Chat with a Pro: Model/Media Mogul Thomas Dodson

Thomas and I met on a low budget apparel shoot years ago, and have been digital friends ever since. Keeping up with his career has been super fun, and anyone who subscribes to his Facebook knows how hysterical and magical he can be. He’s a renaissance man: male model, social media producer, Dad, and all around gentleman. We’re time zones apart, but I managed to pin him down for a quick interview for the aspiring male models looking to get started in the business.


So what’s your story—how’d you get into modeling? How long have you been doing it?

Believe it or not, I got dragged to a fashion show at a nightclub a few years ago by some friends. I was standing there, feeling awkward, when a young lady approached me and asked if I’d ever done any modeling before. I was pretty sure she was either trying to rip me off or she was wasted (or both). But she convinced me to take her card and give her a call. I made the call a few days later, went into the agency, was hired and the rest, as they say, is history!


What do you think are the differences (if any) between male and female modeling?

The differences are endless. I would not want to be a woman in this industry. Speaking for myself, I feel like I’m still on the upswing. My marketability is improving (did I just say I’m getting better looking??).

Yeah you did… but it’s cool because it’s totally true.


This works.

But for women, especially women in fashion modeling, they’re fighting the clock. That’s not to say there is not a place for women over the age of 30 in modeling, because there is. There is a lot of commercial and lifestyle work for women over 30. But the fashion side of things definitely has a timeline.

No question. I did a little fashion back in the day. It’s a totally different animal.
And, unfortunately, women just aren’t always nice to each other. I know, it’s shocking to hear, but it happens. I’ve never once had anything but a good time working with other men on shoots. There’s never been a cross word between any of us/them. But that’s not always the case with women.

I’m not going to say anything other than you’re right. And it’s not just the female models… female crew can go there as well. Anyway… what are your favorite and least favorite parts about the industry?

My favorite part about the industry is the fun stuff I get to do. Let’s face it, part of is make believe. We’re acting. Dressing up, going different places, getting behind-the-scenes access, it’s all a lot of fun. I’ve met some really fun, great people through all of this. There is always someone to crack a joke with.


I think my least favorite are all of the auditions. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find the prince, or something like that. They’re sometimes a pain, but I guess that is the price we pay.

As a dude, how do you prep for a go-see? There’s no prep with me. I am what I am, and that’s what the client gets. I read the time/place/wardrobe columns, and that’s about it.

Any tips for guys who want to get into the business (I sound like we’re in the mafia…).

If you want to be a model, then be a model. Start shooting. Find friends who are photographers, stylists, models, hairstylists, makeup artists, etc., and start playing. Have fun with it. Get weird with it. Once you have a solid set of headshots, you can either start submitting to agencies or start pursuing gigs on your own.

Ever have any awkward/bizarre requests on a shoot from another model, a shooter, or a client? Yeah, I’ve shot with a few photographers who have started to cross some lines with me. I don’t have many, but I do have a few! It’s all good. I am completely comfortable saying no.

Clear boundaries are so key.You were playing with photography for a while… are you still doing it? You took some pretty sexy shots (I still want to shoot with you BTW…).

Thank you! I just started screwing around with my iPhone a couple of years ago and figured out that I can make some pretty rad art with it… if I do say so myself. It’s a fun, creative outlet for me. I enjoy being on that side of the ‘camera.’

You’re a social media master. What advice can you give models about creating a social media presence or personal brand?

I’m hardly a master, but thank you. Social media is about one thing ongoing/engaging content. It’s really that simple. You have to be consistent with your postings, blogging, photos, etc., to really see a return on that time investment. If you want to use your social media accounts to try to get new jobs, you have to look at them as living, breathing animals. You must feed them daily!

You are such a sweetheart, thank you.

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