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David Walsh ’06 moved to Los Angeles after graduating with a double major in Italian and comparative literature. After a year in online marketing, he became a model and has traveled the world doing photo shoots.
Modeling isn’t new to Walsh; he did it as a child but didn’t like giving up after-school activities to travel to photo shoots. “At such a young age, I didn’t see the art in it,” he says.
At Binghamton, he wanted to be creative with his love of writing and language. “One of my favorite classes at Binghamton was where we analyzed poetry in different languages and saw the differences from one language to another. I haven’t necessarily pursued something using both of my majors, but I still use them in my everyday life.”
David belonged to Delta Sigma Pi, a business-oriented fraternity. “They prepare you for every step, from the basics on your résumé to the interviewing process, on how to dress and much more. Useful skills for any job,” he says.
After a year in Los Angeles, he contacted a modeling agency. “You send in basic Polaroids of yourself, and they get to see what the ‘everyday you’ looks like.” He started on the cover of Karaoke Revolution’s American Idol Encore for XBOX 360 and Wii and has moved on to a “Got Milk?” campaign and the pages of L’Uomo Vogue.
There are similarities between marketing and modeling. “Modeling is all about branding yourself. You are the product, in many senses, and you have to get the clients to want you over all the rest.” It’s also fun, he says. “I have found a passion that I didn’t realize I had. I find modeling to be an art where we can express ourselves. ... I love what I do, and I am grateful that I am able to say that.”