With an iconic style and an Avant-garde look, Male Supermodel Kayden Boche is making a splash as an up and coming fresh face gracing the coveted fashion spreads of our favorite magazines and making news for his entrepreneur skills in directing, acting, producing and song-writing. Taking risks associated with his latest successful ventures, Kayden has come into his own from humble beginnings. With creativity that transcends fashion and pop culture, Kayden proves that being both in front and behind the cameras can benefit us as well as himself. So whether he’s producing the next music video or strutting the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week, Kayden invokes that simplicity and vulnerability mixed with ambition and timing that make sophistication look like a walk in the park. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZbDDGEpId4
Let’s start with something personal. Could you tell us a bit about your childhood ?
I’m not going to pretend here (laughs), I had quite a complicated childhood – but I’ve made peace with it. I was born in 1985, and lived a very happy life with my older brother until my mother passed away at age 33 – three weeks after giving birth to my younger sister – I was then 8 years-old. Six months later, my father started dating a long-lost high school crush, and four months later they moved in together. That’s when things began to spin out of control. This ex-single woman, suddenly step-mother of three overnight, couldn’t handle the pressure of raising kids who were not her own. Back then, my baby sister was way too young to even talk, and my older brother was already a grown teenager. I was 9 years-old, in the middle, the easy target. Step by step, I found myself copying hundreds, then thousands, then endless lines for the smallest innocent mistakes any kid this age would do – not cleaning the dishes properly, not sweeping the floor correctly, making noise while walking up the stairs, etc. But every time I objected to these unfair punishments, I ended up with less freedom. A year later, those punishments became a real-life prison I was trapped into. At only 10 years-old, my military daily routine was strictly restricted to waking up at 7:00AM, drinking a bowl of milk, eating two slices of buttered-bread, washing myself naked in front of the whole family in the kitchen while they were having breakfast, going to school at 7:30AM, coming back from school at 5:00PM, doing my homework, copying more lines when no homework until 6:30PM, drinking a bowl of milk, eating two slices of buttered-bread, washing my teeth, and going to bed at 7:00 PM. Holidays were the worst – I was locked into my room with no light, blinds closed, I had to scream my way out when I wanted to go to the bathroom, had to copy more lines when I was allowed out of my room. No privacy, no TV, no friends over, no sports, no childhood, nothing. Basically, this lasted for 4 years. It’s only when I talked about it to social workers at school – wondering if my life was actually normal – that they had my family investigated, and had me placed in a foster family with whom I lived a perfectly healthy happy life afterwards. You may wonder why I’m revealing this ? Just to let everybody know that no matter how tough and cruel some situations in life may be, they end up making you a stronger and better person – if you don’t let your past define you.
How did you decide to start modeling, then end up starring in editorials for French Vogue, Jalouse, Spray and Dior ?
Back in 2005, I was discovered and photographed by French photographer Fred Goudon. Two years later, I was scouted and signed to Request Model Management (New York) and Elite Model Management (Milan). Then, I literally began my career walking the runway for Smalto and Kenzo. One thing lead to another, I ended up shooting the latest “Dior Addict” campaign by Christian Dior – alongside supermodel Daphne Groeneveld. Things just skyrocketed by themselves. I guess the only thing I might be responsible for is making the right moves in my career, and shooting with talented photographers such as Tim Walker, Olivier Rieu, Bruna Kazinoti, Marc Hervouet, Joe La•, Fred Goudon, Marcelo Capizzano, Michael Baumgarten, Sam Scott Schiavo, Matthieu Dortomb, Quentin Caffier – I owe them my best photographs, and my career as a model. I’m truly thankful.
We’ve all seen the Dior Addict commercial on TV – it’s fabulous. What was your experience like on set ?
Nothing like I’ve ever seen in the modeling industry before! (laughs) Gigantic and exciting would be the correct words to describe the “Dior Addict” behind-the-scenes. From creative director Robert Lussier, to marketing director Mia Forsgren, to supermodel Daphne Groeneveld, to film director Jonas Akerlund, they were all extra nice, caring, and loving – just like a big family. That’s when you realize you’re lucky to film a TV commercial. We filmed the 3-minute movie over a week in Saint Tropez, France in late November. Lucky us, the weather was really nice, and the rest was just full days of work combined with fun. After a day of shooting, we usually stayed on location to have dinner or party. Overall, it was an amazing learning-experience from a world-famous film director, and… I got the chance to be featured in an international Dior TV commercial (laughs). What else could you ask for?
You were also a recurring music video director for French American Idol finalist Jeremy Amelin. Tell us about your work with Jeremy, and your passion for music as a producer, songwriter, and director.
Jeremy Amelin is a very talented artist. We had the opportunity to meet and talk about his career as a singer, and the music direction he wanted to take. I submitted to him a few tracks I wrote, and he got back to me with a big “YES” – that’s when we started working together. This is also how I ended up directing his music video “Oh, Oh !” (feat. Angelika), and recording two of his biggest hits – including “Undone” (feat. 90210 TV star Jessica Lowndes). I’ve always been obsessed with music, and given my modeling background I consider music as a whole – it’s performance, fashion, imagery, creativity, and sound. So music and directing were just the next natural and logical step for me.
Songwriting is not as easy as people think, there’s an art to it. Could you tell us a bit about your writing techniques?
Songwriting is a challenge. Words, syllabs, meaning, sounds, everything matters and has to make core with the beat and rhythm of the music. It’s way more challenging than making a music video, because you have to express feelings and make people want to play the song all over again and again. Writing lyrics is definitely an imaginative & creative boost at every level. You have to please the artist, the music producer, and the audience all at once. You constantly have to kinda project yourself in people’s mind, and be as objective as possible wondering: if you were the audience, would you like the song? I love that process because it’s just like a recipe, you have to get the right amount of ingredients for the result to be delicious for your ears.
What’s your favorite part of France?
Nothing can compare to Corsica.This Mediterranean island south of France is the most beautiful and eclectic piece of land I’ve ever traveled to. It gathers everything in one place; snowy mountains 20 minutes away from heavenly beaches, genuinely nice inhabitants, tasty food and breathtaking landscapes. Corsica is a must-go!
What are five things people don’t know about you?
(Laughs) Tough one! I’m actually very guarded and shy around new people. So when I meet someone for the first time, I mainly listen, then talk just a little bit. Sometimes, it gets people confused because models are not supposed to be shy as they’re constantly posing in front of cameras. But modeling is one thing – a character for a job – and real life is another. I just need time to feel comfortable. Also, water is MY element. That’s the reason why I’m working out at the pool. There’s nothing like swimming, and feeling water all over your skin. My favorite color is turquoise, and last but not least, I love candies. Shhhh… (laughs).
A few years ago, you launched K-Rock Entertainment, LLC. – a music and television production company. Tell us how this venture started and how can someone reach out to you to get produced.
I’ve always been a model, a music producer, a music video director, and a graphic designer, all at once. Starting my own company felt like the next logical step. Having a place where I could gather my entire work experience all in one major creative pole, and making it available to international professionals from the music / fashion industries. It’s challenging but it boosts your creativity and abilities. Plus, there’s nothing like being your own boss (laughs). As for the potential talents wanting to submit their music? Just email my company at firstname.lastname@example.org ;-)
What can we expect from you in the future ?
I’m currently working on new music with recording artist Davi Shane and producer James Rendon – who has already remixed for Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ke$ha, etc. My production company will be releasing his debut single “Sandcastle” in 2014, alongside his music video that I directed and filmed in Los Angeles. Plus, there will be more photoshoots and my Revolutionary Gay Magazine Cover. (Laughs). Thanks a lot for the interview!
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