The sun has been shinning here in LA. The farmer’s tans are setting in and getting us excited for Summer!
Introducing December’s model of the month Steven Dehler.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR STEVEN
1) Please tell us about yourself. where did u grow up? are you an only child?
I was born and raised in Simi Valley, CA – a city a short distance outside of Los Angeles. It was the typical suburban town; very family-oriented. I have an older brother who is an LA city firefighter. After college, I began to pursue modeling. I had modeled off and on for years, but I never made it a priority because I wanted to finish school first. So I feel pretty lucky to have done what I have so far and I look forward to doing more.
2) if you had only one word to describe yourself what would be?
Silly. Ha ha
3) Tell us about your typical day?
Well, modeling isn’t the most ‘typical’ career so every day can bring something different. But if I had to describe a typical day; I wake up, get a workout in, if I have a shoot that day I usually do a light workout beforehand, if I’m off then I usually get errands and stuff done, and then I workout a second time. My “day job” is go-go dancing at the Abbey in West Hollywood so that what my night usually is. You can find me there most nights.
4) what else would you be if you were not a model?
If I wasn’t currently modeling then I would probably still be in school. I’d be getting a masters degree of some sort. Other than modeling I always had an interest in music and architecture so I’d be getting my masters in one of those. Who knows, maybe I’ll go back someday.
5) What is your favorite part of your body?
Hmmm I would have to say my eyes. Not only because they’re blue but also because you can tell a lot about what a person thinking by the expression in their eyes. I’ve gotten pretty good at hiding that so you never know what I’m thinking. Adds a little mystery
6) what is your definition of happiness?
I would say my definition of happiness is success. You can take that however you’d like. For some success is getting that promotion they wanted or living in a home they love. You can’t be a driven person and not be a happy one. The more drive you have the more success you’ll receive and that I believe is a good base for happiness. I’d never let someone else dictate whether I’m happy or not.
7) if it was your last day on earth what would u do?
I’d spend it with my best friend
8) Who is your inspiration/role model?
There are a lot of people I get inspired by. I’m always keeping up with fashion and photography. It’s great to be able to work with people that inspire me as well. There are many photographers, models, designers, etc. that I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with who’ve inspired me to be a better model.
9) What is your favorite holiday? and why?
Halloween. Who doesn’t love to dress up? Haha
10) What is your next project?
I have a few things that are in the works at the moment. I’m going to be working with a few photographers on some fun projects soon as well as possibly doing some acting in a project I can’t really go into detail about. But when it happens you’ll know.
11) what is your favorite sexual posission?
Haha um, I think I’ll keep that in the bedroom
12) are you single or taken?
13) what is your favorite part of a photo shoot? what is your least favorite?
My favorite part of a photoshoot is that moment when you just nail exactly what you were looking to do. It’s fun when the photographer gets excited because a good amount of the time you’re trying to bring his/her ideas to life. So when you get “the shot” it’s always a really good feeling. My least favorite is definitely the waiting part. Some shoots require a ton of preparation – especially working with female models. There’s the hair, makeup, styling, etc. In a shoot that lasts 5-6+ hours you probably only spend a total amount of an hour in front of the camera.
14) what are u currently working on? ether in your business or personal?
Well I feel like I answered the business aspect of what I’m currently working on in your previous question, but in my personal life I’m just keeping myself in shape – mentally and physically. Modeling (and go-go dancing) requires you to be in great shape at all times. Other than that I plan on doing some traveling in the future and hopefully work with some photographers abroad. I’ll keep you posted J
J.M. Where are you from? and what kind of child were you?
I’m the baby of six kids, raised by my siblings and former missionary parents in St. Paul, Minnesota, on and around a particularly liberal and international Liberal Arts college campus where my dad taught French. Growing up, I had no idea that protests, flag burning, public drunkenness and the like … were not the norm, nor was a strong emphasis on volunteerism and ‘Good Samaritan’ service work.
J.M. What inspired you to become a model?
J.M. We know that modeling is your passion, what is your day job?
I’m a voice-over narrator. I do promos and trailers. I do a good chunk of the VOs you hear on FOX, some of CBS, all of Bloomberg, about half of Nickelodeon, and most of the 20th Century Fox movies aimed at kids and family audiences.
J.M. What kind of shoots do you like to do?
I’m pretty much done with commercials shoots. They don’t really interest me any more. Men have an advantage with modeling in that we can typically work for more years than women can. But if things aren’t interesting to me, if I don’t feel inspired or challenged, I tend not to do them. Hollywood has been kind enough to pay me well for stuff I do, so I have the option to pick and choose what I work on.
J.M. Would you consider yourself a good boy or a bad boy? And what would others consider you to be?
As coy as it may sound, it depends on who you ask. I’m very much a mix of angel and devil, and different people see in very different roles. Mostly I’m a good boy — I do a lot of philanthropy and service work, don’t stay out late or hang with the party crowd. As far as bad boy goes … in my day I’ve been involved in a romantic tangle or two. (grin)
J.M. You seem to be a Renaissance man and have your hands in various charities and political arenas? What is your personal agenda?
I’m and advocate and activist for civil rights and religious tolerance.
J.M. What is your life-long dream?
May I choose more than one? I’d like to see the world be a kinder place for all people. I’d like to see us give each other the benefit of the doubt more. We’re generally horrible to each other, but have it within us to be remarkable. I want to be an agent of change, a walking/talking catalyst to motivate others to find their better self.
J.M. What two celebrities, dead or alive, would you want to have at a dinner with and what would you ask them?
J.M. What is your favorite sexual position?
Favorite position? Employed, beotch!
J.M. If you were an animal what would you be and why?
I’d be a caracal, a medium-sized wildcat native to the very southern U.S. and parts of Mexico and Central America. They’re fierce-looking but kindly, with golden coats, muscled athletic bodies, and giant ears made for listening.
J.M. What exciting projects have you been doing lately and what is in the future for Ben Patrick Johnson?
I’ve been blessed with lots and lots of voice-over work this year — almost 3,500 voice-over sessions total in 2011. I’m helping raise my two teenaged Godchildren. I’m in the middle of writing my sixth novel, which I will complete in 2012. And I hope to do a number of interesting shoots with you, sir!
J.M. What is your favorite quote of all time?
It’s the Golden Rule — not a quote, really, but the foundation of most world religions before they get twisted by our fears, pettiness and desire to control others. If there’s a single useful rule for how to get along in life, this is surely it: