of emphasis on the arts here too.
Edward: How did you become interested in a career as a photographer?
Norman: Actually, I didn’t set out to become a photographer. As I said earlier, I was in music, working towards a career as a composer within a University or music studio setting; but with the political changes within the US in the 1980s, my fields of interest (and the work) vanished … and I started working in my “hobby” of health and nutrition. This led into management of “health food” & nutritional supplement stores (hence my nom de plume of That Nutrition Guy) and my involvement in bodybuilding (both “working out” and watching the competitions).
Backtracking here, I had always been taking “pictures” since about 10 onwards; but it was just that. I remember getting notes in the packages when the photos came back from the developer on how interesting this or that shot was; but there was really no interest at that time. I started taking my camera to the competitions and photographing them (and my friends who were competing in them), more-or-less giving them out to the grateful competitors when they were developed.
Back in the 1990s, I started to self-publish a newsletter/magazine named after myself: THAT NUTRITION GUY in which I started to include my photos from various competitions and of the competitors/friends of mine there. Soon, I started getting more complements on my photos than the articles I wrote; but I still didn’t think much about them. Then came the worst year (so far) in my life.
With all of the promises being heralded for 2000 ... a new century and all of that, all I saw was death and destruction around me. I lost family (father & God-father) & friends (murdered), possessions (due to theft) and pets (2 of my cats) … then the first MuscleMania came to town which turned everything around. I covered the competition (a bit difficult as I was seated in the back row and had to work my way up to the side of the stage); and, as usual, gave my photos, when developed, to the competitors I knew along with the promoter.
Then came the phone call inviting me to Anaheim, California for the 10th Anniversary MuscleMania “Worlds” as a photographer at the competition. Need-less-to-say, I jumped on the opportunity. Looking back, I believe that this is when I first really became aware that I was a photographer. Not because I have continued covering competitions; but have expanded into more artistic expressions of photography before and ever since then.

Seeing myself grow as a photographer … and having more and more models wanting to be able to come and work with me because of my “eye” … for my artistic vision … has been an amazing journey. I still think of myself as a composer; but now, instead of sound, pitch, and instrumental “color” , I’m doing it with (human) form, light, and shadow.
Edward: Do you think that digital era really helped the photographers concerning aspects like quality and tecnology? In your opinion what were the most remarkable achievments in photography in the last decade?

Norman: Interesting question as I started out as a film photographer. I suppose I was even a bit of a purist resisting digital photography at first. I learned my art on film so I stood by it for a very long time; but in the end, had to move to digital due to film and development costs … which have been skyrocketing and even (with film) being discontinued in the US and elsewhere. I don’t think that film is ‘dead” (I still shoot film along with digital at competitions …using the film for close-ups and such). It’s like they still make vinyl (records) and Beta video tape so film won’t disappear. There’ll always be someone working with film.
Edward: What do you look most when selecting models to shoot?
Read More....

Friday, January 26, 2007

Launch Of MALE MODEL MAG

Leighton Stultz, who will soon be featured in a major magazine and acoffee table book, has been selected to promote Male Model Mag, beinglaunched in 2007 as the most exciting concept yet for the modeling andentertainment industry.
Male Model Mag, the brainchild of a group of young models and actors, is avirtual magazine and management group all in one, designed for "everybody"in the industry, according to Michael Morris, the newly appointededitorial director. Morris, the publisher of Connex247, said he agreed tojoin the group because they are presenting exciting opportunities and anew approach to the modeling and entertainment industry.
"It's really Connex247 at the next level," Morris added
Leighton said he was so excited to have been chosen as the cover for thepromotion of Male Model Mag. "Wow, it's really being part of history to bethe first one to appear on the cover of a new magazine. I know it will bea huge success.
"Leighton will also be involved in major promotional activities for MaleModel Mag over the next few months. The picture of Leighton was taken bythe distinguished photographer Thomas Watkin who provided additionalphotos for the feature. Leighton is currently working with Tom on a 2008calendar.
The audience for Male Model Mag will include "everybody" -- models,actors, photographers, videographers, fashion designers -- and of course,anyone looking for the top male models on the planet for their nextcampaign.
"We are looking for you," Morris said, especially "fresh new faces fromanywhere in the world. If you thought about becoming involved in theindustry but didn't know how to get started, Male Model Mag is here for
you."
You can apply to become part of Male Model Mag and a cover model athttp://www.malemodelmag.com
The magazine will include professional galleries of each model, highquality videos, interviews and profiles. Photographers who are interestedin becoming part of the venture may also apply at the web site.
Once models are accepted by Male Model Mag assistance will be provided tohelp them become established, and give them as much exposure as possible -a virtual magazine and agency all in one.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mike Pelzer


