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Monday, 15 June 2015

GaconJon meets Joshua Jeremiah Bartley: Model Off Duty


Joshua Jeremiah Bartley, model with Unsigned Management

How were you discovered? It was about a year and a half ago now. I'd broken up with my girlfriend and so to cheer me up my mates look me to Manchester to go clubbing. Nottingham is where I'm from and you see everyone you know as it's so small so we wanted to proper night out in a big city. I was walking down the street and a scout came walking up to me shouting "you're beautiful!" At first I thought it was a scam to make a quick buck but after my first test shoot I realised it was for real.

Do you remember the first proper shoot? The first job I got was walking for Homme. It was quite scary but also gave me a taste for it. I wanted to do the next job right after it gave me such a buzz.

What do you think you've learned from then to now? I was very nervous at first but since I've opened shows and shot campaigns I've calmed down. People have told me since that I actually have a skill and a good look for modelling. That gives me the confidence to move forward. I think it's generally learning that there's no point being shy.

What's been your best job so far? Without a doubt the Tommy Hilfiger campaign in San Francisco. The location was amazing. We had a swimming pool on set and I was the only one to jump in at the end of the day. I couldn't resist. I just thought "I have to do this. I have to swim. There's only one shot at this. It's worth a try." It was a three day shoot and overall we were there for eight days so I have extra time to enjoy the location. There were about thirteen models on set so a big shoot. At the same time I shot his underwear campaign with Jourdan Dunn, that was pretty special.

What do your mates think of all this? They used to take the piss so much but then they saw the number of beautiful girls I was surrounded by. This industry has made me realise you just have to live your life your own way.

When you were a wee boy what did you want to be when you grew up? I actually wanted to be a doctor. Growing up I lived with only my mum as my dad was in jail for much for the time. I've got an older brother and he really set the pace for the family. He was the man to aspire to be like. He went to university and his now high up in a big company so there's a pressure to live up to his standards. I went to college to sit my A Levels and then got scouted. Here I am today at 21.

Do you have a fitness routine? I find it hard to put on weight so I tend to not watch my weight or diet. I go swimming, skipping and boxing training when I'm back home. I swim 5 days a week and avoid weight lifting as I get wide quickly. It's good to do cardio to keep trim. The sense of relief after training means eating a burger afterwards makes you feel less guilty.

How would you describe yourself? Outrageous. I'm very shy at times. I'm caring, I believe in good karma coming back around. I'm also tired most of the time.

What's next for you? I want to walk for Burberry. It didn't work for this season but one day it's going to happen.

Leave us with some words of wisdom. Live life to the fullest. You have to go out and get what you want. You can be anything you want to be in life. If you practice football a lot of a child there's no reason why you can't go professional. You just have to stick your head in it fulling and focus on the goal.














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