Monday, March 1, 2010

Interview And Contest With Male Model Seth

I would like to introduce a man that will take your breath away, both by his striking good looks and his upstanding views on topics such as women, romance, and what makes a man a hero.

He has modeled for many well known clients including SEARS, Invisalign, Landway Fleece, XBox 360, and Motorola which means, if you are like me, you can't help but feel you've seen him before. He has a very classic GQ sort of look with his lightly salted hair and chiseled facial features, yet on the flip side, he can exude the sexy bad-boy guise that some of us just can't resist.

Please make welcome, Male Model Seth.

Past The Print: Welcome to the blog, Seth. I am so glad you were able to take time out of your busy schedule to be here this week. Many of my readers were anxiously awaiting your arrival. Admittedly, I was as well. So, please, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Seth: I am the youngest of three children and am originally from the East coast. I was raised in the suburbs outside of Boston and I moved to the Los Angeles area, where I now live, when I was sixteen along with my mother and sister.

Past The Print: I see that you had gotten into modeling at age 38. It seems a strange age for someone to suddenly become a model. What happened in your life that sparked this move?

Seth: My entrance into the world of modeling was completely a fluke. At the time I was doing some consulting, personal training, and writing on fitness & nutrition. A men’s fitness magazine has started a readership model contest and I decided to enter. I did a quick photo shoot with a photographer friend and I submitted to the magazine. Well, I didn’t win…I didn’t even place, but I had these images left over. Just for fun, I posted them up on one of the modeling community websites. Three days later I was hired for my first modeling gig.

Past The Print: So, what was your first modeling gig?

Seth:  It was a fitness/beach shoot for Empyrean Photography. We shot for about three hours down in Laguna Beach, CA and I did a lot of climbing up on rocks, standing in the surf, and getting pounded by waves. A little modeling tip: when doing shoots in the surf it helps to have on dive booties or water socks so you don’t fall over every time a wave comes in.

Past The Print: What did you used to do before modeling?

Seth:  My business background is in brand and product marketing. I got into personal training and teaching self-defense when I was in college to make money on the side.

Past The Print: I truly feel like I’ve seen you before. What kinds of things have you modeled for?

Seth:  Most of my work is on the commercial print/ lifestyle side. I have done a lot of projects where I was cast as the father or husband. I have worked on shoots for Motorola, Xbox 360, Allen Sports, Landway Fleece, Amgen, etc.

Past The Print: Your pictures are amazing and your body is in top physical condition. Have you ever been asked to be a cover model for a book?

Seth:  No, but I am still hopeful ;)

Past The Print: I'm very hopeful for you too. Do you have a favorite project that you’ve worked on?

Seth:  I have been very lucky in the projects I have worked on. Two come to mind off the top of my head; one was clothing shoot up in the mountains where the conditions were just perfect. We were shooting outside in the snow and a light snowfall continued the whole day as we shot. It was like something out of a movie. The 2nd was the shoot for Motorola which took place at this amazing architectural home in San Francisco. The house was four-stories high and had these giant windows that looked out over the city. It was gorgeous.

Past The Print: I imagine with modeling, there is a good deal of traveling. Where are some places you have traveled?

Seth:  I personally have traveled a good deal (China, Thailand, Iceland, Israel, Spain, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.), but not for modeling.

Modeling is a business and usually they will cast a project locally. If they can’t find the talent they need or if the client wants a specific individual then they will fly them in, but it is not as common as people think it is.

Most of my shoots have been in California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, etc) and a few in Miami.

Past The Print: Do you have a favorite location?

Seth:  Wow, tough question. I have been blessed to see a lot of great places; Southeast Asia is gorgeous, Iceland is amazing, and the Dead Sea in Israel is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I am really not sure I could make a choice. They are all beautiful and all different.

Past The Print: I’m sure modeling has its perks, but I imagine there are days when it is difficult and exhausting. What are things you find the most difficult about the job? What is the easiest?

Seth:  Modeling really isn’t all that glamorous. Call times on a full-day shoot are usually 6AM or earlier and the days run long. The work is fun, but by the end of a shoot I am usually beat.

I think the easiest part about the job is the work itself. Once you are shooting and the energy between the model and the photographer is flowing the time seems to fly.

