First, to start, please tell us who you are, where you are from and where are you currently based at?
I’m Pawel, I’m 25 and I come from Warsaw, Poland… currently visiting my family here and I gotta wait for my passport to be made as I ran out of pages in the old one to start traveling again. I wouldn’t say I am based anywhere – I guess London was the most frequently visited city in past few years but then again it is my beloved friend’s place there where I’m staying not my own so can’t really say I’m based there.
How did you get into modeling and was this something that you always knew you were wanted to do?
Easy – filled the application form on the website of an agency – after a while they got me international agencies and after one amazing test shoot with a photographer Marek Pietron – I got booked for Topman look book and after that it went kinda smooth.
Do you have any short or long term goals with your modeling career?
Not really to be honest
Is there any campaign, designer or any specific photographer you been wanting to work with?
Well, I guess you always want to work with the best but I wouldn’t say I have any specific names in my mind atm – in fact I enjoy working with young people as well as they are more excited even though sometimes less detail oriented in their work – in the end it usually gives a nice effect though.
Do you prefer having music or no music during your shoots?
Music definitely – although I am quite empathetic so I wouldn’t want any party tunes on a moody shoot nor slow romanic music on a shoot where they expect me to jump and smile like a cheeky monkey
The biggest question I have is what do you feel is a model’s main objective to bring to his or her career. In your words, what really makes a model? How does one know if they have what it takes to become a model because I am sure many ask you for advice how to start off their careers. What do you tell them?
I guess modeling has quite a bit to do with universal communication skills if you look at that deeper – I mean of course on one hand you need to remember all your angles just to make yourself look lean and nice but on the other hand you are having only these few tools to use to make some kind of a statement so if you make it – it is dope!
I guess for the agencies to take a model on board it is first the measurements and of course the face that counts as the other things you can just learn. I have people asking me if they can model and sadly I have to tell you that if you are not tall enough or not skinny enough (without starving yourself) you just can’t do that no matter how pretty you think you are or your auntie told you you are.
What has been your most profound experience with modeling?
I have seen plenty of amazing and beautiful places, i have worked with really good teams but i think still my favorite hinge about modeling is that i managed to make friends and overtime we meet again i is just like a blessing – you do feel so lonely sometimes in this profession and these people you meet all over again you gotta find friends among and i have met the coolest and nieces people to have around… i guess the fact you are far away from home and you both have no time to gradually open makes you accelerate the friendship and so in 2 weeks you feel like u know each other for 2 years
In what ways do you push to raise the bar with your modeling every season? What are the crucial aspects of your work, your look that you tend to focus on to better every year?
I don’t really push – I just don’t go down with the rates in places where I succeed the most to keep them as my plan B whenever I’m shorter on money… trying to stay fit, whenever I notice i put on some weight (around christmas usually) and taking care of my diet to look healthy.
Last and most important, what do you want this industry but more this world who sees your work to remember about Pawel Bednarek?
I didn’t think about myself in capitals so I guess I don’t really feel the whole fame thing.