Seattle Sports Model, Jesse Taylor Talks Shop

If you could describe the city or town at which you grew up in, share what your community was like? Describe the social economic status of your neighborhood…

I grew up in a rural area outside of Gig Harbor, Washington called Vaughn.   My family had seven and a half acres which seamed like a vast wilderness at the time.  We didn’t have many neighbors and it took twenty minutes to get to high school.  Thirty minutes to town.  I still live in a small cabin on the property hoping to build my own dream log home on an acre and a half that I own near by.   The area is mostly middle class working families but the social spectrum is running more and more to the comfortable side.  Gig Harbor has attracted a lot of money over the years especially to water front properties.  There are two local high schools with popular sports programs.  People work hard and enjoy the quality of living in the Gig Harbor area.

As a young person, did you have a “big dream” as an aspiring model…. If so, what type of modeling?

My aspiring dreams as a young person were to play in the NFL or go to the Olympics.  I also dreamt about fishing and hiking in exotic and wild places.

I never had a “big dream” as an aspiring model.  I pursued it based on the support and encouragement I received from family and friends that I could be successful at it.  The industry sounded fun and exciting and I had the confidence to give it a try and be successful.   The chance to get to participate in active and athletic photo shoots, meet new people and stay motivated to stay in shape was too much to argue with.

At what age/time did you first make an attempt in pursuing a career in the modeling industry? How encouraging or discouraging was the modeling industry when you first pursued it?

I graduated from the University of Idaho in the spring of 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and majored in Marketing.  I attended under a full athletic scholarship to play football.  I played wide receiver, kicker and punter.  I first made an attempt at a modeling career in the fall of 2001.  I was 23 years old.  I visited Sports Unlimited from a referral in Seattle and have been working consistently ever since. I would say that the modeling industry was very encouraging.  I started booking good jobs right away.

How long have you been a model?

I have been a model for ten years.

Do you have a success story that you can share about your achievements in your modeling career? Describe in detail your major accomplishments…

I am fortunate enough to have many highlights in my career.  I was lucky enough to participate in a national commercial for Merrill shoes.  I was paid to trail run all day.  That’s one great thing about fitness modeling.  You get paid to work out sometimes.  I have also worked for Under Armor, Adidas, and Hammer Strength by Life Fitness.  As well, I have been the poster boy for a national Nike campaign at Champ Sports.  

I was the body for Nike Pro Compression for two years and participated in there Global sales meetings for four years.  I have rappelled from the rafters of the Oregon Convention Center onto the runway for a Columbia Sportswear fashion show.  I have worked for REI on a couple occasions and got to visit North Carolina with them.  I shot a poster for New Balance which sits in 24hour fitness gyms all over.  I have been on a Macy’s shopping bag and also did a runway show for Tommy Hilfiger.  I’ve been lucky enough to work for a wide variety of companies. My experiences have been great with all of them.

If you could give advice to an individual who aspires to have a career in the modeling industry, what would you say?

Be realistic in what image you represent.  Stay in shape, be well groomed, be polite and courteous, be punctual, be a great navigator, and be confident and relaxed as possible, patient and determined.  Don’t take anything personal, have thick skin.  You will not book them all.