PnV Exclusive Interview:
by Chris Chase @PnVMaleModelHQ
A fun game for me is finding an amazing photo and having to hunt to find out who the model is. The greatest invention of our time is the reverse image search. If you invented that, high five! A few months ago I stumbled across an amazing photo. It was like finding gold. So I went to the reverse image search app and found out the model was Brian Altemus. I went straight to Instagram and found Brian. I contacted him and to my surprise this newbie was a very approachable guy. Brian and I began to chat and I realized he MUST be a PnV Feature Model! What I’ve learned is that Brian is a deep, thoughtful well rounded guy that’s a great role model! Here’s our interview featuring photos from lens master Adam Raphael.
Chris Chase: Hello Brian!
Brian Altemus: Hey Chris! How’s it going?
CC: I’m good bud. Thanks for taking a few minutes to speak with me. Let’s start with your basic modeling statistics.
BA: Brian Altemus,Height: 6’2”, hair color: Brown eyes, color: Hazel birthday: April 30th, hometown: Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Agency: Next Miami (mother agency) and Fusion NYC.
CC: Like I said in the beginning, you’re relatively new to the business. How long have you been in the business and what drove you to be a model?
BA: I’ve been in the business for a pretty short time actually. I signed with Next a Month before my Birthday of 2015, so it was a little over a year ago. I was scouted at a music festival, so it was never on my mind before then, but I knew that if I decided to take Next up on their offer it would be full of incredible experiences and a good way for me to help pay for a college education.
CC: So you’re out for a fun evening and stumble upon a career! Tell what personal and professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
BA: From a professional standpoint, I’ve accomplished a lot since the start of my career considering that I’ve been in school during the entirety of it. Last summer I walked in the New York Men’s fashion week after arriving in New York with only a few days left of castings for the shows. Every time I have breaks from school, my agents have had jobs waiting for me with commercial clients as well as some high fashion clients as well. I’m taking a semester off from school though this upcoming fall of 2016, so there is a lot more to come as far as my professional accomplishments, so just keep your eye out. As far as personal accomplishments go, in high School I was the co-head of Events Council, a member of the Senior Leadership Team, a three year Head Student Ambassador, the captain of my squash Team, and was nominated to speak at graduation. Since I’m only one year into my college career, I have yet to make as big of an impression, but I did continue with my squash career and was a part of the team that earned the 26th spot in the country this season. My greatest personal accomplishment though has been the ability to balance a modeling career, a college varsity sport, education, and still find the time to hang with friends and the ones I love.
CC: Brian you’re quite the well rounded young man! What are your long term aspirations?
BA: I’ve been given an incredible opportunity, in terms of my career. I also have an incredible opportunity to go to college and pursue a life with education in the more classic sense. If I could combine the two of these, real-world experience with a high level education, and make something of it to help others, that’s the goal. I have no clue what that looks like, but I’m okay with an empty canvas right now.
CC: I know this is a loaded question but if you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?
BA: I would be going to College full time and trying to find a job for the summer. I passed up the opportunity to work out in Colorado at a restaurant with a lot of my close friends from high school, so that would have been a really fun time, but I can’t pass up the experiences that come with modeling, it’s just too good to be true.
CC: Being a model it’s imperative you stay in great shape. What does your workout routine look like?
BA: My workout routine starts very early in the morning. Since I have to constantly be on my toes, ready to go anywhere my agents tell me, the only sensible time to workout is in the early hours of the day. I usually wake up around 5:30, slap myself awake a little bit, drink some water, then run the 15 blocks to planet fitness. It’s a good warm up, and gets my blood going. I lift weights for about 45 minutes to an hour, then do a ten-minute AB’s exercise. I get bored of going to the gym though, so every so often I take a run on the west side of the city along the river. My sport requires a lot of hip and leg strength so most of workouts are geared towards that as well.
CC: If I ran 15 blocks you’d have to follow me in an ambulance! What is a perfect day for Brian?
BA: A perfect day… I think I would honestly just be surfing for the majority of the day then hanging with my close friends for the rest of the day and night. I would have said surfing all day, but there’s a certain validity to the statement that happiness is only true when shared.
CC: What’s your favorite cheat food?
