I had the pleasure of interviewing fabulous male model Jesse Joseph Owino Abok. 22 year old Kisumu based fashion model, Jesse Joseph, talks about his most memorable photo shoots and the pros of modeling in this new exclusive interview.
When did you start modeling?
I got into modelling at the beginning of this year signed under Kassique Modelling Agency. I have not been in any competitions for titles or awards yet. I consider this as my humble beginning and when time comes, I’ll surely contest for Mr World Kenya. I’m currently practicing for Kisumu Fashion Week which will be the very first show I’ll be featuring as a runway model.
How often and for how long do you practice?
I do practice anywhere and anytime. Being a model is not all about doing it but how you do it. As for my personal fitness, I go to the gym 5 days a week which includes cardio and weight training.
What is a typical day like for you?
Wake up, get to the gym by 7am for some cardio. Shower and have breakfast. Go the internet for online marketing and making of my own brand as a model. In the afternoon, towards evening, I do personal fitness instructing and giving nutrition guidelines for a healthier lifestyle. Afterwards I get into my own fitness routine of weight training.
What is one thing that you would change about yourself?
My introversion is that I tend be so much conserved about my life as much as I really would want to change it. I actually can’t but I guess that is what makes me unique as a person.
You only get 3 words to describe yourself – what are they?
Creative, humble and hardworking.
What are the 2 things you can’t live without?
I can’t live without God and the passion I have for what I do.
What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever heard about yourself?
I’m good at what I do
Who is your role model?
My role model is my late mother. She was passionate for what she genuinely loved. Through that, I got the will and power to be passionate for what I love. Simeon Panda is my other role model. He is a Musclemania Pro Bodybuilder Athlete. He is the major motivational figure in my fitness journey.
What is your biggest fear?
Fear of being a disappointment to people.
If you could meet one celebrity who would it be?
President Barrack Obama. Who would not want to meet the first black president of the United States of America because he is Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” and the fulfilled “Yes ,we can”.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
Well, there was this one time I went out with a friend and had some drinks. I danced all night and was told how crazy I was. After that incident, I quit drinking and so far its the best decision I have ever made.
What are you working on right now
Currently I’m signed as one of the runway models at Kisumu Fashion Week 2016
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue modeling?
Never get into modelling with the aim of making money as your first priority. Do something you love with passion ,dedication, determination and hard work. To achieve perfection, never stop practicing. It’s a continuous process.
Does modeling really pay?
It’s not always walking on rose petals while taking milk with honey. Every industry has its own challenges. But yes, modeling pays.
Are you single?
Yes I’m single
Five years from now you will be….
I will be living proof of the making of my own brand as an established model and a fitness instructor