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Matthew Alan Goldman Interview - On A Quest To Conquer The World Of Modeling

By David Rabadi

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Matthew Alan Goldman


It's February 14th also beckoned as the day of St. Valentine. The cold streets of Manhattan are bustling with the commotion of people carrying flowers and balloons while running to meet their loved ones. I get a sudden rush, from the many boxes of chocolates in my view, and need to relieve my never-ending sweet tooth. As I continue walking in a chocolate filled reverie I reach my destination, Tao Restaurant. I enter the restaurant crowded by auspicious individuals who come here to mellow out after a day of hard work. This evening I am interviewing the sleek model Matthew Alan Goldman who goes by the name MAG in the industry. Matthew has been living in New York for the past eights months on a quest to conquer the world of modeling or to at least make a profitable dent. I walk in to find him sitting at our reserved table browsing through his iphone. From my first glance (while hoping the interview goes  smoothly) his facial expression sure doesn’t look he is from Ohio, but from the streets of Brooklyn with a chip on his shoulder. I reach the dimly lit table, put out my hand to shake, and sit.

Matthew Alan Goldman

David Rabadi
Are ready to be probed?

MAG (laughing)
If you’re ready to pose.

DR
Is that what you do all day pose?

MAG
When the check book is out!

DR
When did you realize you were going to pursue a career in modeling?

MAG 
I knew it was something I always wanted to do but coming from a family of business owners and attorneys, pursuing something so unsure was never really an option.  It wasn’t 'till after college and after 2 years of corporate life where I said, "This isn’t for me".

DR
Can you describe what it feels like to be a model for our readers, ie: daily pressures and the like?

Matthew Alan Goldman

MAG
There are many daily pressures of being a model. Weight is just as big of an issue for men as it is for women. Now that I am a full time working model, I honestly don’t feel any different than the Matthew two years ago. But it feels nice seeing my hard work pay off when I walk into Macy’s and see my face ;-)

DR
What is a casting call like?

MAG
Most castings are the same, you just go in, they take a couple of snap shots and that’s it.  You’re either in or you’re out. I act and do commercials as well and those castings are always more interesting. 

DR
Do you think people have the wrong impression of models?

MAG
My gosh do I ever! I hate when people think that I am not educated because I am a model and an actor. I went to one of the best schools in this country and I speak 3 languages. I hate when people lump me in the “you’re a dumb model category”

DR
Tell me your worst modeling experience.

MAG
My worst experience ever was when I was changing at a shoot and a photographer just decided to start snapping pictures of me naked. Models have to be very open about changing on set but there is an unspoken rule that a photographer doesn’t take any pictures of the model naked.

DR
Are there any models you admire?

MAG
Of course. Collin Egglesfield is definitely a model's career I would love to have. He has shot for every major designer and he has walked every runway in Milan and he is now a successful working actor. Each person has their own paths but I wouldn’t mind following his.

DR
You are the face for the new skin care line HIM-istry for men selling in Macy’s. How does that make you feel?

Matthew Alan Goldman

MAG
Its every model's dream to be in a major department store like Macy’s. It was a dream come true to finally see all of my hard work as a model pay off.

DR
How do your parents feel about you pursuing a modeling career?

MAG
My family is always supportive of what ever I do but they were not happy when I gave up my solid income at a fortune 500 company to not have a steady paycheck. My family wasn’t secure in their beliefs that this would “all work out” till they saw how many jobs I started booking….

DR
I understand your father does a lot for the Jewish community and has an honorable title. Do you feel any pressures to make him and your culture proud?

MAG
It was a lot of pressure. More than you can imagine. I have big shoes to fill when it comes to my father and what he has done in his lifetime. When I decided to quit my corporate job and do this, I felt like I wasn’t really doing anything and I felt I had to prove myself to him and it was hard. As I said before, my family along with my father is extremely proud of me and my accomplishments. He loves telling all of his friends and our family to watch me on TV when I have appearances. 

DR
If someone said you could never model again how would that make you feel?

MAG
That would never happen… I would have to dismember my face or something for that to become a reality….but it wouldn’t make me happy.  I would have to find a new source of income!

DR
You were born and raised in Ohio. Does that make it hard for you to adjust to New York’s fast paced living along with making friends?

MAG
No and Yes. After Dayton Ohio I lived in Atlanta GA, it’s not NYC but it’s a big city.  While I went to college at Emory I lived in major cities in Europe on average of 2-3 times a year, all 4 years. Living in the major European cities actually prepared me to love NYC because I love Europe and the trains. NYC is the closest thing to a European city (in that sense) America has….

DR
Do you feel your career leaves time for dating? Have you ever been in love?
What are your insecurities?

MAG
Yes and no. What makes it difficult is I spend so much time building relationships with people in the business always pounding the pavement looking for work, I find it difficult to then channel more energy towards having a relationship. They are a lot of work. As far as insecurities…we all have insecurities but off the top of my head I would say I am a pretty confident guy….

DR
How would you describe yourself?

MAG
Caring, compassionate, fun, spontaneous, confident…all of that, but what am I really? I’m a go-getter!!!

DR
What would you like the readers to know about you?

MAG
Something readers might not know about me… I have a few other passions in life… anything APPLE, FAST SPORTS CARS, and a love for other cultures and languages.


This interview could have not gone any smoother. Matthew has his priorities together and knows exactly what he wants in his career along with a clear path on how to get it. I wish him the best of luck in his endeavors.

For more information check out:

www.matthewalangoldman.com

 

 


Published on Jun 02, 2011

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