Model influencer Mike Scocozza
1. What Was Your Life Like Before America’s Next Top Model?
I came to California in the fall of 2005 and I am originally from Pennsylvania. My background is music, so I played in bands, I toured with bands, I’ve worked with bands, I’ve managed bands. Since I was 16, I could play guitar. I was like, "I want to be a rockstar," and then when I realized that wasn’t going to work, I was like "I will help other people become rockstars." And it never really worked out. I had a little bit of success, but it just ultimately never really clicked for me. I ended up moving back East after I had been in California for a number of years. Then, I got to a point where I couldn’t be in Pennsylvania anymore or I would go nuts, so I just left. I left and came back to California. That was about 3 and a half to 4 years ago. So when I first came back, I was still managing a few clients, but I was still looking for extra money. I was asking anyone like “Hey, is there any place I can work? I just need a job, something.” A friend said, "I work on an ice cream truck, I can get you a job there totally." I was like "that sounds ridiculous, I’ll do that, sure." Little would I know that it would change the things in my life. Yeah, it was crazy, it was really crazy. I was still involved with music, but it was one of those things where it wasn’t working and I knew it wasn’t working because I had done it for so long. I didn’t really know what else to do, so I was kind of stuck in this rut. It wasn’t going anywhere. I was managing bands and I was working on a food truck, and I was trying to get my life in order and that was it.
2. Did You Know That Modeling Was Going To Be Your Next Step?
Hell no. I never in a million years thought oh yeah, modeling. Every once in a while I’d have friends bring it up and I’d be like idiots. No I never, ever saw myself that way. I had braces till I was 18, lanky, super geeky looking. I was a very, very, very late bloomer, so I never thought about it. Even when I met Tyra, we were talking, and I didn’t even know it was her at first. We were just hanging out, and she asked, “Have you ever done modeling before?” And I laughed I was like, “No, why would I do that?" She’s like, “Have you ever thought about it?" And I was like, “No not really." That’s when she goes, "I am casting for Top Model and we are casting guys this year, I think you’d be great for the show." And that was it. Even when she said that I thought she was being nice and she did that for everybody. I was like okay sure whatever, I’ll never hear from anybody. Sure enough, it happened.