Myles Hannaman from a town without a stop light to fame as a model































Michael J Morris Managing Director C247 Media Group

Myles Hannaman may have grown up in a town without a stop light but it hasn't prevented him from launching a successful career as a model which he combines for the moment with his college studies. In high school Myles was an all round athlete with a special love for wrestling, with various titles to his credit, including three times a state champion.
At college, encouraged by friends, Myles entered the Musclemania Superbody competition in Florida, was discovered, and the rest is history. Here is more of his story:
Michael: Share some of your background with us Myles.
Myles: I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and grew up in a little town known as Pride, Louisiana about thirty minutes away. To give you a little more information on Pride, it doesn't even have a stop light, just stop signs. I went to Catholic schools my whole life and was always athletic and very competitive.
I attended high school at Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, where I played baseball, football, weightlifting, track, and the sport I love, wrestling. Wrestling was the only sport I participated in all four years of high school. I was a three time state champion, two time city champion, all-metro, all-state, caption, and most valuable wrestler. I set many school records at Redemptorist and intended to wrestler in college, but due to a knee surgery I sat out a year for recuperation.
I went to Southeastern Louisiana University and started working out hard in their facility. A couple of bodybuilders saw me and told me I should compete in all natural bodybuilding competitions.

Read More.....

http://www.connex247.com/firstperson/myles.php

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Alan Mercer



MaleModelMag.com


Kaden follows his dream to modeling success




Edward Carl in conversation with cover model Kaden.
Send email for Kaden to models@connex247.com
By Edward CarlConnex247 senior writer

Edward: Tell us about your background.
Kaden: Well to start off my name is Kaden and I AM from Venice Florida. It's a town about 1 hour south of Tampa on the West coast. Growing up I didn't really have many friends and at the age of 17 I moved out on my own to see what the World could offer me. At 18 I decided to move out to Los Angeles to pursue my modeling career. I AM ½ German and ½ Italian.
Edward: You are now the cover of the Instinct Magazine. Tell us how was the process of shooting for this magazine?
Kaden: Well Im not to sure how the process was because I just got a call from a friend, who is a photographer and told me that the editor of Instinct Magazine seen my pictures and wanted to book me for the cover! So I did the shoot and the interview and everything fell into place! Haha!! I'm not too sure why they picked me but I can say it was FUN!! While we were doing the shoot everyone was laughing and having a good time! Thats what it's all about!
Edward: What are your professional and personal interests?
Kaden: My professional interest is to take my modeling as far as it will GO and down the road fall into acting. I also love working with animals and think it would be awesome if one Day I could become the next Siegfried and Roy with all kinds of exotic animals. I think that would be HOT! HAHA!!
Edward: Which do you like most: pose for magazines, fashion editorials or work for fashion designers/advertising campaigns? Why?
Kaden: Now how can you pick one out of all those? HAHA, I love doing all of them! If you don't like them all you shouldn't be in the field.

Edward: Hey, it seems that music is a very important part of your life. Which kind of music you prefer? Have you ever thought about getting into a music career? And what about acting?
Read More...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Boxer: Red wine, music and friends when it's cold outside







Video boxing lessons planned for fans
By Edward CarlContributing Writer

Edward spent time in conversation catching up on news from
The Boxer, who has just graduated from university with a degree in sport marketing. Congratulations.
Edward: Let's start with a message.
Boxer: First I hope that all my fans and friends all over the world are doing well in 2006 and I can assure them that I will do my best to be in shape this year for more commercials, photo sessions and more.

