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Featured Model - Tyler Scevers

This month’s featured model is Tyler Scevers. Tyler has been with IMD since January of last year. He attended IMTA NY in 2004 and had an amazing showing. Tyler flew to New York at the beginning of September and within a matter of days was flooded with castings, requests and options for major campaigns. Tyler just booked the COVER of Men's Italian Vogue (L'Uomo Vogue)! Tyler was flown to Hawaii to shoot the latest Abercrombie & Fitch spread. He was held longer to shoot for the Polo Ralph Lauren Campaign and is currently on-hold for an enormous Calvin Klein campaign. He just booked a print ad for United Colors of Benneton and a recent layout in Flaunt Magazine. Tyler also will be in a featured spread in Teen Vogue, GQ Magazine and British GQ. At only 16, Tyler has certainly come a long way from Roseburg, Oregon to make a splash on the prestigious New York fashion market

Tyler Scevers has got the look

Tyler Scevers has got "the look."

Since entering the modeling industry two years ago, the Roseburg teenager flew to Hawaii to model the spring line for Abercrombie & Fitch. He appeared in GQ magazine, and he's now leaving for Miami -- where he will be in a photo shoot with supermodel Kate Moss for the French edition of Vogue.

What can only be described as a whirlwind experience has opened doors Scevers never knew were there. Now, the 16-year-old is embracing his new career and is ready to tackle new challenges -- be it attending fashion shows in Paris or trying his hand at acting.

"I'm always told I'm too young, and that can be frustrating," Scevers said about receiving rejections. "That just tells me I'll be there someday."

GOING WITH THE FLOW

Scevers didn't set out to be a model. But through encouragement from his friends and family, who touted modeling's earning potential, Scevers agreed to give it a shot. He had a friend who worked with Image & Modeling Development in Medford, so he and his parents decided to check out that place first.

His agent, Teresa Pollman of IMD, said she looked at Scevers and immediately knew he had something special. Scevers, she said, is destined to go big.

"He was very shy when he came to us," she said. "He is one of those people who would never say they want to be a model. It took a little bit of convincing."

After an in-depth discussion with his parents, Joe and Pam Scevers of Roseburg, Scevers signed with IMD and embarked on a new and unfamiliar journey.

His first big step was winning a scholarship from his agency to attend the International Models & Talent Association's competition in New York City last summer. At the Hilton hotel, Scevers was one of 20,000 aspiring models who strode the runway and auditioned for commercials -- all in the hopes of being discovered.

"It was insane," Scevers said about the weeklong experience. "I was pretty nervous, but more excited. It was the first time I got up onstage. My heart was beating pretty fast."

For the competition, Scevers auditioned for two commercials -- for Schick Quattro razors and Hostess Cakes. He also modeled jeans and swimwear, an act he describes as being different between men and women.

"It's a lot harder for girls," said Scevers, who is also studying for his GED at Phoenix School in Roseburg. "The guys just sit there and look cool, I guess."

Men, he said, have to match their stride to the beat of the music. They must look cool and collected, and they can't smile -- as that would detract attention from the clothes. Women must abide by these same rules, but they also have to worry about holding their shoulders back and kicking their legs forward to effectively "trot" down the runway.

Although he didn't land any commercials, Scevers did obtain a New York agent -- Major Model Management. Through prompting from this agent, he recently returned to New York for a three-month stay. He lived in a house with 10 roommates, and he was on his own to maneuver New York's subway system and meet people in the industry.

The time spent in New York, Scevers said, was devoted to work. He attended an average of four casting calls a day, an activity that entailed a brief interview and showing potential employers his book of photos. It was a simple process, and he learned how it worked rather quickly.

His parents, meanwhile, stayed behind while their son tried to make a name for himself. Scevers' father, Joe, works for Roseburg Forest Products, and his mother, Pam, is a waitress at Casey's Restaurant in Roseburg. Scevers also has an older brother who lives in Portland.

Both Pam and Joe admit to having serious reservations about their son's adventure, but they agreed it was something he needed to experience.

"It was kind of nerve-wracking," Joe said. "You have your kid at 16 in New York City. Most parents wouldn't let their kids do that. ... I had a lot of faith in him. It's scary. You just have to trust in God and let him go."

Pam agrees. When IMD signed him, she knew their lives would drastically change. She did not like the idea of Scevers riding the subway at night or wandering the streets alone. But he has proven himself to be a responsible and mature individual, and she knew this was something he needed to try.

"Everything I didn't want, he ended up doing," she said about his exploration of New York City. "He really took it in and became a man. He's handled it really well."

BIG TIME

In New York, Scevers said he learned a lot of the basics -- how to do his own laundry, how to organize his time, how to budget money. He even went so far as to set a $1 limit for hot dogs, and he went to numerous stands until he found ones where the price was right.

A bit intimidated at first, Scevers soon adjusted to big city life and succeeded in landing jobs. Later this spring, his image will be seen in advertisements for United Colors of Benetton, and it will appear in such magazines as British GQ, Vogue and L'uomo Vogue.

