Chase Watkins here! First off, I just want to say thank you for anyone who has taken the time out of their day to read this little section here about me. I was born in Delray Beach, Florida way back in the day. I moved to Fort Collins, CO when I was about 9 years old and grew up there for about 20 years. Colorado will always be home for me, and yes, I do miss it. Question I get asked on the daily is, what are you doing here if you're from Colorado? Well, its a long story, but I'm here and I'm making the best of it!
I guess I'll have to tell you a little about me, so then you'll get a better understanding of why I tried to give modeling a shot and how I've gone by it since. Growing up athletics was life to me. I grew up with my dad when I moved out to Colorado and the one thing we both shared was a love for sports. I played just about everything growing up. The goal wasn't just to play for fun, the goal was to work hard and be the best. I always enjoyed the practice and hard work it took to be good at something. It wasn't until I was about 13 years old when I picked up the game of golf. Golf has taught me many life lessons that I still use to this day. I actually relate my golf life and modeling with each other quite often actually. I ended up playing at the college level and wanted to pursue it in the pros. Unfortunately, I didn't make it that far, but in the process the hard work I put in all those years had to be next level and I learned a lot during those times.
It seemed after golf was done that I was just coasting through in life. I'm not the type of guy who just wants to just coast and go with the flow. Not for me. So I ended up moving to Mississippi years later. I actually have family here and my wonderful mother is here. My plan was to be in Mississippi for a bit and then move to the beach. Wasn't until I was browsing online one day and looking up modeling agencies in the area. I've done some modeling in my years in Colorado but never pursued it. My mind was only on golf at the time and I put all my energy towards that. For being 30 I knew I wasn't in bad shape so I went to the casting at JEA and luckily Jamie took a chance on this guy. It was right then and there I told myself I would work as hard as I can to improve and see how far I can go with this. In my opinion just because you get signed doesn't mean anything. It's how hard you work after every single shoot you do to take it to the next step. After every job I do all I look for is how can I improve? How can I take it to the next level? I knew what it took to be at the top in sports, and it wasn't easy. Modeling is no different. I work out 6 days a week, I eat right, I stay hydrated, I run and I'm willing to drive anywhere at anytime for work. You cant just sit there and hope a job will fall into your lap. The only way is to want it, and go after it. In this business there's a lot of competition and I know I can be replaced at anytime. So my answer is to work harder than everyone.
To be honest, this is the easiest job I've ever had. Every job I book I full out enjoy. Doesn't matter if I'm shooting in Sharon's studio or flying out to LA for the Industry Network, I enjoy ever minute of it. And you'll never hear me complain once. When you get signed by an agency, it is your right to represent, not just yourself, but your agency as well. If someone took a chance on me like Jamie did, then I'll represent her agency the best I can. It will go along way for you if you have this mindset. I remember just like it was yesterday in my young days when I was 20 years old, I was waking up at 5:30am and riding my bike to work to the golf course to cut grass all day, then practice for 3 hours on my game, then ride my bike to the restaurant I worked at because I needed the extra money. I wouldn't get home until midnight most times and I was doing this 5 to 6 times aweek. I was constantly exhausted. Those days were tough, so when I'm at a photoshoot and I'm getting my picture taken, I'm all for that! Sign me up! I'll drive 3 hours for a 10 minute casting any day over riding my bike to work at 5:30 in the morning.
One of the best things I love about modeling is that it keeps me motivated and that passion on how great can I really be at this. I love the atmosphere Jamie as created at JEA and the support we all have for everyone. I think support is a really big key factor in life and I'm amazed on how these girls go by this business at such a young age. I'll be honest, in my 20s I would of let rejection get to me. Something I wasn't use to in sports, but in this business its actually can be tough on the ego. Nowadays, I embrace rejection because it only makes me stronger. If you want to go far in this industry you'll need to love your no's. Work twice as hard as before and show them you have what it takes. I really want to make it to a big agency, and I know how hard it is for a 31 year old to make it with just one year experience, but that doesn't slow me down at all. I know what it takes and I still know I have so much more improvement and hard work I need to do to make it there. I know I'll have to earn it. I plan on doing this in my 40's so I think I better stay on a solid track. Life is all about how you face your challenges, and I love challenges.
Thank you guys...I mean ya'll!!
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