UNB Model Profile featuring Adam Phillips
The model series here at Underwear News Briefs continues with the beautiful addition of Adam Phillips. Adam sat down with us to talk about his start in the modeling world, how his career has been so far and where he hopes it will take him.
UNB Kyle: What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?
Adam: My debut modeling gig was for a Plymouth-based underwear company. I was contacted by a friend who worked for the company. I was really excited to see the images since it was my first gig, only to find out that my head and most of my torso had been cut off!
Adam: Being quite creative myself, I guess this was a big factor into why I pursued modeling. I think in a visual way and I enjoy seeing the final edits of my images as I have a real appreciation of color and composition. Having the opportunity of being able to travel the world and do something you love is very appealing too. I enjoy meeting different people who also think in a creative way.
Kyle: Being creative, have you been able to help plan or put your spin on any pictures yet?
Adam: I tend not to get involved with what the photographer wants if I have only shot with them. Sometimes I help with ideas and help creatively where I can. A lot of the positions I pose in are freestyle.
Kyle: I love that you are a creative person. It is such an amazing gift to have that mind and to be able to take that vision and turn it into a reality. Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?
Adam: My shoot with Cal McDougall was definitely my break-through. I have had the pleasure of shooting with Cal on numerous occasions as we work well together. I recall one shoot, set in a cave, which was really fun to do and from that shoot I ended up on the front cover of DNA magazine, which is sold worldwide.
Kyle: Sounds like a great pairing! The cover of DNA magazine is quite an accomplishment too. Congrats! Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?
Adam: If I am honest, I don’t have a favorite shoot. It would be too difficult to pick one as I have enjoyed so many for many different reasons. They are all favorites because of the cool locations such as Istanbul and New York, the people I work with, and the clothes that I, ha, sometimes wear! At the end of most of my shoots, I am really buzzing and excited to see the final images.
Kyle: Haha I like that clothes comment. That’s part of the job I would assume. But the places it takes you and the people you meet you can’t put a price on. With everywhere you have been and everything you have done, which shoot has been your most challenging and why?
Adam: My most challenging shoots are definitely with Cal. Our shoots tend to last long and we often move around. We end up either in the sea, scaling cliffs or trailing through forests. I usually end up wet during the shoots and often find myself in the sea, wishing we were shooting somewhere a whole lot hotter than the UK.
Kyle: Yes. I am sure a tropical location is the first thing that comes to your mind with that. How about your most embarrassing photo shoot?
Adam: My most embarrassing photo shoot I ever did was probably the first ever time I got in front of the camera. Plymouth Calender men test shoot! I was totally out of my comfort zone and had no idea what I was doing!
Kyle: I am sure that is normal in the beginning. But you have come so far, with amazing shoots and probably a higher comfort level. Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?
Adam: I am still pretty new to the modeling industry so would love to shoot some clothing lines or model for a swimwear/underwear campaign. I love my fashion, so anything from Calvin Klein to Zara would be a dream. There are so many talented photographers I still would love to work with but have been fortunate to collaborate with some of the best photographers already, such as Rick Day and Greg Vaughan.
Kyle: I am sure you will have that opportunity in your future. Apart from modeling, what is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?
Adam: Before modeling, I studied at university and received a degree in graphic communication and typography.
Kyle: Good to have that degree in your back pocket. What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?
Adam: Prior to a shoot, I would usually try to stick to a protein diet. So a week before, I maybe would have 2 meals of carbs and the rest of my diet would be protein-based. I aim to go to the gym at least four times a week, and I avoid alcohol and unhealthy food, although having a sweet tooth can sometimes lead me into a little sugary temptation!
Kyle: But when you are not preparing for a shoot and you get to sneak that cheat food in, what is it?
Adam: Easy! Favorite cheat meal is probably an English breakfast. Fry it up!
Kyle: Now, we are an underwear blog so we all want to know what is really your taste, not just what we see in shoots. So, looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.
Adam: 50% boxers and 50% briefs.
Kyle: Equal love for both. But we know there have been others on you. How about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?
Adam: The answer to that Kyle is no underwear, however, I do have a pair of wild things silk boxers.
Kyle: Good answer. Nothing is definitely crazy to some! So I leave you with one last question to set the scene for us. The photographer is set up, you are wearing nothing or just a pair of underwear, people standing around waiting for you, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?
Adam: I don’t dwell on a photo shoot before. I find I get caught up in the moment and just try to produce the best image I possibly can. If the photographer is happy, then I am happy.
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