A MODEL who missed out on an appearance at London Fashion Week because he had to get his appendix removed has received a welcome boost after being named among the finalists in the Stellar magazine Bachelor of the Year competition.
James O’Callaghan from Island Road in the city has been carving out a career in international modelling over the past three years.
He is currently based in London where, he says, he is grabbing every opportunity in fashion that comes his way.
“It’s a lovely career but one that you just have to grab while you can – it’s not going to last forever. In one way, it’s like a soccer player’s career – but I only wish I could earn that kind of money,” smiled James.
The 24-year-old was nominated by his sister, Sinead, to enter in the Stellar magazine Bachelor of the Year competition.
“There are 22 in the final. My sister Sinead put my name forward and then Stellar picked the finalists who also feature in the magazine.” said James.
Television presenter Aidan Power from RTE, and television personality Calum Best are among the other finalists.
The final takes place on October 10 at Krystle nightclub, Dublin.
“Everything is going pretty well,” said James of his modelling career.
Standing at 6ft 1in James enjoyed much modelling success in Asia before he made the move to London.
“They love the European look,” he said of the Asian modelling agencies.
“I’m based in London and I’m doing a lot of work there at the moment. I did a shoot last weekend for Papercut magazine. I also did Future Face magazine. Two of my shoots featured on a worldwide website called Male Model Scene which showcases the best up-and-coming models in the world.”
Each day, James attends a number of castings around London.
“I could have four jobs one day and on another day I might only have one job. It varies with the seasons also. I would have something to keep me going every week.”
“If I did a campaign, I would get good money but If I do a show I might get between £150 and £200. It depends on the brand as well.”
During his free time, James can be found at home in Limerick with his parents Sean and Agnes and siblings John, Jason, Lindsey and Sinead. His twin brother Ian lives in Germany.
He is currently relaxing at home in Limerick after having his appendix removed.
“I was supposed to be doing London Fashion Week but I got out my appendix so I had to rest a bit. I really only broke into London this summer but I can do it again,” he smiled of London Fashion Week.
To vote for James in the final text BACHELOR 121 to 53307