We recently caught up with successful male model Sam Tautua about his experiences in the modeling world, his biggest achievements of his career and how he stays grounded in such a hectic, yet exciting business. Here is what he had to share with the readers:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?
I have been performing my whole life. I grew up in church so, as child, I felt like I was made to sing, dance, act, model, you name it, I was doing it. Adulthood took over and I immersed myself into a corporate career, however, my intuitive call to be creative became a lot louder than my corporate career. So as I got a little older, I enrolled into the biggest performing arts school in Australia called NIDA (National Institute of Performing Arts) and studied TV hosting. I told myself if I successfully graduated, which I did, I would then proceed to pursue a career in hosting. I graduated, got my first hosting job pretty much straight away. When I was at Sydney Fashion Week interviewing designers, I was discovered by a modeling agency and from here, my modeling career took off.
What inspired you to get into this industry?
In my 20s, I was pursued by two different modeling agencies and I turned them down because I innately, felt I could do it naturally. However, I was more focused on my corporate career as I was achieving quite a lot of success at such a young age. When I decided to leave my corporate career I was once again, asked by an agency whether I would consider going out to a casting for a global campaign, I said “why not”? I booked my first ever modeling audition for a global campaign and knew it was a sign from the universe and I have been aligned with it since.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
Modeling has all been on the job training from the beginning, however, I was very natural on runway jobs. There were producers or coaches who had specific styles, however, for print /commercial/editorial, we are pretty much left with our own creative devices on delivering what the campaign may require. For hosting, I trained at the world famous National Institute of Performing Arts. Past students, have included Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, to name a few.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I prefer modeling in commercials, you get to improv, be creative with your dialogue and just really have fun. I find now I get a lot of businessman or father type roles, so I am really enjoying embodying that feeling.
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
I was Britain’s Fashion Finest Male Model of the year runner up in 2012. This was a pretty incredible achievement for me.
What projects do you have coming up?
I signed on with a production company in New York to create a metaphysical show around positively effecting people lives with metaphysical awareness and providing them the tools. I'm also a metaphysician I’m looking forward to my role as being the host of the show. I also have a few other campaigns I'm on hold for, for blue chip clients I have modeled for in the past. It will be exciting to work with them, once again.
Who would you most like to work with?
Tyra Banks. I find her entrepreneurial, a great role model and aligned with the message she puts out into the world of self love and being our best selves. Ultimately, my living idol is Oprah Winfrey and the work that she puts out into the world. I would really love to do something aligned with her network, OWN.
What are your plans for the future?
I'm very aligned with my life’s purpose, so I maintain to stay aligned in using the metaphysical tools and awareness to manifest the experiences I’m aligned with in the platform of entertainment. I hope one day to be able to positively affect people in following what their life’s purpose is and to provide awareness and tools.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
To really know that this is a part of your life’s purpose, your passion, your desire. The challenges we face as performers are huge and consistent, so you would want to equip yourself with the ability to positively self-reflect. To learn quickly, apply lessons and always move onwards and upwards and to especially, have FUN with every process as you expand –that is vital!