By Tom Peaks @MrPeaksNValleys
He certainly has the “WOW” Factor! He’s totally chill in a manner that only a true Southern California boy can be chill. Even his name is chill…Timmy Tommy is what his fans and friends call him. Tim Adam is what his agency calls him. In true fashion, he was chill about me calling him whatever I wanted. His wit is a gift…so is his charm. Tim has a completely disarming quality about him. He is seriously driven in his quest to entertain people and enjoys pushing some artistic boundaries to be noticed. The San Diego native naturally loves the beach and surfing, and his attractive, unmanageable hair has a perpetual salt-in-the-air look. Let’s get to know Timmy Tommy.
With his interview, enjoy images by photographer Darren Tieste.
So, Tim, first some basics: What is your age, weight, and height? Hair/eye color? Birthday? What agency represents you? What is your hometown & current residence? What is your ancestry?
Stats are always important in this industry! I’m 24, 6’3”, 175 pounds. Currently rockin’ brown hair with hazel eyes. Birthday is 09-19-1991 and I’m with David Todd Model Management. I was born and raised in San Diego and finally made the move up to LA last February. My nationality is Hungarian (thus the olive skin).
What were you like in high school? I’m guessing the class clown! Was modeling a dream of yours at that time? Tell us about those initial post high-school years.
Haha modeling was never even a thought in high school. I was lanky, goofy, and definitely the class clown! I really wanted to get into improv comedy because I was so quick witted and really enjoy making people laugh.
Before we jump in further, it is hard to find social media images or Snapchats of you without an animal in it? Talk about your love for animals. Where does that come from? What pets do you have? Is there some pet or animal you would love to own one day when you live in a sprawling mansion?
I’ve always loved animals!! Ever since I was young my family has had kittens, dogs, fish, and geckos! We even used to have piranhas! Currently it’s too hard for me to have my own animal because I wouldn’t be home enough to care for it! But I plan on getting a dog or two when all this traveling settles down. The dogs on my Instagram are (photographer Darren) Tieste’s Pomeranians and the kitten we rescued from the streets! I feel like animals are always drawn to me and I love it!!
How and when did you end up in modeling? Tell us about that experience.
Modeling never even crossed my mind until I was working at Hollister while getting my Bachelor’s Degree. Our district manager was in charge of opening all the new stores in Asia and she asked me and a couple of my friends who worked there if we would be interested traveling all around Asia opening all the new Hollister stores! I thought this adventure would be amazing, but when she said that it was for a full year and I would have to drop out of school, I had to deny the offer. Watching all my friends travel and model for Hollister got me really jealous and got my gears turning on how I could do what they were doing. A year later I walked in to David Todd’s office and began that adventure!
So, Tim, what did you get your degree in?
I got my B.A. in Business Marketing from Point Loma Nazarene University. I loved the school because my dorm was LITERALLY on the ocean, so I was able to surf after studies.
So is it fair to describe you as one who enjoys attention with an exhibitionist streak?
Haha as an entertainer and a model, I’ve always pushed the limits on what I can do to get a response from people. I’ve always loved doing things where people can’t help but say “WOW”. I don’t think there’s a better way to find yourself than to push the boundaries. Art should evoke that “WOW” factor, and I think that’s more where I’m focusing in modeling. The way I’m standing out in this industry is by pushing the envelope and not settling for meritocracy.
Tell us all about your very first shoot? What was it like? How nervous were you?
I was so nervous!! I’ve always been very photogenic but knowing that these images we’re going to be part of my book that defines me definitely made me more nervous. We shot on the beach, which if you haven’t noticed is my element, so it helped to relax me. —Tim.
I know Darren Tieste has shot you frequently. Some great images! Explain what it’s like when you have a special chemistry with a photographer like that.
Tieste is like a father figure to me. Being a model in Australia before picking up photography, he’s taught me how to really “give it” to the camera and work my angles. His work is incredible, and I would definitely recommend working with him if you haven’t had a chance.
So what are a few of your funniest stories related to living the life of a model…either from a perk, a fan, or story from the set?
I think one of the funniest experiences being a model is when you run into fans. I was at Six Flags getting onto a roller coaster, and two fans sat behind me and they were like “I wonder if timmytommy is going to scream like a girl on this ride”. I turned around gave them a wink and said “I guess we’re about to find out.” They loved it.
What are some of the coolest castings you have attended?
Lol I’m yet to experience a cool casting. Standing in line with 400 others waiting for a few digitals pretty much sums up my experience with castings.
Tim, what are the things you like most about modeling?