Edward: And now, you are very much part of Connex247. What are your expectations about it?
Boxer: Soon will be able to show to all the visitors a few boxing lessons on video. I am excited about doing them. Movie boxing lessons on Connex247!!!!!
Edward: You have just done university. Tell us your impressions about this university time and what do you intend to do from now on?
Boxer: All time at university was a great moment to learn and to know more about sports and what I love most: how to become a good sport manager and how I will be able to start my own Sport club. Now I finished, I made a step in front, now I just prepare for my new step to create my own Sport club but I will need to wait a little more for that. (He has completed his degree in sport marketing.)
Edward: What was your most remarkable moment during this period?
Boxer: The best time of my university moment was when I won the most important amateur boxing tournament in Romania and every person from university was congratulating me... was a good time to know more friends
Edward: In the gym, ohhhhhh yeahh!!. It seems that you are working hard to build it up your muscles. So, what is the secret to get in good shape?
Read More:

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Josh Stiglets on the challenges beyond the comfort zone




By Edward CarlConnex247 Senior Writer

Edward: Hey Joshua, tell us about yourself. What are your personal and professional interests?
Josh: Although I'm a young professional on an aggressive career path, I definitely do not identify myself through my nine-to-five gig as the GM of a legal reporting/multimedia consulting firm. Strictly pays the bills! My most rewarding endeavors are working with people on their exercise and nutrition regimens and helping others achieve a healthier body and lifestyle, no matter what their personal goals may be. I also have a more specialized interest in aiding Type II diabetics and those with vascular disease and blood-pressure issues, as I believe many of these cases can be controlled through diet and exercise without any medication. Being patient, positive, knowledgeable, and following my own advice is what makes the biggest impact with my "clients."
Edward: Well, I noticed that u are a guy into extreme sports uh? Which kind of extreme sports u really enjoy it?
Josh: Actually, I am an Eagle Scout and was exposed to many adventure sports growing up, including whitewater rafting, rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, et cetera. But it was the trips to the river that always seemed to excite me, scare me. . . and cause the most bodily injury! I was intrigued by the sheer dynamic power of the river, to say the least. Kayaking on an expert level allows one to experience settings and terrain "off the beaten path," where the trails end, and lends a view from the heart of the mountain gorges and valleys instead of looking down from a ridge above.

Edward: Tell us about the sensation of going beyond the limits. And how do you deal with all the adrenalin involved?
Josh: Well, everyone has their own personal limits relative to their capabilities and comfort level; I never really feel like I'm going beyond my own limits, actually, although I do love the challenge of operating outside of my comfort zone. I'm very confident in my abilities and know what moves I'm capable of making, so I consider all of it a very calculated risk. Now, having said that, there is still a huge adrenaline response involved when paddling dangerous rapids and steep, complex drops; experience teaches you to recognize the adrenaline and channel it to increase focus and performance. The few times I've been significantly injured at this sport were rapids that I was so familiar with I ceased to get any adrenaline from them. You can't ever let your guard down against such an unforgiving challenger as the river.
Edward: Do you think there's any connection about practicing extreme sports and your daily life?
Josh: There are many connections. In kayaking, plan A doesn't always work out, so you always have to have plans B and C and be prepared to execute and commit to them, without any hesitation or second-guessing, if necessary. This can be the difference between living and getting stuffed under a rock on the river, but this mentality also carries over into my business and personal life. Things in life are not always going to go my way, and I have to be prepared to make instant adjustments and just go with life's flow.Kayaking has also helped me experience and deal with fear. Fear can be debilitating, as it's such a powerful emotion, so it's nice to have a chance to "practice" control while being scared out of my mind.And it teaches me to trust in myself and to know and understand my personal limits. Even if you take a bad line on the river, no matter how poor you think your situation may be, the outcome is almost always better if you commit one hundred percent and push as hard as possible with the attitude: "I'm going to make this work!" instead of "I'm going to TRY to make this work. . . maybe!"

