“It is imperative that I help my son acquire the qualities he needs to be successful.”
– Alan Brockington
Welcome to Face Time. DFW Style Daily’s exclusive series goes beyond the runways to get to know top local models on a personal level. Looking back on a year of adventures, backstage stories, and insights, our interviews with Carlotta Lennox, Myles Crosby, Daniel Crouch, Sirisha Reddy, Atti Worku, Tracy Ripsin, Benn Suede, Liz Standley, and many more, have captured the attention of thousands. Beyond a doubt, Dallas-based models are among the most fascinating and accomplished in the country.
Today’s multi-faceted talent is no exception to the rule. Boasting a top-tier client list and rock solid work ethic, Alan Brockington is prepared to take his career and his life to the next level in 2015. Read on for his perspectives on being a model, mentor, and father-to-be.
Name: Alan Brockington
Hometown: Paris, Texas
Agency: The Campbell Agency
Notable Clients: Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, AT&T, Dell, Nike, Adidas, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Krave Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Southwest Airlines
DFW Style Daily: At what age did you begin modeling? Were you scouted or did you pursue modeling as a career?
Alan Brockington: “I was discovered by a model scout at the age of 18, and I walked in a runway show where I met [Dallas-based producer] Willie Johnson, III. I didn’t pursue modeling at that time, because of time constraints. When I graduated from the University of North Texas at 22, I reunited with Willie. He introduced me to William Young, owner of Krave Magazine, where I received my first feature. By working with these two gentlemen, I was able to get signed with an agency.”
Much of your career focuses on fitness modeling. Describe a few of the key distinctions, as you see them, that are unique to the fitness modeling category.
“Fitness modeling has been beneficial in helping me establish myself in the industry, and has provided many opportunities. Growing up, I played soccer, baseball, football, basketball, and I ran track. I also played football at Southern Methodist University, and semi-pro basketball in the American Basketball Association for the Arlington Bulldogs. So, not only do I look the part, but I have the skills needed to execute the task. It makes the clients’ jobs a lot easier to book a model that can actually play the sport they plan to feature in an advertisement or editorial.
“When it comes to training, I focus more on lean muscle mass, so that I’m not too bulky and I can fit into sample-size clothes. I make sure I’m consistent with my physique, and in living a healthy lifestyle. This is critically important, because it makes me reliable, and the clients know exactly what they are going to get when they book me.”
What is the craziest, silliest, or most unusual thing you have ever done on a shoot?
“The craziest thing I’ve ever had to do was for the annual DIFFA runway show. I thought I would be in designer clothes, but when I arrived, they sent me to get spray-painted! My character was ‘Aquaboy,’ and I was covered in blue and silver paint, from head to toe. It turned out to be one of the most memorable, fun, and exhilarating experiences I’ve had thus far.”
As with several of the models we have interviewed, you have a career focus outside the modeling field. Tell us about your work as a personal trainer, and beyond.
“Being the fitness fanatic that I am, I would often encourage friends and family to join me in workouts. That evolved into becoming a personal trainer and boot camp instructor. Some of the workouts I create for myself and clients include weightlifting, Olympic lifts, sprints, long distance running, high intensity interval training, yoga, and Crossfit.
“These days, I focus more on being a residential realtor with Kennerly Properties, Inc., and a Stream Energy associate. I make sure that my jobs have a flexible schedule, so that I’m available for castings, auditions, and bookings.”
Also very exciting in your life is the upcoming birth of your first son. Congratulations! How are the preparations going?
“The preparations are going very well, and according to plan, so far. We are very anxious, and super excited. My wife, Ashley, and I have been married for five years, and we were able to strengthen our relationship with God being the center of our lives.
“Even before we were married, we always made it a priority to communicate about how we would prepare for having kids, and how to raise them. We know it’s not going to be easy, and with a child comes the huge responsibility of making sure his needs are met and his life is filled with love and joy.”
How do you and your wife plan to divide the many duties of parenthood?
“My wife and I make a great team, and we complement each other very well. She is a third grade teacher, and the way she interacts with kids is magical. They seem to cling to her, and look up to her, as not only a teacher, but also as a motherly figure.
“I’ve been able to witness this first hand because I substitute teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade, and I sub at her school sometimes. I really enjoy being around kids, and I just try to encourage them to always put forth their best effort, to never give up, and I let them know that they do matter. There are so many kids who come from broken homes, that it’s important they hear someone tell them they can be successful in life.
“I also tend to gravitate towards the troublesome kids headed down the wrong path. I try to get to them before it’s too late, provide steps for them to follow, and help them see the bigger picture. If I only touch one kid by saying something positive, then it will all be worth it. With that being said, I know my wife will be the best mother ever, and I’m blessed to have her as my wife and the future mother of our son.”
Looking ahead, what lessons do you hope to pass on to your son?
“His first lesson will be to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.’ (Deuteronomy 6:5) Family is everything!
“I will also teach him to love others, to be well-mannered, and to be respectful. I will always support him in all his endeavors, goals, and dreams. I will encourage him to be open-minded, and to always be himself, and not who society wants him to be. I’m especially excited, as well, to pass along the athletic skills I’ve learned from so many years of playing sports. I want him to be well-rounded as an athlete, and to be able to develop a strong mindset of determination and dedication that will equip him for future challenges in life. It’s imperative that I help him acquire the qualities he needs to be successful.”
Whether personal, career-oriented, or family-wise, tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
“I’m a ‘miracle baby!’ I had a brain hemorrhage and seizures when I was born, and had to be transferred by ambulance to a hospital in Lubbock from Littlefield, Texas. I had to stay in the NICU for two to three weeks. I also come from a huge family! My grandmother on my mother’s side has 13 siblings. Next year will be our 40th Annual Conwright Family Reunion, and we always have 200 – 300 people each year.”
Lastly, as we look ahead to a brand new year, do you have any specific wishes or goals for 2015?
“I plan to continue building relationships with my current clients and agencies. I would also like to be in a national print campaign. Tapping more into the acting world is also on my agenda. I’ve done numerous industrials and national commercials, but I don’t want to stop there. Television and film are next! Most importantly, I just pray that God continues to bless our family and keep us healthy!”
All images courtesy of Alan Brockington.