Fusion offers an exclusive behind the scenes look at the world of male modeling with a new special hosted by former model Pedro Andrade. The six-part series follows Cameron Keesling as an up and comer, visiting his former trailer park home in the state of Georgia and discovering the costs of experiencing the world as a model starting out. The special also includes interviews with established models Alex Lundqvist, RJ King and Clark Bockelman.
Interesting tidbits to take away from the feature:
- Models make about $40-150,000 on fragrance campaigns.
- Models do most editorials for free.
- Commercial (catalogue, commercials, etc.) models enjoy more of a longterm career.
- Established catalogue models bring in about $200-300,000 a year.
- Starting out, catalogue models bring in $30-50,000.
- Top models can bring in upwards of $500,000 annually from one client.
- Clark Bockelman’s first shoot was with photographer Bruce Weber, who believed in him as a star.
- Clark has posed for a mannequin that will be in Calvin Klein stores.
- Cameron Keesling’s diet consisted of a protein bar, juice and water to get by.
- Cameron paid $1,200 a month for rent while staying in a model apartment.
- Modeling agencies pay up front for travel, lodging and food.
- Models don’t make any money until the debts to their agencies are paid off.
- As of filming, Cameron hasn’t made any money modeling.
Watch the rest of the series on Fusion’s official Youtube channel.