UNB Model Profile featuring Will Clark
This week’s profile features Will Clark. I stumbled across Mr. Clark and his shots wearing Timoteo for Armando Adajar and knew he would be the perfect addition to our growing profile series. Will sat down with me to talk about his start into modeling, the breakthrough he is waiting for, and how he values his family.
UNB Kyle: What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?
Will: The very first time I got in front of a camera was with my ex in a couples shoot. I had been going to several shoots with her over the course of a few months supporting her. After a while I began to get curious, and wanted to try and get in front of the camera myself. What better way to start out than with your experienced girl friend?
Kyle: I think that is a great start. Being a good boyfriend and supporting and it probably helped you calm your nerves a little bit the first time in front of the camera, being with her. What made you want to pursue modeling?
Will: After my first solo shoot in San Diego with Armando Adajar, I realized all the work that goes into creating a vision in a single snap of a picture. The more I learned about the art and creativity that went into producing a single frame, the more I began to like process.
Kyle: Sounds like someone has a creative side too. Appreciating and learning everything that goes into what we see as the final product. Perhaps down the road you will get to explore your creativity in shoots. Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?
Will: Unfortunately I do not believe I have had that shoot just yet. Although if I were to pick a favorite shoot, I would have to say the shoot with Armando. Mostly due to the fact that he knew I was just getting started so he took the time to walk through the process and teach me a lot pointers that I carry on to all of my current shoots. I’m very fortunate to have collaborated Armando. I am always open to new possibilities and opportunities.
Kyle: It is nice to see a photographer willing to teach a new model instead of dwell on the fact that the shoot will not be as straightforward as experienced models. I am sure when you have that breakthrough moment, it will be an amazing feeling and we hope to hear about it! Which shoot has been your most challenging and why do you think that?
Will: Recently I worked with a more local photographer named Ross Haley. We were working together to get some catalog shots for a clothing line out of New York. I have been trying to explore and experience all aspects of modeling, and this one was more conservative posing than I have done in the past. The challenge was that I kept catching myself in a dominate stance that was more fitness oriented.
Kyle: I like that you are exploring the different avenues that modeling has to offer. You probably didn’t expect something so standard like catalog work to be as complicated as it was. It just shows that every aspect has their quirks. I am sure not every shoot goes according to plan. Any embarrassing photo shoots you want to tell us about?
Will: Hahaha! Armando and I did a scene with the same underwear from Timoteo on a hiking trail in San Diego. In just some shoes and a jock strap as some guy and his dog come strolling by.
Kyle: I am sure he rounded the corner and was not expecting that but what great moments to laugh about together. Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?
Will: Two of the photographers that I would really love to work with in the future would be Pat Lee and Wain Wright. These two fitness photographers produce absolutely great work!
Kyle: We hope they are reading this and give you that opportunity! Apart from modeling, what is something that your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?
Will: Most people outside of close friends and family don’t really see the amount of time that I spend with my family. I have a large immediate family that is extremely close. Typically whenever I am balancing my schedule, regardless of time constraints, I am always making time to stop in and see my brothers and sister. Spending as much time as I can with my niece and nephew.
Kyle: That is wonderful. Family is important. Sounds like they support you too. We see your body and know that you are not eating too much junk food with the family, so what kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?
Will: I am always structured when it comes to my dieting and exercise. This past season I decided to take an off season and really work on my weak points of my physique. So now coming into this season of competitions and photo shoots I will stay as lean as I can comfortably in between shoots. I prefer to plan as far out as possible for a shoot, I like to have at least 2 weeks to prepare for a shoot. Unfortunately that is not always the case which is why it’s crucial to stay lean all the time. The last two weeks I really start to cut down on carbs, and increase my rep ranges. The last week before the shoot I like to cut cardio out of the regimen to prevent getting a “flat” look in the shots. The last couple days I cut carbs out virtually all together, and limit my water the day before. Spiking my carbs up the night before to fill out the muscle and give you the best look.
Kyle: Quite a process and regimen there but it definitely pays off. But for fun, how about a favorite cheat meal?
Will: Actually just today some of my friends, and I tried a new cheating method where you can eat as much as you want, but it has to be with in a 1 hour window. No exceptions after the timer goes off though. After eating all the food I could not move from the couch for almost 5 hours.
Kyle: I can only imagine how you felt after that hour! Ok, now we all want to know, open your drawer and tell us what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.
Will: Honestly it has to be a 50/50 between Boxer briefs and Briefs.
Kyle: And outside that drawer, how about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?
Will: Hands down it has to be some of the Timoteo underwear line out of Los Angeles.
Kyle: Must have been that jock on the trail! One last question. You are at the shoot, in a jockstrap, about to start your day. What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?
Will: Well there are always questions of where will they be, what is the purpose of the use, and what is the selling point. However at that point I have completely collaborated with the photographer to put my mind at ease.
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