RJ Aguiar is a producer, writer actor and a model. He is also have a Youtube channel named TheNotAdam. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with modeling?
Well it seemed like a really great way to get attention and validation. But then it also turned into a way for me to meet and collaborate with some really talented people.
How were you discovered?
Have I actually been “discovered”? I don’t have an agency. But sometimes when’s aim working with professional models they’ll ask my who my agency is and I’ll just say “Instagram”…
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
Probably the one where I was wearing nothing but a dead octopus. Which is exactly as odd as it sounds.
How would you define your personal style?
Grown up Hot Topic kid with hints of glam and biker thrown in for flavor.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in central Florida, where “style” consists mostly of flip flops, floral shirts, and fish prints. But I’ve always felt like an odd duck since I was a kid, so I think a lot of my personal style today consists of embracing my weirdness that I used to hate.
Who is your style icon and why?
Tyler Durden. I know he’s not a real person (spoiler alert). But I’ve always been astonished how Brad Pitt’s costumes in Fight Club seemed to break every style rule…and yet they were phenomenal. So much so that the character became a trendsetter for the very high fashion brands that his character mocked endlessly. It’s part of what makes the satire of that film brilliant, as well as shows how, at the end of the day, style is about attitude. Also, you can pull off almost anything when you’re in great shape.
Who is your favorite photographer and why?
Don’t ask me to pick just one, because I can’t. My tastes are pretty wide when it comes to just about anything, so I love so many photographers for so many reasons. I love the way Travis Chantar captures and accentuates natural shapes and forms. I love the way Baz Here fuses classical composition with super contemporary styling and themes. I love how Derek Wanker manages to shock and titilate you at the same time. No one does analog film photography like my friend Alex King. Gabriel Gastelum, Viktorija Pashuta, Jono Madison…I could literally go all day.
What advice would you give to aspiring models out there?
Pretty faces are literally a dime a dozen. Find a way to be memorable in a way that’s authentic to who you are.
Do you edit your own photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
DUH! Luckily I happen to be one of those people who doesn’t mind being on either end of the camera. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at some of the videos I’ve done on Blossom. But unfortunately I don’t have the time to photoshop every photo I take, so Facetune, Enlight, and Snapseed are my go-to’s for mobile photos.
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