We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
9-5 office job, suit and tie, Monday-Friday. That was me right after graduating from U.C. Berkeley. I worked 40 hours per week, in a stale environment, and when I left work, my energy was drained. It wasn’t until I took the leap into modeling, quit the office job entirely, that I started to find the perfect balance for me. There’s more to it than this, but put simply, I work all the time now, and that’s because I genuinely love what I do, so every move I make is to maximize my passion potential.
The way I think about balance is this:
Find something you love to do, and would happily do on the weekend. Then start doing that and ask yourself, “How can I incorporate the people and places I love, into this passion in a way that is healthy and improves the lives of everyone involved with the passion and/or myself”.
We have the ability to do so much more than most people believe or are lead to believe. It’s up to us to test those limits out, and when we find them, we are able to back off a bit in order to find that sweet spot. Balance is ongoing because everything changes around us. So staying alert to signals is key to acting when balance is teetering one way or another.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It’s easy to connect the dots of our lives when we look backward. Those dots were seemingly without any direction when I was living them, but now, it’s clear. All of the different sports from football, basketball, baseball, track & field, muay thai, jiu-jitsu and golf; they all have added to my ability to not only connect with and better adapt to people from all over, but also to understand my body in ways other models/actors don’t quite know.
Most people treat modeling as “attractive people posing for pictures” and I’ve seen firsthand why that perspective lives on. However, I’ve treated my business much different. I attack modeling. When I book a new client, I’m researching their latest campaigns, their older campaigns and getting an idea of the feel they are working to capture in that evolution. I’m not just showing up with my face. I’m here to help the entire production however I can, and to make every shoot feel like a smooth flowing river, with only pleasant surprises.
I love the feedback from productions about how happy they are with the performances, the final products, and what fun they had capturing it all! My aim is that when you book me, it will ALWAYS feel like a Friday; getting work done, having fun, and knowing you’re so close to your joyous weekend!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First stop, food-truck corner in downtown Portland, Oregon; a full city block of food trucks serving every style of food desired. Now that you’re not hangry, we head straight to and through the Columbia River Gorge, pit-stopping at Multnomah Falls, the 2nd tallest constantly flowing waterfall in the United States. This is on our way to Silverton Falls State Park, where we hike through and underneath (yes, walking under several massive waterfalls) more than a dozen waterfalls in total, while surrounded by towering canopies of evergreen trees. Once back at the car, we cruise on home with a quick stop at Salt & Straw for some of the best handmade ice cream you’ll ever have.
Rest well because we have hundreds more hikes with multiple mountain views from Mt. Hood and Adams to St. Helens and Rainier and steep gorge walls surrounding us in hundreds of feet of most and falling natural water!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Parents, Siblings, close friends and books. Every single success I have had, as well as every challenge I’ve faced is directly connected to my parents and brothers. I’m thankful my parents taught us how to navigate challenges on our own. My brothers (both older), not only showed me how to live an ethically sound life, but they also showed me what joy looks like. My friends are always receptive of whatever I find myself pursuing and readily helpful when I come to them as my mastermind group.
If ever you think you’re doing something fantastically alone, you’re wrong. We are all connected to anyone we’ve ever had visual or physical contact with, no matter how close or deep.
Finally, and most limitless, BOOKS! We could spend our entire lives reading non-stop and still wouldn’t come close to reading half the books out there. So with some intention behind choosing what to read, we are able to build ourselves and our abilities up with no limit.
Chris Miggles & David Salafia