Model Q+A: Maximilian Orlando

How do you get modeling jobs? Are you with an agency or freelance?

I’m currently signed with PUSH Models International agency in San Francisco, CA and get a lot of my bookings through them. However, I’ve always believed in the power of pursuing your passion -and one of mine is fashion- so I have definitely procured my own contracts many times throughout my modeling career.

What made you want to be a model?

I have always been into fashion. To me, fashion is art and engineering at it’s pinnacle form. Shapes, colors, styles, etc. The variance has always enchanted me. Being a model allows me to use fashion as a catalyst for self expression. That’s why I got into it.

What is the hardest part about pursuing modeling as a profession?

The hardest part about pursuing modeling is the rejection. Starting out is extremely hard, especially if you don’t have representation. I heard a thousand No’s before a single Yes. And that’s not an easy pill to swallow. Furthermore, you won’t make a ton of money in the beginning, so it becomes a financial burden to go on constant castings, book photoshoots to update your portfolio, eat healthy, exercise, maintain good skin care, etc.

What is the most fun?

I think that the best thing about being a model is the opportunity it provides you to travel & meet some extraordinarily creative individuals. I did a photoshoot with the coolest girl who was from Shanghai. It was such a vibe! That’s the beauty of this industry. It’s the raw, creative experiences and memories that will stick with you forever.

How do you respond to people who don’t believe in your goals?

I have always tried to ignore negativity. People always try to bring you down to make themselves feel better. With age, I’ve learned not to give people my energy who don’t deserve it. They can be detrimental to your career.

What advice do you have for people who want to model?

Anyone who wants to model should be involved in some form of competition. Learning about the pitfalls of life & having the ability to perform well under pressure are great tools for professional models.

What are your career aspirations and where can we find you next?

I would love to book an international campaign as the face of an African fashion line. I think that would be really cool! I’m currently attending castings for 2018 New York Fashion Week.


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