Interview with Elijah Danis (@elijahjeremiahh)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I was scouted by a fashion photographer in the streets of Toronto. After shooting a fashion editorial with this photographer for Vulkan Magazine, my images were sent to a few local modelling agencies, and I got scouted as a male model from that point. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Flying to LA to shoot an editorial for a men’s fashion magazine. I got to travel through Psalm Springs, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills, it was a very fun trip. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Try to be patient with yourself in all situations that you may be faced with, we are all doing the best we can with the tools that we have. practice self-care, set some time aside during your day to cleanse + hydrate your skin, eat healthy fruits/vegetables, draw/paint, play a sport, meditate, stretch or do yoga. Find or do whatever it is that gets you into a place of solitude and peace, even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes a day. Do not compare yourself to other people or their success. Take it day by day because small steps lead to big leaps. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I am very grateful to the fashion photographer who scouted me, but also to my agents (past and present) over the years, who have helped mold and shape me into the model that I am today. Anita Norris took a chance on me and signed me in 2020, and for that I am so grateful. A story of gratitude I have was when I booked my first National campaign in 2018 for Little Burgundy Shoes. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Yes, I have used my success to bring goodness to the world, I have even joined an exhibition event titled “Elevate” where I join the round table talk discussion. The event is centered around the emotional and mental health of black men, with all proceeds being donated to the Canadian Center for Men and Families. The event is created by photographer Chris Lowe. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Don’t Let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality” -Les Brown 

This quote has been something that has followed me since I was about 15 or 16 years old. I have been told many times in my life by many different people “you can’t do this” or “you can’t do that” and I have always just persevered and chased after my goals no matter what anyone has told me, I have trail-blazed through many different obstacles and continued to kick down closed doors no matter what anyone’s opinions of my limitations are. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Readers can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by searching @elijahjeremiahh or Elijah Danis. 

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