Interview: Bradley Soileau – Making it in New York City
by Julija Kaselyte
Living life as a model in the bustling metropolis of New York City isn’t half bad. We had the opportunity to sit down with a rising star in the industry. Considering he signed with his agency only six months ago, Bradley Soileau has already graced the pages of several magazines, including publications such as Vogue Homme Japan. Although he insists that nobody knew of him until he appeared in Lana Del Rey’s video “Born to Die,” Bradley’s looks and charisma captured our attention immediately.
Julija: Where were you brought up?
Bradley: Baton Rouge/New Orleans, Louisiana.
Julija: When did you move to New York? How do you like the city?
Bradley: I moved to NYC about two and a half years ago. I love it. It’s been a struggle, but it’s an amazing place to live. Like Jay-Z said, if you make it here you can make it anywhere and I guess I’m doing alright.
Julija: Did you always want to be a model? When did you get signed by an agency?
Bradley: I never ever had aspirations or even the thought of being a model. I got signed to Red Model Management about six months ago.
Julija: Do you like being a model?
Bradley: It has its ups and downs. A lot of ups, so I guess I could say I like it.
Julija: Can you mention the some of the publications you have already appeared in?
Bradley: Vogue Homme Japan, ccs.com, Wonderland Magazine, The Dirty Magazine, The Wild Magazine and Men Magazine. I also did a couple of campaigns and runway shows for NYC fashion week and I have a bunch of magazines coming out.
Julija: What else do you do besides modeling? Any hobbies?
Bradley: I DJ, play guitar, sing and talk to random people on Twitter.
Julija: What’s the story behind your starring in Lana Del Rey’s video?
Bradley: I shot for Wild Magazine and the photographer, Armen Djerrahian, told Yoann Lemoine (the director of the “Born to Die“ video) about me. They needed a tattooed guy for the shoot, and that’s kind of how I got the role.
Julija: In general, was it hard to star in this video? How long did the shoot last?
Bradley: It wasn’t hard. It was just like living and real life, nothing different, and we shot for like two or three days.
Julija: Did your life change after appearing in the “Born to Die” video? If yes, how?
Bradley: My life changed a little. Now people want to know who I am and I have fans. It’s weird to have that going on, since no one knew who I was a few months ago.
Julija: What would be your dream collaborations?
Bradley: I don’t know if I have any. If I can produce music, I’d love to do a Lana Del Rey song, or an ASAP rocky beat. Other than that, I don’t really think about it. I’d love to work with Kanye West, but who knows if that’ll ever happen.