PnV Network Exclusive Interview with Charlie
Pics by Jerrad Matthew for Underwear Expert
Interview by Tom Peaks @MrPeaksNValleys
You have seen Charlie Matthews in countless magazines, billboards, department store ads, and runways. He has worn many of the biggest brands in fashion, and shot with numerous high-profile photographers. But Charlie never behaves like he’s an entitled male model; he is humble, hard-working and disciplined. He relentlessly pursues excellence with a strong drive to succeed. At the moment, Charlie is in NYC where he just signed with Soul Artist Management. Let’s get to know the real Charlie Matthews:
Accompanying Charlie’s interview are images from a recent shoot for the blog, Underwear Expert by photographer Jerrad Matthew (see links at end of story).
Let’s start with the basics, Charlie, what is your weight/height? Hair/eye color? Ancestry? What is your hometown and current city of residence? What agencies represent you?
I am 6’1, 175 pound with dark brown hair and blue/green eyes. I am 1st generation Serbian American. My hometown is Yorba Linda and I am currently living in Los Angeles. I am represented by DT Model Management LA, Soul Artist Management New York, Next Miami, Nevs London, Fashion Milan.
You went from grocery store clerk to an international model, that’s a big career climb! So, tell us the story of how working in the supermarket became a launching pad for modeling.
I was discovered by my actual manager working at a local grocery store in Yorba Linda. It took 6 months for me to agree to modeling, and my life has completely changed since then.
When agencies first took a look at you, I understand they rejected you for being overweight. How did they make you feel? What did you do following this rejection?
When agencies first rejected me my thought was it was a lot harder than I thought, so following the rejection I put a lot of time in the weight room and over time I was able to lean out a bit to try and visit these agencies again.
Your parents were both in the modeling/acting industry. Tell us about their careers. How did they respond when you told them you were going to pursue modeling?
My dad was more successful as an actor instead of a model because my dad’s height was at 6’5. He introduced me to the world of modeling and was trying to get me into it at a young age but my passion was playing sports and that’s what I wanted to do then.
Are you pursuing any further education? I know you love graphic design; tell us about that.
As of now I am not pursuing any further education. I’ve done 2 years at Cal State Fullerton majoring in Graphic Design, and my favorite thing about it is creating logos, websites and gaming content.
So, Charlie, what was your first big shoot? Looking back now, how would you describe how anxious you were?
My first ever big shoot was in New York shooting a holiday campaign for Target. I didn’t know what to expect since it was my first shoot. When I got on set the atmosphere was amazing. The whole staff was super laid back, fun, and very energetic.
How do you feel today when you’re in front of the camera? Is there still an adrenaline rush from excitement? Boredom from how tedious it can be? Pressure from pleasing a client and photographer?
Standing in front of the camera today is exciting because I get to show everyone who I really am. Whenever I have any kind of job coming up, I make sure I leave a good first impression; I’m always energetic and show how excited I am to be part of this. Every job I worked with has gone very well and had no problems with photographers or clients.
You do a lot of traveling to model (and document much of it on your cool Youtube channel). Tell us about some of your favorite or most exotic locales. I know you spent about 2 months shooting in South Korea.
Spending a half a year in Asia was a cultural shock to me especially when I was starting. Some of the locations I shot at were jaw dropping amazing. One of my favorite exotic locations was in Baler in the Philippines. I stayed a nice resort in the middle of the jungle shooting for a magazine called Galore which happens to be my first ever magazine shoot.
So, Charlie, does Abercrombie & Fitch have you on speed dial? Tell us about your relationship with them.
When I worked with them for the first time I was really excited to work with this A&F. Since day 1 I hit it off great with them and ever since then they keep bringing me back to work for the brand.
You have been in so many publications, billboards & other media. If you could only put two of these in a scrap book to re-visit in 50 years, which would make the cut?
I would say my first job which was Target and Jeremy Scott look book I did with Sara Sampaio.
You have worn countless brands from Nautica to Hilfiger to Calvin Klein. First, do you sometimes have to pinch yourself at how amazing that is? Secondly, what are a couple of brands you would love to wear one day?
Working with those brands has just been unreal and I am very humble and fortunate to have them give me such a great opportunity like this. A few brands I would love to wear are Givenchy and Armani.
And you have worked with some amazing photographers, so I would never ask your favorite. But, what were a couple of actual shoots that stood out to you for one reason or another?
Everyone that I worked with have been amazing; however , some shoots that stood out to me and helped my career was shooting editorials such as Caleo Magazine, Arena Homme + and Adon magazine because I was able to use these images for my book and they are very well known magazines in the business.
You did a shoot with Alice Hawkins that somehow always intrigued me. I think because it seemed so out of character for you, wearing some unusual but sexy attire in very public places. Tell us about that shoot and the experience.
The experience of this shoot was out of my league but in a very good way. It was one of my first major high fashion magazine shoot and I had no idea what to expect. There was a lot of risk taking involved, but I was able stay focused and in the zone lol.
More recently, you shot a violent editorial for Adon Magazine. Tell us the story behind that.
Well the story of the shoot was 2 cops and a robber, so I ended up playing a robber. The shoot was very interesting. It was also high fashion. The people on set were awesome and everyone knew each other.
So you have done runway, editorial, fashion, catalog, underwear….the list goes on & on. What do you enjoy the most?
Everything, I like meeting diversity of people in the business and whats cool about it is meeting people from all over the world.
What is your personal fashion style?
How important is social media to you?
Social Media is important to everyone, especially in the business, because people, clients, brands etc, see what your all about and how you express yourself and show your work to the world.
I’ve known you for a good while, Charlie. And I have always felt like you take modeling as a career far more seriously than most models with whom I am acquainted. You are extremely disciplined not just in the gym (as most models are) but in your career development and decision-making. In your mind, do you think that’s true
This is true, but it’s also having fun with it too. If you want to set goals in life you have to go after it and it all starts with your work ethic and hustling.
Tell us about the days you roomed in LA with models Austin Scoggin, Braeden Wright, Lucas Fernandez and Nic Palladino. Give us the scoop on what that was like. Who was the messiest roomie?
They are super down to earth people and I have never problems with them. I would say I was the messiest because I would leave my gym clothes everywhere haha.
What advice do you give young models? LA is full of people wanting to be discovered. What is the secret to success and longevity?
My advice to give you guys is never give up! Keep working hard to find the right person who is willing to work with you to reach your goals. Never give up.
Tell us in a broad overview about your fitness routine.
I work out twice a day, 1 muscle group a day. Cardio early in the morning and then weights later in the afternoon.
What’s next for Charlie Matthews?
Time for the Flash Bulb Round…fast, quick responses:
–Favorite sin food: pizza
–Favorite: a) action movie b) comedic: Gladiator and Step Brothers
–2 physical features that you get the most compliments on: Eyes/Eyebrows
–What do you wear in bed: pajamas
–2 Male Model inspirations: my dad/Sean O’Pry
–Favorite place to escape reality: Beach
–Favorite US city to visit: Anaheim
–Favorite: a)superhero b) animated Disney character: Superman & Mickey
What are the best ways for people to reach out to you on social media?
Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, snapchat.
Here is how to find Charlie:
You can find photographer Jerrad Matthew on social media:
Check out the blog, Underwear Expert, too: