Why you decide to become a model and how did you start ?
Growing up in my childhood i always love fashion, always wanna be upto date in fashion back home. never thought beeing a model until i travelled to south africa , was working as a bouncer in the club when these customers approched me and tell me how exotic i look with my dark skin colour and green eyes. .then signed me up at his agency call STORM SOUTH AFRICA.
How has your life changed after you involved?
my first job with the agency was a STING sunglasses for italy with then 1998 face of AFRICA model . the beautiful NOMBULELO. this job put me in the different side of live and i immediately embraced that model swag and attitudes i had from the childhood.
Who are your influences?
my influence have always been Tyson Beckford beacuse i thought i had what he had then ,physically. and i started following his trends of shootings fotos. then WILL Smith has always been my idol , who i wanna be like in life..
What was the hardest challenge for you?
my hardest challenge was to be able to follow the life of stardom and be able to one day get together with my kids i left back home in cameroon. . otherwise i did not have any challenges since i got what it takes to be a model..right now my dream to be with my kids come true here in america. i live with my two kids patrick and danielle.
What was your most memorable experience, at America's next top model"?
my memorble experience was that fone call my capetown booker made that night to tell me tyra bank is in capetown and wanna work with me on her show.. tyra did not know i was new york based. my agent work it out and flew me in the next flight in business class to capetown. i got to work with tyra, janice nicholson, naija baker, jay manuel and the 4th america next top models 2005 finalists.it was amazing and i pulled my 15mn of fame out of it.check pix and videos
What is your favorite part about being a modeling? What are your likes and dislikes?
being a model give me that fashion statement and attitudes, people get to c u and ask if u are a model make you be like "am really!!!!!!!!!!!"
i disliked the fact that you sure to get that job and it is not for you., when people wanna take advantages on you, people trying to exploite you and the fact that model is sex. lol.
How you moved on modeling to acting career?
i got a part in the movie call "dawn of man" british doc. and it was a great experience to be on set. and since i said earler that Will Smith is my twitter ,my idol i decided to take some acting and directing classes.at the B&H studio.camera has always been something i like to play with. i decided as my first project or movie to visualise my journey as a model from south africa to america and put them into a script . "American Dream " based on true life story. coming soon this sept. and you can watch the sneaak peak on www.camerlywood .com click movies. please sent comment.
Your future plans ?
my future plans is too produce more movie , be on motions pictures in hollywood. . idoles give back home to cameroon entertainments.
What’s the best advice ever given to you?
my father adviced me since when i was a kid not to ever envy someone . if someone grass is green dt envy beacause you dont know what hid did to be where he is. you might not like or do what he did. in short dont complicate life cuz it ends up complicating you.
What are some Do's and Don'ts in the business that you have learned?
DO believe in yourself!
DO believe in dreaam!
DO believe in God!.
DON'T be and xxxwhole!
DON'T put negative minds in what you do!
DON'T have negative attitudes with people no matter what race ,sex, ages!
What sort of tips or advice would you give somebody who is looking to modeling?
if you wanna be a top model you gotto be very humble, be able to handle rejections, have a fshion attitudes or statements anytime or anywhere, never give someone money to help you in the industry it is all about what you got . and if you are what they want . love travelling. Every top model have travelled somewhere in the world to work.. if u dont travel you are not a model.
NEVER GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS. nothing wrong with dreaming
What are the “Your qualities” for you to be a model?
humble, groom. positive ,greatfull, believing, sexy,fitted model, athletic and exotic. thank you
Thank you Bertini...
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