HYPE G! Yes Girls, He Models

Words by Hasan Hamze
Photography by Adam Luk

Beau Jensen is this month’s HYPE G!. You have probably seen a lot of his work throughout magazines and various ads, and if you have not you should get to know his work a little more! Still relatively new to the scene, Beau shares his experiences coming up in the modeling scene and also tells us about his other interests.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Beau Jensen. I am nineteen years old and graduated from high school in 2007. I’ve been working for the past 2 years, traveling and modeling to try and make a living.

What is your typical week like?

Work. Lots of work. I try to cut loose on the weekends and hang out with some friends and whatnot; typical stuff. I work Tuesday to Saturday so I have a set schedule, but then I hang out with friends in my free time. I am also DJing right now. I am trying to put out a set list so most of my time is dedicated to that. I think DJing is really big right now; everyone is into it.

How did you get into modeling? And at what age?

I started modeling at 15, almost turning 16. I didn’t want to do it but my mom pushed me into it. I said, “okay, I guess I’ll try it out,” so then I went to this modeling convention called MTSC. I got some pretty good reviews out of it and people were interested in me. From there I got with my agency, Richards, here in Vancouver. It was really slow in the beginning but now it is starting to pick up. I am also modeling internationally. A year after I started I went to Milan for a month or so, then came back. 6 Months ago I went to Spain and Germany and modeled for about 2 months, and then I am going to Japan pretty soon.

What drives you to do what you do?

I see all my friends that model or whatnot, and they are making good money so my buddies kind of pushed me to do it. I am not set on it because it is kind of superficial right now. It took me a while to get into it. My agency is really supportive and my friends and family keep pushing me.

Did you undergo any adversity that might have shaped you into who you are today?

My mom has been a really big part of my life. She really pushes me to do stuff and she keeps me on point and does not let me stray away from it. My mom and my friends molded me into the person I am today.

What could you do every day of the week if you were not doing what you do?

DJing and snowboarding if I live in a place that snows all the time.

If not modeling, what is your passion?

Definitely DJing. I am focusing a lot on that right now. I work like eight to nine hours a day, so after I just go home and DJ. I am putting in maybe like 6 hours a day. I really enjoy DJing. I have all the equipment and stuff like speakers, mixer and everything.

Models are often perceived as ditzy and dumb. What are you thoughts on this?

Well, I do agree with that. Most models I have met are really stupid. They have no idea what is going on. The guys are not as bad, and I am not trying to be sexist or anything. I see it more in women. They tend to be more ditzy. They really take it into effect that they are a model. The guys are not as bad but there are definitely some divas out there.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully by the beach making a lot of money. Modeling wise, I would like to get a lot of campaigns, bigger ads and whatnot. It is a lot of work and I have been doing it for 3 years now. It has taken a really long time to set up a portfolio and everything and building my book to set it up for the biggest clients. But hopefully in 10 years I will be one of the top models. That is what I want to be even though it is a lot to ask for!

How do you feel about Vancouver in the day? Where can you be found?

During the day I am more laid back. There is not a lot to do, depending on the weather. Most of the time, I am working during the day anyways.

If you could live anywhere else, where would it be and why? Have you been there before?

I would definitely live in Japan or Spain. Just because I’m half Japanese, I love the culture and just how everything is so futuristic and whatnot.  The economy is strong too, I guess. I would live in Spain just because I would like to hang out on the beach. It is really beautiful there. I have never been to Japan so I really want to get to know my culture and stuff.

How do you feel about Vancouver nightlife? What do you usually do at night?

During the week it is pretty mellow. I don’t really go out too much on the weekdays. I go out on weekends sometimes although most of the time I am DJing and working anyways.

What is your favorite food? And the best place to get it?

Sushi for sure. It is delicious and you can never go wrong with it! The best sushi place would be Bisou.

What advice would you give to people who want to get into modeling?

Keep your head straight and do not be too arrogant. Do not portray yourself as someone better than you are. You are an average human being, so stay grounded and keep going and stay focused. Do not be cocky towards people. You are just an average person, so just stay leveled.

What is on your must-do/see in Vancouver/BC list for a visitor?

Definitely the Aquarium and the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Whistler too; it is a definite must since you can snowboard there!

What is HYPE?

When I hear the word HYPE, I think of the little annoying guy standing next to the DJ HYPEing the crowd up and making noise!