My Boyhood Dream

My Boyhood Dream

As a boy I always dreamed of being an elite athlete of some kind and being sponsored by one of the big brands of world. Nike, Adidas or Billabong, whatever brand it was I didn’t care. I just wanted to be sponsored. During my teens I played every sport under the sun getting home from school at 7pm most weekdays. I always had some sort of sporting activity on after school. But I just couldn’t quite crack any of my chosen sports to a level at which I excelled enough to go professional and “be sponsored”. This inner desire has never left me, and although sport is not my profession, I strongly believe this desire has helped me enormously in my modelling career. It kept me focussed, hungry for success and still keeps me the driven person I am today, just in a different path to those childhood dreams. I wouldn’t say being a model is the same as being a sponsored professional athlete in this world, but to me it’s the closest I’ll get to that dream. Being good enough to represent a brand. I’ll paint the picture for you. It was the 7th of January 2016, a day I will remember for years to come. I was sitting at lunch with my mom in Newlands (Cape Town) when  I received a text from my agent which read “Do you have an image of yourself fishing in your most recent Deep Sea Tuna Fishing trip?” This was somewhat different to my usual conversations with Roxy (My Booker). As the universe / fortune had it I had been on a deep sea fishing charter the previous week, catching some sizeable Yellow Fin...