SKYN: Hey Jarret, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me. You're clearly a really good looking guy, but what inspired you to get into this industry?
JK: The simple fact of travelling. I originally started modelling solely to see the world and to get paid while doing it. I never believed it would turn into a full time job/ career. Being able to work with such talented and creative people on a day-to-day basis has also been a great blessing and has aspired me to become an artist throughout my personal life.
SKYN: That's phenomenal. Sounds like you really hit the jackpot when it comes to careers. How long have you been doing this?
JK: Just shy of 5 years.
SKYN: That's a decent amount of time. And over those 5 years, what have you found to be the best part of your job.
JK: I feel like my answers may start to get boring but it relates back to travelling. The lifetime of stories/adventures I’ve experienced are priceless. Having given the opportunity to meet such diverse people and cultures around the world has made me view the world in a different light and since then I’ve endorsed a more open and carefree mind.
SKYN: Ha, sounds like you've got quite the travel bug. It truly can be eye-opening, can't it? I'm so glad to hear you've been able to experience all of these wonderful opportunities.
SKYN: You've taken some incredible pictures over the years and have shot with some amazing photographers, do you happen to have a favorite that you've worked with?
JK: Too many good photographers to name in Toronto, but my top two would be Christoph Strobe and Matt Barnes.
SKYN: Those are definitely solid choices, and ones we're huge fans of as well. Aside from the photographers that you've worked with, did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
JK: Some of the older/more experience models such as Peter Argue and Ben Le Fevre have been vital mentors for myself and others who needed the proper navigation starting out in the industry. Having a mentor such as an experienced model is a key aspect to success in the early stages as many agents can deter or skew the fundamentals for models in reaching their ultimate potential.
SKYN: Absolutely. It's an unfortunate truth, but it is so very real. Well we're glad you were able to find people to help you navigate it all, because you've made a huge dent in the industry, and we're thrilled that you're here.
SKYN: Ok, so we know you're a world renowned model, and a great entrepreneur, but we'd love to know more about Jarret Kennedy. Tell us something random about yourself.
JK: In 2009 I was on a jury for a murder trial and just recently ran into the man myself and the other jurors convicted.
SKYN: Ha, oh my gosh, that is random! Ok, now besides mastering the art of jury duty and awkward run-ins, what are you most proud of?
JK: Taking the leap to become an entrepreneur and to never have a 9-5 job again.
SKYN: An incredible feat to say the least. So now that you've found an established niche for yourself do you have any tips for anyone aspiring to get into the industry?
JK: Be optimistic, always stay positive and never get discouraged by rejection. Rejection is one of the biggest set backs for most models. Throw away the ego and prepare yourself for clients. Have confidence but never think you’re above anyone else. Arrogance shows and people in this industry will see right through it.
SKYN: 2015 seemed to be an incredible year for you, what were some of your most memorable moments?
JK: Traveling to South Africa on a job would probably top the list of location jobs. Also being able to spend the summer in NYC and the winter in Miami.
SKYN: Ok, those definitely do sound like unreal moments. How about for 2016? Any big goals for the upcoming year?
JK: I plan on spending roughly half the year in NYC in hopes to catch the attention of some larger American brands such as Macys and Bloomingdales. Also looking forward to acquiring my first cottage rental property in the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach area.
SKYN: Sounds like you've got quite the year ahead. We wish you all the best. Before you go though, tell us one thing. When it's all over what do you want to be remembered as?
JK: A fun loving guy who everyone enjoyed working with and a mentor for many young men coming up through the industry.
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