A Canadian teen is going from the Prairies to the runway after being signed to an Italian modelling agency.
Kylan MacKenzie of Saskatoon, Sask. first began modelling classes when he was 14 in an attempt to build his confidence.
“From our perspective, Kylan had a bit of anxiety when he was younger and we thought it would be a way for him to build self-confidence and learn to carry himself with more self-esteem,” his mother, Corridawn said in an interview with Global News. “So I did some research, found SHE Modelling and we went with that.”
Right away, SHE Modelling agency owner Mary Obrodovich says she could tell that MacKenzie had something special. Obrodovich recalls, “He was 14 then and he was the last one to walk (the runway) and I looked and I thought ‘oh my gosh, this guy is going somewhere. I just thought that. I knew.”
Things took off for the budding model when he won acting and modelling awards during a British Columbia talent conference in 2017.
“We were very surprised at the recognition and attention that he got then and we were very surprised to realize he has a lot of talent acting as well,” Corridawn said. “And just watching him kind of do his thing across the runway was really neat for us to see because we didn’t know he is as good as he is at it.”
Last year, MacKenzie returned to the same international conference in Vancouver and caught the eye of Italian agency Major Milan. The 6’2″, grade 11 student was signed to a three-year modelling contract, and will be heading abroad at the end of the summer.
“We’ll be going there for three months … two months minimum and depending on the type of work I get I could stay longer,” MacKenzie said. “As for now, I know I’ll be getting a lot of pictures, doing photo shoots and getting my face out there locally in Milan.”
MacKenzie says he eventually hopes to build a career for himself in Hollywood. Those around him think a career on the silver-screen is definitely within his grasp.
“Once you have a name you can do both is how it seems to work. So he’s like a killer in either one. He’s going to be good in modelling and acting,” Obrodovich explained. “I want him to be where he should be because he deserves to be there and he comes from a wonderful family too that supports him so that’s great. That doesn’t always happen.”
For now, MacKenzie and his family are looking forward to this next chapter in his modelling career, and are encouraging other young people to take chances, and follow their dreams.
“Go for it,” MacKenzie said. “When I started I started for fun. And you go to Vancouver and you do the class and see all the types of people that can make it. You don’t have to stop because you live in a small town in Saskatchewan.”