Dan Metz is 23 years old and began his modeling career in early 2009 when he met Ryan Colby through Alycia Kaback.
What is your personality and style like?
I would say I’m a laid-back individual, but also someone who likes the outdoors. My favorite things to do are cliff jumping, hiking, canoeing, and backpacking.
How did someone so outdoorsy come to work in the world of high-end fashion modeling?
It all started with Craigslist and chewing gum!
In early 2009, I saw an ad on Craigslist for paid extras that were needed. While I was waiting for my FedEx application to be processed I saw the ad, which led me to VIP Talent Connect and meeting Alycia Kaback. I was going to be shooting the promotional ads for the VIP event and got in trouble by Alycia for chewing gum. I then met Ryan Colby and Nathan Best at the photo shoot and was signed before the VIP event even took place!
At first, I was flabbergasted and excited about becoming a model. I knew it was going to take a lot of work and that modeling is not as easy as just posing.
What do you look for in photographers?
I look for photographers who give light direction, but I am still learning so direction is good. I have no problem being naked in photographs, as long as it’s not with other guys.
How do you feel about the Modeling Industry today?
I think it’s harder for men, because they have to always be working on their body. They may have a unique face, but they need to constantly have a good physique and discipline. Women just have to be pretty and skinny. Modeling is one of the few fields where women get paid more than men unlike in most other professions.
Who do you look up to in the entertainment industry?
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and especially Christian Bale
I’m going to school for Genetics, but also want to build a reputation in the modeling industry, hopefully leading to acting and screenplays. The money I earn I want to use for research in the genetics field and continue with my education.
On being a “Fashion Week Newbie”
I walked in 2 shows this past Fashion week for the first time, and it was the most fun I’ve had-more fun than photoshoots.
Romantic at Heart?
I’m a romantic, but I consider being romantic how Jim from The Office describes romance: love at first sight isn’t romantic; it’s about being able to laugh, being best friends, and it’s not just based on looks. Right now, I’m not looking for a relationship, just friendships unless that feeling is there. I think the best way to get someone’s attention is to respect them and have eye contact. Treat them equally and not objectify them.
Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
In one day I drove to Tennessee to get my dog Cronus, who is a wolf-hybrid dog, and then the next day I drove back.
In Middle School I was on Special Teams receiving the opening kickoff and caught the ball and returned it for a touchdown. Then, one time in a preseason practice, I was defending someone and landed wrong, breaking both bones at the growth plate on my right hand. The bones had shifted and formed an S, so they had to manually shift the bones back in to place. Once I was recovered, I had a fumble recovery on my first game back.
Your Favorite Body Part and Why?
I like the hips, because it’s something to hold on to. But on me, I like my feet and my eyes. I have a big gap between my big toe and the others and then I have 2 colors in my right eye, so my mom used to call me “tiger eye.”
Boxers or Briefs?
Depends on the occasion. I wore boxers growing up and now when I do outdoor activities I like to wear boxers. Briefs are for when I’m working out and modeling.
On the Radio
I listen to Sirius Radio, The Chill channel, and I like electronica and techno. My favorite artists include Dead Mouse, 90s Green Day, Nirvana, Blink182 and Angels and Airwaves.
Terrgan Chicken with either rice or pasta
I play World of Warcraft. I’m not productive when I’m playing that game, but I’m productive in playing the game.
If I wasn’t a model, I’d be a scientist and inventor, but I hope to be both a model and a scientist
Motto you live by?
Live in the present and for the future, not the past.