A chat with Mason Roberts
This weeks interview is with Australian born Mason Roberts. Mason has travelled around the world as a male model and lived in some amazing places like Paris and Milan. Having walked for big fashion designers like Armani, Mason is well known within the industry and has a reputation for being a professional but funny and outgoing personality. Not only a model - but also a well developed graphic designer and very talented artist Mason has just started a youtube channel showcasing his amazing and detailed artworks. Masons video style is as well developed as his art, focusing on illustration details and techniques mixed with humour and a strong presence of his humorous and positive nature. This is one channel you will want to subscribe to.
Read my interview with him below!
Full Name: Mason Roberts
Based in: Wherever the wind takes me ( Currently Perth )
Mother Agency: Vivien’s Model Management
Overseas Agencies: Elite Paris, 2Morrow Milan, Elite Stockholm, Storm London
How did you get into modelling and how old were you at the time?
I was travelling Europe with friends at the time and my Dad sent me a random message saying that Vivien’s in Perth wanted to see me when I was back in town. My youngest sister Steffanie Roberts had been modelling for a few years since Vivien’s expressed any interest in me, but apparently they saw a photo of me and her on Facebook and asked “Who is that!?” (Because we look nothing alike, haha). The rest is history.
What is your best shoot experience so far?
Oh man, that’s a tough one! Every shoot is awesome for its own reasons, but recently I shot a campaign in Korea for a fitness apparel company called ‘Descente’. They flew me over, put me up in an insane hotel and everyone went above and beyond to make me feel at home for my short stay. Also I’d never been to Asia before, so it was a great cultural experience.
In addition to that, I’d have to say my best modelling experience in general (not a shoot) was when I got called up by my agency in Milan last minute for the Armani show in Rome. It was my very first season so when I received the call, my adrenaline was high when I had to sprint back home from a casting, pack my bags and get on the very next train to Rome. Now that was a great memory!
You have recently started a youtube channel based around your work as an artist, can you tell us about that?
Yeah, so I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, but took a long hiatus whilst growing up and deciding what I really wanted to do. I grew up, got a degree (Graphic Design) and that’s when all this modelling madness started. On that same Milan trip I mentioned earlier, I was put in a room with now one of my best mates Stirling Caiulo (also from Perth). In our downtime he would always draw, so I decided to join. Fast forward to today and I’m still drawing!
I recently set up a small studio and decided that I’ll take this art thing a little more seriously. I said to myself, “If I’m drawing every day, then why not just record it and put it up on YouTube?” I had always been infatuated with YouTube and loved how there were so many different personalities using it as a creative outlet. So I set up an account and did just that… also filming myself makes me feel like I have a pseudo ‘BOSS’ watching over my shoulder 24/7, so it’s good for the motivation, haha.
(I have embedded Mason's latest Youtube video below for you to check out!)
Where do you draw your inspiration from for your art work?
My mind is constantly running a hundred miles a minute, so I find inspiration within myself and my crazy brain. Whatever is on my mind, usually ends up on a piece of paper. In addition to that I am also inspired by so many artists. Right now I am a massive fan of American street artist David Choe. He lives his life as if no one is watching, without a care in the world and his art represents that very mindset. Inspiration is an understatement!
How do you juggle being a model and an artist? Do you find that you have enough time for them both?
I’m lucky in that modelling and art go hand in hand. I can do my art wherever and whenever I want, so I can plan my day accordingly. I have always said that modelling is great for one thing in particular and that is networking. The core of most successful businesses is a good network of likeminded people. With modelling I get to meet so many different creatives that could potentially open more doors for me within the art world, so it really is a perfect match.
How do you stay in shape while you are travelling?
I tend to adapt to my surroundings and use whatever is around me at the time. I’m not a massive fan of indoor gym’s, so luckily on my last trip to Paris I lived down the road from an outdoor calisthenics gym. If it were to be raining, then I would stay at home and use my big 10kg speakers as weights and go from there. I love body weight workouts with high intensity and limited breaks, so I don’t need anything but myself most times.
Do you have any tips out there for men wanting to get into male modelling?
I’d say, take it seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. The best models out there are real people with real personalities, not the people who are blinded by their own beauty. One other tip is to always have something else you’re passionate about. Give yourself some added dimension, rather than just being beautiful for a living.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Eggs. I eat eggs every morning. I feel lost without eggs.
In the last few months you have lived and worked as a model in Paris and launched your own youtube channel. What can we expect to see from you in the next 12 months?
I’ll be the best damn Artist / Model this world has ever seen, I think 12 months is enough time to achieve that goal, haha. Expect to see creative collaborations with many big names, more YouTube videos and definitely an Art Exhibition or two. So much planned and so little time!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
I’ve been travelling for years now and nothing ever compares to Australia. We are seriously so blessed and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and the beauty this land has given me.
Be Sure to follow Mason on Instagram @_masonroberts
And check out his Youtube Channel !
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(All images sourced from Mason's profile on the Vivienne Models website.)