BA: Double stuffed Oreos and Milk, give me those two things and I’ll do anything. If we’re going to be completely honest here though, and anyone who knows me at all would tell you this, I still rely on my fast, young metabolism to allow me to stay in decent shape even after eating a whole sleeve of double stuffed Oreos or anything else unhealthy.
CC: You are preaching to the choir! My addiction is sweet tea and cupcakes! What do you do in your spare time?
BA: When it comes to spare time I have a pretty healthy mix of alone time and time with friends. I absolutely love hanging with close friends, whether we play basketball, rock climb, sit around and do nothing, it doesn’t matter. It’s always a good time. But I definitely need my time alone to read and write, organize my room, practice some squash, or just sit and be with myself for a little while. Self reflection without distraction is key to building character, and not much of it happens anymore with the devices we have that force us to always be busy.
CC: You know spending time by yourself recharging your batteries is necessary some days. Let’s do my favorites run down. Favorite TV show, movie, music, sports, Team?
BA: The Office is my favorite TV show of all time. If you have never watched it, that’s okay you can always become a better person, but if you watched it and didn’t like it or just “didn’t get it”… well I just don’t see us being good friends. My favorite movie is The Big Lebowski. My favorite sport is surfing (and yes it is a sport). I can’t actually say I have a favorite team because for the life of me I get so bored trying to follow anything for an entire season. I’ve tried doing fantasy leagues I’m just too all over the place to sit down and follow something for so long. I’m always going to root for Philly teams though.
CC: You and I can be friends then because that was my all time favorite show! Tell me something you’re not very good at?
BA: I’m awful at responding to text messages. I always tell people to call me if they want to talk to me because I hate texting.
CC: So I must say I learned that first hand. I’d see the “seen” on my messages to you for hours and then here comes your response! Lol. Who’s your childhood hero?
BA: I was definitely a super-man kind of kid.
CC: Okay it’s time to play desert island. Desert Island: one book, one movie, one food for the rest of your life. What are they?
BA: “Physicians Desk Reference… hollowed out, inside: water proof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, Nasa blanket, and… in case I get bored Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. No, Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban. Question: Did my shoes come off in the plane crash?” – Dwight Schrute.
Sorry, that’s just what immediately came to mind. For real though, I would bring Essays by Michele de Montainge, The Other guys, and my Grandmom’s famous lemon chicken.
CC: Where do you think I got the idea for the question?! If I asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
BA: They would tell you I’m the friend that’s always there for them no matter what, I think too much, and most of the time too nice for my own sake (just ask my freshman year roommate)… but then they would rip on me relentlessly for being a model, as any good friends would. One of my really close friends actually made a fan page for me where he posts either my modeling pictures or really embarrassing pictures from times when I’m around him or my other friends, makes these incredibly detailed, seemingly random captions and hash-tags. The reason they’re seemingly random is because it was primarily created for people who are close to me and know me, but it has actually gotten some attention and gained me some followers so I can’t complain.
CC: I follow that page! I think we may have been separated at birth 15 years apart. In one word describe yourself and tell me why.
BA: Introspective. I love to think, I love to read about thinking, I love to write about thinking, bottom-line is I’m constantly thinking. The things I enjoy most in my life are the things I can do subconsciously because it’s often hard for me to find things where my mind is completely and utterly acting in a natural state of mind. It’s not all bad though. My friends always come to me when they are situations they need help with because I can help them see bigger picture ideas and help them out by thinking everything through.
CC: Who inspires you today personally and professionally?
BA: My Mom has always been, and always will be, my inspiration. The strength that woman has is absurd. If I could be half the woman she is, I’ll be able to call myself a man. Jon Bellion though is another huge inspiration of mine, he’s an artists with an incredible sense of self and authenticity. There are not many people like him who I’ve seen that have kept such a level-headedness in the face of luxury and fame.
CC: In five years Brian Altemus…?
BA: I’m definitely more focused on making sure that every step I take forward from right now will be a step in the right direction so wherever I am in five years it will be the right place, no matter what.
CC: Tell me something few people know about you.
BA: I’m an incredibly spiritual person.
Mrs. Altemus you should be extremely proud. You have an amazing man as a son. For some people beauty is only skin deep. For Brian Altemus beauty is bone deep.
Model: Brian Altemus
Photographer: Adam Raphael