Past The Print: Have you ever posed “nude” or “semi-nude”?

Seth:  I have posed semi-nude, shirtless and a bit less, but I have never posed nude.

Past The Print: What would be your most embarrassing moment in modeling?

Seth:  I would say my most embarrassing moment in modeling was when I was doing a shoot on the beach and as I was trying to pose, there were these teenagers down the beach who were watching, laughing, and making fun of my poses. It was embarrassing.

Past The Print: Well, I suppose jealousy comes in many forms, and many complex ones where teenagers are concerned. I read on your website that you are also a Certified Personal Trainer (ACE), an Advanced Open Water Diver (PADI), and a self-defense instructor. First off, how do you find the time to do it all?

Seth:  Well, my experience and certifications have come over many years. I started off in the martial arts when I was in high school and then picked-up personal training in college and later scuba diving.

The tricky part is staying current. I still read a lot of fitness magazines and fitness journals, and I teach self-defense classes when I can, but my diving is pretty confined to vacations and the occasional day trip to Catalina Island.

Past The Print: Since most of my readers are women, I think self-defense is an important topic to discuss. What would you consider the most important things women should remember when it comes to self-defense?

Seth:  Great question. I have taught women’s self-defense courses in the past and the one key element I try to drive home is awareness. We live in a world filled with constant distractions; text messages, cell phone calls, etc. When you are walking somewhere, whether to your car or just down the street, you need to be focused on where you are, what is around you, and any potential threats. That may sound a little paranoid, but truly the best way to prevent a physical encounter is to avoid the situation completely. In class we even talk about how to walk through a parking garage. As you probably have heard, you want be aware, confident, and have your keys in your hand, but you also don’t want to walk directly next to a pillar or doorway where someone could be hiding. If there are mirrors hanging in the garage, use them to see what is around you. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to follow your intuition (women in general have a more developed sense of intuition than men do). If the situation feels somehow wrong, don’t go into it. That could mean waiting until other people are around or just taking a moment to discern what exactly seems wrong and taking the appropriate steps.

Past The Print: Are you currently teaching any self-defense courses?

Seth:  I try to teach as often as I can. I am one of the staff instructors at the Silver Crane Dojo in Chatsworth, CA. They have an on-going women’s self-defense program that runs the 2nd Saturday of every month. http://www.silvercranedojo.com/.

Past The Print: What are some of your other past times or hobbies?

Seth:  I like to stay active so I do a good amount of physical activity; I bike, workout in the gym, run stairs, and take spinning classes. I also love to walk which is great because I live in an area that has a lot of nice areas to go for a stroll.

On the quieter side, I read a lot (I usually have two or three books on my nightstand), go to movies, and hang out with friends at local restaurants or coffee shops.

Past The Print: And since this is a romance blog, I hope it doesn’t bother you to answer a few questions that are a bit more personal. For starters, are you married? single? in a relationship?

Seth:  I am single.

Past The Print: From looking at your photos, I can tell that one of your greatest assets is your chest. I have to say that some of my readers even have their own “chest collections” and I wouldn’t be surprised to see yours added after this interview. On that note, what is your favorite asset on a woman?

Seth:  LOL…wow, there is a lot I like to look at. I would say the first thing is a woman’s eyes. You can tell a lot from the eyes; whether they are sad, happy, or full of excitement. From there, in terms of assets, I would say butt and legs. I do love a good set of buns and a nice set of legs. ;)

Past The Print: What is your idea of the perfect romantic date?

Seth:  I am pretty uncomplicated when it comes to dating and I live by the water so my perfect romantic date would probably involve walking along the water to one of the small local places nearby. Sitting and having dinner; listening to the sound of the waves, the feeling of the wind coming off of the water, and just enjoying each others company.

I think a romantic evening is about the connection, so it doesn’t really matter where you are – walking on the beach, a rainy day indoors, or a snowball fight outside (very popular currently).

BTW – I throw a mean snowball. My throwing speed is just OK, but I am very accurate.

Past The Print: What is something a woman can do to gain your full attention?

Seth:  Hit me with a snowball…just kidding.

