Neil has taken on parts in Coronation Street and more recently Fast and the furious 6!
What is the most challenging shoot you’ve ever done?
A few come to mind… (1) The All-Terrain mountain bike campaign shoot for Raleigh Bikes where I had to tear along the dirt tracks of Sherwood Pines whilst being photographed… my female model companion managed to vault herself over the handlebars and had to leave early but I managed to survive. (2) Modelling as part of a family shoot for cake company Coppenwrath & Riese with a rather challenging 4 year old model daughter who decided she didn’t like me half way through the shoot, but using reverse psychology we got some amazing shots and we were best friends by the end of the shoot. (3) Presenting to camera and Acting in a high profile video for a big telecommunications company and having to learn an extensive script on the morning of the shoot because there had been last minute changes made and no Auto-cue available.
But this is why I love my job. Every job I attend is different and I get to work with fantastic people and represent amazing brands. It truly stretches my abilities as a Model/Actor and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Do you have a special model diet?
I have a steady diet that consists of the Gym, Protein, Veg, complex carbs and Coffee.
What advice would you give to aspiring models?
Before approaching any agencies ensure you build up a strong and varied portfolio of images to show your diversity and use social media to connect with other model, photographers and MUAs in the industry.
Most importantly, don’t stop pushing. If this is truly what you want to do then you can make it a reality. You will need thick skin as you will be knocked back and criticised from time to time but this is the industry we work in and it’s all character building after all.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently bouncing between One Shot by Lee Child and The Final Detail by Harlan Coben, both great authors but with very different styles of writing
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