Edward: Do u have any specific training to practice this kind of sport? Any special diet to get in good shape?Josh: Well, my workouts are geared more towards power. I lift pretty heavy, with most sets falling in the 4-6 repetition range, to keep my strength to mass ratio high. I do daily HIIT training on the bike, Stairmaster and elliptical trainer, and throw in some sprint training when possible. I do core-strengthening exercises daily, which benefits both kayaking and modeling!As far as my diet is concerned, it is centered around my high protein requirements. I use a lot of whey and casein protein. Other than that, most of my calories come from chicken, tuna, salmon, old-fashioned oats, black beans, broccoli, sugar-free yogurt, apples, grapefruit, and other fruits and vegetables. I try to avoid bread, pasta, rice, or any high-glycemic or processed foods.My suggestion to anyone that wants a lean physique: Study the glycemic index of foods and try to keep all of your choices under 50 according to the index. The only way to control your bodyfat is to be in control of your overall caloric intake and blood-sugar levels.Edward: What's the part of your body you like most and why? Josh: I really don't have a favorite part, but my right shoulder and I have become closely acquainted due to a couple of dislocations that resulted in a torn biceps tendon and a couple of torn ligaments, necessitating surgery and two screws in the shoulder. Thanks to a fantastic surgeon and physical therapist and sheer determination on my part, I got back to kayaking and lifting in the gym at a hundred-percent capacity within about 8 months, and am stronger now than before the surgery, much to their disbelief! Actually, my surgeon did such a fantastic job I don't really even have any scars to prove it! So, to go into the gym and press more than my bodyweight above my head and do lateral raises with 55-pound-plus dumbells gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

Edward: Modeling career: why have you decided to be a model? Do you think it's a tough market? What kind of sacrifices this career demands?
Josh: I would say modeling has found me, really. Over the years people have seen me out and asked me to model for them, for a variety of different things. There's really not any market in Louisville, and all of the "agencies" here are the kind that ask for money for "modeling classes" or a "portfolio."I spend so much time training it's almost like having a second job... that doesn't pay me anything! One day I realized that there must be a way to be rewarded for all of my hard work staying healthy and fit, and I'm lucky enough to be tall and lean enough to model. And the advent of online portfolio hosting has made actively pursuing modeling endeavors much more realistic for those of us in poor industry markets.As far as sacrifices, it's a lot of pressure to stay as lean and muscled as possible, 24/7; the extra level of grooming and skin care necessary is expensive and time-consuming; trying to juggle returning phone calls and e-mails for modeling gigs, much less going to auditions or shoots, while working a full-time job, training twice a day six times a week, doing freelance work, and chasing rain, makes it difficult to find much free time to just relax. Anyone that thinks modeling is easy money is wrong.Edward: What is your greatest inspiration, your greatest professional dream like a model? Which modeling agencies, fashion campaigns and designers would like to work for?
Read More:...

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Leighton Stultz selected to promote new Male Model Mag



Leighton Stultz, who will soon be featured in a major magazine and acoffee table book, has been selected to promote Male Model Mag, beinglaunched in 2007 as the most exciting concept yet for the modeling andentertainment industry.Male Model Mag, the brainchild of a group of young models and actors, is avirtual magazine and management group all in one, designed for "everybody"in the industry, according to Michael Morris, the newly appointededitorial director. Morris, the publisher of Connex247, said he agreed tojoin the group because they are presenting exciting opportunities and anew approach to the modeling and entertainment industry."It's really Connex247 at the next level," Morris added,Leighton said he was so excited to have been chosen as the cover for thepromotion of Male Model Mag. "Wow, it's really being part of history to bethe first one to appear on the cover of a new magazine. I know it will bea huge success."Leighton will also be involved in major promotional activities for MaleModel Mag over the next few months. The picture of Leighton was taken bythe distinguished photographer Thomas Watkin who provided additionalphotos for the feature. Leighton is currently working with Tom on a 2008calendar.The audience for Male Model Mag will include "everybody" -- models,actors, photographers, videographers, fashion designers -- and of course,anyone looking for the top male models on the planet for their nextcampaign."We are looking for you," Morris said, especially "fresh new faces fromanywhere in the world. If you thought about becoming involved in theindustry but didn't know how to get started, Male Model Mag is here foryou."You can apply to become part of Male Model Mag and a cover model athttp://www.malemodelmag.comThe magazine will include professional galleries of each model, highquality videos, interviews and profiles. Photographers who are interestedin becoming part of the venture may also apply at the web site.Once models are accepted by Male Model Mag assistance will be provided tohelp them become established, and give them as much exposure as possible -a virtual magazine and agency all in one.APPLY at http://malemodelmag.com

