You may know him as Streetbred on Instagram. We know him as Brian Rothwell, the Insta star and crazy cool model.
We spoke to Brian about how he got his start into modelling, what he wants to acomplish, and what tips he has for up and coming models.
KNEWYU: WHAT’S YOUR NAME, HOW OLD ARE YOU, AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
BRIAN: My name is Brian Rothwell. I am 22 years old as of yesterday and I’m originally from North Bay, ON.
K: HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR YESTERDAY! HOW DID YOU GET INTO MODELLING? WERE YOU ALWAYS INTERESTED IN FASHION?
B: About a year ago, I was working the bar life and I had someone approach me while on shift. They mentioned it was something I should get into. I kind of just smiled and went about my business. A couple days later, I received an email from a local designer asking me if I’d be interested in walking the runway for him at TOM. I hesitated at first, but decided I had nothing to lose. High fashion has never been an interest of mine, but I am however extremely into streetwear. I think that angle just comes from me growing up as a skateboarder and seeing the trends come and go in the streets rather than the runway.
K: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE INSTAGRAM NAME, STREETBRED? DOES IT HAVE A SPECIAL MEANING TO YOU?
B: My Instagram handle comes the concept of a kid that just spent a lot of time skateboarding in the streets and learning how to conduct myself accordingly. Hence the two word combination of “street-bred.” To be honest, before this I had tried a million different ways to use my real name as a handle, but everything I thought of was already in use.
K: WALK US THROUGH A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BRIAN.
B: A typical day would start off with an early 5:00am wake-up and get an americano to go. By 5:30 am I’ll be at my gym, Academy of Lions, for the majority of the day to work and/or train. The rest of my day is usually dedicated to either skateboarding with my homies or rushing to a casting/shoot. If I am lucky, I find the time to cook for the following day while listening to a podcast or reading a book.
K: IF YOU COULD DO THREE THINGS (ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING, NO LIMITS) WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND WHY?
B: 1) Travel to places that will put myself in total culture shock. It is important to realize the world is much more than just your neighbourhood.
2) Create something I can call my own. These days, the people who are willing to branch off and take the real risk of starting something new are the people I encourage and admire.
3) Skate more. The older I get the more distant I seem to get with being on a board and I forget it doesn’t have to be like that. In our society, there is too much forgotten passion in order to chase a damn dollar.
K: WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS/BRANDS?
B: My good friend, Andrew Morrison, has been killing it for years with The Escape Movement. Everything is 100% Canadian made which is SO important to support in this age of fast fashion. Other than him, I’m really into what Raised by Wolves and Vitaly are doing.
K: WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THIS JOURNEY FOR YOU SO FAR?
B: Around this time last year, I got on my first ever flight and went out to Venice Beach, CA for a little vacation. About half way through my predicted time in LA, my agency called with an opportunity. There was a contract over in Milan Italy for a couple months but I needed to act on it immediately. I decided to miss my flight back to Canada, made some calls back home, quit my job, and took off out of LAX the following day.
K: WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING MODELS?
B: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.