After a short-lived career playing hockey in Canada, Dan Murphy migrated south to Florida to study Small Business Management. He began his modeling career shooting for W magazine with Kate Moss before working with Armani, Abercrombie & Fitch, Boss and Barbour in addition to shooting the cover of Fantastics magazine. I caught up with Dan to find out how he handles the hectic pace of modeling and to talk about his passion for the culinary arts.
Tell us about how you got started as a model.
When I was in college in Palm Beach, I became good friends with a photographer who took some simple pictures of me and sent me to meet with some agencies in Miami.
How do you feel your peripatetic upbringing helped you adjust to the hectic work schedules of modeling?
Well, I would say that because of the amount of traveling I did as kid I’ve always felt comfortable jumping on a plane at a moments notice and being dropped in a foreign country. I understand that probably doesn’t sound appealing to most people, but it is part of the job. Over the years it just gets easier and easier. After doing this for so long I now have friends in most of the different cities around the world that I work in.
What do you hope to get out of modeling?
The fashion industry has been really good to me for the last eight years or so. Every day I count all my blessings and try to make the most of the opportunities that modeling provides. I truly do love what I do and enjoy connecting with people. Someday I hope to leverage my career and build a nice charity organization.
How do you feel your Bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management has informed the way you approach your career?
This is how I make a living and I do take the business side of it pretty seriously. I think most of the older guys understand that.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career thus far?
The last couple of seasons I shot the advertising campaigns for Barbour. This company has an incredible history in the UK and sticks to their roots. I’ve been blessed to travel with them all across Great Britain and Scotland shooting on mountaintops, at horse races and historical country estates that take your breath away. I will always cherish the memories and friendships I made on those trips.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love to cook! One of my favorite things to do in the city is go the Institute of Culinary Education and take their cooking classes at night. They have a huge selection of recreational cooking classes I’m working my way through. It’s all hands on and the best part is the huge meal you get to feast on afterward.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome with modeling?
In one word, balance. I have a tendency to be an all-or-nothing kind of guy which can burn you out over time. In turn, I have to remind myself to try to find a happy medium and take a little extra time for myself here and there to unwind.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I talk about this one a lot actually – and it kind of goes back to finding balance in life. The advice, “enjoy the process” was given to me by a dear friend and mentor of mine. It’s easy to enjoy the high points in life, but it is trying to find the good within the bad times and finding little wins through the tough times. Whether you are up or down, you still have to go through it to get where you are going so you might as well make the best of it.