Tuesday 27 June 2023

In The Spotlight: MATT BATES

1. How did you get into the acting / modelling industry? 

I was doing accountancy for an insurance firm in Leeds, and one day because I hated it so much, I just stood up and walked out. Went straight over the road for a drink and got scouted in the pub. Started work the week after, so was very lucky!

2. Your best piece of advice for aspiring models / actors?

Treat this as a proper job, be professional, practice what you have to do on shoots. It’s not just as simple as standing there which a lot of people seem to think. Over time grow your model wardrobe too as this is your essential kit.

3. What has been your favourite shoot to date? 

Way too many to mention. Trekking in northern Canada, shooting at the Taj Mahal, the pyramids in Egypt, playing golf in Spain, playing football in Portugal, working all over Miami, working in Kenya, Dubai, all over Europe. I’ve been really lucky to have worked for a lot of the UK’s biggest brands, feel very blessed. 

4. If you had to choose someone (besides yourself) to play you in a movie, who would you choose & why? 

It would have to be Matthew McConaughey, as a few people have said we kind of look alike. Personally I don’t see it. 

5: Best thing about being represented by Face? 

I have been with Vicky since the very first day of Face Models. I feel very lucky to work for Face, even more lucky to work for someone I consider a close and supportive friend.

6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself ☺️

I used to do a lot of work for the environment agency, where I was “Pond, James Pond…license to fish”.  Oh, and I once got asked out by Paris Hilton!!!

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