Model of the Month: Rick Kumazawa

Let me be honest with you from the very start: I have never, in my life, thought that writing a blog about myself ever going to be this hard. But I am very happy to share my journey with you all, so here we go. Hope you enjoy the read!

My name is Rick Kumazawa. I was born in Lexington, Kentucky but ended up growing up both in a small town called Newburgh, Indiana and Nagoya, Japan, where my parents are from. Throughout both elementary and high-school, I had the opportunity to spend some years in Indiana and some in Japan. Growing up both in the United States and Japan was wonderful. I got to learn both English and Japanese fluently, make friends from both countries, and take in so much from both countries’ cultures.

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Growing up, soccer was everything to me. Especially when I was in high school and practiced soccer every day with the school and city’s club soccer team, it was always my dream to become a professional soccer player. After high school however, I realized that in order to chase this dream I would have to focus 100% in the sport and that I would have to make many sacrifices. But that was not what I had in mind. And in this way, the dream of becoming a soccer player started to eventually fade away. In one way this can be seen as a quite sad story, considering how soccer took a big place in my heart and life.

But, it got me where I am today. I started thinking about how cool becoming an actor would be, which was the other dream I’ve had growing up.

I attended Waseda University in Tokyo, where I started studying Liberal Arts. The first 2 years were pretty cool. Moving in the biggest city in the world was definitely something to enjoy. But by the third year I was getting tired of it. I started missing the country side where one can have a walk in the beautiful and peaceful nature, breathing in the fresh air.

So I decided to go back to the States for a year to take a break from all the craziness that the city life brings. That is how I ended up in Mississippi, attending the University of Mississippi.

The idea of pursuing acting and modeling as a career started during my time in Mississippi. I have always loved acting. I participated in various school theatres and shows. I also loved watching films and simply fell in love with the idea of being on screen.

There was something about both the modelling and acting industry that I simply found astonishing. With this in mind, I decided to take a step forward to my new dream. I did a little research and I found JEA. There wasn’t any acting agency close to where I was in Mississippi so I thought why not start with modeling first and get used to the feeling of being in front of the camera. Little did I know that that decision would change my life forever.

I immediately e-mailed Jamie and she was very nice in agreeing to meet me a couple of weeks later. At the beginning I was super nervous and I did not know whether I had what it takes to sign a contract with a modelling agency. But everything went well wonderfully and a week later I got signed with JEA!

There wasn’t a whole lot of modeling work in Mississippi, especially being an Asian Ethnicity doesn't help much unfortunately... haha. However, I was lucky enough to get some experience in front of the camera, which was exactly what I needed. Later that year, Jamie took me and a couple of other models to Los Angeles, where I signed with the first acting agency and manager.

Fast forward two years, now I’m in my second year in LA pursuing acting full time. So far I have done many commercials and prints, booked a co-star for Amazon Series, a supporting role for a feature film, and I just finished a huge producer session/call back for an HBO TV-series!

Having the chance to work with many actors whom I’ve looked up to as I was growing up is definitely a dream come true.

I am so glad I made a decision to e-mail Jamie and I am so thankful for all the amazing work she has done to help me push start my career. It’s a true blessing having to find someone so dedicated to their clients. Thank you Jamie!

I guess here comes the end of my blog. Thank you all for reading and hope you have an amazing day!!

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