Quite simply: kindness, confidence, and compassion. There is nothing sexier than a woman who has a sense of herself and has a kind heart. There is no artifice or arrogance, no desire to make sure you know who she is, she simply is.

I think as I have gotten older I learned to put more emphasis on what’s inside. Not that I don’t appreciate a beautiful woman, but I put at least equal weight on who she is as a person.

If a women wants to gain my full attention she needs to be kind as well as charismatic, thoughtful as well as beautiful, and have a heart that comes through her words, her actions, and the twinkle in her eye.

Past The Print: Is there anyone is this world you'd really like to meet?

Seth:  There are a lot of people I would like to meet – some are political figures, some scientists, and some philosophers. I amazed at the brilliance that is out there and people’s ability to connect, through either their words or actions, with others that they have may never met before.

I recently got to meet fitness model/writer Jamie Eason which was nice. She is a sweet person and I was really very taken at how well she handled all her fans.

People that have that ability to be genuine and open with so many amaze me.

Past The Print: Is there anything you cannot resist indulging upon?

Seth:  Dark chocolate and we are talking about the good stuff here – 70% cocoa or higher. I buy one particular brand that is 87% cocoa. Some people don’t like it that high, but I love it.

Past The Print: We love to read about courageous and bold heroes, who save the day—and the woman—in our romance novels. What do you think is the most important virtue a man should have?

Seth:  I’ll give you three that I think are critical: Courage, Compassion and Humility.
  • Courage to accept your obligations and do what you can to help those around you, even to stay present when you know you can’t help.
  • Compassion, because we are all on this planet together and, as much as possible, we need to try to appreciate the circumstances of those around us.
  • Humility (this is one I would like to see a lot more of these days), because each of us is simply part of a larger framework and none of us is innately better than any other, some of us have just been more blessed.
Past The Print: Who would you regard as your hero?

Seth:  The more I read and hear about him the more I respect Albert Einstein. He was brilliant, that we all know, but he also had a sense of humor and didn’t take himself too seriously. I think the ability to realize greatness and still be humble and maybe even a little quirky (like the rest of us) is something to be honored.

Places to find Seth:
Modeling Website
Facebook Fan Page
MySpace

Past The Print: Thank you so much for being here and sharing your thoughts with us. As women, we love when a man is comfortable enough to get in touch with his feelings and also openly express them. After this week, I am certain you will have many new fans. Please come back anytime, Seth and let us know how your career is doing. We'd love to hear of your successes and see more great photos of you!

Anyone who leaves a comment or question for Seth on the blog will be automatically entered to win an autographed photo of Seth. And ladies, he's giving away the one with him in the leather pants and blindfold ;-) But you MUST leave your email address in the comment so we have a way of contacting you should your name be drawn.

One random winner will be drawn on Sunday March 7, 2010 and notified through their email address. Good luck to everyone!

*Want to see even more of Seth? Then DO NOT forget to come back on Wednesday when he will be the featured man for "Wake-Me-Up Wednesday". There will be lots of great new pictures!

43 comments:

Artemis said...

Good Morning Renee and Seth,

I thoroughly enjoyed your enlightening interview. Your subject of self-defense for women is greatly appreciated. Today, as women are attacked in broad daylight in the Wal-Mart parking lot, we need to be aware of our surroundings at all times. Basic self-defense is a must.

One question: Seth have you ever refused a modeling job, for whatever reason?

Renee, your choices for Dægan and Breandán are spot on!

Of course, I'll be back Wednesday.

Cynthia

cindersmaria@yahoo.com

heidi330 said...

Hi Seth, Great Interview.
How many book covers have you done and can you name a few? I wanted to see if I have them.

In the 80's I was one of those nutty woman who own every book Fabio was shown on. So I know for sure with your face on the cover I would have picked it up.
It's also great that you could start a different career later in your life and it be such a big sucess.
Thanks again and I hope to see you on lots of covers.
Heidi

heidi330 said...

I forgot my email
heidijohnjeff@verizon.net

thanks
Heidi

please enter me in the contest.

J Hali said...

WOW! A 'real' man. Intelligent, and he's got salt and pepper hair too! Why, oh why, can't just one publisher put you on a cover? I know it would entice me to look further, and probably buy! I enjoy looking at a handsome face and a gorgeous body (you have both!) but do they all have to look like boys?

