UNB Model Profile featuring RKA
After featuring Musclehead Graphics photographer JC Norton in a photographer profile, we started talking about the models he works with on his site and RKA quickly came up. This up and coming model is looking to really jump start a career and feature his bodybuilder physique in the industry and we think he definitely has the look.
UNB Kyle: We are happy to have you here as we see the start of a successful careeer for you. I know you work closely with Musclehead Graphics. How did you start modeling?
RKA: I got into modeling from my time competing in men’s physique.
UNB Kyle: I can see how there are aspects of both that can relate to one another. What made you want to pursue modeling?
RKA: I just wanted to try something different. I have been working my whole life in construction and after getting involved in the men’s physique competitions, it seemed like a path I wanted to explore.
UNB Kyle: I think it’s great that you are exploring this new side to you. Since you are newer to the industry, who are some models that you look up to or inspire to mimic?
RKA: A 70’s bodybuilder Frank Zane. He wasn’t huge but had the best physique in my opinion, perfect symmetry.
UNB Kyle: I looked him up. Good choice to model after. What are you most excited about by getting into the modeling industry?
RKA: I am excited about it being something new. I’ve worked construction my whole life so it will be a totally new experience.
UNB Kyle: New experiences can be a great way to challenge yourself. Maybe as a throw back to your career you can do some construction inspired modeling shoots! What are your concerns or fears of the modeling industry?
RKA: That it will be to hard to make a career of, to make any kind of income.
UNB Kyle: You are not alone in that thought. A lot of models and photographers have that fear, especially when not in the main commercial arena of the business. Have you had any challenging moments to date as you start on this journey?
RKA: This last shoot I did is for underwear. This was challenging because I’ve never been shot in that way and I needed to get a little more comfortable in front of the camera versus being fully clothed in a shoot.
UNB Kyle: Well the pictures look great! You look like a natural. Speaking of underwear, what do you typically wear?
RKA: Boxer briefs.
UNB Kyle: A boxer briefs guy. I can see that with you line of construction work. But it’s nice to see you shooting in all kinds of underwear. You mentioned that it was challenging stripping down for the camera. What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?
RKA: Mostly hoping my body is in enough condition.
UNB Kyle: I think we all agree it is in great condition! What kind of diet and exercise do you do to keep your body in such great shape?
RKA: High protein and fats, moderate carbs, not too low. I like lifting heavy and little cardio.
UNB Kyle: The heavy lifting and high protein definitely pays off for that body. But when you are feeling like cheating on your diet, what is your favorite cheat meal?
RKA: Pancakes, of course.
UNB Kyle: Ah, the good old breakfast foods! Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with in the future?
RKA: I would like to work with Under Armour or Nike. That would be cool.
UNB Kyle: That seems to go with your workout and gym mindset. Great brands to be featured with! What is something that we don’t know about you outside of modeling?
RKA: That I have been in construction since I was 12 years old and a licensed electrician.
UNB Kyle: A man of many trades. That is a good business to be in with the modeling career. So much potential for side work to help with the income fears as you begin to succeed with your modeling. What interests do you have away from the camera?
RKA: Competing in either men’s physique or bodybuilding, and getting my clothing line going, Iron Made appeal.
UNB Kyle: Construction, model, and entrepreneur. You have a lot of great potential going on. Can’t wait to see more of your Iron Made line. What is some of the best advice anyone has given you for the modeling industry?
RKA: You can do whatever you set your mind too.
UNB Kyle: Determination will help you get far. Great advice. Finally, as you embark on this journey, what are your goals for your career?
RKA: To inspire other to go after what they want and to want to live a healthy life.
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