Q&A by Cami Thomas
Photos by Colleen Carney Photography
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.
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...(click "Read More" to continue)
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: How’s modeling been going so far? What are some major highlights and learning experiences that you’ve had?
A: The modeling has been amazing. I absolutely love it! I’ve done tons of runway shows, photo shoots and even a commercial! I’ve learned a lot about the advertising, marketing and fashion industries throughout this experience-- what they look for and why they do the things they do. Specific experiences have been exceptionally rewarding, like being in the Buffalo Wild Wings commercial. For that we shot on a professional set from 11pm-10am non-stop. And what’s funny is that I’m in a total of two seconds of the entire video. Hahaha oh well, it was a really fun experience though.!
Q: Any exciting projects coming up? If you’re allowed to say, that is.
A: As far as shows and shoots I don’t have anything too crazy coming up, but that can change at any second-that’s just the way the industry works. One thing I will say is that I’ve talked to my agents about sending me to Chicago in the near future to sign with some of the biggest agencies in the world, so be sure to follow me and be on the lookout for that!
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.