Have you contacted publishers or sent your portfolio to any? Would you consider posing for e-book covers?

Renee, thanks for sharing a little of Seth with us. Awesome interview! Oh, okay, I certainly did look at the pictures, but then I read everything. *grins* I'll be back Wednesday.

joannhali at yahoo.com

Virginia C said...

A lovely interview with a lovely gentleman! Seth, I noticed from your photos that you never look the same in any picture. Are you somewhat of a chameleon? What type of books do you like to read? Any favorite books from your youth?

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Renee Vincent said...

Artemis: Thank you for coming to the blog today...so glad to see you. And I'm also glad you like my choices for Dægan and Breandán.

J Hali: I'm so glad to see someone else who loves a bit of "salt & pepper" in a man's hair. For me, there is just a certain appeal to that look. It seems to say "I am a man who's been around the block a time or two and I am certainly capable of handling himself."
A man who is confident and comfortable with his age is a big turn on.

Virginia and Heidi330: Thanks for coming to the blog and great questions, BTW.

Anonymous said...

Wow, a few questions. :)

Cynthia - Yes, I have turned down a few projects. Some for financial reasons, others because of content. I won't do any shoots in which I am smoking (trying to be a bit of a role model) or any that involve violence towards women or animals.

Heidi - I have not done any romance novel covers yet...but we'll see :)

Joan - I really have not contacted any of the publishers, but I would love to do an e-book cover :)

Virginia - Thanks you so much. Sometimes on a shoot the model and photographer will discuss the look they want for the shoot and that will help me to take on the proper persona to capture the image they are looking for - so yes I do try to change a bit to match the photographers vision. Reading wise, I am on a classics kick right now so I just finished "For the Whom the Bell Tolls" by Hemingway and I am now reading "Walden" by Thoreau, "French for Dummies", and the "Art of Marketing" by Gagliardi. My favorite book from childhood "Where the Wild Things Are" was recently made into a movie. :)

Seth

Beth said...

Wow! All those pictures look great.
Love the interview. Hope you do get to do book covers. I would love to see that. You have a 'real person' look. Not overly muscled like some I've seen.

carolcobun@yahoo.com

Virginia C said...

Thanks for your reply, Seth! My favorite childhood book and movie are one in the same: "Dr. Dolittle" (original version). I have always loved animals!

Now, as far as your "Romance Cover": You have a "Gallic" look in your photos (and you are reading "French For Dummies"). I can definitely see you on the cover of a great romance where the hero is of French descent and the owner of the family vineyard. I don't know if you enjoy wine, but Zinfandels and Cabernets are recommended to accompany dark chocolate : )

Becke Davis said...

Great interview, Renee! Seth really does look familiar, especially in those wintery scenes. It's interesting that Seth came into modeling at an older age than you would think - I think a lot of women prefer models who don't look like college kids!

Chasidy said...

As much as I tried to pry my eyes away from the photos, I did manage to do so enough in order to read the interview itself.

Love the interview, Renee! Keep them coming. Look forward to Wake-Me-Up-Wednesday. :D

Btw, perhaps I need to start my own "chest collection" as well. ;)

chasidyyasay@yahoo.com

Renee Vincent said...

Thanks for stopping by, Beth.

Becke: His face is VERY familiar and even my husband said, "I've seen him in our horse apparel catalogs". And I'm with you...the twenty year old body is over-rated at times.

Chasidy: OMGoodness, it's wonderful to see you here! It's been so long. Thanks for coming to the blog.

Glad you could 'drag' your eyes long enough to write a comment too. hahah

See ye Wednesday!

Keri Stevens said...

Seth,
Great interview. I give you high marks for being a fellow personal trainer (and keeping cigarettes--even pretend ones--out of your mouth).

I think your age is an advantage. I, for one, don't care for models whom I could have given birth to. Health, fitness and self-care don't end just because we hit age 23.

As for you looking familiar . . . I think you look like Heath Ledger might have if he'd gotten to grow up.

(Keri--who is a big fan of the Ohio Valley Chest Collection.)

Monica Burns said...

