Jax Aster, Mister Virtual World for 2011, shared some of his thoughts with me the other day.
Jax, you work as a model and photographer in Second Life. Which do you enjoy the most? Which did you do first in SL?
I began modeling first in SL in 2009. Throughout the process and trying to put together a decent portfolio, I decided that I was probably a good idea for me to learn Photoshop enough so that I could create basic images on my own. I love photography in RL, but the lack of time and funds in SL is really what got me into photography in SL. After much time, guidance, self-teaching, and you-tube videos I have somewhat figured it out. I still have a long ways to go and am learning new things daily.
I really enjoy both areas as they are completely separate but rely on each other. I am capable of producing my own images; however, I love to see what others come up with, as everyone’s imagination and creativity are different. I think it is a great way to express yourself.
Tell us about Mister Virtual World.
Where was it held?
The pageant was held in the amazing Patch Thibaud Auditorium
Who sponsors it?
The Best of Second Life (BOSL)
How did you find out about it?
I found out about the competition through friends and group notices that were sent out.
What was involved in your becoming a part of it?
Group notices were sent out regarding photo submission for the contest. Then, individuals were chosen to attend a live casting in which we were asked to walk the runway in front of judges. After that, a group of us were chosen as finalists and were able to choose our official countries to represent.
What steps did you need to take to showcase who you are?
I really think I was just myself throughout the whole process. Each challenge that was presented to the finalists allowed me to show that side of myself. We were asked to participate in a total of three challenges before the final MVW event: a Dolce and Gabbana inspired look, avant garde, and swim. In addition to these, we were also asked to prepare a costume to represent our country, swim wear, and a formal outfit for the final. For each task we were asked to complete, I used my own style to create what I thought best fit the challenge.
How many others were participating?
For the final event, there were 19 contestants remaining.
What did you need to have in your resume to qualify?
You actually do not need to have any qualifications for this event. In fact, 1st runner up, Zachary Zufreur, had only been modeling for a couple of weeks when he was chosen as a finalist for MVW and he was amazing. All of the finalists were outstanding in their ability to create extraordinary outfits and present themselves. I would say that the qualifications you need to have are creativity, enthusiasm, dedication, and the courage to express yourself through fashion.
How was the title decided?
Each of the contestants were given scores throughout the various challenges that were presented over the past two months and the final.
What was your reaction to being chosen?
Well, I probably should not repeat my reaction. A few of my good friends know what it was. Let’s just say I was very surprised. Actually, I think I am still shocked now. It is a great honor, and I am thrilled.
Do you have duties and/or requirements to meet with this title?
I think that each MVW is left up to decide what they want to accomplish. I have a few areas that I am very involved with in RL and would like to have the opportunity to bring them into SL. I know that many MVWs are involved in charities and have raised money for their various charities of choice. I plan to do the same.
Any other thoughts?
I am so very honored to have been named Mr. Virtual World 2011 and having been able to represent my country throughout the process. I am so lucky to have been in the presence of everyone involved in this year’s competition. I am truly grateful to all of this year’s contestants for being such a strong but humble force throughout. You all have pushed me to be my best and without your hard work, dedication, and creativity, I would not be where I am. I have, beyond doubt, been inspired.
I would like to thank everyone involved in the competition and who has helped me along the way. The judges of Mr. Virtual World 2011 and Frolic Mills for their votes and confidence in me to hold this title. BlackBarbie Bravin for her time and direction throughout the competition. Kat Comet for her friendship, help, patience, and unwavering loyalty throughout the past year. Francesca Galtier for her exceptional ability to alter shapes and for pushing me out of my style box. My Enzo family (I miss you all). Vitamen Hax and Arianda Garrigus who graciously provided me with custom color swim wear and pieces for my country costume. And everyone else who has supported me throughout MVW and my time in Second Life. Thank you all for your amazing faith in me and your incredible support in this endeavor.
Self-scrutiny is not treason and self-examination is not disloyalty (Richard Cardinal Cushing). Be the best you that you can be and see where the endless possibilities can take you.
I am genuinely excited to see what this year holds and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Everyone at iC Motions is excited about you being Mister Virtual World for 2011 and look forward to being able to work with you and virtually share your accomplishment. Thank you for taking time to chat with me.
Buccal Vogelbaum, iC Motions PR