One year ago Joep Rutjes signed his first contract.. a few months later he has already worked with Calvin Klein, Scotch & Soda and more. Besides his handsome looks, he’s also a student and a talented musician.
Profession: Model and student
– New Generation Model Management: The Netherlands – Amsterdam (Mother Agency)
– I Love Models: Italy- Milan
– Dominique Models: Belgium – Brussels
– PRM Model Agency: The United Kingdom – London
– The Face: France – Paris
– Presentations for Calvin Klein
– Campaign for CoolCat
– Campaign for Airforce
– Lookbook for Dirk Bikkembergs
– Shows for Les Hommes, Dirk Bikkembergs, Daks and Scotch & Soda
– Shoot for Cruyff
– Lookbook shoot for Four: FORCEREPUBLIK
Current Location: Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
Tell us about your career as a model. How did you get started?
I started in September 2016, so not very long ago. In the summer of 2016, I participated in a television programme called ‘The Next Boy/Girl Band’. This was a Dutch television programme and it was about searching for a brand-new boyband and girl band. I gave it a chance because I think it would be great to be in a boyband. I passed an internet audition and an audition on the office of the programme, but unfortunately, I wasn’t good enough in the television auditions. They have broadcasted my audition on September 16th. After the broadcast, I received an Instagram direct message of the director of New Generation Model Management. He was wondering if I was interested in doing modelling. I was very interested and so did I started!
When did you first sign with an agency and what was that like?
It was on the 21st of September, also my birthday. It was very cool! I received a cap of the agency and from that moment I knew I was a model now.
What is one of your favourite photographs from your career so far? Who shot it?
This is one of my favourite photographs because it was my first show ever and I really like the clothes and the ‘gangster’ look. I don’t know who shot it because I got it from several people who found it at fashion sites. (picture below)
What is your best model experience ever?
That’s the show for ‘Les Hommes’ in Milan where you can see the picture of it above. It was my first show ever in my first Fashion Week season. I remember that I had to wait a very long time at the casting, but it was worth waiting for. They gave me incredible clothes to wear. I had a lot of adrenaline when I was walking and after (I think) 20 seconds it was over! But it was 20 unforgettable seconds. After and before the show, there were a lot of photographers who wanted to take a photo of the models. At that moment, I felt a bit famous, it was overwhelming J. I am really happy what I already have achieved in a short time!
What are the main challenges in modelling today?
There are so many guys and that’s a real challenge. When I went to the Fashion Week for the first time, I was standing there between (sometimes) 100 male models in the queue for the casting. So sometimes it’s hard to get a job because there are so many people who want the job. But, you have to be yourself, don’t give up and a good personality will help!
What do you enjoy most of your profession?
That I can meet a lot of new people and that every day is a different day. Sometimes you are walking a show or sometimes you are shooting or having a presentation. Also, the locations can be cool and you see a lot of new places.
How would you describe a model life?
A life with a lot of variety and a life where you meet a lot of new people. You see a lot of new places and I think you also learn a lot because every day is a different day. You also have to work hard and stay in shape. Besides, not every day is fun, waiting for castings or for something else can be boring, but overall, I really like it!
Do you think models are able to find long lasting friendships within the industry today?
Yes, I think so, especially during the Fashion Week. Because during the Fashion Week you meet a lot of new people and also you stay in an apartment for a few weeks with new people. You will get to know people well and you are doing a lot with these people.
What is your big model dream?
Maybe to have a big job in America or Australia! I have never been to these countries, but I would love to. Also, I would love to have a job for a television commercial!
What is your favourite thing to do when not working?
Relaxing/chilling with friends and listening or making music.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Joep.
Eating, going to school, studying for school when I am home, relaxing when I have time, go to the gym, listening/making music, watching television/chilling with friends and go to bed. Okay, when I am typing this, it sounds pretty boring, but it’s not like that! Also, I am going to take a gap year, so the studying/school part will disappear for now. This is a typical day when I have no model work by the way.
How do you keep your body in good shape?
I try to eat healthy. Throughout the week I don’t drink soda and I avoid as much sugar as possible. Only during parties and in the weekend, I drink soda and grab some crisps. As a snack, I try to eat something that’s not unhealthy and I drink a lot of water. Also, I go to the gym a couple of times in the week where I do strength training and cardio.
What’s your favourite place in the world?
I think I haven’t discovered that yet!
Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you yet.
– I was a cyclist for 3,5 years
– I don’t like beer
– I love to DJ now and then
– I made a Christmas song 3 years ago
– I achieved a ski teacher licence, but I never gave a lesson.
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I think they can connect models with each other and models can read about other models and learn a lot of it!
Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?
Yes, Thijs Latten
Where can we follow you?
You can follow me on Instagram @joeprutjes