Albert Hollis II


Michaelangelo on romance, special dreams and high fashion




By Edward Carl Connex247 Senior Writer

Edward Carl: Tell us a bit about your background. Michaelangelo: My name is Michaelangelo. I grew up moving nomadically throughout 15 different locations in New York State. I was born originally in a hospital during February of 1985 in Smithtown, NY, which is a place in Long Island, while I lived in Bayside, Queens. Edward: Do you have any special dream? What do you expect for your personal and professional life? Michaelangelo: Currently, I am a 3rd year pre-med studying at the University at Albany. My dream is to attend Graduate school, then on to Medical School and a two year residency, and finally to become a plastic surgeon and practice in the United States or Brazil.

Edward: Practicing in Brasil, you bet yeah! I´m a Brazilian guy and we have one of the most worldwide renowned Brazilian plastic surgeon: Ivo Pitanguy. What do you know about Brasil, Michaelangelo?Michaelangelo: Hmm, well I was thinking about practicing in Brazil because my uncle lives in Brazil and is leaving his house to me in his will. He always speaks so vibrantly about how amazing Brazil is and how beautiful the women are there! He also tells me that plastic surgery is very popular in Brazil and that I would have no trouble finding a potential market. I know that Brazil, also spelled Brasil, is a beautiful country with beautiful people, and the native language is Portuguese.Edward: What are your dearest persons that have been helping you achieve your dreams?Michaelangelo: Along the way, from moving so many different times, and making close relationships with people as I go, my good friends have been a great help along the way. However, no effort can match the tremendous assistance and aid that I have been given over the years from both of my grandparents Louis and Joanne.

Edward: You are known as "The Infamous". Tell us how this happened.Michealangelo: Well you can read more in depth about it at My Blog but basically, it's just a symbol to remind me of the things I've done, both good and bad. Most people try and forget the bad memories. I believe that if we don't embrace them, that we are more likely to repeat mistakes instead of changing to amend them.Edward: How did you start your own website? What people can find there? We have lots of websites around. What makes your site special?
Read More....

Friday, January 19, 2007

Andrew Aponick, 'What do you think, bud?'




Andrew Aponick, 24, the very popular fitness model and actor, has just graduated from college in Philadelphia.He is now going for his Masters degree in kinesiology -- the study of muscles and their movements, especially as applied to physical conditioning.If anyone knows about the movement of muscles, and how to move them to the greatest effect, it's certainly Andrew. And, when he's not studying muscles, he's flexing them as a top fitness model and aspiring actor.Andrew has a near perfect physique with less than 6% body fat. When someone coined the term "baseball biceps" they must have had Andrew in mind as his biceps bounce in to a perfectly hard ball when flexed.

Given his low body fat, you can see every cord of muscle popping out. And, if you ask Andrew if he has any weak body parts, he'll cockily respond: "What do you think, bud?" and give you a sexy smile.Andrew appears in one of RealWorkoutsInc.com's bestsellers VARSITY MUSCLE WORKOUT #2. The video is available at RealWorkoutsInc.comPhotos for this profile provided by RealWorkoutsInc.com. Copyright 2006.
Michael Morris Editor and Publisher Connex247 is part of Connex247 Media

Sean Susini


RICARDO MILOS: 'When people show you who they are, BELIEVE THEM'









