Alex Michels foray into the world of modelling came after he was inspired to attend an open audition after viewing fashion editorials on Tumblr. I spoke with Alex about how he copes with the isolation of modelling, his secret ability and what he plans to do when he finishes college.
You were discovered at an open audition. What interested you about modeling?
I used to be really into Tumblr. Lots of random fashion editorials would filter through and I would see the photos and think to myself, “I could probably fit those clothes too, right?” I decided to go to the audition and the agents at Stars Model Management signed me on the spot.
What are your aspirations and goals for the future?
When I’m finished with college I’m hoping to try my hand at animation or video game design. Hopefully I get to stay here in California as well.
What do you hope to get out of your modeling career?
I hope to earn enough money to buy my mom a new fancy kitchen; She hates all of our appliances. I’d also like to spend more time travelling around Europe.
How do you handle the pressure and rejection that comes with modeling?
The pressure to look ‘casting-ready’ is a challenge for me. I’m naturally less put together and usually have disheveled bed-head. The rejection can really be a bummer as well but I have to just remind myself that it’s not personal.
What do you think people would be surprised to learn about you?
I have the secret ability to wiggle my ears on demand.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career has definitely been walking for Louis Vuitton last summer in Paris. They also used me for looks for a few days. You would not believe the food they ordered for catering, it was like a French Thanksgiving every day.
How do you cope when you are away from family and friends?
I like to stay connected through social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Skype. During Fashion Week I am kept really busy with castings so that makes it easier.
What do you like to do in your spare time to decompress?
When I’m away and I want to relax I do any number of things from video chatting with my girlfriend, Gameboy, reading, eating everything in sight, napping, drawing to squatting at Barnes and Noble.