How Modelling Found Me

Hi all,

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with lots of eating,  drinking and socialising with family and friends?

During this blog I wanted  to take a moment to talk about how I got into modelling. I feel this Is a good topic to talk about because I had no intention of getting into modelling and especially because I thought my disability would restrict me from doing so. Its all about positive thinking and being determined, if you want it, go for it.

So in 2014 I was going to apply Men’s Health  front cover competition,  which they used to hold yearly. I was doing the competition for myself and to show having a disability you can still achieve anything but I found out they where stopping the competition, I was gutted  😢. So I needed to rethink what I could do, so I decided on training and dieting as hard as possible for a photoshoot (which I paid for). So I did some research on photographer’s and decided on the very talented Alex Wightman Photography 

Edit from Alex Wightman photoshoot –



Well what can I say since the photoshoot its been amazing, I’m involved with well known companies within the fitness industry. Only  recently I had a photoshoot with skinny chimp who are the gym clothing company I represent.

Edit from recent Skinny Chimp photoshoot –



Best of all in September this year I had a location photoshoot in Marcella, with the amazing Jules Godfrey Photography 


To this day now I still don’t class myself as a model but I’ve given some amazing modelling opportunities, this year especially and I hope it  will  go from strength to strength.  Anyone who reads this and wants to get into modelling my advice would be to just go for it and don’t  be told any different.

I would like to finish with the quote ” I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say ” Because of you I didn’t give up ”

I hope you enjoy this blog and feel free to leave a comment ☺



  1. You are a splendid model. Anyone who sees your photos can see that. Take into consideration the dystonia and the effect it has on what you do – you are absolutely amazing! It is inspiring to see the steps you’ve taken to improve your health so that the dystonia cannot have such a strong hold on you. Lots of hard work.

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  2. James,
    Before today, I had only ever seen your photos. I love them by the way! One would have no clue that you lived with a disABILITY. I was intrigued.
    So, I’ve watched your videos and been doing some reading on dystonia and looking at your blog. Here are my thoughts…I think you are a most amazing young man!!
    I am literally humbled to realize how you must struggle every day. I must admit,also, to being somewhat shamed to realize that I, who have no disability, haven’t lived a life half so fulfilled as you do. It’s you, and those like you, who challenge themselves every day and win, that will change this world for the better.
    I look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in the future.

    A most admiring fan,

    Tim Mason

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  3. Hey, fellow Mighty contributor here – was just reading an article of yours and it brought me here. Kudos to you for steering your life into a productive and inspiring direction despite many let-downs. While I am physically unable to do the things you do, I have also found that when I let go of the things I would never be able to do again, do an “about face,” and figure out what I could do, unexpected opportunities arise. I find myself outside of my comfort zone. For me, it’s writing. I’m expressing the irreverent comedic streak in me which I’ve been repressing my whole life. I’ve been too “chicken” to put myself out there and now I have a blog and am being published. I haven’t accomplished anywhere near what you have, but I can certainly relate to the idea of re-designing one’s life. Thank you for sharing your story.

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