Thursday, September 24, 2009

BOY NEXT DOOR - Interview with SCOTT SWAN


SCOTT SWAN
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Men have finally learned the secret that women have known forever: looking a certain way is rewarded with more attention. While women have long complained about the objectification of beauty, it has not stopped them from paying exceptionally close attention to their physical attributes, be it the face or the body. Men, on the other hand, seemed to value strength and power over moisturized skin and perfect grooming. It was rare to see a hairstyle, rather than just a haircut combined with fashion sense and plucked eyebrows outside of the gay community. Jocks were men, while the gay boys were emasculated in the eyes of their heterosexual counterparts.
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But times have changed. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate sexual identity based on appearance. The straight jocks wear A&F, AX, Hollister and any other brand that was brought to their attention through homoerotic advertisements, they get the eyebrows done, and their hair styled and work out to achieve the type of body that has come to typify the gay community. In fact, so many boys are of the pumped up gym mode these days that it almost diminishes the appeal. The boys have become clones, each one less distinguishable from the next. And amidst all the sameness, a classic idea, along with the undeniable appeal offered from it has almost been lost.
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What ever happened to the boy next door?
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Well, technically, he is still around, but in some cases, this fresh faced brand of innocence has morphed into other incarnations, which hold on to the appeal of youth, but mask it in visual emotions. There is the Emo look, the new punk with his faux hawk, along with the classic brooder. But where is the boy who used to radiate charm, with eyes that peered directly into our hearts and smiles that felt genuine? The boy that parents loved and many of us secretly wished we could be. Sure, the jocks and bad boys may get more of the attention now, but the Boy Next Door would outlast them and shine throughout his life.
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Realistically speaking, all of this is a big generalization, but at the center of it are some deep truths. We seem to have lost our innocence as well as our desire for it. And the images we are presented with offer no reminder of the simpler guy with the endearing looks whom we could fall in love with in public, rather than in our fantasies. But all is not lost. He is still there…we just have to find him.
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And we have.
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Scott Swan is the quintessential Boy Next Door, with classically beautiful features, a winning smile, the perfect, yet naturally toned and lean physique, and killer charm that is usually only found on sitcoms. He has given us images of the curly haired cherub, the good son fashion model, as well as the sexy twink. He is the kind of guy that everyone says is a cutie, and that parents wished their daughters (or gay sons) would fall in love with.
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I became familiar with Scott’s work when he shot with a photographer that I admire named Charles Archer. In addition to his solo work with Charles, he also posed with Gregg Acord, another model that I am very familiar with. I wanted to learn more about him, both as a model and a person, so I asked him 20 questions. He is warm and generous, eager and professional. And he didn’t complain when 20 became 22.
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BLISS: How did you get your start in modeling and what initially attracted you to it?
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SCOTT SWAN: I was 17 and a scam artist from John Casablancas "scouted" me, I never gave them a dime but went to the first class which surprisingly taught me enough to go look for a real agency! I got signed to a small agency and got some work, I also find work myself.
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B: It's amazing to me that so many of those places are still around. I'm even more amazed that there is a whole new crop of people who fall for the scam and spend hundreds of dollars on classes. You would think that in an internet era, we would take the time to do some research!
So you found a "real" agency and got work. Do you remember what your first shoot was like?
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SS: My friend Lucas needed basically a breathing human to take shots of for his book. I ended up shirtless in a wide wheat field in 30 degree, windy weather, but the photos came out great though.
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B: You have worked with a few amazing photographers. Do you have a favorite that you've worked with? If so, why?
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SS: I have only worked with about 6 photographers Tthere are some that have done event photos that I was in but my friend Lucas is by far my favorite. I almost forget were trying to make something great.
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B: Being friends also helps with th chemistry, and it's easier to relax. Who are some other photographers that you've worked with that you admire and why?
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SS: I really enjoyed working with Eric Gregery, he just really knew what great lighting was about.
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B: Are there any particular photographers that you would like to work with in the future?
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SS: Rick Day. Enough said.
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B: That's certainly ambitious. Rick Day is amazing and I am a huge admirer. I love how he seems to effortlessly move from fashion to underwear or artistic nudes. He excels with both men and women, which is another quality I admire. But until the day comes that you get to work with him, what was the best photo shoot you've been invovled with and why?
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SS: I would say a shoot I did with New Balance, they had a new camera system I can't explain due to my contract but it was really fun to be a part of.
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B: What was the most challenging and why?
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SS: Charles Archer, I was almost naked in front of small children.