Ok, can I just say that if I could ask for someone to be my hero Marcus in my Sicari series, Seth would be it! I love guys who aren't straight out of the cradle, and Seth has this wonderful edgy look to him. Great interview.

Fernanda Isabel said...

I real enjoy the interview to Seth, there is my question to Seth.
Has been increasingly the media through which agencies od model´s continue to hire models younger, dispite his age ( in my opinion hi show a image of maturity and have more experince in life)what he think of this choice and also compared to the enormous cachet that sometimes are paid.
Another question what his view when sometimes the models are considered responsible for having a perfect stereotype of an image perfect and create illusions in some girls who whants to beginnig is this career, but often in dispute all important measures of the perfect body models, as not to mention the psychological part.
For finish the photos are great Seth!!!

Nanda

Anonymous said...

Nanda -

Usted habla Espanol tambien o solamente Portugese? Yo no entiendo su pregunta en total, pero quizas en Espanol trato.

Anonymous said...

Virginia - Thank you for the recommendation. I do drink on occasion, but not too often. I have tried red wine with dark chocolate in the past and you are right, it's terrific. :)

Seth

Anonymous said...

Keri -

Thank. While I didn't think much of it at the time, it helped to grow up in a household where my father was pretty strict about healthy food. In other words, there was no Lucky Charms or Frosted Flakes in my house - I got granola, LOL.

For me, staying fit is part of my life so it is not a chore, just something I enjoy doing. Tonight is spin class night :)

Seth

ModelSeth said...

OK, now I have Google account :)

Fernanda Isabel said...

Hello again, iám portuguese not spanish,but you can answer in spanish...if is better for you.

Take care Seth

Stacy McKitrick said...

No questions. Just wanted to say I enjoyed the interview (and the pictures). I also want to be eligible for the drawing!

semckitrick(at)aol(dot)com.

Rosie Murphy w/a Gabriella Edwards said...

Well, if I'm not late to the party, then it just wouldn't be me!

Hi y'all! Renee and Seth, nice interview. I must agree that I do appreciate a...well-porportioned male body. Age? Oh, please! You said it, Becke: way out of college is so much better.
Keri, chest collection? Yes, indeedy and Mon, right on with Marcus...perfect!

ModelSeth said...

Fernanda -

Es posible a escribe su pregunta otra vez en Espanol? Yo no entiendo su pregunta usted escribe temprano

ModelSeth said...

Thank you Stacy :)

SiNn said...

awesome interview! the pictures are great My sister follows your work more then i do so seeing this interview made me apperciate why she follows your work

mortalsinn (AT) yahoo.com

ModelSeth said...

Wow, thank you everyone,. I appreciate all the kind words. I hope everyone's week is going well so far :)

Fernanda Isabel said...

Hello Seth i want to ask why the model agency continous to recruite young model not model´s like you, who show more maturite and more experience in life and what you thing about model´s give a image perfect to the young girl´s how want to fallow this career.

Thank you and have look lucky

fernanda

ModelSeth said...

Thank you Fernanda for your question. I will respond in English, but I am happy to do it in Spanish as well if you like (sorry, I don't speak Portuguese). Modeling agencies are responding to the needs of the fashion industry which is still very locked in some old-style thinking. There have been a number of complaints this year in the media about the models and how they have been photo-shopped to make them look unreal.

The good news is that things are starting to change. It is still very slow, but it is happening. People are tired of seeing very young girls and boys on the catwalks and in magazines. Fashion has a LONG way to go and they are moving at a snail's pace, but they are moving.

I hope to be working for years to come :)

Fernanda Isabel said...

Thank you for your answer,i think the fashion has to be change and give some opportunity to some people who don´t have the right messures 80-60-86, i now because i work in a shop who sell clothes for women´s with big size, and i now what they feel when they don´t find nothing to dress because they have lot of weight.

Nice to talk to you in enghish, and i hope you continue in this work for many years, good lucky.

Julian Fantechi said...

And he is a really cool guy too!!!!

ModelSeth said...

Hahaha..Thanks Julian :)

Andrea I said...

I enjoyed the interview and pictures. Thanks for the reminder that we need to stay aware for our protection.


ainfinger@comcast.net

Stephanie said...

