PRESTON SLACK

Agencies: WILHELMINA , Campbell, Linda Layman
Instagram: @prestonslack

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Tell us about your background. Who is Preston?

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, into a fun-loving and musical family, I taught myself to play guitar with my fingernail, because I didn’t like to use picks.  I liked to stay busy in academic and nonacademic endeavors - I played on a National Homeschool Basketball Championship team, and had 34 college credits when I graduated High School.  I am a cross between Tarzan, Yanni, Indiana Jones, Eddie Van Halen and Jackie Chan.  My parents have always encouraged me to try different things, so I have a heart for adventure.  I make a mean pancake and a meaner 2” thick waffle.

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When and how did modeling start for you?

Modeling was something I turned down,at first.  My sister is a model, and one day I went to see her at a local fashion show and realized what it was all about.  My sister volunteered me the next year for a local Fashion Week, and I had a blast.  I love creative people and environments, and fashion is a playground for that.

 

Do you remember your first ever casting / audition

Yes - it was for that same Fashion Week, and actually all I remember after walking in was walking back out to the car - I was so nervous!

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What is your most memorable modeling experience so far?

At a fitting early in my career, the designer asked who the most adventurous in the group was, and I raised my hand.  I do parkour, and am always flipping off of and climbing things….this time my adventurous spirit landed me in a pair of pastel briefs under transparent crocodile print pants.  It was a lot of fun, and I liked the shock factor.

 

Now that you’re an actual signed model, do you have any preconceived notions about the industry that was changed as soon as you started your career?

I think a lot of people don’t realize there is a lot of waiting time in the industry - and at the same time you have to be ready for anything daily.  

 

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What is it about modeling that you think is the most appealing to you?

I think modeling is such an opportunity to emote;  it is almost like acting.  Every picture tells a story, and the collaboration between the photographer, designer and model is always a fresh experience.  Runway is more like theatre, and shoots are more like movies.

 

What else do you do aside from modeling?

I have several passions.  I am a diehard musician; I love instruments and work primarily with guitar, vocal and composing.  Parkour is my preferred form of exercise, but I also participate in fencing, archery, martial arts and trail running. History is another passion of mine, from American History and European History to Ancient Civilizations.  I am  considering a future in the medical field, but for now I am working on my Doctor of Naturopathy degree.  I am fascinated by heath and nutrition.

 

You can sing and you mentioned that you have been a vocalist to several band/s? What was that experience like and how do you think it can be connected / helpful to you now as a model?

I think any stage experience helps you on the runway or in front of a camera; nerves are a real thing, and confidence comes from experience.

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What do you think is the proudest moment of your career so far?

Winning Male Model of the Year at the MB EXPO in Dallas this summer, where I closed the Fashion Show.

 

Dream Project:

I have three answers for this question:  for modeling, a GQ cover, or a Calvin Klein campaign.  For acting, stunts for a Star Wars Movie.  For music, a festival concert where I got to perform with Queen, Van Halen or Men at Work.

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Top 3 music from your playlist right now.

Deep Purple’s “Highway Star,  Yanni’s “The Rain Must Fall,” Garrett Borns’ “Faded Heart.”

 

Top 3 favorite movies

In no particular order:  “Good Will Hunting,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Star Wars, Episode Six, Return of the Jedi.”

 

How do you balance your time?

I start by making sure my schedule allows for enough sleep.  If that happens, everything else seems to fall into place.   During the day, I schedule my obligations, and fill the extra time with songwriting and exercise.  And eating.  Lots of eating.

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What do you usually do for fun?

I love nature, so I love to find an open place with green trees, where I can breathe, adventure and chill out.

 

Name one person that you dream to work with

Donatella Versace - if you work with her, you know you have made it in the industry.

 

How do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I hope to have established myself in the modeling industry on the runway, as well as print, while travelling the world.   Hopefully, I will have had time to continue work on my music and have released my work in that industry, as well.

 

Any advice you can give to any aspiring young artist/model out there?

Be original, and believe in your own vision.  Be open, honest, and ready to work hard.  Stay busy and focused on your goals.

 

If you’re a book, what type of book are you and why?

A Sherlock Holmes mystery, because my life has a lot of twists and turns, some high brow humor, I run on instinct and trust that good will prevail.

 

If you will be given the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why?

American Diabetes Association.  Both my father and older brother are Type 1 Diabetics, diagnosed their Freshman year of college, and I would love to see this chronic illness cured.

 

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Photography: IRVIN RIVERA