The thing I like most about modeling is creating images that people can enjoy!! I was never artsy growing up so I missed out on that part of life. I’m really happy that I was able to find this creative outlet through modeling to express who I am.
What are your career ambitions?
I have huge career ambitions. Whether it be through modeling or acting, I’m ready to join the spotlight with other celebrities as an entertainer. Combining my looks with my outgoing personality, I see some big things in the future. I’m teaming up with a couple friends and we’re going to be putting out a lot of content in the next couple of months!!
Content…what type of content? What platform will you be using?
The platform we’re going to be using is Vine. A lot of the big vine users aren’t as active as they used to be on it, so they’re leaving room for us to dominate the platform. Lots of funny relatable videos coming! I’m sure everyone will love them .
Who are some photographers you dream to shoot with?
I’ve got a list and they’re mostly all in NYC! I’m definitely going to have to make a trip out there soon. My bucket list consists of Chuando and Frey, Brian Jamie (he just started following me on instagram <3), Rick Day, John Russo, and Leonardo Corredor.
Who is your male modeling inspiration(s)?
I was actually just talking with him the other day about this! Elliott Law of DT Model Management. That guy has literally the most perfect body proportions I’ve ever seen and will be my body inspiration goals until I get there. I had the pleasure of working along side him for Desnudo Magazine (coming next issue) and we immediately hit it off and have become good friends since.
From where or whom did you get your sense of humor?
100% from my dad. He’s the funniest guy I’ve ever known, and he knows when to switch from professional to goofball. That skill is a rare talent, and it shows a high level of self awareness and maturity.
You mentioned improv comedy earlier. Is that still on the table…perhaps a gateway into acting?
My main focus right now is modeling but it definitely would make a good transition into acting. I love to entertain, so however best I figure out how to entertain others I’ll do!! So far people have been loving my Instagram content.
That hair on your head, Tim, it has a life of its own!!!! What’s up with that?
My Hair…oh boy where do I begin! No matter how much product I’ve used it always seems to break free and express itself as it pleases. I get hair cuts every two months but it grows so fast that people can never tell. You know what they say, you either get hair on your head or everywhere else!
So I know you love motorcycles and playing football. But, like a true Southern California boy, you also love to surf. The world has stereotypes of the surfer dude…how many of those apply to you?
Haha the world loves its stereotypes. I surf because it’s a great escape from my iphone and also a great workout. The rest is up for you to judge 😉
What is something people would be surprised to learn about Timmy Tommy?
Most people assume I must be outside and tan a lot because I’m so dark, but my tan stays year round since I’m Hungarian. I actually spend most of my time in the gym or hanging out with friends indoors.
Now the Flash Bulb Round…..quick, simple responses:
–Favorite all-time movie? White Chicks hands down funniest movie ever
–Fave 2 slang words that you use? Dude and hella
–The 2 exercises that you find most beneficial to you? Crunches and Dips!!
–Favorite underwear brand & style? CK all day, boxer brief style
–Favorite sin food? In-n-out
–Favorite vacation spot? Yosemite
–What political issue could make you become an activist? None lol
–Your biggest vice? I have a sliiiight obsession with Karl Strauss blue moon.
–What physical feature(s) do people compliment you on the most? Eyes, smile, and this crazy hair.
–What do you wear to bed? No ones wear clothes to bed in California 😉
I know you love engaging with fans. What is the best way on social media for people to reach out to you?
DM me on instagram!! Since social media has became the biggest tool for marketing myself I’m always near my phone. I’m pretty busy but I try to respond to as many messages as I can! If you want to follow my daily lifestyle, I would definitely say follow my Snapchat, Timmy_Tommy. I post on a lot of content on there but it’s not too overwhelming.
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Lens Master Darren Tieste grew up with photographer parents, so his career in photography started from a young age, working in his parents Studio/Lab in school holidays and on weekends. After studying photography Darren’s first professional job was at the age of 20 for Dolly Magazine, sine then he’s never looked back.
With over 19 years of shooting experience Darren’s career has taken him all over the world, USA, Middle East, Asia and Australia with a diverse client base. Darren’s advertising clients include Diet Coke, Colgate Optic White, Milani Cosmetics, Lacoste, Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, Belvedere Vodka, Shangri La Hotels, Samsung, Nokia & Penshoppe.
Darren has shot for most publications – Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Prestige, Remix, Premier and Cleo magazine’s to name a few.
Darren published his first book called “The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer – Edition1” in November 2011. All the money raised from sales was donated to two charities, for more details go to www.thebeautybook.org Darren is currently shooting “The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer -Edition 2” featuring all new famous faces
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