Matthew Noszka grew up fighting in school and making $7 an hour when agency Wilhelmina Models discovered him on Instagram, persuaded him to take off his shirt and changed his life forever. Three years later, he’s walked down the runway for Moschino, is the face of DSQUARED S/S 17 campaign and is breaking the hearts of his 512k Instagram followers.
How did you first get into modeling?
There was a kid in my high school who was trying to become a model, he was eight years older than me and he went to New York. I was out having dinner one evening in NYC, and he so happened to be there so we started chatting and he told me to check out Wilhelmina. I didn’t think anything of it, and then shortly afterwards Wilhelmina scouted me on Instagram.
A week goes by and I am in the gym, they call me and ask me to share my photos. So within an hour of sending my photos over, they call me back and ask if there was any way that
I could make it to Europe the following week for a booking. I thought that was amazing, but crazy at the same time. They sent me an itinerary, and the itinerary had $1,500 for the day. I had little money with me that day, I think I had fifteen or twenty dollars with me, so to be able to earn $1,500… I couldn’t believe it; I didn’t think it was real.
I was trying to balance out school and modeling. I was a fall-back student and I was playing basketball which meant taking flights from New York to Pittsburg back and forth and eventually it started to get too much for me. So, I ended up leaving and going off to New York to properly launch my career.
How did the TV show go?
It’s basically a TV series, it’s called Tales and it’s on BET. The television series is inspired and based on hip-hop songs. Each episode dives into a song and into what it is trying to convey. The episode I feature in is called N.W.A’s F*ck Tha Police. Instead of it being about police brutality, like white police officers targeting black people, they flip the script and it’s a completely different take. My character works for a very wealthy black man, who controls the media. And then a lot of issues are covered. Generally, it is just a really cool show.
What values do you live by in your day-to-day life?
I think in life, like in general as you go about your day, you just have to live with good intentions. Whatever you’re doing, make sure you’re doing it for somebody and make sure that you are doing it out of the goodness of your heart. Make sure that you are doing it because that is the type of person that you want to be. Just leading and learning about what is truly valuable in life.
What would you say you are most grateful for when it comes to your career?
I am very grateful for the opportunity to make good money. Good money for my family, and so that I can support my friends. I always tell my dad and my family that I am going to be a millionaire by the time I am twenty-six years old.
My parents had to retire very young because of illness so we didn’t have much when I was growing up. But the way that my parents raised me, I didn’t notice it until I was older. It was in high school that I noticed what my other peers had and the types of cars that their parents were driving. But at first, I wasn’t conscious of it because my parents gave me only what I truly needed. And if they didn’t have the money for it? They would never admit it to me. They would tell me that I would earn what I wanted by getting good grades, or by doing specific chores in order to have what I wanted.
They instilled just a great work ethic into me and now that has paid off when it comes to my career. And now I can take my mum out and buy her expensive gifts. And it is just a real accomplishment for me. And that is what I like the most about this career.
“I WANT TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO REALLY DIG DEEP AND GET IN TOUCH WITH THEMSELVES.”
When would you say you have been the most nervous when doing a job?
I never really get nervous for a job. But when I started to get a lot of press and interviews, and I had to go on the Ellen show, I was sitting back stage and I could see the fans and everyone on social media. I was sitting there and I was like “Man I am actually going on the Ellen show” and I was nervous. But once I got out there, she just carries the show so well. She knows how to show people in their best light. It was just that prior to going onto the show, that was the most nervous that I had ever been. Another occasion was an acting job, and I didn’t know what to expect. The guy just happened to give me a chance and give me the lead, so that was really nerve wracking.
I think the most uncomfortable is being half naked or being in underwear for a shoot.
” WHATEVER YOUR’RE DOING, MAKE SURE YOU’RE DOING IT FOR SOMEBODY AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE DOING IT OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF YOUR HEART.”
Is acting something that you want to pursue?
Definitely. That is going to be the rest of my life, for sure. I never really noticed growing up that I was interested in doing it until I got to college and I took an acting class. And then I got the modeling opportunity and now I can use that as a tool to help market myself in the acting world.
Are there any actors that inspire you?
When I was younger, I loved romantic comedies, such as films like The Note Book, P.S I Love You, Friends with Benefits. Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, all those guys I modeled myself after. It inspired me to realize that I wanted to become a movie star at some point, and the genres I wanted to be in especially were romantic comedies and dramas. So that is definitely my goal in the long term.
How do you keep yourself grounded after receiving a lot of attention?
I think that it’s down to my family and my friends. I never really let myself get caught up in the hype. I feel flattered if people approach me to take photographs as opposed to being full of myself.
My family are all just very down to earth and it has influenced me. I have always been happy growing up; I was never an unhappy kid. So at the end of every day, I just remind myself what that truth means and not to let myself get caught up in the hype. When I was living in Los Angeles it was so easy to get caught up in the glitz and glam of everything. But being at home with my family in Pittsburg, it just helps to continue to keep me grounded and modest.
Who or what is your greatest love?
My greatest love is my mum.
I am a big lover, I have always been in relationships, I have never really been single.
I just recently just got out of one. I am the type of person to go above and beyond for whoever I am with. I would feel inspired by romantic movies because I always wanted that fairy-tale, fantasy love. And I think I was trying too hard to find me.
But I am taking a hiatus from relationships for now and focusing on my family until I meet the right person.
What is the one thing you would like to leave as a legacy to the world when you are gone?
I would like to be known. I want my audience to watch my television shows and films and feel passionate love. I want to inspire people to really dig deep and get in touch with themselves. I want people to walk away from meeting me and think “Wow I really got something from that person” whether it be spiritually or emotionally or mentally.
” I WOULD FEEL INSPIRED BY ROMANTIC MOVIES BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED THAT FAIRY-TALE, FANTASY LOVE.”
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