Fashion Interview: Male Model Carlos José Talks About His Passion For Modelling In An Exclusive Interview With Linda Bella .#OTSM

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What is your Philosophy in life? 
My philosophy in life would have to be “do what you love”. I see so many people studying their butts off in an area they don’t like just to please someone or make money fast, but when they graduate, they find themselves empty and lost.  
On the other hand we have people who study because they really want to, because they enjoy what they do, those people are the ones who are successful, they wake up early everyday to do what they love and nothing stands in their way.  I know the times are tough, but I believe that if one really wants it one can be successful in whatever we decide to do in life.
What were the Major Milestones that gave you that extra motivation boost? 
Well to tell you the truth, my motivation doesn’t come from any milestone I achieve.  I mean don’t get me wrong, it feels incredible to have accomplished something big, but I have to say It comes from the people.  Every time I get a positive or negative comment on a photo or any work I do it gives me that boost.  It makes me want to work harder and it makes me feel good knowing that people notice all the hard work and effort I put in anything I set out to do.
What are some of your Tips and advice for aspiring Models?
It’s a tough business and you meet all kinds of people along the way; you have to be able to handle criticism and handle yourself in all sorts of situations.  
My best advice is to have a great attitude. You never know when there is an opportunity waiting for you in a simple handshake or in a friendly conversation.  
It’s all about how you portray yourself and make your presence felt. Make people notice you for the right reasons and they’ll want to work with you.  Another tip is to use your strengths, you might not have the height, but if you have the body, the hair or something “unique” to compensate, then use it!  Every person has something that makes them special, the trick is finding that and using it to your advantage.
How often do you Work out and what are some of your best Health and Fitness tips?
I work out about 6 times a week, I try to divide it in a way that I have my weight lifting, my cardio and the most important thing, “my diet”. 
I honestly didn’t believe in it but when I tried it, there was nothing more to say, “you are what you eat” and that’s coming from a guy who has a real sweet tooth.  
Honestly I could eat just about anything!  But I don’t because I realize that you need discipline to sustain the way you want to look. Diet is key.
What are some of your latest and upcoming projects?
What I can tell you for sure is that I’m working very hard to put myself out there so that other agencies around the world can see me, that’s my main goal right now, to get signed outside Puerto Rico and hopefully do well for myself. 
Since the start of your career what has been the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome? 
I’d have to say my shyness, and some insecurity, when I got into this whole fashion business I was incredibly shy around crowds and new people. If I know people I love to joke around, and spend time laughing and having fun, but those insecurities, killed me, I was always worried about what people thought I was just looking for a way to fit in.  
One day I just decided to stop worrying, I let myself go and that’s when everything changed for me, everything was going my way, I was meeting new people, and making a name for myself. In a way this whole modelling experience has helped me come out of my shell.  
I’m even acting in commercials, TV shows and movies, which is something I never thought I’d get to do!  Modelling, has transformed me, helped me grow and prepared me for new adventures to come. Bring it on!
Name few of your favorite Designers and Photographers you have worked with from the beginning of your career? 
I’ve worked with many great fashion photographers during my short career, each with their own unique style and flare.  Some photographers I’ve worked with are: 
Edwin J. Lebron, great photographer and friend, Jaime Rivera, Abnel Gonzalez, Felipe Torres, Eliezer Hernandez and Christobal Berrios who is a great friend of mine and has helped me out tremendously!  
I’m sure I’m forgetting some (sorry guys!!!) but everyone I’ve worked with has been an amazing professional and a good person.  

Shot By- Edwin J. Lebron

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