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Model Watch Monday's: Darius Kelley

 Darius Kelley

Photographer (Above): Christopher Marrs

 

How old were you when you began modeling?

I started modeling at the age of 19 years old. I worked at abercrombie and fitch. I was a shirtless greeter. Then I realized that, I wanted to do print work, and start a career out of it. It was a hustle though, I did not get signed until the age of 23. So a lot of photo shoots with up and coming photographers, and determination got me here.

 

What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishments thus far?

My biggest accomplishment was doing a Timberland fashion show with Blake Martin, who has worked with many of my idols including Broderick Hunter. Doing that really got my name out there in the fashion world.

 

 Photographer (Above): Brent Q.

 

 

Who is an artist that you would love to work with?

My dream would be to work with Manny Ortiz. I love his style of photos, and his YouTube channel is extremely helpful.

 

Are you signed? If so, what agency? 

I am signed! I am currently signed with 10MGMT which is an agency based in Chicago founded by the model and model agent David Sanchez who has been in the industry for more than 15 years. 

 

Who is one of your favorite models? Past or present.

My favorite model is Andre Douglas who is someone I followed when I was 19 all the way to 23. He is the definition of a working model, and his positive attitude towards life really inspires me. I also found out this year he was my cousin and he really has took me under his wing which has been a blessing.

 

What is the best way for you to be contacted for prospective work/opportunities? 

You can contact my agent David@10MGMT.com, He is always on top of it.

 

Print/Runway/Editorial?

I am a print model, but I have done Runway shows. I am also open and ready to do editorial. Never limit yourself in this one beautiful life of ours.

 

 Photographer (Above): Damian Lamont

 

How was your first experience as a model?

It was mind blowing, like its more than just being a pretty face. It takes work, and you have to know where to look in front of the camera. Also know what lights on a shoot are working to bring out your best image.

 

What are some of your do's and don'ts when preparing for a photo shoot?

Be groomed as if your about to be working on a campaign.Always be on time, like ALWAYS. Respect the photographer you are working with as they are your best friend and truly have your best interest for the shoot.

 

 

 Photographer (Above): Brent Q.

 

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself as a modeling agent. I love the hustle and scouting seems like so much fun. Finding people who have a unique look about themselves is dope. Also expanding their opportunities in life and seeing them grow in their career is truly rewarding. 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find me mostly on instagram @dariusk_iam

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