Portrait by Robert Grunenberg
Adam Merks & Henning Strassburger
HS: You are modeling for half a year now. Was there any interest into that before?
AM: Not really – I have never thought about it. I knew there are models and they live in a crazy world, but I have never had any relation to it…
HS: And now you are part of this crazy world!
AM: Yes, I am halfway in between. Funny shootings and so on, I like it a lot!
HS: You where trained as a programmer before, right?
AM: Well, I could say yes (laughing)… 90% trained. There is a final exam that I need to do.
HS: And your second career suddenly started, you had a bunch of editorials and shows already. What did you like the most?
AM: Definitely the people!
HS: And what’s annoying so far?
AM: Definitely the people (laughing)!
HS: Is there a certain kick in being the centre of attention? I mean talking about your personal ego?
AM: Yes, from time to time. Actually I have never been the kind of guy who likes being in the focus and therefore it was difficult for me in the beginning. I always had problems in doing that. Therefore I see the whole model experience as a chance to work on myself and to develop myself. That makes it cool in many ways for sure.
HS: How does your girlfriend thinks about all of these new adventures?
AM: She’s so proud! She still can’t believe seeing any look-books and editorials from me online. She can’t imagine people seeing me as a model, because for her I am still the same. It is a crazy world for her too!
HS: What about your mother?
AM: She is happy! She told me to get every possible job and to bring all the money back home (laughing)!
HS: By meeting you in Berlin without intention, where would it be?
AM: In the 24Stunden Reichelt* in the Berliner Straße (laughing).
HS: And which music would be played on your i-pod in this moment?
AM: A crazy Electro song that I like a lot, I guess it is by Standhall Syndrom and the song is called D’s Waltz in the Cora Nuvoa Remix.
* A well-known 24hour supermarket in Berlin