Frank Carter: dancer, model and Wet Lube aficionado - tidbits - MyGayToronto
Frank Carter: dancer, model and Wet Lube aficionado By DREW ROWSOME 24 January 2018.
MGT has been featuring some of the best photographers on our covers along with interviews about their work, and a bit of insight in how they make the men they photograph look so good. We thought it would be interesting to approach it from a different angle and talk to one of the models, and Frank Carter caught publisher Sean Fancy-Leber's eye. With his rugged good looks, arched eyebrow, cocky grin and extraordinary physique, it would be hard to catch Carter in a pose that wasn't flattering.
And we're not the only ones to think so. Carter has appeared in a multitude of advertising spreads, on magazine covers and is often the focus of the promotion for the events where he performs. He is easy-going and slightly shy but happy to talk about his career. The only trick is tracking him down: though Carter's hometown is Montreal, he hates the cold and loves the beach and to travel. We get in touch on the eve of the Miami White Party where, true to form, Carter is one of the poster boys.
"I'm always proud and grateful to be part of it," says Carter of his dance and hosting duties. "My main goal is to have fun and to inspire the guests to have fun too." Toronto clubgoers may have seen Carter at work, he has danced often with a local legend. "Sofonda is a friend," he says, "with such a good energy. I could never say no." And then he adds that he will be back in Toronto for Prism during Pride. As the weather will be better, he may even hang around for a bit. He has many favourite spots in Toronto, "I like to get to the Island, Sugar Beach and Wonderland."
While in TO he also spends time at the "Dundas gym." Unsurprisingly Carter spends concentrated time at the gym. "Five times a week for at least a hour of weights," he says. "A different muscle every day." And to stay flexible for his performances, "I use to do ballet and funk when I was young. But now it's heavy low repetition to light high repetition and cardio."
The modelling began as something that Carter thought would be fun and his future plans are more focussed on bodybuilding. But dance is what got him started and still is foremost, he usually gets a dance gig and then works photo shoots around that. He notes that is because dance bookings don't have dates that change. His advice for success as a model: "It's important is to have fun, not to be popular."
But he is popular. Photographer Rick Stockwell said of shooting Carter, "He was charming, prepared, professional and one of the sexiest models I've ever photographed." And Carter has also worked with James Franklin on the blisteringly sexy Boystown covers; gotten near naked for such luminaries as Jorge Freire, Paul Jamnicky and Paul Henry Serres; had Thomas Synnamon turn him into the cover boy for DNA's "Sexiest Men Alive 2016" issue; as well as many, many event ads.
Wisely, Carter does not like to dish and will reveal little about the celebrity photographers he has worked with. "David Hawe is very fun to work with," he says, agreeing with almost everyone who has stepped in front of Hawe's lenses. He also has praise for Mike Ruiz having been one of the models for the Hunks for Hounds charity calendar. "With Mike it was a full set," says Carter. "It was stressful."
Carter isn't sure what is next but he plans "To take more time for my loved ones." The loved ones he hasn't met yet can follow him on Instagram where he chronicles his adventures as @frankcarter69.
Carter says that his crowning achievement, so far, was being the Wet Lube Platinum Man of the Month. "I felt very lucky," he says modestly before adding with enthusiasm, "And I received lots of my favourite lube."