By: Roberto M. Felix Jr
“Sometimes I am still surprised that I’m a model and how people think about it by seeing my photos and activities. I’ve gone through a lot of different phases on what I do and why I do it — morally and ethically. I just had to learn to look at it as my passion, as opposed to identifying myself as a model and thinking of myself as a part of this industry. I just thought, Okay, this is an opportunity to learn and see and meet people… If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it as best I can. I’m going to give it everything”.
Ghassan is a freelance model from Syria and been living in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai since 2011. Since he was a child, he loves music and had his own radio when he was 9 years old. As he grew up, he remember that he has a lot of dreams he wanted to become such as a doctor an engineer or a profession that proves the people that he is good to become. It also came the he found his interest to fashion and fame and curious about all things related to it.
He loves photography also, during his younger years, he recalled about seeing some physically fit celebrity posters through different shop on his way to school and he told to his self that “it takes a lot to do that”.
He wasn’t sure that he is capable to do such things until he started working out and achieved some results that motivated him to try a modelling. For him, “Like any other activity once you first step in, you face a lot of difficulties, especially in my case I didn’t study modeling nor did any dedicated courses. Knowing which poses to make and how to be comfortable in front of the camera, finding the right photographer and agency, having not much connections, it was all challenging, and things didn’t seem to kick off right away, I kept trying and pushing for it and every time I failed I was learning something for the next try”.
Having a fast paced life and his career path is more challenging also how he manage to have a physically fit body he tried to spend 5-6 hours at the gym weekly, and he avoid the fast food as much as he can, although it is hard sometimes he ensure that he will eat healthy and on time. It is actually motivating me and bringing the best out of me, and I wish that my style and the way I work could inspire people. It means a lot. He added.
Ghassan once invited to join Mr. Dubai 2019 competition but unfortunately he can’t make it to participate due to his busy schedule. He’s having a fashion luxury retail items which is also connected in modeling.
For him, being a model, first and foremost he need to set a goal and not giving up on it. In the business, being a friendly and humble yet confident is very much important. Finding and working with a good agency that managing his modelling career is so precious to him. Since he doesn’t have any background and formal training in modelling, he gained a lot through experience. Self-studying, practicing and being happy in all his doingkeeps him motivated. He told “You don’t have to do what other models do; you have to be unique and audacious”.You need to believe in yourself first before anyone else will… taking risk and being fearless is hard but you can do it.
Modeling is a number’s game. No matter how good you look and how impressive your portfolio is, you will get rejected. Rejection is awful, but a lot of time isn’t personal. Every client has different parameters for what they are looking for and the toughest thing mentally is dealing with the rejection for unknown reasons. Just be yourself and keep trying, this is not an easy domain. You could be rejected or evaluated in a way you don’t like. If you got what it takes don’t give up.
Looking back and seeing himself before, right now he is happy and satisfied in all what he’s done. Knowing that his work and style inspire others. He learned a lot, to be patient, to appreciate the work of others and not to judge.
Every job or career will teach you certain lessons. And being in this industry that is creative, fun and ever changing but a lot of downside that taught over the years. One thing should know is how to deal with it, regardless of the industry we’re in. Whatever the issue or challenge, know that you are innately valuable, worthwhile and capable.