COREY EMBERTON: “Making connections and caring for others through my work is what it’s all about.”
By KELLY VRAJITORU
Profile: Corey Emberton/David Edwards CC male model
With models often being the faces but not the voices of a fashion editorial, it’s refreshing to have the chance to learn more about the fabulous lives of those modeling the clothes for David Edwards CC. We had the opportunity to chat with Chicago-based male model Corey Emberton about his work, life experiences and how he contributes to his community and beyond.
How did you get interested in modeling?
I love to try something new, let loose and get out of my own comfort zone. But this opportunity (working with David Edwards CC) was actually my first modeling gig!
How did you prepare for the shoot?
I did a little research, studied poses, angles of the body and watched tutorial videos.
Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?
A little bit, because I’m a shy a person to be honest with you, but I just try to relax and be very easy-going. I try to be approachable and natural in front of the camera and connect with people through the clothes.
Do you think it’s important to believe in the product you’re representing?
Yes, to me if I was uncomfortable with something, it would have shown on my face if the quality or fit or comfort wasn’t right. That wasn’t an issue with the collections of clothes from David Edwards CC.
How did you come to know and work for David Edwards CC?
I met Edwards through working with his partner Frank, who is one of my clients. I have a Masters degree in Health and Human Performance and Human Physiology. My background is in physical therapy and I’m currently an exercise physiologist and run community-based exercise programming for those with neurological differences.
What is the most rewarding thing about your work?
I get to care for other people through my work. I love educating others. When you get a client that doubts himself, overcoming those doubts and fears to exceed their expectations is very rewarding.
How do you combine modeling with other pursuits?
If additional opportunities come about, I’ll manage to pursue modeling on the side.
Let’s talk about your other passions. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Coffee! (Laughing) I’m not a morning person, and not thinking about anything else before coffee in the morning. But seriously, I’m a big family person, so spending time with my partner and preparing for my day ahead, having the opportunity to care for others is important to me. I also enjoy traveling and volunteering my time through my travels.
Tell us more about that.
Years back I applied to volunteer and got to spent time in an orphanage in Guatemala City, and helped build a therapy pool for the children there. There aren’t a lot of social services for people with disabilities and many of the children had been abandoned by their parents. Many children were confined to their wheelchairs, so building a therapy pool for movement so they could do exercises and experience freedom in water was amazing.
Give us three fun facts about you that people may not know.
1.) I played recreational sports throughout college.
2.) Tennis is one of my favorite sports.
3.) I did a lot of the renovations of my condo myself, including tiling and the fireplace. It was fun, but I’m not sure if I’d do it again (laughing). You never know what you’ll find or get into once you start!
Can you share any future plans or goals you want to achieve?
I’d love to start a family. My partner and I are getting married in March 2020. I’d like to get back into education at the college level, and travel, vacation, spend time with family and friends and volunteer more.
If there is one belief or mantra you try to live by what would it be?
Basic, common courtesy goes a long way.
About the Author
Kelly Vrajitoru has been a journalist, writer and freelancer for over twenty years. She has written for corporate and strategic communications, non-profit organizations, and contributed to diverse brand campaigns with PR and Advertising agencies, When not writing, she spends her time reading, traveling and with her family. Contact her directly at http://LinkedIn.com/in/Kelly-vrajitoru-37129620 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org