Our agent, JoAnn, met David at the AMTC Showcase back in 2016. She not only noticed his good looks, but his ambition and passion towards life! She quickly signed him across the board and he’s been working ever since! We at Rage really appreciate David as he is hard working, very professional, and communicative with us and our clients. We look forward to many more years representing David and seeing him grow and develop his craft even more!
Rage – David, you are still a newlywed as you just got married this past January! When and how did you meet your wife?
Yes, my wife, Amanda, and I got married on January 19th, and it was the best day ever! Honestly, Amanda tells the story best, but here I go. Amanda and I met in February 2017, but didn’t start dating until July of that year. We met through mutual friends at a church. Amanda was impatient, and wanted to start dating pretty quickly, but I had just moved to LA at the time, and felt like I needed to get acquainted with work and the city. But, after being her friend for six months, I realized this girl was one-in-a-million, and we started dating on July 7th, 2017.
Rage – What age did you first start thinking about getting into the modeling/entertainment industry?
Growing up, entertainment was a huge part of my life. I started playing the piano when I was eight years old, and then started acting in plays when I was about ten. It’s funny looking back, because I knew that entertainment was my passion, but growing up in North Dakota, “entertainment” wasn’t considered a viable or realistic career. I acted, sang, and played in performances until I graduated high school. During high school, I auditioned for a talent showcase program. To my family’s surprise, I was accepted into the program for acting, singing, and…. Wait what?? MODELING? It was at that time that modeling popped into my head!
Rage – What steps did you take to pursue your dream?
Upon moving to LA, I quickly signed with Rage—THAT was definitely one of the best steps I could’ve taken to pursue my dreams in the entertainment industry. Starting out as a model, I knew that I needed a portfolio, so I reached out to photographers, submitted for smaller modeling opportunities, practiced poses, and did my best to always be consistent and up to date on my casting profiles for my reps. I also always communicate with my reps, sending them photos, or ideas, or skills, or clips that may be useful to specific castings, or diversifying my portfolio. On top of that, I am diligent in maintaining a consistent workout schedule, measuring my body regularly, and eating cleanly.
Rage – What do you think is the most positive thing you have taken away from your working experience?
I think that one of the best parts and most positive takeaways from modeling is simply learning and loving being a part of a vision. The more I model, the more I really realize it’s less about me, and more about the group of people, company, agency, or marketing team that I am contributing to. Whenever I get into a “me” mentality, I don’t find myself enjoying the product. Working in entertainment has taught me to work hard and humble myself into a teamwork mentality.
Rage – That being said, what do you view as some of the biggest difficulties in this industry?
Modeling is such a rewarding industry, but also has its moments. For me, the biggest difficulty is separating myself from my body. It’s easy for me to get into a “work, work, work” mentality, and since my body is technically my “work,” I can put too much pressure on myself to workout or look good. This career places a high expectation on healthy standards, and I desire to do my best to uphold them in a mentally healthy way.
Rage – What advice would you give to new talent pursuing this industry?
First, I would say just do what you love! If you truly love being in front of the camera, do it, and don’t let a lack of “opportunities” stop you. Find a way to practice and hone your craft, whether you get paid or not. Also, be kind. I have found that the models who think they are “all that and more” create an abrasive feeling on set, and don’t get cast. I truly believe that being genuine, honest, and kind in castings plays a role in your cast-ability. Finally, be diligent. You’re always on the clock with this industry. Being diligent entails watching your measurements, communicating your measurements, updating your portfolio, staying fit, and staying happy!
Rage – What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now?
I see myself still living with who I love, Amanda, and doing what I love: acting, modeling, and making music!
Rage – When not pursuing work, what do you do for fun/hobbies?
I love my family and friends—so being with them is something I always try to make time for. I briefly mentioned it before, but I play piano and just love it. I enjoy composing, improvising, and arranging music on that magical instrument. I also love cooking, hiking, and camping. Recently my wife and I went camping outside of Santa Barbara, and I was amazing! I am also obsessed with coffee, and I love to dance (specifically swing dance).
Rage – Thank you David for some insight into your career and family! We love you!