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NICKLAS KINGO

This dashing Danish-Australian young man was a successful model for years, but is now making big strides in the world of film. Originally from the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Nicklas relocated to London about a year ago to come and take over the world. But London first, ofcourse. The Lord Odin is within you, may his blessings be with you, O handsome one

Photo by Brice Hardelin, Paris

So Nicklas, how did you get into modeling? 
I sent in some pictures to some agencies in my hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dropped 20kg in six weeks (not advisable), and a month later I was doing runway shows for Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton.

Being Danish-Australian, has this ever affected your work as a model? 
I mean I barely work as a model anymore. My roots don’t really affect anything I do I feel. I grew up in a place where everybody gets a normal and safe job – no one in my part of town did anything out of the ordinary or creative. I was privileged enough to be able to work overseas as a model, which changed my view on so many things, which eventually made me think “Hey man, you can do whatever you want as long as you work hard”. I don’t think I would’ve pursued acting if it wasn’t for the experiences modelling had given me.

Show for Mugler in 2013, Paris

What has been your favourite photoshoot or job so far? 
Probably shooting for Interview magazine in NYC. It was with a bunch of Victoria’s Secret models and the then biggest stylist in the world who I’m pretty sure has gotten ‘’me too’ed’’ since. During my career I was mainly a show boy, so if we’re not talking photoshoots my favourite job would probably be closing the Louis Vuitton show. That was wild!
I’ve had incredible experiences in my modelling career. I’ve lived in ten countries, learning and tasting new cultures, which I wouldn’t have been able to while making money without modelling, and I’m super grateful for that.

Do you have an idol? If yes, why this person? 
Idris Elba, Brad Pitt, Louis CK, Hannibal Burress, Tom Segura. Mainly comedians and actors. They’re all just extremely captivating. If they’re in anything, I’ll watch it.

Shoot for GQ Magazine Korea, Seoul

How do you use social media and has it been helpful in your modeling career? 
When I was doing really well modelling, social media hadn’t really taken hold on society yet. Instagram was around, but it was kind of niche. I use my social media for hitting up hotties and to joke around, that’s it. I get approached for sponsored posts every now and then but I decline them all. I’m not interested in selling my persona for slinging juice cleanses and overpriced facial cleansers. I’m not interested in that side of social media.
I don’t like the way the industry is affected by social media these days. It seems to me that you need to put on a persona on Instagram. The more inoffensive, doll-like and generic you are, the more followers you’ll have and the more jobs you’ll book. I currently don’t book a lot of modeling work anymore and I think it is because I don’t want to go along with posting meaningless content to attract more followers or collaborate with brands to make money. I have a much better job now outside of modeling that requires my skill and creativity and also is financially less risky.

How do you use social media and has it been helpful in your modeling career? 
It seems kinda wasteful, but it seems to be moving in the right direction. To be completely honest, I don’t follow fashion. I just go to a store when I need new stuff.

Photo by Yann Morrison, Paris

What do you do when you’re not modeling? Any special hobbies, passions or untapped talents? 
I’m a trained actor and I spend a lot of time on my career in acting. Next to that I play guitar and sing. To cover the bills, I work as a translator for Danish tv and I’m slowly getting into stand up comedy – really want to put more energy into this as soon as this pandemic has died down.
But modeling wise, I barely do that anymore. I still have my agencies in some cities, but I don’t pursue it currently. Modelling is great for 1% of models, but you really need to have other things going on next to your career as a model. It can be so damaging if that’s the only thing you’re doing, mentally and financially. You really have to take care of yourself. It’s obviously different if you’re modelling in your home town, but if you’re travelling to Tokyo or NYC for three months and you have to rent at home, you’re taking such a huge financial risk. I would see and talk to so many models who were chasing a dream and just waiting around in models apartments watching Netflix and eating ramen.

Isolation has given us a lot of free time. What have you been filling your days with during the confinement? 
I’ve just been working from home. I want to buy a house this year so I’m grafting in my den. Apart from that I’m trying to learn some new skills, I facetime with friends and family, go out running and watch telly.

Photo by Mason Robinson, Los Angeles

What is your life motto, and how do you apply it during these trying times? 
I don’t have one. I’m extremely privileged in that I’m not hit financially during this crisis, so I would feel icky by lumping myself in with people who are in real trouble. I live alone and I work from home, so I couldn’t possibly be luckier. Praise Odin.

What are your dreams for the future? 
If I can make a saucy living off entertaining people, I’m happy. I’m in a pretty good spot right now though, I’m working hard and going in the right direction. I just have to keep going.

Any advice or a quote that inspires you, that you would like to share with fellow models and readers? 
For some, modelling can be a great way to make good money and you get to travel at the same time, but this applies to not even 1% of the people calling themselves models. Of course you have to keep trying by going to castings, but it is important to develop a skill that will make you a living while you pursue your modeling career. Keeping your skin clear and staying in shape requires hard work, but modelling itself isn’t a skill and for many it won’t pay enough to cover life expenses. You don’t want to be 35 and without any money making skills when the clients don’t want to book you anymore. As soon as you start your career, you have to start thinking of your way “out” of your career. Milk it while you can and have fun, but develop some real skills over the course of your modelling career. Oh, and be careful of promoters!

Photo by Christopher Rosenfeldt, Copenhagen

A career as a fashion model seems to be a dream for many people. The reality is, for many models, the oversaturated modeling industry will only offer a very fluctuating and unreliable source of income. As Nicklas mentioned, a mere 1% of all models over the world will be able to make a stable living out of modelling.

We hope Nicklas’ words of advice have highlighted the importance of focusing on other skills next to modelling. By offering a realistic insight about a career in modelling and showing you what fashion models like Nicklas are up to after a successful career in fashion, we hope to have inspired you to keep searching for what you excel at in life. What makes you unique. As we at The Model Cloud like to remind you of, looks aren’t everything.

Nicklas’ latest acting showreel

Nicklas surely has developed some useful skills during his career as a model and his choice of moving into acting has been a smart and fruitful step. Eager to find out how his acting career is unfolding? Make sure to check out his website below!

www.themodel.cloud/nicklas.kingo

www.nicklaskingo.net
www.instagram.com/nicklaskingo
www.imdb.me/nicklaskingo