Today we are having an exclusive interview for NYC-fashion with  Fashion model and the new Survivor most talked about cast member fashion model Jay Byars.

Jay Byars, 25 years young, coming to us from the small town of Gaffney, SC.

Jay is a busy man these days, A Working model pursing his dreams of modeling, acting, taking photos, and a current castaway of Survivor One World.

Jay Byars is Taking life one moment at a time and enjoying every second of it.

We took a moment with the busy man to hear about his life, where he is headed, how he started and let you all see and know a bit more on the personal side of model Jay Byars.

Here we go:

Q: How did you become a model, and what was your first break?

A: Well being from South Carolina, you don’t really hear of male models making it big. So I was fortunate to meet Josh Norris, a photographer from my area who basically became like a model mentor for me. He knew a girl with DirectionsUSA and sent my pics to them. A month later I was sent to NYC and signed with Major. But I feel that it’s all happing now, I passed on my first campaign to be a part of Survivor, so hopefully the popularity pays off.

Q:  How do you keep fit, what is your training routine and menu?

A: I lift weights about five times a week but I try to get my cardio in by playing basketball or racquetball. Running gets old fast, so I bike a lot. Lately I have been trying to get more into cross fit and sticking to a Spartacus type workout.

Jay is one of the new cast members of this season of Survivor: One World season 24

The season just started and Jay is already created a buzz around him and a big following fans who stands by him and support his win.

Jay Say’s: “I’m stoked to be a part of this season, I think America is going to enjoy watching. Stay tuned!”  CBS Wednesdays at 8PM.

Survivor: One World

Q: How did you get to be on the new season of survivor?

A: I originally applied to the Amazing Race over two years ago and never got any feedback. Then I applied to Survivor.

Q: did you needed to do any physical preparation before starting filming the show?

A:  I bulked up about 22 pounds before I left. All I did was work out and eat…eat everything.

I got my support from Brits Brothers GYM, check them out:

That’s how i looked before the show started:

Q: what was the hardest part?

A: Going into the game I knew the hardest part would be separating the real life moments from the game itself.. In every season people get attached to each other and form real relationships… and it really effects decision making.

Q: would you recommend others to try it out?

A: If you are an adrenaline junkie or love adventure and your tough definitely give it a shot. This show is not for pansies, proceed with caution!

Going back to the modeling world:

Q:  How do you define your style and what your favorite store to shop?

A: Carefree, I don’t stick to rules… I love piecing things together. Aldo…I love shoes. Lately Urban Outfitters, they have the best hats, it’s laid-back and simple.

Q: What are your main interests & hobbies?

A: Family time, Working out, good food, road trips, and I just started long boarding.

Q: What is the one fashion item that you can’t live without?

A: Hats, I always wear beanies, i never have to worry about a bad hair day.

Q:  What is your favorite place in New York?


Q: Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?

A: Tyson Beckford, as a male model, I think his career is something to aspire to. Tom Ford, what’s not to like…its classy…sexy and sophisticated.

Q: Which fashion magazines do you like to read?

A: GQ and Men’s Health

Q: What’s your fashion mantra?

A: Don’t think too hard, just go with it.

Q:  Out of all of the photos the photographer took of you, which is your favorite and why?

A: My favorite headshot came from my first shoot in Charleston, SC. My favorite full length was from Rick Day wearing a long pea coat with a white dress shirt underneath. They just look tough.

Q: What is fun and rewarding about modeling?

A: New places and new people.

Q: What do you dislike about modeling?

A: Being a human mannequin, you don’t get to keep your own personality for all shoots.

Q: What advice do you have for other aspiring models?

A: Get your butt in shape, work on a portfolio, dream big… stay proactive.

Q: Who are some of your favorite fashion photographers?

A: Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and Bruce Weber

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

A: To me, Fashion is not just about a trends, it’s an outward expression of your character.

Q:  What distinguishes a good model from a bad one?

A: I don’t feel qualified to answer this one….umm…A good model needs to be able to convey real emotion on camera, not just “smile and look pretty.” I think there is an art to this…its the subtle changes that separate a good photo from a great one. And I always say that you are never above direction, sometimes a photographer might have a very specific vision for a picture that you need to go for by following their guidance.

Q: How has modeling changed other aspects of your life?

A: Being able to travel to various states and experience new things opens my eyes and mind to a greater world view. I never thought I would be doing this, so Im very grateful to see the ins and outs of parts of the industry that most don’t get to see. It gives you a greater understanding and respect when you see a finished product whether a picture or complete magazine or whatever it is.

Q:  what’s inspire you in life as a person?

A: First, Jesus, if it weren’t for my relationship with Him, I don’t think I would have been given the opportunities that I have had or the courage to believe that I could make it in the industry. I really try to be inspired by a lot of things, music, art, friends…one thing that really inspires me is seeing people sacrifice to meet the needs of others, it doesn’t take a millionaire or an adult, its just the day to day things.

Q: what’s the dream project you fantasize to do?

A: Tough question…being in a Victoria’s Secret commercial..just kidding…something crazy like a stunt where I get to skydive or take a Lambo around a track for a few laps.

Q: thru out your modeling carrier so far what is the best memory you have?

A: A shoot on Spring Island here in South Carolina, it was incredibly beautiful and the other models were a couple of my buddies, it was basically a paid vacation.

Q:  where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Ten years…traveling, possibly owning a cross fit facility, I hope to still be modeling, working more on the commercial side with some movie experience. If I make enough money I think it would be cool to own an extreme sports park. And maybe happily married with a little son running around.

Q:  Do you want to share anything with the viewers that nobody knows?

A: As much as I like being a model I think I enjoyed actually taking photos first. I have had the privilege to go to Malaysia, China, and Africa with Impact Sports on mission trips.

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We want to thank Mr. Jay Byars for the great  interview. We see a bright future ahead for Jay and we will keep following  his career moved and bring you updated on NYC-Fashion.

Make sure to follow Jay Byars on twitter:  @_jaybyars

Agencies  represents:

Major Models in NYC

Nous Model in LA

DirectionsUSA in North Carolina

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