SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE AN AMAZING TOOL IN THE RIGHT HANDS. KEVIN D. HOOVER HAS SUCH HANDS. IN LESS THAN SIX YEARS, HE'S GONE FROM AN UNKNOWN AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER TO HAVING HIS WORKS PUBLISHED IN MAGAZINES AND COFFEE TABLE BOOKS AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING HIS VERY OWN BOOK PROVOCATION: VOLUME 1. MOST OF THIS HAPPENED THANKS TO THE CONTACTS HE MADE THROUGH VARIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA PORTALS.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. allow people immediate access to individuals and businesses and offer the opportunity to build relationships in a way that might have taken years cultivate in the past. Most of the models, designers, clothing companies and publishers Kevin D. Hoover now has at his finger tips are thanks in no small part to social media. This is exactly how he met his new discovery, Nikco Fume.
Kevin recalls how he met his latest muse: "I put out a message on Instagram that I was now casting models for my next book, PROVOCATION: Volume 2. A young man with the most beautiful eyes reached out to me. He sent me a few recent selfies so I could tell exactly what he looked like. We also chatted at length via text message.” The name of Kevin Hoover’s latest discovery is Nikco Fume. Nikco was born and raised in Bari, a port city in the southern most part of Italy on the Adriatic Sea. The 28 year old moved to New York in 2010 to pursue his master's degree in marketing. He used these tools to secure a position at a top fashion house, but found that though he appreciated the position and all it offered him, it wasn't his passion, so he walked away. "Fitness is my passion," says Nikco. "Whether it being working out at the gym or putting in laps at the pool, I love to push my body and work up a sweat." But just as he likes to work hard, Nikco likes to play hard as well. His killer looks, infectious personality and sexy Italian accent made him a favorite around New York nightlife. Several promoters noticed his looks and his moves on the dance floor and asked him if he'd be interested in go go dancing. Nikco’s opinion: "I'm at the club dancing anyway. Why not get paid for it."
Nikco Fume’s club performances lead to photo shoots for the local nightlife magazines and party flyers. Suddenly photographers around New York were taking notice. A friend suggested he enter a model search contest for Andrew Christian Underwear and he finished as one of the top five finalists. This convinced him to give it a go as an underwear model. "I'm a hard worker but I'm also hard-headed. Once I get something in my mind that I want, I go after it. I know that there are thousands of guys out there who'd like to be underwear models as well, but I prefer to focus on the positive. And fortunately for me, I have two international degrees plus my master's degree. If this doesn't work out, I have options." He also has Kevin D. Hoover. After their first initial contact through social media they eventually found a date that worked for both their schedules, and Nikco came for a test shoot. Based on these images, I think it's safe to say the shoot was a success. –BM-
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