V’s Class of 2018: Alton Mason Jr.

V’s Class of 2018: Alton Mason Jr.

Alton went from student to model for Yeezy and Gucci in the span of an Instagram minute.

Alton went from student to model for Yeezy and Gucci in the span of an Instagram minute.

Text: Staff

Sometimes the power of believing in yourself (and Instagram) can help send one to the big-time. That's the case for rising model and creative Alton Mason Jr., who was scouted by multiple agents on Instagram and cast in Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden. With his runway spots in shows for Gucci and his insane break-dancing talents (used in Glen Luchford's campaign film for Gucci), Alton was an easy pick for our Class of 2018. He was presented as one of the first 10 inductees at our party with UNIQLO to celebrate the Class and the new Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Below, Alton answers our questions about creativity, challenges, and his vision for the youth of today.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018?

In 2018, the youth needs to be heard and the youth needs to be louder. We are the future, we have the eye, the taste, and the power to create. The ones who came before us have the knowledge, the wisdom, the experience, the resources. We all need to trust each other, listen to each other and birth the new renaissance.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why? 

My grandma told me "be yourself, because people are going to have something to say about you whether you’re doing good or bad, the question is: ‘are you something to be talked about?’”

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? How did you overcome it? 

One of the biggest challenges that I have overcome is giving in to the negative opinions and judgment of others. I used to be really insecure and I’d react to the bad energy, but now I'm chillin' and laughing about it. I finally understand that the reason why people hate is because they don’t love themselves. Hate comes from fear, and people fear what they don’t understand.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness? 

Success is happiness. Is it possible to be happy yet never satisfied, is the question.

When and where do you feel most creative?

I feel most creative when I’m alone on a stage in a empty theatre; I remember my teacher would let me sit in the theatre for a couple hours after school and I would just be there finishing homework, listening to music, dancing, and writing by myself.  I get really creative in the shower and my room, I feel most creative when I’m alone with my own thoughts and ideas in stillness.

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person? 

There are so many artists that I dream about collaborating with. When it comes to acting, I would really love to share the screen with Samuel L. Jackson, Lupita Wyong’o, or Caleb McLaughlin. When it comes to music, I would want to create with Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Mob, or Solange; they’re all amazing visual artists and recording artist who inspire me heavily.

Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? In 10 years? 

There are so many things I want to do. Acting and music are resonating in my soul. I’m very passionate about creating in the art realm and I desire nothing else. That’s where my home is; so you can find me there while owning land in important locations.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)? 

Sharing and embracing the creative gift and eye with a fly team and having that result into a timeless masterpiece that the youth can be inspired by and use as a blueprint.

Credits: Photo by Tyrell Hampton

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