NOTE: Ricardo Milos, model, actor, entertainer, joins Connex247 as a special contributing editor. Ricardo will share his views on a wide range of topics and your feedback is invited. Thanks Ricardo.By Ricardo Milos
I just woke up at 6:30am. I don't know why but every time I am on the west coast of the United States I wake up really early. Guess it's the lovely weather and the California sunshine.
When people show you who they are, BELIEVE THEM. A lot of times we overlook or down play a person's actions as if it's not as it seems. Actions speak louder than words. We can't change people -- we can only change ourselves in how we deal with them, and with changing ourselves it may change them.
I say this to share something that I experienced about two months ago. A close friend of mine for over 10 years betrayed me. I have done nothing but helped this person in the past w/ business planning, financially and being very supportive when they were down needing someone to talk to. I was being a true FRIEND. I found out later this person was exposing information about me to some friends of mine w/o my consent. I previously expressed to them how I felt about this when I heard they done it once before. I should have just prepared myself then that it was going to happen again. I felt this was very deceitful to do a friend. But that is what this person is made up of -- lies, deceit, and envy. I just figured it was with everyone else but not me. They always say when a person talks about everybody to you; you can believe they are talking about you to everybody also.
Needless to say this person and I have not talked in two months, I am not mad at all about it. I was just disappointed but really can't blame anybody but myself. I should have expected this because this person's ways have been revealed to me; I just overlooked it to feel as if I was an exception because I was a friend. Since I don't want them to think I am mad, I going to make the first step to communicate to them, just to express my feelings about the matter to let them know there are no hard feelings. I just learned another one of many life lessons.
A FRIEND - so many people use this word too freely and give so many people this title that truly do not deserve it. We have lots of people we associate with; they are associates by association of that particular moment in time. Not only when you are at your best, everything going well, even when the chips are down whoever is down there with you hanging in there for the long haul.... THAT'S A FRIEND. Through the thick and the THIN..Comments, Reaction, Opinions???? Send to mail@connex247.com and Ricardo will reply to you.Michael J Morris

Tommy Gainer


MichaelSean Levering

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Joey Lubarsky on getting the edge as a model








Written by Edward Carl
Friday, 22 September 2006


Edward: Your 2xist underwear boxes are out in the stores. Tell us about it.

Joey: I am proud to say that I have done many new lines for 2xist and the newest boxes should be in stores around Thanksgiving time, and definitely before Christmas and the holiday season. I never pictured myself as being an underwear model, but ever since I landed that first underwear job, I have been on a roll with booking more and more boxes and packaging. These will be all over the US and I think some other countries as well not sure. You can check out http://www.2xist.com/ for further information.

Edward: What do you think about having fans from different parts of the world with such unique life styles, cultures and so on? How do you rate importance about it?

Joey: I love having fans from all over the world and I would have to say my fans are not just one type of person. They are unique, and that is what I like about them.

Edward: We currently live in a body-conscious society where people have a strong desire to be in good shape. How important is physical appearance toward a successful career? What other attributes make a successful person?

Joey: I know that for my career (fitness modeling), I must always be in my best shape. I try to maintain my body year round so I can always be ready if there is an audition/casting and they are looking for someone in shape. I know a lot of guys tend to bulk up in the winter, and cut up in the spring/summer, but I try to always stay lean, which I say is very hard, but I am used to it already. This gives me that edge over the competition.

Edward: Female models seem to endure great pressure concerning their bodies. Some have even died of disorders like anorexia. What do you think about it? How often does this problem occur in male fashion?

Joey: I know that a lot of guys who are so into their bodies (whether it´s fashion or fitness modeling) develop this "disease" called muscle dysmorphia, which is where they feel that they are very small or weak, when they are not at all. I won't lie, I sometimes feel like I am not that ripped as I want to be and other people tell me I am crazy, but I don't see it sometimes.

