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STYLE + TALENT INTERVIEW WITH BEN SMALLWOOD

Ben Smallwood chats to Arnelle Paterson in this interview featured on Style + Talent  about how he got into modelling, the industry itself and his plans for the future.

Check out the feature below:

"Nevs Modelling Agency was founded in 1971 by Neville Gates. The brand has a strong track record of scouting and developing home grown talent, as well as prestigious international models with a diverse board of models, as well as artists and actors.

Their eclectic board, ranging from the ages of 16 to 60, matches all the requirements of the modelling spectrum, from high end and high street to edgy looks and classic appeal.

With his buzz cut, penetrative stare and dry wit, Ben Smallwood certainly ticks the ‘edgy look’ box. I caught up with the ex-Art student to find out about his interesting dietary choices, love for the arts and why he doesn’t take himself too seriously …

How did you start modelling? 

This dude came up to me and asked me if I wanted to go to Barcelona to shoot the ‘Carhartt’ campaign, I was a broke art student, couldn’t believe my luck. I was invited in, then welcomed by the warm embrace of Nevs and the rest is history.

What makes you unique? 

As far as I’m aware I am the only Ben Smallwood who looks like me, has the same moles, scars, birth marks and tattoos. So that’s a start. If it’s an aspect of my personality, then each person would probably have a different idea of which aspect, as everyone sees you differently, and it’s different to how you see yourself.

What are your interests?

I really like painting, and paintings. I am into films, I watch one pretty much every night (I don’t get out much). I also write screenplays. I dabble in the music industry and creative side of fashion. I just try lots of things, if they interest me.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I ate a snake when I was one.

Please pick three words which you feel best describe yourself and why.

Motivated. Lazy. Contradictory.

How do you get into role whilst on a shoot? 

I put on the clothes, and when the camera is aimed at me… I never smile.

Is there a specific goal you want to achieve within your career? Perhaps a magazine or designer you wish to work for?

No specific goal, not a designer in particular or a magazine. I just want to keep working, meeting new people and having the experiences I have been lucky to have so far.

Who is your favourite designer and why?

Jazz Grant, because she is my girlfriend…

(Lanvin, Paul Smith, Agi + Sam, Ami Alexandre Mattiussi, Kenzo)

What advice would you give to aspiring models?

Don’t take yourself too seriously, it’s unattractive in all walks of life, but especially this one.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? 

Sipping rouge at my vineyard reaping the rewards of the past 10 years of hard graft and looking forward to the years still to come."

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