Modeling the American dream

SHS exchange student pursues modeling passion in America


Contributed by Thomas Wright

Junior Viktor Tarr has posed in several photoshoots through his modeling agency , Model and Talent Management. Tarr used coming to America as an opportunity to pursue his interests in modeling and acting.

Spending weekends perfecting modeling and acting techniques, junior Viktor Tarr is no longer stuck in his room like he was in Hungary.

Tarr is one of the many exchange students here at SHS. He came here in July from Hungary, where he never had the opportunity to act, but took the chance when he got here and through that was exposed to modeling.

“I mean, it’s just a new experience,” Tarr said. “I was always interested in clothes and fashion.”

Tarr is happy about being given this opportunity and doesn’t plan on letting this potential career go to waste. Even though he went from doing nothing and sitting on his couch to having a much busier schedule, he doesn’t mind the change in lifestyle.

“It takes a lot of time and effort and energy, but once again I don’t mind it because I enjoy that, so it’s not a bad thing,” Tarr said.  

The energy he refers to is spent every Saturday. He wakes up at 8 in the morning to get ready, drives to the North side, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour and his classes start at 10. These classes include Tarr having to get his hair and makeup done, having to perform skits, walk runways and having to learn how to deal with his adjusted lifestyle.

Throughout the week he mentally prepares himself for what the next Saturday will bring.

“At least I could do something that I really like, and that it’s connected to my interests,” Tarr said.

Tarr’s interests are now different from what they used to be. They have been widened as he originally contacted the company for acting. He has grown to love acting along with modeling. It is now because of this opportunity, Tarr is traveling to New York City the second week of Spring Break for a photoshoot in attempt to kick-start his career more professionally.

Not only does Tarr love what he does, but so do his parents back home in Hungary. Tarr says they are glad that he’s not stuck in his room all of the time like he was in Hungary.

“They support it,” Tarr said.  “… They were happy.”

Tarr first told his parents about his decision to model relatively soon after he got here, as he started classes quickly.

Another person that met Viktor and gradually saw this change after he started attending the classes is senior Abby Dunn. The changes she noticed in Tarr were different from what his parents saw as she saw a change in his ability to be more open and comfortable around everybody.

Dunn believes that Tarr has become more confident, and that this is a fantastic opportunity for him.

“I think he has a really bright future ahead of him,” Dunn said.