It's been said that "The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again". I've been approached by several photographers and modeling agencies in the past who expressed their interest in me. Whether it was bad timing with school, lack of money, or distance, I was unable to pursue any of these leads into the modeling industry. John eventually contacted me after coming across a few of my pictures on the internet, and I knew that I really needed to take an active approach to see what, if anything, could develop from this.
My name is Josh Kaplan. I'm a 21-year-old student attending Rochester Institute of Technology in NY. I'm currently in the last year of a very work-intensive program, majoring in Biotechnology and Pre-medicine. I've maintained a 4.0 GPA in my pursuit of medical school. This coming fall, the plan is to travel the country with my sister, working as an EMT, bartending, or possibly modeling if it's in the cards for me. I'm passionate about medicine, and hope to one day be an Emergency Room physician, or a member of a Level-1 Trauma Team. Putting everything in perspective however, I think it will be beneficial in the long run to take some time for myself to have fun and mature outside of the context of school, hence my decision to postpone medical school a year.
I definitely live by the motto "Work hard, play hard." The stress and time commitment that comes with school, trying to distinguish myself from the rest of the crowd, definitely needs to be balanced with fun and relaxation. In my freshman year at the University of New England, this balance was non-existent. I transferred to RIT my sophomore year and joined the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Through the brotherhood I've become more well rounded as a person, and I've had some of the most incredible experiences, all the while remaining focused on the real reason I'm here at school. John also contacted my roommate in the fraternity house in September and we drove to CT together to do a joint-shoot. John saw our "work hard, play hard" attitude first hand. After driving 6 hours to his place and spending the majority of the day shooting, we still managed to explore the Hartford night-scene into the early hours of the morning, before waking up for more.
When I'm not in school in NY, I'm home with my family in Cumberland, Maine. We live in a small, quiet town; a stark contrast to the fast-paced busyness of NY. My family is my foundation. I have four sisters and 2 brothers, ranging in age from 7 to 27. Needless to say, there's rarely a dull moment in my house. We've all remained very close and supportive of each other in everything that we do. It was my family who first suggested I look into modeling, and it was my family who encouraged me to meet with John. I couldn't be happier with the way things unfolded. John was incredibly professional and very easy to work with. Having never modeled, I was initially apprehensive and anxious to take my first shots. John's instruction and his laid-back attitude set me at ease and allowed me to slip into the modeling mind-frame quiet naturally.
The majority of John's work has been with professional body-builders and professional fitness models, of which I am neither of the two. I was pleased that John was still excited to work with me regardless of that fact. He was very encouraging, and has continued to devote his time and effort on my behalf. I hope that all of this is just the beginning of my exposure to modeling. I'll never be so disillusioned as to give up my future goals to pursue modeling as a career, but I'm eager to see where I can go from here and the experiences I can amass along the way.
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