This morning I had the pleasure of chatting with Ken, the first model hopeful to be sent home from Make Me A Supermodel
Ken and I talked about what it's like to have a supermodel compliment you on your behind on national television, his favorites to win Make Me a Supermodel
, and why he would never try out for a music related reality show.
I’m Abbey with Buddy TV and today I’m here with Ken from Make Me a Supermodel. How are you doing today, Ken?
Pretty good. How are you doin?
I’m great, thanks. So tell me how you were discovered for Make Me a Supermodel.
It wasn't a big deal. I just went to casting at the Opryland Hotel. One thing led to another and there you go. I made the show.
You were a fan pick to make the show, right?
Yeah, I won the online vote.
If you’d gotten to the voting round do you think the fans who’d gotten you on would have made sure you stuck around longer?
Possibly. Hey, a lot of people I know were watching me so it’s very possible. I’ve had the opportunity to live in a lot of places which means I’ve made friends in a lot of places. I don’t know. It would have been nice to have a voting system like they’d had set up last year.
How was it watching yourself on TV?
It wasn’t anything that unusual. I’d been in a feature film before. I was just hoping they’d edit me to make me look like an ass.
I didn’t think you looked like an ass. Did you?
No. They didn’t. I’m just saying that was my main concern. You never know.
What did you think about Jenny Shimizu's comment about your ass?
I appreciated it. That’s been a compliment I’ve received many times. For years. I can’t take full credit for that. Most of that has to do with deep squats. So get out there and do your squats and you’ll have a great ass too.
That was my favorite comment of the show and I thought that it was hilarious and well deserved. So congratulations.
I appreciate it.
You mentioned you’ve been in a feature film and I know you’re the front man for a rock band called Unity. What are you going to focus on next?
Actually, our band, we had to change our name because we had a bunch of LOC trademarked stuff. Our name is After Eve? It’s just After Eve. I’m in the studio just about every day. I’m supposed to be done by the end of March and then in April we’ll get it on iTunes. We have a website going up next week where you can go to download our first single.
That’s the reason I moved to Nashville. I was actually in New York modeling full time. I almost went to law school. But I was in a band in college and I just half-ass pursued it. But I decided I wanted to pursue it. I moved here and assembled a band and here we go. Hopefully I will achieve the kind of success that I see for my future.
Why Nashville? Is that just the sound that your band has or a city you felt more comfortable in?
It’s not country music at all. It’s kind of a hybrid between Coldplay and The Frey . That’s the sound that we have. Coldplay is my favorite band and my biggest influence. But Nashville is a lot easier to network in than New York or LA. It’s also cheaper to live in than New York or LA. I’ve been able to get connections with people in high places more easily because it’s so much smaller. I’m a trainer at a gym right on Music Row. What happens is that you meet a lot of people. It was basically about networking and also about finding musicians to be in the band who will get really good. Nashville’s full of really good musicians.
Since you have a musical background would you ever consider doing a music-related reality show? American Idol?
I was hoping you were gonna ask me that because I was thinking about that the other day. The fact of the matter is that people have asked me, “Why did you go on a modeling show if you want to be a musician?” And the truth is I would never go on a show related to my particular interest because you will always be abnormally and overly criticized if you’re doing a show based on what you want to do.
For example, on American Idol most of the people towards the end are all good singers but they are a** r***d with criticism over their voice, their inability to sing this or that. If they had just walked up on stage for a concert and sang you would have said “They have a great voice.” But because they’re on a show about being a vocalist they would be criticized to no end.
If I had been on a show called Make Me a Rockstar I could sing a Grammy Award winning song but because you’re on a show about that, and the whole point is to criticize the hell out of the person, you’re going to be made to look differently than you would have if you were just playing a concert. If you took any vocalist of a rock band and put them on a show like American Idol Simon would tear them apart. John Mayer, any one of those people, because they are good singers but they’re not vocalists, they’re musicians. There’s a difference.
I have a good voice but I’m not a vocalist. I’m a singer. Vocalists are people who make money off of having a good voice. Singers are people who make money off of being the front man of a band that writes good songs.
Do you think your personal training business is going to be helped by your time on Make Me a Supermodel?
I don’t know, man. I was hoping they were going to show so more. We were working out in the house and I was training some of the other people on the show. I don’t know. I don’t really have that much time to add a lot of clients. If I got a couple more because of it that would be fine.
One last question about Make Me a Supermodel, do you have a favorite to take it all?
I actually have two favorites and I’m kinda torn between them. I love Colin and I love Jonathan. They’re both friends of mine and I’d like to see a guy win, since a girl won last year.
If either one of them won that would be perfectly fine with me. Especially Jonathan because he’s got a wife and a little baby. He needs that money more than probably anybody else does.
Yeah, Colin was my favorite to win it all. That’s my preseason pick.
Yeah, he’s awesome. He’s a great guy. I love that kid.
Have you stayed in touch with anybody on that show?
With the exception of two or three people I’ve stayed in touch with just about everybody.
Thanks for talking to me Ken and I really wish you all the luck with the music career
Alright. I appreciate it. Thank you.
--Interview Conducted by Abbey Simmons, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image Courtesy of the CW)