By Cami Thomas
Scott Werth is a 23 year old personal trainer, model, and St. Louis local. After a rough breakup, he left a promising career in law to pursue his dreams of modeling and personal training. Nearly a year later Scott has proved to St. Louis that he's here to stay, and that his reign as one of the city's most dynamic models has only just begun.
I had the chance to sit down with Scott and gather his interesting life tale. His transformation from law professional to runway model is certainly a story dramatic enough for a reality show; and yet, Scott's boy next door charm and midwestern flair makes him an instant favorite that you won't be able to help but root for. This in-depth tell all proves that all you need to succeed is the inspiration, Nelly's Country Grammar on repeat, and plenty of hard work. Six pack abs not included.
*Update: Scott has been signed to Ford Models in Chicago!
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Q: Thanks for sitting down with me Scott. How’s everything been going? I can see from your snapchat that you stay pretty busy these days.
A: Hey no problem! I’m sorry this didn’t happen sooner. Yeah things have been quite busy. Trying to balance work, modeling, fitness and a social life can get quite tricky sometimes.
Q: The first time we met, way back in the day, you were working a desk job. Nowadays, things seem to be a lot different. Tell me a little about that transition, and what made you follow your lifelong goal of pursuing modeling.
A: Yeah! So I used to work at a corporate law firm in downtown St. Louis as a legal clerk. I had just graduated college and my plan was to get some experience in the legal field before I went to law school. So after working there for about a year I had realized that the realities of becoming a lawyer were not what I had imagined, and so I wanted to find something different to do. I signed up to get my certification as a personal trainer and I quit the law firm once I got the job at the gym-- which I’m still at today. Regarding the modeling, to be honest, I was down in the dumps after an ex-girlfriend and I had broken up after dating for over 3 years. Then my roommate and I had a conversation one night and he convinced me to take a step out of my comfort zone and try something completely new. The agency had an open call a couple of days later, so I went and they offered me a contract a week later!
Q: You’re definitely a Renaissance man in your own right. Walk me through a day in the life of a model/fitness trainer/superhero.
A: Hahaha well I think superhero is certainly a stretch, but thanks. I usually start my day at around 4:45 am because I have sessions starting at 5:30am until around 8am. Then I usually come home and eat/get some work done, then I usually try to fit in a workout before my afternoon sessions. During the day I’m usually in communication with different photographers or my agents on what shoot/show we are trying to do next. Then around 5:00p I have sessions that run until 8 or 9p. Then I head home to finish up some work or relax before going to bed around 10:30-11!
Q: Where do you see yourself in two years?
A: I’m not too sure. I would like to sign with more agencies in other cities/markets to try and expand the work that I do and be able to travel for modeling! But I am really enjoying my time here in STL at the gym and with the gig’s I’m currently booking. Regardless of where I am, I do see myself continuing my modeling and training career, that’s for sure!
Q: Are you from St. Louis? What’s something you love most about the Lou?
A: Actually I’m from Detroit, but I’ve lived in St. Louis for almost exactly 5 yrs now. My anniversary was August 27th, so I heard that makes me a local now. Honestly it’s hard to sum up everything I love about STL into one thing. If I had to though, I would say that it has a lot of character, identity and history. Coming from Detroit, that’s very important to me. STL has strong roots and a sense of who they are that make it easy for me to take pride in. I just really appreciate that St. Louis isn’t just a cookie-cutter city.
Q: I always have to ask this question, especially since you live in STL; what’s your all time favorite Nelly song?
A: Country Grammar without a doubt. As a matter of fact, I’ve made it a tradition that every time I drive back into St. Louis I have to play that song on full blast and sing along to it.