Today on the blog we speak to Richard Dawson; model, blogger and Labour Party activist. After spending a few years travelling around Australia, Asia and America, Richard is now settled back in the North East. He talks to us about his modelling experiences as well as hopes that he will be our prime minister one day. He is definitely one to watch!

What do you enjoy most about being a model?

I enjoy having the opportunity to work with other creatives and see their process. Each job is different and it can be very satisfying when all the different parts come together and the end product is something we can all be proud of.

What is your career highlight to date?

It would definitely be having all of our amazing experiences filmed and photographed by our man Dean from Sol Stock when we were travelling Australia. I loved the content Dean got and it was brilliant to have him as our travel buddy to share them with.

Who have you worked with so far and what were you helping them to achieve?

I’ve worked with a pretty good range of clients but predominantly in commercial and lifestyle photography. My lovely girlfriend Stephanie and I have done a lot of wedding shoots together and we always have a great time. It’s so easy working with her. In fact a lot of the time, it doesn’t really feel like work at all!

What would your dream job be?

I think my answer to that question changes way too often but really I just want have an impact in whatever I do end up deciding to do. At the moment i’m trying to establish a career in politics which i definitely believe would allow me to make that difference. Hopefully you’ll see me in 10 Downing Street one day!

What advice would you give to an aspiring model wanting to start working in the modelling industry?

The most important thing to do is just be you. The client may not always choose to work with you, but you absolutely should not change anything about yourself because of that. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not always about your body fat percentage or how much you can bench. More often than not, the client just wants to see a little bit of personality.

Who is your inspiration for being in this industry? 

Without a doubt it’s my girlfriend Stephanie.  She is a complete pro in this industry with loads of experience and without her I wouldn’t be doing modelling at all. She really inspired me to get involved in the first place and I’m very grateful for that.

Have you been on any bookings where you felt the team worked particularly well together? How did it feel – tell us about it. 

A couple of years ago I got to doing the fittings and also walked in the Northumbria Uni fashion show and it was great to see how that process developed from bits of fabric to this huge showcase. Considering how many moving parts there was for this, the team did an extraordinary job to get it all to come together. I was proud to be a part of it.

How do you prepare for a booking? What do you make sure you know before you arrive on a shoot? Physically and mentally?

A good night’s sleep is a must. It’s also really important to read the model briefs so you know what to expect on the day. If you get that right, the rest is easy.