Place of Birth: Long Beach, CA
Weight: 170 lbs.
How did you get into modeling? I was assisting Lewis (photographer Lewis Payton) and he asked me if I was interested in doing a DNA shoot in Bali. It was a great opportunity to travel somewhere exotic and experience something different, ie. being a model. I really admire Lewis’ work, so it was an amazing opportunity. I would have been a fool to say no.
How long have you been modelling? DNA is my first gig.
Lounging around in Bali spas for your DNA shoot doesn’t look that challenging. What would you say is the hardest part of a shoot? This shoot was a lot of fun. Because of the nature of the spread, I was actually pretty relaxed in the spa treatment photos, sometimes even drifting off to sleep. The hardest part was definitely resisting the temptation to indulge in all the great cuisine and desserts. I was terrible! Imagine if you’re given full access to exquisite dining and cocktails! There was a lot of temptation to go overboard and in most cases that’s exactly where I went!
What was it like working with Lewis Payton on the shoot? Lewis is a natural at what he does. The shoot seemed quite effortless for him, but I’ve worked with him long enough to know the amount of internal work going on to create that calm exterior. The energy around the shoot flowed really well the entire time. Since it was my first time modeling, I felt a bit awkward at times, but that quickly faded as Lewis made every environment we shot in very relaxed.
How long does a shoot like that take? This shoot took a full two weeks and everyday was used to the fullest.
Out of all the swimwear that you were modeling in the shoot, would you actually wear any of it yourself? Absolutely. I liked much of what I wore. I was wearing a pair of Rufskins today while swimming laps.
As a straight guy, how does it feel knowing that thousands of gay men are admiring your photos and even lusting after you? Everyone has a preference in what they find attractive. I think it’s flattering. But I don’t give it much thought beyond that.
You’ve been doing a bit of traveling lately, is travel something you’ve always done or wanted to do? Traveling has always excited me. I first backpacked through Mexico when I was nineteen. As soon as I came back home I wanted to leave again, but this time to somewhere new. Since then I’ve been on every continent except Antarctica. Once you’re bitten by the “travel bug” it’s pretty hard to shake it off.
Are you an adventurous free-spirited kinda guy? I’d like to think so! I love adventure, but I’m also a glutton for routine. I need both to feel balanced.
How long have you been working on that body of yours? I really started putting a concentrated effort into the foods I ate and working out about a year ago. I was in OK shape before, but I ate whatever and whenever I wanted. That’s really the difference- food is eighty percent of being and looking healthy.
Is the all over tan natural or solarium tan? The tan was from that awesome Aussie sun (I was traveling in Australia for a couple of months before the DNA shoot).
What are your goals with modeling? I’m more interested in acting, writing, photography and other creative endeavors, but if the right modeling opportunity presented itself, I’d jump at it.
What is Andre Bolourchi’s dream life? I’m living it. As long as I’m pursuing something creative and have the freedom to choose, to manifest my own life path and to travel, I am living my dream life. It’s not the easiest choice in the short term, but the struggles along the way just make the achievements all the better in the end.
Matthew Jett Schaefer is male model, actor, pilot and boxer who turned down a job offer from a major airline to work as male model.
FUTURE CAREER GOALS
Jett is actually a licensed pilot. He recently turned down a job offer from a major airline so he can continue to pursue modeling. But he does work part-time as a flight instructor and he’s often seen in the skies flying chartered planes.
FORMER CAREER FEATS
Jett competed for several years as a light heavyweight boxer. He still continues to box as part of his fitness regimen. To keep his body in shape, he also spends a lot of time in the gym pumping weights (“Repetitions are what get you cut,” he says) and he loves mountain biking.
“I always want to better myself. I turn on my Walkman, put up my hood and get in my own zone… like Rocky!”
Jett takes peanut butter M & Ms and mixes them into vanilla ice cream.