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It’s not every day you come across a talented music teacher and a model, simultaneously – and Andrew Belle Wilson is both. Andrew is an Australian international model. He has worked for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, The Iconic, and Blackcraft, amongst other local/international fashion labels. On top of that, he is also a multi-instrumentalist, where he plays the piano, guitar, and violin as well as being a primary school music teacher.
Model & Mode Magazine recently had the privilege to interview Andrew regarding his experience in the modelling industry and his music career and here’s what went down:
How did you get into the modelling industry?
I was 8 when I first auditioned for a Pepsi commercial overseas, and it was around then when I was scouted by a local talent agency. Things took off from there and I haven’t looked back since. I started modelling for small fashion businesses, and soon after a scout discovered and recommended me to a modelling agency.
What do you like most about being a model?
You get to travel a lot and fly around to different cities while working with a fantastic crew. Also being able to try on different fashion outfits, especially for runways, which are stuff I usually wouldn’t wear on any given day. Walking at various fashion shows and shooting/modelling for major international brands gives you a thrill like no other.
What are the downsides of being a model?
It can be exhausting at times, and you have to be strict with your regime, as the agency/clients expect you to look your best at all times. Rejection is standard and it’s part of the job.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry so far?
Working with Tommy Hilfiger was a highlight, and collaborating with The Iconic and Blackcraft within the music scene by wearing their outfits at the gigs I play. I recently modelled for an LA streetwear brand which aligned perfectly with my musical style. Also doing partnerships with local businesses to help promote them on social media.
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
I’ve worked with so many talented creatives, and they are all unique, whether it be a fashion designer, photographer, director, editor, fellow models, or even my agent.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the modelling industry?
To never give up and keep trying even if things don’t go your way. Mental health is imperative in this industry, so it’s essential to look after yourself and to surround yourself with supportive, positive people.
Is your family supportive of you being a model?
Yes, they are, I am extremely grateful that I managed to make a career out of modelling and music.
What genre of music do you compose and who is your favourite singer?
I compose mostly metalcore/electronic ore which combines metal, pop, and EDM as well as instrumental piano. I’m also a classical pianist, so I occasionally do session work with ensembles. I’m currently working with Zai Sheng from the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
You mentioned you are a music teacher, what are the joys of being a music teacher?
My kids are excellent – they are a great bunch of people to teach music. I can’t imagine doing anything else in life. The best part is seeing them progress in an instrument while enjoying/loving it at the same time. It’s always a ‘fun first’ for me.
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
I wished I had taken modelling and acting more seriously as a kid, as I felt I could have done so much more back then.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I have ever been given is to create a look book.
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
Doing more runway work and collaborating with high fashion/alternative houses, as well as playing gigs overseas and hopefully selling out shows.
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Schindler’s List.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? A person’s smile, because it can brighten anyone’s day.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Walking for Balmain would be the absolute dream.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Try and find love again.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Being a perfectionist.