David Hlinka (who is signed with Ford Models in New York, Success in Paris, and d1 in London, among others) was scouted in 2010 and has gone on to walk for Juun J, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Phillip Lim, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, grace the pages of Italian GQ, Vogue Hommes Japan, and L'Officiel - just to name a few, and most recently, is the face of BBC Black's Fall 2013 collection. We managed to catch up with David before he jets of to Japan, and he talked to us about the business of fashion, working with Phillip Lim, what he's obsessed with right now and more ...
The Fashion Law – How old are you and what's your nationality?
David Hlinka – I am 21 years old, born and raised in New York. My Grandparents are full blooded in their respective nationalities. One is Czech, another is Polish, one Irish, and the last English.
The Fashion Law – When were you scouted and what was the first big modeling job you did?
David Hlinka –I was first scouted in Penn Station in New York City near the end of 2010. I thought I was about to be asked for directions and all of a sudden someone's business card is in my face. After signing with an agency, I was propelled right into NY Fashion week where I was fortunate enough to walk for Marc Jacobs.
The Fashion Law – How do you think you are different from other models?
David Hlinka – I have a lot of good friends in the industry who share similar interests or ambitions ... but for the most part its not so. Also, I'm grateful for what I'm doing now. I hate listening to guys complain about the industry. If you don’t like it, leave ... Stop complaining about how long you have to wait in line (hanging out with your friends) or that your feet hurt! Suck it up. Be thankful you don't have to wear heels all day, or better yet, be thankful you are seeing the world as a model.
The Fashion Law – What did you think of modeling before you got started?
David Hlinka – I didn't even know that male modeling was prevalent. I was obviously aware of advertising, but modeling was still something that was foreign to me. Fashion and all of that was not something on my mind, and because it is not something really out there outside of major fashion hubs... it never reached me. So it was very interesting getting involved with everything.
The Fashion Law – What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far?
David Hlinka – I have always wanted to travel so that is definitely the highlight. I planned on working hard to be able to travel in my spare time, but with modeling it goes hand in hand with the work itself. I have been able to see places and meet people I never would have otherwise.
The Fashion Law – Is there a specific job you loved?
David Hlinka – I really enjoy working with reoccurring clients because you get to know them better than just working with them once or twice. I've done a bunch of jobs with Phillip Lim in Paris and recently, one with him in New York. He is always great to work with, and I think he has a really strong brand.
The Fashion Law – Do you think there are any downsides to modeling?
David Hlinka – Modeling like any job will have its downsides. There is a lot of time away from home or friends. I hate flying away from the people I care about, but in moderation its all good. I can't have everything I want in life, not yet at least!
The Fashion Law – What do you like to do when you're not traveling/working?
David Hlinka – When not traveling I like to be around people that elicit good times. I like going out on any random adventure, hiking, playing sports, the beach, a movie, being with my girl. Just living without regret. I can be kind of a homebody in my down time. I like to just take time to relax and only answer to my own desires.
The Fashion Law – What have you learned about the business of fashion so far from your work?
David Hlinka – The business of fashion? Well, the business side is taken care of for us mostly. But its fast paced, last minute decisions and a race against the clock sometimes. Definitely a lot of pressure is present in most scenarios. At the same time if the people are solid they know what they want, how they want it, and when they want it, and everything can be done methodically. Deadlines drive creativity. It is interesting to see the client-agent relationships in each country. Every market/culture has its way of doing business, which is pretty cool.
The Fashion Law – Have you done any cool jobs recently?
David Hlinka – Recently, besides Europe shows, everything seemed to be on a hiatus. I was in between management companies. So, work in NY was slow. But everything is settled and it is back to business as usual. Now, I am going back to Asia. That will be good fun! The jobs over there are always interesting. Its another world.
The Fashion Law – Where do you see yourself in the next several years?
David Hlinka – While modeling I have been slowly obtaining college credits preparing for when I go back to school full time. As for the next several years... settle myself into my career, marry an amazing girl, and have a few kids to pass the love onto.
The Fashion Law – What are you obsessed with right now?
David Hlinka – Finding alone time with my girlfriend, void of any distractions, before I go to Japan and working on a project that has only been an idea for a few years now...unrelated to school or fashion. Basically a non-profit endeavor with hopes to do a lot of good for as many people as possible.