Edward: You were featured again in Men´s Health edition for the second time. Congratssssss! Tell us how was the process of shooting for this magazine? Was it a really competitive casting? Why do you think they chose you?

http://www.absbyjoey.com

Read More:......

http://www.connex247.com/c-now/joey-lubarsky-on-getting-the-edge-as-a-model.html

Julian Fantechi


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Jiri Borkovec

Leighton Stultz on 'Studs' and 'Boys Down Under'







Written by Leighton Stultz
Friday, 29 September 2006


I'm learning all about deadlines now that Mike (the editor) wants me to write something each week on Connex247. I love doing it but this week I have to get it done as I work out, pick outfits and make sure I catch my plane to Toronto.I'm heading back to Canada for the second time in a couple of months, this time to Toronto for a photo shoot and other activities associated with my win in the Handsome Male Models contest earlier this year. My earlier trip was to Montreal and I loved the city. I will give you all the details on Toronto but I know I have to be careful. Mike went to high school and university, worked there and loves the city. I'm sure I will too. LOL.My biggest news this week comes from the release of my first two romance novel covers with Triskelion Publishing. I am on the cover of 'Studs' by Beverly Rae and 'Boys Down Under' by Karen Mandeville, Maggie Nash, Sarah Dickson, Angela Verdenius and Jessica Dee. Both will be released in 2007, and we are working with the publisher on several more covers now.It's really cool, I have to admit, to see myself on book covers, something I never expected in my wildest dreams would happen to me. We are also working on a personal appearance schedule with the publishers to promote the books. I'd really love to get out and meet all of you who make it possible forme to lead the life I do.And, yes, in reply to email during the past week, I am available as host for your activity, or if you would just like me to come and hang out, send us an email at

leighton@connex247.com


Jake McLennen Chat Clip

Derrick Davenport - Playgirl Man of the Year








Written by Edward Carl
Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Edward: Hey Derrick, welcome to Connex247. It´s such a great honor to have you with us. Derrick, tell us about your background. What are your professional and personal interests?

Derrick: Professional- Fitness and personal training, real estate. Personal- Travel, Sports, Friends, Shopping

Edward: Why have you decided to be a model? Is it a tough career? What kind of sacrifices does this career demand?

Derrick: Several people told me that I had a great look so I tried it out and it worked, US and world wide. The diet is really the only tough part of modeling. The rest of what’s required is pretty easy for me. Diet, again is really the only sacrifice that I’ve had to make.

Edward: How long have you been in this business? How was the model market in 2005? What are your expectations for 2006?

Derrick: I’ve been modeling for about 4 ½ to 5yrs. It was great. I modeled for my first national magazine cover. Not really doing too much modeling anymore. All my energy is going into my real estate work, which has been very successful for me.

Edward: In your opinion, what are the main requirements for a man or woman to have a successful modeling career? What were the most unforgettable fashion campaigns you worked for?

Derrick: I believe that success comes with making the right decisions at the right time. So I guess it takes a inner self confidence to know that you are doing the right thing and the persistence to carry it out. The only real campaign I modeled for was Playgirl. I was on the cover and centerfold twice, including most recently as 2006 Man of the Year. The remainder of the magazines I was featured in was a product of submissions from photographers who photographed me.
Edward: You are the main cover of Playgirl magazine and also the 2006 Playgirl Man of the Year. Tell us how did it happen?

Derrick: I cooperated with two of my favorite photographers in 2005 (Thomas Watkin and Steve Henry) for a submission to Playgirl. Playgirl accepted the composition and featured me as the cover and centerfold of the May 2005 issue. At the end of the year, the magazine takes a vote from it’s viewers to determine who should be Playgirl’s “Man of the year.”

Edward: You seem to pay much attention to detail. How would you rate Importance of beauty and elegance in your life? Do you consider yourself a handsome person?

Derrick: I appreciate beauty and elegance but I believe that true beauty comes from within and that elegance is all about attitude and confidence. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Edward: Are you a guy into sports? What´s your secret to be in a good shape?

Derrick: I love playing sports, but only really like to watch tennis and football. I keep in good shape by being active, eating healthy, and taking care of my body.

Edward: You have your own website, what can people find there?

Derrick: My official website is http://www.totalderrick.com which was set up for me by my principal photographer, Thomas Watkin. There are videos of me in photo shoots, exercising au naturel, and many photographs from shoots over the last few years.

Edward: We have some quick questions that Connex readers would like to know about you. Please, answer them and tell us why.


