As a young creative, Ramon is balancing his school commitments with his burgeoning career in the entertainment industry. His distinctive look, strong work ethic, and dynamic personality all point to an auspicious future. Check him out below.
Say hello to Ramon:
Where are you from?
I was born in Manhattan, and raised in The Bronx, New York!
Where have you been?
I enjoying traveling for work, family, and the experience! I often visit Florida – many of my family members live there. I have some family across the Hudson River, aka New Jersey! Los Angeles welcomes me each time – I love it out there! I’ve traveled to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. We drove/moved my grandmother from NJ to Florida – that was interesting.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
Whew, that’s tough. I love being at my grandma’s house. She’s one of the coolest grandmothers, yet alone person, I’ve met. I’m a reflection of her. We share a great vibe when we’re in each other’s company. Other than that, I love being outside around mother nature. I’m constantly exploring.
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
I’m definitely going to get a shot in a helicopter; around fire; crowd surfing. Steve Carell, Snoop Dogg and I, will take epic pics too haha. YOLO.
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
It all began with acting. I started at a young age. Growing up, I didn’t have much of a social life. As a kid, I watched a lot of TV. I remember watching one of my favorite shows at the time, “Even Stevens.” That show inspired me to act – shout out to Shia LaBeouf! Being an actor inevitably led me to modeling. A couple of years ago, I read an online ad for an NYU fashion show audition. I thought to myself, well I have nothing to lose by trying out! I remember before actually auditioning, I YouTubed, how to walk on a runway. A couple weeks later, I got an email that I got the gig! The rest is history.
What’s your favorite picture of yourself?
Don’t get me wrong, I love the shots I’ve taken. But currently, I have one favorite picture. It was taken in Wynwood, Florida by a dope photographer/videographer, Lukasz Suski (Luke for short). This shot changed how I looked at modeling. I remember Luke showing me the shot right after we took it. I was in awe! I was darn near speechless. I felt that way because I had a revelation. I said to Luke, “I look like a model!” He said, “well yeah!” Hahaha. That was the moment I realized that I was truly given a gift. Here’s the pic:
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
Oh heck yeah. Here’s a conceptual shoot I did with Antelmo Villarreal. That man is talented! The idea behind these shots are heartbreak, change, finding your way, oppression and escaping it.
Modeling is very competitive. How do you stand out?
That’s what makes it fun. I mean nothing worthwhile in life comes easy, right? I stand out as an individual. I am the only me, as you are the only you! Yes, there are people with similar characteristics. But unless you have an identical twin, you’re the only one with your exact looks! Aside from my look, my personality and perseverance allows me to stay in competition. Staying true to myself also helps me stand out. I have FUN with what I do. I bring a positive attitude everywhere I go! I enjoy spreading good vibes. And lastly, my work ethic keeps me afloat. I work hard. And I’m proud to say that. I like to be one of the hardest working people in a room.
Who has had the biggest influence on your modeling career?
Instagram. I follow a few unsigned and signed models, videographers, and photographers. I’m a fan of art before anything. Looking at their work is awesome! Plus, art inspires art. I get inspired when I see dope work.
What’s been the most challenging part of modeling, and how did you overcome those challenges?
I’m constantly learning how to manage my time. Between schools, auditions, gigs, rehearsals, my dog, life, etc. It is difficult for me to make certain moves while juggling school. But school is one of my priorities. There have been days when I had to miss photoshoots, Instagram meets, casting calls, etc., and that was primarily due to school. Whether I needed time to study, or to cram a study session, etc. School and my career in this entertainment industry have butted heads plenty of times. Hey, nothing worthwhile in life comes easy!
What is the best thing a photographer can do to bring out your personality?
BE NICE. The best thing a photographer can do to bring out my personality is to be easygoing. Be kind. Be real. Be FUN. I enjoy what I do, you should too! I love when I’m able to work with like-minded folks. For all the photographers out there, be someone enjoyable to work with. And the same goes for models!
What was your most memorable photoshoot?
Honestly, they are all memorable. I enjoy the journey. Each photoshoot has something unique I can speak about. Thus far, my most memorable photoshoot was taken at a Broketographers, model/photographer Instagram meetup. I went there with a few members of my team. They’re stylists, photographers, filmmakers, and models! That was a great experience. We were all there, supporting each other, and taking dope pics! Check ’em out:
What do you like most about modeling?
Modeling is another outlet I use to express myself. It’s peaceful to me. I’m passionate about making art. A photo is worth one thousand, one words. Modeling and photography gets people to think. I find it beautiful when my piece of work makes someone think. Modeling also helps me become a stronger actor, no pun intended. Haha. Modeling helps me to emote and make different facial expressions.
What’s a deal breaker for you when deciding to do a shoot?
The photographer’s portfolio is a deal breaker for me. If I see that I dislike their work, I wouldn’t want to work with him/her. Specifically, I’m talking about the shooter’s style. I don’t like working with shooters who FOCUS on erotic work. That’s the not the kind of work I produce.
What are the top 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?
Study, work, study.
What are the top 3 tips you have for aspiring models?
I have a few tips. Study, work, study. Watch other people’s work. Take care of yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically. While shooting don’t think, just do. Always do something different and remember to have fun. It’s called the entertainment industry for a reason!!
What do you want people to remember about you after a shoot?
After a shoot, I want people to remember me for my personality, vibe and work ethic.
If you could model anywhere in the world where would you go?
I plan on doing a shoot in the Dominican Republic with natives. It’s heartbreaking to see folks struggle in third world countries. It’d be nice to spread some light and fun on those parts by simply taking sick photos with people!
What advice about modeling do you wish you had when you first started?
Well, I didn’t get any advice. I didn’t wait for someone to guide me. I started young and fresh out of high school. I’m glad that I didn’t have any guidance. I learned things on my own, which can help anyone, no matter the field.
Who’s your biggest hero in your life?
My biggest hero in my life is my mum. She raised me without my father. And she was a single mother of two, me being her youngest. She studied and got her Bachelor’s degree when I was a child. Then she gave me everything she could. My mum gave me the world with what she had. If it wasn’t for her teaching me that “the world is my oyster,” maybe I wouldn’t be here doing this interview. Thanks mum.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
I’m afraid of failure. I’m afraid that all my hard work and effort, will go to waste.
What’s something nobody knows about you that you’d like to share?
Hmmmmm…. Back in my early high school years, we went to “teen parties” at clubs. For some reason, some times I would have bad gas during the events. It’s unhealthy to not release gas. I let loose on the dance floor. Yes I would fart and walk it off at the same time. And despite the LOUD music playing, I overheard people complaining about the odor. Hahaha. Don’t judge me!
Who do you want to give a shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my team! The “Born4theworld” and ”Okaylife” family. My management, you know who you are. My mum, sister, brother, and grandmother. My dog, Nappy. And my supporters. #BORN4THEWORLD
What fashion trend do you wish would come back?
Overalls. Enough said.
What do you think is your best feature?
My ears. I mean let’s be honest, look at them.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Nothing. Love yourself. I used to get teased here and there. And if there’s anything I learned, those people who talked about you, might end up talking about you! Haha. Be comfortable in your skin.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
I want to go skydiving, which I will do! I haven’t gone yet because I’m planning on going with my team! The timing has to be right.
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Ramon, thanks so much for sharing your story with us! 🙂
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