Field of dreams

Chad White Was on his Way to be­com­ing a pro base­ball player be­fore in­jury ended his dream. luck­ily, he found a new one: mod­el­ing

DA MAN - Style - - Contents - Photographs by Ni­cholas Heav­i­can

Be­fore mod­el­ing, Chad White was on his way to be­com­ing a pro base­ball player.

While he may not be bat­ting on the field of a packed sports sta­dium, Chad White is now en­ter­tain­ing the crowds of the fash­ion world. The Ore­gon-born model has cer­tainly put his ath­letic physique to good use in re­cent years, help­ing him build a truly for­mi­da­ble port­fo­lio. Though he just turned 30, it would seem Chad White is just get­ting warmed up.

DA MAN: Chad, was a ca­reer in mod­el­ing al­ways on the cards?

Chad White: I was scouted a de­cent amount in high school and col­lege, not for mod­el­ing though but for base­ball. Then I in­jured my el­bow, and a friend rec­om­mended I try mod­el­ing—the rest is his­tory.

DA: How did you feel about the pro­fes­sion to start with?

CW: I have to ad­mit I was pretty skep­ti­cal at first, but after work­ing with Steven Klein in 2006 for L’Uomo Vogue, I was hooked. Few new­com­ers get to work with such a tal­ented pro­fes­sional so early on in their ca­reers so that ex­pe­ri­ence was life- chang­ing for me. Since then I’ve had the chance to work with him on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions and al­ways learn some­thing new.

DA: How does your mind­set dif­fer when you’re pre­par­ing for a photo shoot com­pared to a run­way show?

CW: Firstly, I’ll say that I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I get re­gard­less of whether it is a shoot or a show as I know there are 10,000 guys that would gladly take my spot! I love shoots be­cause I get to in­ter­act with the pho­tog­ra­pher and have a lot more cre­ative con­trol. On the other hand, the run­way is such a rush when you walk out to a full au­di­ence and tons of bright, flash­ing lights. After that, it’s all about stay­ing fo­cused and in con­trol for the short pe­riod of time that you’re al­lo­cated.

DA: Is there a par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing project you’ve been in­volved in?

CW: I don’t take any project that I’m in­volved in for granted. From shoot­ing

L’Uomo Vogue with Steven Klein to the Brian At­wood cam­paign, my re­cent ed­i­to­rial in GQ, work­ing with Dsquared2 and Ralph Lau­ren—all of them count.

DA: What’s next for you in your ca­reer?

CW: I’m al­ways striv­ing to do my best and 2014 has been a great year so far. I just turned 30 but this doesn’t re­ally mat­ter to me as I know I still have a lot more to give. I’ve also al­ways had a de­sire to break into act­ing, so I’m go­ing to be look­ing into op­por­tu­ni­ties in this field in the fu­ture.

DA: What ad­vice would you give to mod­els com­ing up in the in­dus­try?

CW: Ba­si­cally that it’s all about keep­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. Ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try will ex­pe­ri­ence get­ting the door slammed in their face from time to time—if not then I need to know your se­cret! Never give up and make sure you have a great support sys­tem in place to help you along the way.

DA: What keeps you busy at the mo­ment?

CW: Work, work, work … That and my dog, Bat­man.

DA: Who is your men­tor?

CW: My par­ents. My dad teaches me to stay hum­ble and to re­mem­ber to ap­pre­ci­ate the lit­tle things in life, while I al­ways as­pire to be as hon­est and sweet as my mother.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery op­por­tu­nity As I know there Are 10,000 guys that would gladly take My spot”

Denim vest by Levi’s, briefs by Calvin Klein

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