Andrew James, who has just broken into the modeling industry, chats about his dream runway show, photography and his current obsession.
How were you discovered?
Andrew James: I started as an assistant camera operator in Portland, and I was on a shoot for a jacket commercial. The model who was going to wear the clothes was too short, so the designer pointed at me and said, “Hey, camera guy, put the jacket on,” and I stepped up to the plate. The jacket fit perfectly and they re-shot the whole commercial with me in it. I thought it would be a one-time thing, but I thought to myself, “I’ll see where this takes me.”
If you had a dream runway show, what designer would it be?
It would be an honor to walk for Raf Simons or Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott, Calvin Klein and Burberry. These are some of my favorite designers at the moment. I’m really into the streetwear aesthetic, and how art and fashion tie in together, how performance art and creative art come together and how some designers incorporate that into their shows.
If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?
I’m also a photographer, so I would probably be directing music videos in Portland, or shooting short movies with my friends. I would love to direct rap videos.
Are you currently obsessed with anything?
Ha, other than filming my cats? Music — I love to make music. It’s an art I love listening to with different forms of expression; I’m all about hearing a voice and getting to see a reaction from another person’s perspective.
If you could travel to one place, where would it be?
I would love to go to London, but I have a feeling I will be going pretty soon. Tokyo would be an insane trip, I love how the streetwear game is on point. I have never been to Asia, so it would be a great opportunity.
Do you have a favorite piece of clothing?
The T-shirt I’m wearing right now, my “Fran Cee Zee” T-shirt that I designed myself, and it represents who I am. Stop, go, fast forward — I am always trying to capture time and fast-forward it in my films. It has stop signs on the sleeves. “Fran Cee Zee” stands for Francisco, which is my last name, and “C.Z.” is the abbreviation for the Czech Republic; I’m half Czech on my mom’s side, so it’s like a split between two worlds that come together, and that’s me, “Fran Cee Zee.”