THE ACTING CLASS :: KILLIAN'S WORKSHOP

It’s no lie that I definitely have a personality. I never dabbled in drama or theater in high school, but now that I am running down the path in this industry, it was time to figure it out. I’m never one to shy away from a challenge, so I signed up for my first acting class. 

Killian's Workshop on Melrose was an amazing first class to take to get a great foundation in commercial acting. As a beginner, I went into it thinking that I would be behind every person in the class. I was definitely far behind, but the class didn’t make me feel that way. The instructor, my fellow classmates, all were supportive of one another, offering constructive criticism. Not going to lie, the first class, first set of sides, was really rough. It’s safe to say that by the end of the first class, I achieved the most improved award. The format of each class would be to do a mock audition at the start of class, then get critique from the instructor, then finish the class by taking that critique and applying it to a second go at the audition. During the first week, I went from completely blowing the first audition to nailing the audition and being able to even put a fun button on the end of the audition.

People love to tell me that I am a natural with modeling and acting, and the acting part of things was hard to believe. I had never dabbled in it at all, so why would they think that I could be a natural at it. Sure enough, the last week of class, my instructor said to me, “Cory, keep it going. You are definitely a natural and I can see you going places with this.” Those words were all I needed to keep the grind going. I am excited to keep dipping my feet into the acting world to see where it can take me.

The grind continues. CMT.

OLD FRIENDS, GOOD TALENT //DTLA, CA\\

It all started back in 2012. Nicole Leever (@nicoleleever) saw talent in me that I had not yet discovered. She was shooting a campaign pitch for a local company and asked me to be involved. I really had no idea what I was doing in front of the camera, but her direction and trust helped create some rad images.

4 years later, here we are. Fully styled, less direction, more collaboration, same trust and the conversation is even better. It was an amazing time shooting with Nicole for the first time in a while. Nicole books 40 weddings a year, but loves shooting fashion as well. She has an incredible eye for lighting and what it does to a models look - she was constantly giving me tips from the photographers perspective as to how the light is hitting all parts of my face. The beauty of collaboration is that not only was she able to give me some tips, I was helping her with new direction tips for achieving a certain look on the model as well.

Not only did we create these incredible images, but it was a great time catching up on life with Nicole and dreaming with her for her future. We kept looking at each other, saying, "Remember when we first worked together. My how far we have come." Thanks Nicole, for a fun time. Cheers to many more collabs in the future.

The grind continues. CMT.

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

 Photo by  @nicoleleever

Photo by @nicoleleever

THE CONVERSATION //LOS ANGELES, CA\\

It started with another direct message. Honestly, it takes a lot of guts to reach out to someone with a DM on Instagram, but Christina Jengel (@christinajengel) went for it. She DM'd me not too long ago to set up a time to shoot with me in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. I had never been there, so it was a fun adventure to get out and just GO!

 Photo by  @christinajengel

After meeting up with Christina, we just walked around the streets by the Arts District Co-op, and saw many murals, rad walls and cool nooks and crannies of the streets. While we walked around she asked me a little more about my story that she didn't already know from my blog post (Cory's Story) and I got to know her as well. The conversation ended up being about her adventure to Los Angeles while attending a small Christian college in Chicago. She interns for the Dream Center and has a huge heart for freedom those victimized by human sex trafficking. Hearing about the passions of her heart made our time together fun and encouraging. It was incredibly rad to share stories of adventure and new beginnings. Not to mention, as you can see here, her eye for portrait photography is definitely something special!

The conversation behind these images was so encouraging. 

The grind continues. CMT.

 Photo by  @christinajengel
 Photo by  @christinajengel
 Photo by  @christinajengel

THE DOWNTOWN //SEATTLE, WA\\

Hopped up to the Pacific Northwest for a little bit of work and a little bit of fun last weekend. It was so fun getting back to a city that I love so much. I love the people, I love the coffee culture, I love the rain – it’s awesome.

 Photo by  @bethanymarieco   Shirt by  Fear of God

Photo by @bethanymarieco

Shirt by Fear of God

I was able to meet up with my incredibly talented friend, Bethany Staudacher (@bethanymarieco), while we were both in town! My first ever blog post on my website were images that Bethany and I shot in Seattle, back in June. We always have a blast shooting; its fun, its easy, its creative and we always run into some sort of weather that keeps the shoot interesting. This time, it was the wind. As we stood on top of a very tall parking structure, the wind was blowing over chainlink fences, blowing my hair over to make a new part, and blowing up my shirt every once in a while. It made for a really fun, yet challenging, time!

Bethany is crazy talented. We were able to catch up on her adventure during New York Fashion Week this month and about what the future holds for her business! So stoked for her and can’t wait to see where her successes continue to take her. As for now, enjoy these incredible images by Bethany, wearing pieces from the new Fear of God line.

The grind continues. CMT

 Photo by  @bethanymarieco

 Photo by  @bethanymarieco
 Photo by  @bethanymarieco
 Photo by  @bethanymarieco   Flannel by  Fear of God

Photo by @bethanymarieco

Flannel by Fear of God

 Photo by  @bethanymarieco
 Photo by  @bethanymarieco

THE EAST COAST PREP //NEWPORT BEACH, CA\\

After the images from “The Colorful Life”, Emily Illuminate and I mixed things up and the shoot got preppy down in Newport Beach. Penguin paisley shorts, an open white button down and some Gold Standard Sperry’s rounded out this East Coast Prep look! Emily and I were cracking up the whole shoot because I just took on the character so well. We named myself Nigel and decided to go with the businessman theme for the images. We put Nigel away towards the end of the day and met up with my inner all-american skater boy look.

Emily made things so much fun on set while we were shooting. She was throwing down British accents, asking questions about poses and gave great direction to get the best head and body positioning for camera. She willingly admitted that male modeling poses were not her strong suit, but as we worked together, we were able to educated each other throughout our time together!

The grind continues. CMT

 Photo by  @emilyilluminate
 Photo by  @emilyilluminate
 Photo by  @emilyilluminate
 Photo by  @emilyilluminate
 Photo by  @emilyilluminate