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B: That sounds interesting, and a bit scary. LOL You'll have to explain privately. Do you have a particular favorite of all the images you've done?
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SS: Probably me in a Speedo on a camel statue's humps.
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B: Taken by Charles Archer. So some of those challanges were worth it. Is there any particular image or idea that you have wanted to create, but have yet to do?
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SS: I see a lot of amazing images involving milk and just pouring it on someone and hopefully getting that money shot.
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B: And let's clarify that you don't mean that money shot! You have posed in sexy underwear, but there are no nudes in your port. What is view of nudity in photography?
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SS: I love the human body and think it is beautiful, it just isn't my nude body people are going to see until I get the right opportunity. I want to keep my options open and for some companies if you have posed nude, they won't even look at you.
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B: Which is ridiculous, and very narrow minded, but if you're doing commercial stuff, I guess they have to protect the overall image of the company. At least you appreciate the beauty of nude work, even if you can't participate at this time. What is your view on artistic erotica?
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SS: It can be beautiful, or porn. There is a fine line that many models and photographers don't see.
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B: Or maybe they just have a different interpretation. How would you define the difference between erotic art and pornography?
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SS: Erotic art shows the beauty of the human body, pornography just shows the human body.
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B: What are your views on pornography in general? Good, bad or indifferent?
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SS: It gives a lot of people jobs and a lot of people relief and ability to watch fantasies they may never personally experience, so good.
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B: Would you pose for a full frontal nude photo? If yes or no, why?
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SS: Yes, but it has to be for something I really see as art and not just full frontal for the sake of full frontal.
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B: Are you open to posing for artistic erotica?
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SS: Definitely.
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B: What advice would you give a new model who is thinking about posing nude, be it artistic or pornographic?
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SS: It depends on the person, if I see them having the potential to do real work for big companies, hold off on it, if not, go for it. Or it depends on if they want to go pursue modeling as a job and not a hobby, if they want to try and do real work, give it a good thought, as a hobby they have the freedom.
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B: Switching gears for a moment, I'm always curious about model's self-perception. What would you consider to be your best feature?
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SS: My lips.
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B: They are quite stunning! Along with those eyes.Is there any one thing that you wish you could change about your self, in terms of physicality?
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SS: I don't like to think about it since I can't change it but, height. I've been sent out of agencies after that dreaded measuring wall.
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B: You would think that would be eliminated by now, since there is so many different avenues of work. Some of the best male models I've seen, and quite a few actors, are on the shorter side. And I'm talking a good 5" shorter than you. It all still comes down to this aestetic, or needed a standard size and fit. But that's not beautiful to me. Beauty lies in diversity. What is your definition of beauty? Is it purely physical, in terms of looks, or does attitude, carriage and personality play a role?
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SS: Beauty is only skin deep as has been repeated many times. So, physical, in my mind. But it is a great attitude and personality that allows others to appreciate beauty.
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B: Oh, I like that viewpoint. The idea that we can accpet that beauty is a surface thing, but the other elements are what allow us to truely appreciate or take notice. On a more intimate level, do you have any personal heros?
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SS: My mommy.
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B: Awww. My mother is one of mine as well.
I'm going to lighten the mood even more and ask one of my favorite questions: Tell me 5 fun facts about Scott.
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SS:
1. I have an identical twin.
2. I work in a paleontology lab.
3. I go to the University of Washington, I am majoring in Biology.
4. When I was 7 my mother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said: a woman. I haven't really pursued that since.
5. When I graduate I want to put my degree to good use, I want to bartend and move to L.A.
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B: Thank you for being a part of this. Any last words?
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SS: Any talent scouts reading? Or agents? I want more work!
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Want more Scott Swan
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www.bigfishnw.com/scottswan
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Featured model: Gregg Acord
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Photo Credits:
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Charles Archer
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Lucas Brown Photography
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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! The article is great.
    -Scott

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  2. This is a great article!
    and i love scootie!

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