When you first meet Karl, you are initially struck by his outgoing nature, driven personality (and his great skin, but we'll get to that later!), then you slowly realise he is one of those enviable people who never stands still & always has about 20 different projects in the air at any one time.
Between modelling, songwriting, travelling - and still finding time for a thorough skincare routine- we don't know how he fits it all in, but he managed to find a few minutes to speak to us about his career so far.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I graduated from university in 2008 with a drama degree but ventured down the music route, singing and writing songs for myself and others.
I also taught myself to produce music and built my own home studio. Just after I graduated, I went into working for a touring theatre company and did bits of extra work and some modelling on the side but I didn’t really take it too seriously at that point and didn’t realise the importance of finding a good agent.
Who (or what) inspired you to become a model?
Once I learned to embrace what was unique about myself, I found that I was getting cast for more opportunities and more serious work started to flow in. I never really saw a great deal of male red-heads in TV commercials, billboards or in advertising campaigns so that made me want to push myself so I could stand out more.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading a hilarious booked called ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ by Adam Kay. It’s basically the diary of a junior doctor and it’s a laugh a page! Great to read when commuting as you can easily dip in and out.
I love metaphysical books too and would recommend ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. For those of us in the creative industry, we are very much on-the-go. If you’re also someone who is quite impatient, this book teaches us to quiet our overactive minds and be more present. Don’t be defined by your past and never let what has happened yesterday shape your future.
Who is your favourite singer?
Too many to mention but Tori Amos is up there for me. A piano-based singer and songwriter. Her music is almost transcendental and whenever I’ve had a stressful day, her music takes me to a place where I can escape. She describes the songwriting process as like a sonic painting and as a result her music is full of texture, colour and depth.
Listen to: ‘a sorta fairytale’, ‘Bang’, ‘Carbon’ and ‘Hey Jupiter’.
Favourite place in the world?
This always changes but I absolutely adore San Juan in Puerto Rico. I worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as a singer during a lot of 2016-2017 and we docked in San Juan every Sunday. This was also my day off so I was able to discover so much of what this beautiful island has to offer; great food, wonderful sights and such kind people.
Do you have a top secret skincare regime?
Korean skincare, it’s the best in the world. I have a 10-step skincare regime. -
Yes it may sound excessive but you don’t do all 10-steps every day. They’re full of natural ingredients that help combat ageing and, most importantly, target environmental effects on the skin. Also, due to my travelling, i’m in and out of different climates which means my skin constantly has different needs. These products help my skin, tone and complexion stay balanced.
Out of all the Korean products, the best one has to be the ‘Triple C Lightning Liquid’ - https://sokoglam.com/products/cosrx-triple-c-lightning-liquid
This product had a waiting list of 10,000 orders! It’s a serum that contains the highest concentration of Vitamin C aswell as black chokeberry which is packed full of anti-oxidants. Perfect for combatting sun damage and hyper-pigmentation.
What would your superpower be?
To have an instantly cast-able face. How else am I going to pay for all that skincare?!
Any tips for anyone getting into the industry?
Realise what it is that makes you unique. Don’t compare yourself to who you see in the magazine and on the TV. We are all here for our own purpose and we are all born with our own gifts and talents. Some of us may take longer to realise what that is but by quietening the world around us, we’ll soon find that out.
Embrace what it is that makes you stand out, including your ‘flaws’ or what it is that you might not like about yourself and believe that there really is no one quite like you.
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