Today we’d like to introduce you to Treveon Ladson.
Treveon, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started modeling through Born X Raised, and Babylon Los Angeles. Shoutout Spanto, Shoutout Lee. My best friend Hesh was going to do a Born X Raised shoot by himself but told them let my best friend do it or we’ll do it together. He actually wants to model so let him do it. From there it’s been just constant work from stussy e-commerce, pacsun e-commerce, Gucci shoots, Nike ACG shoots in Tokyo, Carrots x Champion shoots. Billboards in my hometown. It’s been a tough journey, but I wouldn’t change it for anyone. I have friends, family, and people who believe in me and what I do which is the best feeling ever. I’m just trying new things, wanting to break into high fashion, and stray away from streetwear.
You’re lucky to have had such a great friend as Hesh. Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a struggle, like some high’s and some low’s but that’s expected you know? That’s what comes with anything. I signed some bad contracts, trusted the wrong people, but like I said that’s what comes with this. I’m just happy that I’m still able to do this and it’s all a learning experience. Some struggles I faced have been people not taking me seriously. I’ve been told no so many times, but I mean that’s the worst that can really happen to you. I signed to this agency and nothing really worked out. I felt used in the situation because I came to the table with work already and they made it seem as if they were doing me a favor. I think they only booked me two gigs in like the six months I was signed to them. It took them FOREVER to pay me for the gigs I was doing. It was really stressful, but my friend/lawyer Obi helped me get out of that situation.
What sets me apart from the competition is no one is me. I’m very unique in my own ways like I don’t really speak much about it, but I have sickle cell anemia so through my battles with health and such I still maintain a good attitude and I try to be optimistic about every situation that I’m in. I can also be my own stylist I don’t really need people to dress me or tell me what to wear. Sometimes I find myself assisting stylist during shoots like no those are the wrong shoes, no let’s not use this hat, or maybe I should wear these pants. I’m not just the model. I want to be a stylist one day of modeling doesn’t workout for me.
Sorry to hear about the Sickle Cell Anemia, but it’s definitely inspiring to hear how you haven’t let anything stop you from doing what you feel you were meant to do. What else should we know about you and your work?
I’m very happy about my most recent shoot like the Babylon x Guess shoot. I got my first billboard off that shoot and it’s really great. That’s something I’m most proud of because it’s cool to see myself and my friends see me the billboard and get excited about it. My mama cried about it so yeah that’s tight. I’ve been in malls, stores, etc but a billboard is HUGE.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is just finding your lane and playing your position. A lot of the time people try to measure success with material things like I have this, I have that, but that’s not really success to me because you can still be unhappy even with those things surrounding you. As long as you have your dignity, you can wake up happy, and be yourself everyday then that’s success to me. It’s by your means and not anyone else’s. That’s success to me like playing by your rules and not conforming to anyone else’s vision for you. That shit is important to me.
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