Matthew Eriksson (@mattheweriksson) is a 26-year-old Australian model and actor who has worked in many great projects throughout his career. He is an amazing professional but also an amazing person who speaks his mind as you will see in this exclusive interview for Vanity Teen.
His career as a model began very early when an agent approached him to become a model and since that moment he hasn’t stopped achieving his dreams. When speaking of the modeling industry, he confirms how hard it is to work in it and to stay on top.
“It’s important to stay focused and motivated while staying true to yourself.”
People outside this world might know a little bit of how this industry works, but the truth is they know just the tiniest bit of it. Rejection is the most common answer and many people struggle to work in this industry, but Matthew gives some advice regarding this matter. Prejudices and stereotypes are also predominant here because it is what comes first to the minds of those people who are going to hire you judging only your physical appearance. However, as Matthew says “the industry is making a conscious effort to be more inclusive and diverse in its approach.“
“Never let rejection get to you, only let it make you stronger.”
Q: How did you start in modelling?
A: My career in modelling began when I was scouted at a very young age down at my local beach. An agent approached me asking for an interview to become a model, and soon I had signed a contract with an agency.
Q: Is it easy to become a model these days?
A: Becoming a model has never been easy. It’s an extremely competitive industry, with ever-changing trends. It’s important to stay focused and motivated while staying true to yourself.
Q: Which is your best and worst experience in this industry?
A: Any campaign is an achievement as a model. I was fortunate to be a part of Harrold’s campaign, which was an incredible experience! My overall journey has been supported by my hardworking agents and filled with memorable moments, but I know with everything there’s always a negative. Shooting in the freezing cold winter and rain is tough, but it’s all a part of the job.
Q: Which piece of advice would you have loved hearing when you started modelling?
A: Never let rejection get to you, only let it make you stronger. You may not be what they’re looking for with a particular job, but this doesn’t negate your uniqueness and worth in future opportunities.
Q: How would you define yourself?
A: I am self-confident, compassionate in my outlook, dedicated to my work, and willing to push the boundaries to challenge myself. I like to think I am always growing as a person and changing how I’m defined.
Q: Do you think stereotypes and prejudices are stronger in this industry?
A: True beauty encompasses all people no matter their race, size, sexuality, gender or age. It has been inevitable in human nature to have prejudices and stereotypes, but the industry is making a conscious effort to be more inclusive and diverse in its approach.
Q: Which qualities do you think the best model has to have?
A: I believe a model should be hard-working, fearless, goal-orientated and disciplined. These qualities will help a model to stay humble and succeed in the fashion industry. I think it’s important to show to your personality in your work, as this is your point of difference.
Q: What would you say is the best part of your job?
A: Modelling as a profession has enabled me to express my passion for creativity and work closely with photographers, designers, stylists and other models to bring a vision to life. While doing what I love, I’ve had the chance to meet new people, travel to places I’ve never been and be a part of experiences that have shaped me to who I am today.
Q: Which values do you think Vanity Teen Magazine represents and stands up for?
A: Vanity Teen Magazine encourages the artistic expression of the male form to challenge stigma around toxic masculinity, by empowering all people to be who they are and aspire to be. VT Mag has played a role in breaking down the barriers to showcase individuality in the fashion industry and promote equality.