It appears that Kalamazoo has some of the most interesting, charismatic, and attractive models in the Midwest. Mike, a native of Michigan, works for a local artist in Kalamazoo and has recently been asked to model for local projects across the Midwest. "I've never thought of myself as a model," Mike mentioned. "But it appears to be a fun environment full of great people."
Location: Currently in Kalamazoo, but thinking of relocating to either coast soon.
Occupation: I intern for a local artist in Kalamazoo, doing mostly apprenticeship work but also serving as a still-life model for private and small group classes.
Favorite Food: I don't favor a particular cuisine as I eat a bit of everything, but I love empanadas!
Favorite Cocktail: I prefer red wine.
Dream Job: I really like my current job, and I don't think I have a dream job per se. However, I would like to own my own business one day, perhaps in the hospitality industry.
Favorite Travel Destination: I've traveled across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina mainly, and I would have to say my favorite place for food is definitely Mexico City, but for good wine, relaxation, and some tango there is nothing that compares to Buenos Aires nights.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: I was 19 and traveled to my mother's hometown outside of Argentina by myself. While most of my friends were going to Florida or California for spring break, I went to Argentina to hang out with aunts and uncles. It was great because the legal drinking age out there is 18, so we spent most evenings sitting on their porch eating, drinking all sorts of wine, and sharing family stories. It also helped that it was 75 degrees at the time: we've got to love the southern hemisphere during our winter!
Advice/Wisdom for Our Viewers: Dream big, work hard(er). Dreams are beautiful because they allow our creativity to soar, but if we don't do anything to make them a reality they will always be a dream. Have a goal and strive to do your best to bring them to life.
While Mike doesn't think that modeling is something he would like to pursuit professionally, it is an opportunity that is knocking on his door. "I know that it's a fun environment to be in, but I don't know how that fits in to my plans for the future," Mike stated. "In the meantime, I'm enjoying my apprenticeship and loving the attention I get when I have to strike a pose for the art students: they're a witty bunch."