Okay Renee, let me just start off by saying that I have never felt so woken up on a Wednesday! Hahaha

Anyhoo..that was a fabulous interview, I loved it! I really am bad at this questioning act because everything seems to be have covered by the above, so I will just leave some nice comments for now :) Seth: asides from the fact that you take excellent pictures (obviously) and seem like a very kind person, I admire how there's intellect behind you, and how you're the kind of guy a girl could actually carry a conversation with. It's all very amazing. I look forward to seeing more of you on this blog! Hmm, okay, I think I'm done now.

Buenos noches! ♥

ps. Renee....Henry Cavill=PERFECT :)

Stephanie said...

Oops, silly me. Ugh..I am so terrible at this.

2love.stephanie@gmail.com

There we go! Alrighttt, bye for real now! ♥

Debby said...

Great interview and great pics!!
debby236 at att dot net

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful interview...you seem beautiful inside and out. So nice that you mention such characteristics..... "I’ll give you three that I think are critical: Courage, Compassion and Humility"....how you elaborated on these made you all the more attractive.
My question...what would be the most romantic...or thoughtful thing that a lady could do for you...that would really make you smile from the inside out?
(pathofroses4me@yahoo.com)
~kimmie

Danielle said...

Hi Seth and Renee! Great blog. I think your poses are amazing. I find it awesome that you look for a woman's personality through her eyes versus say her breasts, butt, or legs first. I have a question/comment for you.
I am plus size so I get a lot of stares or snide looks and people assume I eat at fast food etc (which I do maybe once a month). I am actually really active playing women's slow pitch softball 3 days a week as a catcher and co-ed slow pitch softball double headers once a day as a pitcher.
Do you have any sports you like to play?
Would you ever consider going into the acting industry?
Danielle book.addict1977@gmail.com

ModelSeth said...

Hi Kimmie -

That's a tough question. The first thing that came to mind for me was when I was away at school in a different state and the girl I was seeing at the time would send me care packages. She would put in little items and things I couldn't get there locally, along with a card or a letter. It was very sweet and touching :)

ModelSeth said...

Hi Danielle -

I played Soccer, Lacrosse, and Wrestling in high school and then later skied competitively in college. Honestly, I joined the downhill ski team to become a better skier. I don't think my form got any better, but I ski much faster now. ;)

In terms of acting, I started college as an acting major and then switched to Psychology later on and got my degree in that. Every now and then I do get an acting job, but I wouldn't consider it my forte'. Actors train diligently to keep those skills sharp and I have not been putting in the time and classes to claim actor status.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, Seth...your throws are just OK but accurate none the less? Sounds like you need to put a little more zip into it. If my back was better, I'd take you on! Still not 100%...the team is drooling, still wanting that poster, too! Nice interview...as a former newspaper editor, I like that kind of stuff.

Nancy

gengirl54@comcast.net

Renee Vincent said...

First of all, I'd like to say 'thank you' to everyone who came to visit the blog this week. It was so great to have you here and I know Seth felt very welcomed by all of you. You guys, as always, are wonderful fans.

And the winner of Seth's autographed picture is...

Chasidy!!!
Congratulations darlin!

Kathi said...

All I can really say is "Wow!". Seth you are awesome inside and out. Your charm and wit match your looks, yet there is a soft tender side of yourself that you are not afraid to show. You will never guess how I ever came across you on this blog... very long story with someone who has used your picture for romancing unsuspecting women. But, now I do know you are a real person with a great attitude for life. I admire your natural abilities and your stand on setting a role for not smoking. You have a rugged exterior yet tenderness that shows deep in your eyes. Hope your career takes you far. Nice to know that older men can still enjoy life as much as you do. Staying single is not a bad thing, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. God has someone for each of us. Sometimes it is just Him.. and then before you know it... Man/Woman of your dreams is before you. Again good luck. Kathi

seth said...

Thank you Kathi for the very nice note. I try to embrace a healthy lifestyle as much as possible. If there is any message I could get out there to the rest of the world with my work that really would be it.

I don't believe in strict limitations or absolutes in nutrition or exercise, but moderation in all things and just trying to embrace the moment.

Have a great week :)