Asa Freeman’s life took an unexpected change in direction when he was spotted at the age of 15 on a Met Line train by a talent scout.
Three years on Asa is working extensive hours in the world of modelling, enjoying the many challenges of the career and appreciating the outcomes.
But the eighteen year old ex St Clement Danes student who has always been focused on his education never wanted to be a model. He sees his current lifestyle as a great way of earning money and travelling the world and is looking forward to doing a Design Engineering Degree at Loughborough University next September. He just loves Maths, Physics, Product Design and Chemistry and left school with top grades!
Asa, 6 ft 4in, is signed to Next Management, one of the biggest agencies in the world who have helped build careers of the likes of Alexa Chung, Rita Ora, Suki Waterhouse and Lucky Blue Smith.
His early work included test shoots – he walked his first catwalk show, aged 16, for Savile Row bespoke tailor and contemporary menswear designer Richard James with David Gandy, Lewis Hamilton and Tinie Tempah all on his first front row! (Main photo)
Since then employers have included River Island, Footlocker, TK Maxx, and he will feature in Levi’s Spring Summer 2018 campaign. Read about Asa in this month’s issue of Marie Claire, as one of five Men of the Moment ‘next-gen guys who embody the values of modern masculinity – integrity, strength and style’. In his interview he sings the praises of inexpensive skincare products Simple and Aveeno!
Despite frequent dawn starts, relentless castings sessions and gruelling all-day photo shoots, modelling has its advantages. Asa’s work took him to Italy in November
“I loved my time living and working in Milan. I lived in a house full of models from around the world and we loved going out and exploring the city. I learned Italian and enjoyed the Pizza! ”
Asa is hoping to go back for Milan Fashion Week in February but in the meantime is working on home soil including London Fashion Week in January.
With Instagram and Snapchat as essential marketing tools modelling involves far more than posing for the camera.
MAIN PHOTO : Asa models for Savile Row bespoke tailor and contemporary menswear designer Richard James
Follow Asa on Instagram at @asa.freeman