Read More......

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

P. Michael Perez on gorgeous models in beautiful locations




Written by Edward Carl
Wednesday, 18 October 2006


Edward: Tell us about your background

P. Michael Perez: I picked up my first camera while in high school. After about six months of frustrating results, and after just one photography class, I set my camera aside and decided to pursue video instead. Years later, I discovered the still camera again, but this time was different: I started getting results that I liked, but more importantly that touched others.I am the son of hard-working migrant farm workers, and as such, I was never trained in the finer aspects of visual appreciation. Still, somehow I've been able to develop a style that is instantly recognizable by those who have been following my career.I'm not sure what that look is, but I love putting a gorgeous model in a beautiful location. There is something about how the two interact. I really can't explain it, I just know that it gets responses.

Edward: How did you become interested in a career as a photographer?

P. Michael Perez: It sort of happened by mistake. One of my first tastes of success was shooting a brand new model who eventually was published in Playgirl Magazine. It turned out he'd never been photographed by a professional photographer. Soon his portfolio started getting attention and getting him work and started to put me on the map. It was then I knew I was onto something.Edward: Share your special interests as photographer.

P. Michael Perez: Love travelling to exotic locations. Actually I hate the getting- there part. I love it when I arrive. Nine times out of ten I'musually at this location for a shoot. Among my favorite locations are Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Maui, and Exuma Islands in the Bahamas. I can't wait to travel to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

Edward: What do you look most when selecting models to shoot?

P. Michael Perez: It's hard to say. I see hundreds of models a week. And today, with various model websites and tools like Modelwire, a model is always a mouse click away. Some say I have an "eye" for spotting fresh new talent. I'm not sure how to define what I look for - I just know it when I see it. Casting directors, agents, and directors are always looking at my website (http://viewfinder.net) for the next hot talent. I've been told that Britney Spears is also a fan!
Edward: You seem to have helped a number of models with their careers. What do you really feel about that?

P. Michael Perez: It's thrilling. It never gets old. It's always fun meeting with prospective models and showing them my book because most of the models in my book have never been in front of a camera before meeting me. Telling the stories of each of the models - how they blew up in their careers, how they got placed on a network show, how they booked a soap opera gig after my shoot, how they got their first agent -- it's always a thrill. Many of the models I've helped launch have become lifelong friends.

Edward: What advice would you give to young models and the aspiring ones?

Read More.....

http://www.connex247.com/c-now/p_michael_perez_on_gorgeous_models_in_beautiful_locations.html


JIRI BORKOVEC

Monday, January 15, 2007

John May


Get Your "Thriller" Dvd's




















http://www.connex247.com/component/page,shop.browse/category_id,1/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,11/

Bruno Santos, Brazilian supermodel also an activist






Written by Edward Carl
Thursday, 26 October 2006
Edward: Hello Bruno, welcome to Connex247. Well, I feel especially proud to interview another Brazilian friend. Tell us about yourself, what are your personal and professional interests?
Bruno: Well personally I love the ocean and everything about it. I feel a rush whenever I get the chance to be at the beach and just relax, and as for professional, I of course model, but other than that I am an activist for nature "tree hugger" lolEdward: From Brazil to conquer the world! Wow!! Tell us how it all happened?

Bruno: It all happened at a slow pace... one day I´m working 10 different jobs and a few years later I´m traveling all around the world.Edward: Why you have decided to become a model? Do you think it´s a tough market? What kind of sacrifices this career demands?

Bruno: Well, I guess it was to meet different people around the world. Yeah, there is a lot of competition these days, which makes it harder for aspiring models.Edward: How´s the market for the Brazilian models? What are the main male and female models that are now conquering the international jet set?

Bruno: Very good, just look at the veterans like Adriana, Gisele B√ľndchen, Evandro, and myself.

Edward: What is your greatest inspiration, your greatest professional dream as a model? Which modeling agencies, fashion campaigns and designers would you like to work for?

Read More....


http://www.connex247.com/c-now/bruno_santos_brazilian_supermodel_also_activist.html