WHEN TROY WAS LEAVING SCHOOL HE REALIZED THAT REALISTICALLY PERFORMING AND MODELLING ARE BOTH EXTREMELY CUT-THROAT INDUSTRY TO ATTEMPT TO CRACK INTO. AND SO HE DECIDED TO PLACE HIS ARTIST ENDEAVOURS ON HOLD UNTIL HE WAS CONFORTABLE WITHIN A CAREER AND HAD THE EMOTIONAL MATURITY TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE HARSH REALITIES IT CAN ENTAIL.
Troy has always been an athlete, starting in gymnastics which made a transition to performing acrobatics and circus arts seem like a great idea. Aerial hoop, pole and floor acrobatics have become a passion of him and the rush of performing is incomparable for Troy. He dabbled in modelling on and off through university but it was not until recently that he felt as though he had the maturity and confidence to pursue it more seriously. Troy likes the idea of working with artists to create interesting and original pieces.
Troy feels that the ability to combine his acrobatic background with modelling can allow for some really amazing images. In future projects he would love to continue this theme of work; although the work is limited compared to commercial modelling he would much rather keep it as a passion rather than turn his ‘hobby’ into a second job. A second job indeed because Troy has some other responsibilities asides from modelling. Troy's "regular" job is as a Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria. He has been doing that for 3 years now and he really loves it: "At times it can be overwhelming and emotionally draining but equally rewarding," Troy says. "My job is to respond to what ever emergencies the community may require assistance for; I believe my secret to managing the stress and my emotional well being is my external hobbies."
When it comes to performing Troy has so far not has any large gigs or stage shows. Most of his engagements have been in smaller and more intimate venues. Crowd feedback and interaction is important for him. A highlight so far was performing a hoop strip tease for the Melbourne 2014 Fetish Expo at the historic Fitzroy Town Hall: "The venue was amazing and the crowd really appreciated my unique style. I have also had a semi-regular spot perform at Sircuit; one of the oldest gay venues in Melbourne along side some very talented Drag performers and friends of mine." Of course Troy would love it to one day be able to perform an model full time. But until then he feels lucky to have such a rewarding and fulfilling job to fall back on.
Today's series featuring Troy comes from the talented Ross Spirou. Ross has been photographing for some years now and looking back he feels blessed that it has been such an incredible journey and grateful for the people who so graciously give him their time. About Troy, Ross comments: "Working with beautiful people, both inside and outside is every photographer's dream and working with Troy was a real pleasure and not just for his good looks but for the fact that he is such a grounded and easy to get along person." –BM-
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