Into the Shadows

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I’ve had serious reservations about posting this entry but I’ve gone ahead anyway, I want to give a fair and accurate portrayal about modelling and it isn’t always glitzy and glamourous. So I have a confession. I have failed – miserably.

So I’ve managed to get a job with a catering firm that sends out waiters and barman to upmarket events. It’s been a tough couple of weeks in the Capital, what with the drama of the heatwave (commit it to memory who knows when we’ll see the light/heat again), trying to stay smiley and helpful in 35 degrees whilst your feet feel like they are going to explode and then there was the dreaded tube strikes. What a fucking nightmare. I had to get the bus home one night – horrendous.

The buses are already rammed and everyone on them is wide-eyed like mad cattle and at every stop as a new throng/hoard try to board, the bus drivers drive past the stops, quickly open the doors to allow people off, then close the doors and it’s off down the road before the screaming throng reach the doors.

It was getting dark and I was feeling like a refugee (first world problems). I managed to battle my way onto a bus and stood in eye melting body heat from the herd for a solid hour to get home (I won’t mention smells – you can imagine). But not before listening to madman who boarded with me shout about how the royal family are evil snake lizards who wish to consume the entire world, he then started screaming ‘burn the bankers, BURN THEM ALL!’ This combined with the roving throng outside chasing and banging on the bus windows made me feel like I was in a Mad Max mash up, post-apocalyptic, dystopian movie. When I got in I thanked the lord and crawled into my bed.

The next day I got the bad news.

I received an email from my agency who had decided that my look wasn’t ‘sellable’ and that they wouldn’t sign me. As a result of this it is with great regret to tell you that I have decided to turn my back on modelling, I will be closing down this website and all associated social media accounts in the coming week.

Just joking. As if. I’ve had a taste of the lifestyle and freedom I could have and nothing is going to stop me from pursuing that – ever. You ain’t seen nothing yet! I’m down but not out, I’ve had to go away and rethink my strategy. You can’t stop this! So at this moment in time I am The Agentless Model and so begins Operation Phoenix.

Phase 1

I’ve got a few rods in the fire and August is looking like a busy month – I don’t want to say too much more in case things go tits up. I’m currently in talks with a few agencies and will be sending out some sexy new digitals this week.

Phase 2

Also I’m going to get back to the gym and go on a bulking diet – I’ve taken ‘before’ pics and I want to see what I can do in a month. Challenge accepted. I don’t want to be huge just a few inches here and there. (No willy jokes please). I like my body and the frame I have so I don’t want to drastically alter it. Also I’m on a one man mission to prove that tall thin fellas can be powerful, sexy and beautiful. Homework – when you’re next watching TV look at how they’re portrayed, the characters they play and how others treat them – it really bugs me.

Phase 3

I have also been working on my swanky new website – when I mean ‘I’ I mean my mate Cassandra with me looking over her shoulder in sheer confusion and awe – Holla! My name is Michael and am I technically challenged. This is going to give me a bit of a platform and edge and I’ve got big plans for this in the future, but my lips are sealed (also I like inflicting my views on others and everyone should hear them).


That being said I’ve hit a bit of a wall. I think I’m like superman, that I can do anything and that it’s me against the world. It pains me to admit this but I can’t do it alone. I need help and I’m stuck. I’ve sought wise counsel from the magnificent Venth and Cassandra and the idea at the minute is to create a look book that shows how versatile I can be, if there are any photographers/MUAs reading this that think that they might want to collaborate with me, let’s make it happen – my twitter is mike_moorcroft. If anyone can offer me any advice or suggestions – I’m all ears.

In the meantime I’m going to focus on growing my social media presence (if you guys could retweet/share my content it would greatly be appreciated). In eyes of designers/agencies a strong social media presence makes you more desirable because it adds to their marketing.

Once ‘the lookbook to rule all lookbooks’ has been created the plan is go round the agencies – I might even go back to my ‘nearly agency’ and say ‘hi fuckers!’ I’m determined to do this, but I feel like I should be doing more and I’m not sure how – so hit me up with your suggestions! All suggestions gratefully received.

After completing a 2.1 in law and deciding a normal life was not for him, Michael worked in a soulless office for 9 months to raise funds to move to London. Once there he began to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a model. So far it seems to have paid off and he hasn’t looked back ever since.

2 thoughts on “Into the Shadows

  1. Great post Michael – always nice to read something that gives me a chuckle! Glad to see your enthusiasm hasn’t waned, you had me scared there for a second! Can’t wait to see the big things in store for you 🙂 Cassandra P.S. Thanks for the shoutout hehe

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