Featured Model & Photographer: Klara Landrat

"'Fame' or popularity shouldn't deform you, it should enlighten you."

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Klara is a long-time model, starting when she was a kid, and discovering who she is along the way. She is an absolutely fantastic character, and we love her interview! She finds the time to be both a model and a photographer, and learns a lot from both roles. Please have a read and check out her Instagram feed as well.

Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?

Hello, My name is Klara Landrat. I have started acting at young age and continued to do so up till now. I have worked as model in New York and Milan when I was really young for clients such as Miho Nikaido, Nico & Adrian, Adrian Alicea, Lourdes, Patrizia Pepe, Karl Lagerfeld, etc. That was when I did most of the editorial and catwalk work. Now, as I'm older my aspirations changed and I would want to work for more commercial market. Modelling is a very rewarding career for someone with a strong etiquette and mindset.First of all it could be a huge stepping stone for any career in the fashion or entertainment industry. I find it very relevant to my acting career as it teaches you poise, body language and confidence in front of the camera. I believe any chance a model or actress can get in front of the camera is amazing. It's the best lesson one can get. Also it is a fantastic way of being somebody, "in character" for a day or a week, which leads to self-discovery, self-retrospection, learning in so many different ways. And travel! All of these aspects are enormously rewarding. Within the rigorous time schedule and life habits one must endure, I think it's a fantastic job!

How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?

I think in a broad spectrum education is important. What I mean is learning as much as possible from and about the industry. Have a wonderful set of friends and family who support you is very important. The more you know the more you will be "prepared" and avoid surprises... I haven't taken any courses in modelling, however my agent Daryl in New York years ago introduced me to the legendary dance choreographer Willy Ninja who has been working with Malcolm Mac Laren and Madonna and who taught me how to move, dance and generally feel at easy with your body. That was an amazing experience to work with someone who not only inspired me but also taught me how to love dance, movement and your body.

What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?

I think it really depends what "kind" of modelling this person wants to do. For some people being fit for high fashion and editorial would exclude her/him to do more commercial work and vice versa. I think there are certain factors however that would determine if you are a model at all, such as facial features, body, height, weight. Now we are living in a more open minded industry where all these borders are more flexible and the market is welcoming women of color as well as plus size models and seniors. And I do believe however that very big part of it lies in your inner confidence. I like to quote Sofia Lauren "If a woman feels beautiful, she is beautiful".

What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?

I would like to reach for a wider audience than when I was younger. I would love to do more commercial and commercial print and beauty work as it appeals and talks to bigger range of ages. My dream would be to become a brand ambassador for brands as L'Oreal, Rimmel, or Gap. To me working on your body, mind, being healthy all contributes to how you see yourself and also how others perceive you. I believe a strong mindset and handful of skills can go far.

What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?

Quite a bit actually as that is correlated. Advertising industry is directly linked to psychology and photography. Its wonderful to see such a wide array of ads targeting so differently their audiences. I believe a great advertising is a combination of exceptional photography, here the artistic side of it and psychology, the analytical. It's a perfect morph of analytics and art.

How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?

I always try to communicate straightforward. I like to know my part of the job and what I'm expected to do. If I'm not sure I always ask. I am very patient and I try to be friendly. I think if you're not that's not an industry for you as you always work with so many people around you. I try to be very open. If i'm informed of the type of the assignment then there is no reason for me not to be :)

Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?

I eat very healthy. I'm not vegan or vegetarian but I eat mostly organic food. I workout 5 days a week, I always run on the treadmill and then do TRX workout and some yoga.

What is your dream role as a model?

To be a brand ambassador- for L'Oreal, or Rimmel, or Olay. Also being on the Ad of Banana Republic or Gap would be amazing. Having such influence would allow me to do humanitarian work and help the ones in need.

Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?

I don't do nudity, that's my only limitation.

State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?

I would love to travel and work full-time.

Tell us what's your memorable experience so far.

One was certainly working with Willy Ninja who created "vogueing" style of dancing in New York. the other would be working with a big movie star from Japan, Miho Nikaido, who became a fashion designer. She was unbelievably humble, caring and wise. Just working with her made me realize that "fame" or popularity shouldn't deform you, it should enlighten you.

How did you get to where you are now in your career as a Photographer?

While being and actress and a model I found myself always caring a camera and peeking at what others do... That encouraged me to enroll as the photography major first at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and later Hunter College in New York where I graduated. Now this is where the other part of "learning" started. I think most of it was accepting errors and continuing on... I had absolutely no idea what I wanted, but I knew I loved photographing. I knew that if I could get pass the fear, I could find the thing. After I did a lot of fine art photography I purchased some lights and SDLR camera and started doing fashion. This is when most fun happened. I love it because it transgresses to my personality sort of playful in an unexpected sort of way, fearless and colorful. This is how I see the world.

How did your education prepare you for the future?

That was my first "learning" experience. I rented a loft in Brooklyn where I developed my own films and printed and toned all my prints. I figured I had to learn the basics and from the masters. I would wander around Barnes & Noble and go to the liobrary and study all masterpieces. Avedon, Irving Penn, Bourdin, Diane Arbus, Elliott Erwitt, Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Nan Goldin, Slim Aarons , Mary Ellen Mark, Mappelthorpe, Francesca Woodman, Norman Parkinson etc.

What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?

My mother. She represents strength and creativity. She always took me to museums and art galleries. She was very flamboyant, eccentric and exceptionally beautiful. This was my first hero who on one hand witnessed Holocaust and was a warrior and on the other was this beautiful fragile creature with such vivid imagination. The second inspiration was Baron Wolman, the first chief photographer of the Rolling Stone Magazine, who always encouraged me and have been very supportive.

Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?

Definitely not, I feel, there is so much more I can do... I thinks this is just the beginning...

If you had to do it over again, what would you change?

Timing. That is something I would like to change.

What advice would you give someone who is young and wants to have a position such as yours one day?

"Success is going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm" W. Churchill

How do you stay inspired?

By being exposed. Now we have internet, social media, these are wonderful tools to grab your attention. Travel is a wonderful way of inspiration. Anything. Even a poem or a movie.

What photography related things do you recommend?

Modelling is a great way of seeing things from different angle, or acting. You begin to pay attention to things that wouldn't normally occur if you would just "be" a photographer. Also cinema, I think it's an amazing way to see the lighting, what you can create with the mood, ow you can create a whole story with just one shot...

How can people reach you for a job? And how would they know your rate?

Through my email or Social Media. The rate would really depend on the assignment . I am always open to discussion or extraordinary circumstances...

What's your favourite camera?

Canon 5DMark III DSLR, Hasselblad H5D-50, Phase One P40+, Leica SL, etc.

Tell us something very interesting while working with a model.

One time while working in China, the model didn't speak very good English. In fact all the crew ! Anytime I wanted her to turn right she turned left and the opposite. That was so annoying!!! At the end whatever she did was wonderful and the photo ended up on the cover of Le Fil D'Or magazine in Amsterdam and the eight page story was published ! Sometimes what you want is not what you need.

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Instagram: @klaralandrat

Facebook: @klaralandrat

Website for photography: http://klaralandrat.wix.com/photography

For modeling and acting: http://klaralandrat.wix.com/klaralandratactor

Twitter: @theklaralandrat

Email: klara.landrat@aol.com

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