Each shoot, Scevers said, has a memory. He rode in a BMW and hung out with a bunch of girls in swimwear for one spread, and for another, he wore three pairs of shoes around his neck.

Scevers said he's learned to take direction, and he tries to improvise as well -- trusting his intuition in what will make an appealing photo.

"The hardest part is probably getting in the (right) frame of mind," Scevers said. "It's like acting."

Because Scevers is new in the business, he makes anywhere from $150 an hour to $1,000 a day. The price is dictated on who wants the photo and how the photo will be used. If he were an exclusive model for a campaign, for example, he could net as much as $100,000.

Scevers is not at that level yet, but he'd like to be. To that end, he's working on getting his name out there. If people want to hire him, great. If not, that's fine too. That's the nature of the business.

"I just try to be myself," Scevers said. "You can't give anything except yourself. ... You never know what they are looking for. If you fit it, you fit it."

Scevers' childhood friend, Melanie McManus, has no doubt that Scevers will succeed at his goals. In fact, she takes credit for "discovering" him in middle school.

"In the seventh grade, I saw a picture of him and knew he would be a model," the 17-year-old Roseburg High School junior said. "When he told me about Medford, I knew he would go somewhere. ... He just has that unique look to him, and he has really captivating eyes. His eyes are really stunning."

Describing Scevers as the next Calvin Klein model, McManus said modeling has transformed Scevers into a more outgoing and confident person.

"Before, he used to be really shy, and he stuck to himself," she said. "(Modeling) has made him a lot more confident. ... He doesn't let this get to his head. He's still really down to earth."

His parents agree that they've seen changes in their son. Not only is he much more patient and responsible, he's grown in maturity. Still, they added, he's a "normal" teenager who hangs out with his friends, goes fishing with his dad and plays the guitar.

They don't believe Scevers is giving up anything by pursuing his career at such a young age, and Scevers doesn't either.

"My parents raised me to be pretty humble," Scevers said, adding that he's glad he can jump-start his career at such a young age. "I'm kind of tired of this place. I like traveling a lot."

Proud of all their son has accomplished, Joe and Pam said they know Scevers will stay true to himself as his career blossoms.

"When he's (modeling) he seems more alive," Pam said. "It gives him a lot more of a purpose. ... There is something about him. I don't know what it is, but everybody likes it. I have no doubt he'll make it."

Scevers, who returned from New York before Christmas, is now juggling his time between modeling assignments and studying for the GED exam. He later wants to take drama and speech classes at Umpqua Community College. He also hopes to branch out into acting in the next five years.

Modeling, Scevers learned, is not what he expected it to be. Luckily, he took the time -- and the chance -- to discover how it could enrich his life.

"I thought it was girly, that it was for people who were full of themselves," Scevers said about his initial thoughts of the modeling industry. "Now I know differently. You get to travel and meet people all over the world. It's crazy."

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Model Scevers gets a

taste of New York Tianna Bleigh

Once upon a time there was a boy

named Tyler Scevers. This boy was

not like any other student attending

Roseburg High School. Girls

swooned over him and people said,

"Oh my goodness you have to be a

model." So finally one day the boy

decided to talk to a modeling agency

in Medford that his mommy’s hairdresser

had suggested.

Starting off in Roseburg, doing

small fashion shows

and advertisements for

Fred Meyer, was exciting

and gave him a

taste of the modeling

world, but Scevers

wanted more.

Waving goodbye to

his friends and family,

he made the long journey

all the way across

the United States to

New York in hopes of

bigger success. "I really

just wanted a

chance to get my foot

in the door and figure

out if modeling was

what I really wanted to

do," Scevers stated.

Scevers lived in

New York for a few

months. While there, he

shot many ads for

United Colors of

Benetton, Abercrombie

and Fitch, Hollister, Luomo Vouge,

Zoo Magazine, GQ Magazine, and

British GQ, along with many others.

If that was not rough enough, he had

to spend nine days in Hawaii crawling

around in waterfalls surrounded

by Hawaiian tropic girls while photographers

flashed pictures of him.

After his excursion to Hawaii,

Scevers left for sunny Los Angeles

for a few days.

"The whole city is alive. There are

nice people; you meet someone new

every day if not five new people.

Huge city subways are very helpful,

but the taxis rob you. Best thing about

being in New York would have to be

making all the dough though,"

Scevers said. After three months in

the big city it was time for Scevers

to return home just in time for a

Thanksgiving dinner with family.

Leaving all the pollution behind

him, Scevers returned back to Oregon

with new knowledge and a better

grasp on modeling. He learned

that was not all fun and games. Even

though he had opportunities of a lifetime,

he missed a lot of school, causing

him to take online courses.

When Scevers has free time he enjoys

playing the guitar. He hopes to

continue his modeling career

throughout the year and hopefully

begin a new branch of talent by becoming

an actor. The moral to this

story is simply this: "To become a

model, get in the best shape of your

life, have an edge to you and always

be the best that you can. If you really

want to pursue modeling, go to

New York or a place where many

agencies are located and bring in a

Polaroid. If the agency likes you,

they will represent you right then and

there." With a little hard work and

determination anything can happen.

The End.

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