Model attitude

Courtesy goes a long way in making it as a model, says Ford model Philip Witts. "If you're really polite and just yourself the client is definitely more prone to like you. Being rude isn't going to get you anywhere in life. To any aspiring model, I think you have to be persistent, but also very lucky. Most successful models have caught a lucky break here or there to become successful in the industry."

The good, the bad and the beautiful

"The modeling life has its pros and cons," says Ford model Philip Witts, who says he has spent many a lonely night at hotels in New York, Rome and Paris, waiting for his shoots to begin. "If you book jobs, they usually treat you really well and it usually pays pretty well, which is a plus. If you're not booking jobs after going to castings and you aren't making money, it can be very frustrating." 

Fabulous freeze frames

"Putting together a good portfolio just takes time," says Ford model Philip Witts. "If you catch some breaks and get some interesting jobs, your portfolio will improve along with your success. Finding a local agency is usually a good start and making it into a larger market is the goal. Usually your agent can find you a good photographer. Your potential agent probably just wants to see how you look in front of the camera and they can get you some better photos if they decide to sign you. Be confident."



The lucky one
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Karl Lagerfeld is brilliant. Cara Delevingne is hilarious. How do we know?Because Philip Witt tells us so. He's worked with both of them -- after six months of modeling. Six months. And this week, he'll heat up the catwalk just about every day at New York Fashion Week -- his first time at it.

No, this is not normal. 

Then again, nothing about Philip's entry into the world of fashion modeling has been ordinary. The Dracut, Massachusetts resident stumbled into photo shoots at Six Flags Amusement Park. His friends saw a national casting call audition tent and dared Philip to go for it. A few months later, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst junior signed with Ford Modeling in New York City -- one of the top modeling agencies in the world. Philip's agent kept him low until the VMAN Ford Model Search, a contest which Philip won out of thousands of contenders. The prize involved a photo shoot with Chanel creative director and photographer Karl Lagerfeld, who liked Philip's look so much he signed the young man onto an international Dior Homme advertising campaign, as well as a couture shoot in Numéro magazine with the world's hottest model du jour, Cara Delevingne. 


At this week's New York Fashion Week, Philip is still waiting for his agent to tell him which of the high profile shows he'll be strutting in. He's not worried. Neither are we.