Hey there #ColeDiggers! Welcome back to #ModelBehavior, where I write about my experiences, all the ups and downs, in the modeling industry. I hope you all have been effectively managing your time and clearing up any scheduling conflicts that arise. I know I have been working tirelessly to make everything work out!
As many of you know, I am a social media-aholic! I was thinking about this month’s topic and decided to ask YOU all what you wanted to know about me, my modeling career, inspirations, routines, etc. I had some great questions come in – so I’m going to take the time to answer one right now!
Q: Roberto M. asks who was/is your biggest inspiration in your modeling and life in general?
A: Thank you so much for your question Roberto! There are several people who inspired me to pursue a career in modeling. The two male models I look up to are Tyson Beckford and Sean O’Pry. My favorite designer has to be Alexander McQueen, hands down! Lastly, the artist who inspired me most to be myself, follow my dreams, and to never give up was (and still is) Lady Gaga. While I was not sure of who I was or what I wanted to do, I had so many questions and didn’t really know where to start. So, I connected with Lady Gaga through her lyrics, I was inspired by her story, and was entertained by her creative process. I watched videos and interviews and became motivated by her message and determined that she was a marketing genius. These people are beautiful, brilliant and SO far from normal that I wanted to ultimately learn from all of them.
But what is inspiration really? Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
For me, I’m greatly inspired by music and music videos. In my opinion, music videos are what fully execute the vision of the musical artist. The music is what catches our attention. The lyrics are what we relate to. The music video is how the musician tells his or her story… how they share their own interpretation of the lyrics. I find it fascinating!
I have a tattoo on my forearm that says “Execute The Vision.” I hold this phrase very near and dear to my heart. Executing the vision, I think, is the most difficult thing for a Creative to do. So many people see ideas in their heads and want to turn them into something real – whether it’s a garment design, a photoshoot concept, or a lifelong dream they wish to accomplish. You can talk about it and think about it all you want… but turning that vision into something real is the REAL challenge!
That’s what I have done with many of my photoshoot concepts. It’s what musicians do with their music videos. And it’s what designers do it with their garments and designs. They start off with a sketch. They may draw it over and over again, but the vision isn’t fully executed until that sketch turns into something real and tangible.
We are not born with these skills. Every trick and every fundamental has to be learned and practiced before goals can be accomplished… because learning leads to success. Sometimes what I do or what I wear doesn’t make sense, but I saw it this way in my head and I believed in it.
At the end of the day, all I want is to inspire people. And one day, I want someone to come up to me and say, “You know Thomas, it’s because of you I didn’t give up.”
Your creative spirit is what gets your through the sadness… That thing in you that’s rebellious, and you know that you can keep going because you know that your talent will never leave you. So love your passion… love it harder than anything else!
Be well. Be happy. Most importantly, be inspired. #ExecuteTheVision every day and turn your visions and dreams into something real.
Who or what are YOU inspired by? Feel free to tweet any questions or comments to @IAmThomasCole – I would be happy to answer them.
Keep on dreaming New York… Until next time!