MANIFESTO: Tell us a bit about yourself. What are you up to these days besides modelling?
BRODIE SCOTT: I’m from Winnipeg, Canada and I’m 20. If I’m not modelling, you’ll catch me at the gym, at the park or playing video games. I’m your typical Canadian and I play hockey. I’m based out of New York but at the moment I’m in London.
M: You spend a lot of time on the road. What do you miss about home?
BS: I go home a handful of times each year, usually for one to two weeks. Going home is always nice. I definitely miss how simple things are.
M: What has been the turning point of your modelling career?
BS: I’d say the turning point was when Calvin Klein flew me to New York to cast for exclusives. I wasn’t signed in New York so it gave me a chance to meet with agencies. I met with Tara Lanoway at Wilhelmina and she pushed for a Parisian agency to take me for shows. I came in contact with Eric Sposito at 16Men and signed there. A couple of weeks after shows in Europe, I booked the Hugo Boss campaign. It was a whirlwind couple of months.
M: Any plans to return to your studies?
BS: I do plan on going back and studying. But at the same time my doors are open for other opportunities.
M: What has this industry taught you?
BS: I’ve learnt a lot in modelling. The industry has taught me to be ready for anything. It is so unpredictable. One moment I could be here, one moment there, it’s crazy. I’ve become a lot more independent. My mom was still making me lunches during university and washing my clothes, so going from that to completely being on my own is a big jump.
M: What are some of your favourite experiences so far?
BS: My favourite moment in modelling is hands down the Replay show in Mykonos. My buddy and I rented scooters and rode around the island. It was amazing. The show took place on the beach and it had some high profile VS Angels in it. I was a little star struck. After the show, there was an after-party. I had so much fun that I decided to stay an
M: Who do you admire the most?
BS: I have a big crush on Emily Ratajkowski. So Emily, if you’re reading this HMU…
M: When and where were you the happiest?
BS: That’s tough because I’m always happy. End of the day nothing beats being home and eating homecooked meals with my family. I also like to sleep a lot so I definitely miss my bed. My friends have been super supportive and welcome me back with open arms when I come home.
M: Has your life changed since becoming a model?
BS: The first word that popped into my head is attention. I’ve definitely received a lot more attention since I started modelling. No one back home fully understands how everything works, but they are all curious. Another big change is that I’m not home very much. At the same time I get to do some pretty cool things, so it has its pros and cons.
M: How did modelling change your perspective of fashion?
BS: I honestly didn’t know anything before this. Now, I appreciate all the hard work and creativeness that goes into making a collection. Although the part I like best is picking out my friends in ads around the store. Even my mom likes to spot my friends or myself in stores and websites.
M: What improvements do you hope to make?
BS: Networking and being more social are things I want to improve on. Networking is a big part of this industry and can open a lot of doors. Instagram is also very important.
M: Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish?
BS: I’ve got my eyes set on the top 50 on
Models.com. I’m just going to keep working hard and we’ll see where it takes me.
M: You’ve been on the fashion week circuit for over two years. How would you describe the experience?
BS: Fashion week is something else! It’s madness! I’ve spent at most 15 to 16 hours a day running around the city doing castings. It’s so tiring, but I love it; it’s weird. Fashion week is the one time where all the runway models are in the same city. Almost every model should agree with me that the best part of fashion week is seeing all your friends.
M: What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the business?
BS: To the new faces starting out my best advice is to be yourself. There are endless amounts of models with a range of personalities. At the end of the day there’s only one you, so just be yourself. If it doesn’t work out at first just give it some time. Your look changes over time so just be patient.
M: What do you do in your downtime?
BS: There’s a fair amount of downtime, so lately I’ve been trying to make the most of it. I recently downloaded this programme that teaches coding. Hopefully, I can do something useful with it.
M: What do you enjoy the most at this point in your life?
BS: I enjoy the freedom. Modelling has given me an amazing opportunity. I’ve been lucky enough to travel, meet new people, and have a lot of fun.
M: What would you be doing right now if you weren’t a model?
BS: If I weren’t a model, I would be in school and I wouldn’t be having as much fun as I am now.
M: Which is the favourite part of your body?
BS: People say I have an infectious smile. If I can make someone smile, then it’s a good day.
M: You’re on the Hot List bracket at
Models.com now. How did you think you got there? Is there a formula to it?
BS: Being ranked on Models.com is something I never expected. It’s nice being recognised for my work. As for what made me successful, it’s a team effort. What I have done is just being committed. A lot has to do with your look but it’s the little things like being professional. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a strong group of agents, who believe in me since day one. Also my parents for passing on their genes and supporting me. I couldn’t have done it alone.
M: Name three places you’d like to go.
BS: I really want to check out Thailand and also some places in South America. Those places seem so natural and untouched, it would be cool to explore.
M: What’s on your current playlist?
BS: I kind of have a little bit of everything on my playlist. Most recently, I’ve been listening to hip-hop: Pop Style by Drake, Overtime by Wave Chapelle, Facts by Kanye West, and No Role Models by J Cole.
M: Anything most people don’t know about you?
BS: Most people don’t know I have a twin sister. She’s currently in school studying business. I took all the height but she’s got the dance moves.
M: Any weird habits?
BS: I don’t know if it’s a weird habit but I’m a big neat freak. The NYC subway is my worst nightmare.
[More pictures in the May-June 2016 issue of MANIFESTO]
Photography: Brent Chua
Fashion Director: Jonathan Yee
Styling: Eric McNeal
Grooming: Mari Matsumoto
Agency Support: Wilhelmina New York