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 Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy, top male model

"My sister heard on the radio that a scouting event (proscout) was coming to Buffalo and she told me to..."


"My first modeling job believe it or not was a editorial for Playboy lol. I had all my clothes on..."


"Louis Vuitton was the one that put me on the map. I had a few others before that but this one took me to the next level..."

ON RYAN KENNEDY


Ryan Kennedy 
is currently one of the most successful male models, is in the ranking of the top10 of models.com. Though very young he has already done many major campaigns like Louis Vuitton and Gucci among others, working with some of the most famous photographers like Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
 


Interview by Edo Q © 2010 CoverMen Mag!
  April, 2010

- Hello Ryan, I'm really flattered you accepted to be interviewed for CoverMen Mag!, to start this interview off, please give me some brief background information. Ryan Kennedy, top male model

No problem its my pleasure. I'm from Lockport NY which is one of the suburbs of Buffalo. I have 3 sisters (one older and two younger) I'm the only boy. After graduating high school I attended college for 2 years before deciding to make the move to New York and pursue modeling. I currently live in NY and I've been living here for 3 years now. I was never a city boy but after 3 years its started to grow on me. When I leave town for work I find myself missing it which I never thought I would haha.


-Who discovered you and convinced you to become a model and how old were you at the time?

The thought of modeling never crossed my mind when I was younger. In high school a teacher at my school asked me if I ever thought of becoming a model. I was 15 or 16 at the time. At that time I knew absolutely nothing about the business. I didn’t even know guys did that haha. Anyways a year or 2 later my sister heard on the radio that a scouting event (proscout) was coming to Buffalo and she told me to go to it and see what happens. I went with my mom and I ended up meeting my manager (JJ Cortez) there. He brought me to NYC a few weeks later and I signed with IMG models. I was 17, I didn’t start right away I decided to do a couple years of college first.

Ryan Kennedy, top male model

-How did you get your first modeling job and what was it like?

My first modeling job believe it or not was a editorial for Playboy lol. I had all my clothes on. It was 1 page and I was in the background, not the best shoot but you have to start somewhere haha.


-What was the funniest work that you have done as a model so far?Ryan Kennedy, top male model

A couple years ago I did a job for Steven Kleins birthday party where a few of us guys had to stand on stage at this club called "The box" in a suit jacket and shirt but no pants, just our underwear. It was pretty embarassing lol


-Tell me, you worked with so many major designers, but is there still a fashion campaign and a designer you would like to work for?

There's no particular one..I would love to work with all of them.


-Which campaign marked the beginning of "a new level" in your career and made you one of the most successful male models, ranked among the top10 male models by models.com?

Louis Vuitton was the one that put me on the map. I had a few others before that but this one took me to the next level. I'm really grateful for it.


-Some tips for new/aspiring model, what do you think is the key to be chosen by photographers and clients in such a competitive market?Ryan Kennedy, top male model

There's a lot of luck involved. Just be yourself, don't get discouraged. There is a lot of rejection in this industry and you cant let it get to you.


-How do you feel about being popular? Good, Bad, Indifferent...?

I don't really feel popular, the only people that know who I am are people in the industry I think. 


-Tell me something about yourself, how would you describe who Ryan is? Which adjectives would you use for this purpose?

I would say that I'm pretty easy going and laid back. I used to be shy but this business helped me come out of my shell.


-How do you spend your spare time? What is the meaning of fun and having a good time for you? 

On my spare time I'm usually with my girlfriend, dinner and a movie is our favorite.. I like going to sporting events. My closest friends live back in Lockport so I love going home to visit everyone.

-Thanks Ryan for taking your time to reply to my questions, it was really a gift to me and my readers!

My pleasure!
 


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