Walker from Owensboro turns her modeling career into an award-winning appearance in a music video

Colt Walker's modeling career has taken him to places he never imagined when he entered the industry. Most recently, he starred in country singer Stephen Wilson Jr.'s latest music video, “Grief is Only Love,” and was nominated for a Country Music Association Award.

Walker left Owensboro shortly after graduating from Owensboro High School to enter the world of photography in New York City, but soon found a contract with Soul Artist Management.

Through Soul Artist Management, he has modeled for several companies including Tiffany and Co., Bleacher Report/Nike, Vogue, GQ Mexico and Leonardo Fifth Avenue.

He eventually returned to Owensboro and signed with Nashville-based agency AMAX Talent and Creative Management.

“This is not the path I imagined, but I'm grateful that it was shown to me. I'm grateful for how everything turned out,” Walker said.

Through this agency he was able to increase his activities as an actor and model.

Walker notes that he didn't know acting was a path in the modeling world. Although his current agency was previously home to movie star Channing Tatum, he didn't see acting as his future prospect, especially given his lack of theater background.

“But I'm grateful for that too. It gave me the experience and confidence I needed to explore other avenues in the world of acting,” Walker said.

He said he got the opportunity through AMAX to work on a music video for Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Jordan Davis and Stephen Wilson Jr., as well as other smaller artists.

In Davis' video for “Next Thing You Know,” Walker plays a young man going through life with his wife while Davis sings about how quickly time can pass. This video was nominated for Video of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. The award ultimately went to Hardy and Lainey Wilson's video for “Wait in the Truck.”

Walker worked under director Stephen Kinigopoulos, who became a friend and got him his next job at Wilson.

Wilson sings about the feeling of losing his grandfather and father, and how you move on when you've lost people like that. In the video, Walker's character runs home to his father in his final moments, while Wilson finds comfort in the reality of grief.

Walker will tell you that while he didn't foresee this happening in his career, he is still grateful for the path it has put him on.

However, Walker still loves photography and it will always remain his greatest passion, even though he continues to work as a model. He has used some of the knowledge he gained as a model as inspiration for his photography adventures, starting with his new business, The PicBox.

“When I started modeling, I had to focus on that, but I love photography. I will take photos until I die. Photography was my main thing and will always be my main thing,” Walker said.