Matt Benstead 十年如一日，穩固腳步的堅定男子/ The Show must go on, Matt Benstead, the toughest model
英國模特兒 Matt Benstead 是本週 Man of the Week 的代表人物；從 14 歲開始被經紀公司發掘後便開啟了他的模特兒旅程， Mr Benstead 的英國鄉村紳士風格不僅讓他成為許多品牌指定的代言人，更因為他的英式風範風靡萬千媒體；而現在的他不僅僅是一位成功的模特兒，更是一個家庭的強大支柱，除了是一位好爸爸更是一位好老公；這位 Benstead 家族的閃亮之星與臺客雜誌獨家揭露了他的人生里程，並且頗析了他內心中最溫暖的那一面。
在一個因緣際會下我遇到了適合的人，因此我從此成為了一位模特兒，雖然我仍然認為他們認為我有潛力作為模特兒完全是瘋了。我是在14歲的時候被發掘成為模特兒，而在學校畢業之後，我在16歲的時候正式進入 Models 1 開始工作，從那個時候開始我就這樣一路上走過來了。
再來是 David，我在Models 1 的經紀人以及從我過去到現在的曾經跟我成為搭擋的人，他們都幫助我培養了我的職業生涯，不管是我正經歷著人生的低潮還是高點時，他們都不斷地幫助我激勵自己，他們總是不斷的給我建議別且請囊相受他們的智慧給我，如果沒有他們現在的我也不會有這樣子的成就，他們無庸置疑是我的第二個家庭。
British model Matt Benstead is the representative of Man of the Week this week; he started his model journey after being scouted at the age 14. Mr Benstead's English country gent style not only made him appeared on numerous campaigns and also because of his iconic English style, he is the wanted man of thousands of media. Now he is not only a successful model, but also a good father and a good husband. Matt Benstead is the the Benstead family's shining star and we are lucky could had an exclusively interview with him to revealed his life and get into the warmest side of his heart.
What do you think about fashion?
Fashion to me is a tool to express your personality, allowing people perhaps a brief insight as to who you are. But also it’s something you can (if you’re brave enough!) experiment with and mix and match items you would never think would go. To Be creative and have fun with.
What brings you to be a professional model?
Modelling came to me at meeting the right person at the right time. And even then I still thought they were crazy to think I had potential as a model. I was only 14 at the time of being scouted!!! I officially started modelling with Models 1 as I was coming round for 16 after I left school and I’ve never looked back since.
Do you like to be a model? Why?
I love being a model I only wished I was working 24/7 with it!!! Unfortunately I don’t have that control. It has helped me develop as a person. Looking back I was extremely shy. Entering this world straight out of school and having to converse with clients at castings was a struggle for me. It was an alien world. I’d never travelled on my own on trains and planes.
Now I can do it all blindfolded!!! I love meeting new people now and of course becoming reacquainted with familiar faces who you’ve met and worked with over the years. This of course was before smart phones and social so you didn’t know what was happening. Now it seems there’s no privacy as much any more.
Do you have a preference angle when you are doing a portrait photography?
Over the years I do find myself doing what I call my ‘default poses’ and refer to my favourite angles when I shoot. My left side is my best side!!! It’s amazing to me how different one face can look, not that it’s a bad thing of course. That just me being self conscious I guess.
I suffered a nose break not long before I started modelling playing rugby so my profiles are completely different. However my ‘Roman nose’ as it’s been referred to many time has booked me many jobs so perhaps a nose break benefited me greatly.
How do you define your style?
My style I would say is very English country gent. I’m based out in the countryside south of London. I’ve always been based outside London. My typical go to wardrobe consists of straight cut jeans, chunky Chelsea boots, a plain top and a wax jacket with a peaky hat. Standard!
I do try and switch it up, especially when you do shoots and you of course get put in some great outfits. So I guess I try to learn and adapt my style a bit when I feel more brave.
Do you think Western fashion and Asian's fashion has any different?
As regards to the difference between Western and Eastern fashion I would say that years ago there was a difference in that Eastern fashion was more conservative however I do feel it’s changing. Fashion as a whole I feel is changing consistently. I don’t know wether that’s because It’s more publicised these days and are therefor made more aware. However people as a whole are wanting to be more creative with it. The world has changed a lot. Like I said at the start people are using fashion to express themselves and to tell a story perhaps. To let people in on who they are. In a world of social media now...it’s a tool used to self express.
Have you ever met a challenge in your career? How did you overcome it?
I’m currently at a point in my life where I’ve hit a challenge. I’m trying to overcome this challenge. I’ve been modelling now coming up to 15 years and of course it’s not going to last forever, unfortunately!
The cogs are turning for the next step. As to what it is who knows...watch this space. That’s one thing I have learned. You can never really predict the future especially in the modelling game. Is very unpredictable. I have 2 young children...a wife...a dog and a pony, which the kids ride. I try to embrace what I have and I want to find a good balance with family life and work. Even though all I want to do is work!
Who’s your mentor?
I have many mentors in my life. My dad for one...who has always given me words of wisdom. He has supported me so much and has helped make things happen for me especially in the early days of my career. And I am forever grateful for this.
David my Booker at Models1 and all my past and present bookers have helped nurture me throughout my career. They have had to deal with my highs and lows and have helped me continually push myself. Their continual advice and combined knowledge they give, there is no doubt in my mind I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for them. They are my second family.