"I want to work as a model because it allows me to tap into multiple emotions simultaneously."
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Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
I want to work as a model because it allows me to tap into multiple emotions simultaneously. I love posing and finding new ways to position my body. Modelling helps me cope and deal with my disorders, being: bipolar disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, depression and borderline personality disorder. I'm interested in modelling as a career because it makes me extremely happy being in front of a camera and doing what I do best. I used to be a photographer for about 7 years, believing it was wrong to want your picture taken - until I started taking selfies that got a lot of attention and helped me realize my potential. I hope to be able to teach people how to be free in front of a camera and not to pay attention to the crappy shots. Instead look for the great shots and don't pay attention to all your insecurities within the shot. Photography and modeling are beautiful and the results of an entire team working together, really brings every aspect into the final shots.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
No, I have not attended any modeling courses - I'm self taught and I love it.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
The ability to create an emotion out of nothing. To create an emotional reaction of the photo from the viewer. To be gentle, elegant and seem as if you aren't posing/holding a pose. To be genuine with your emotions and allow yourself to be separate from your emotions.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
My goal is to show people you can become a model without having to fit the specifics of a model. I would be considered a plus size model but I don't consider myself plus size. I want to show people that it doesnt matter what size you are, you can pull off anything you want - you just have to let yourself go. I want to show people that photo shoots are fun and awesome to be apart of. I love the end result. I see myself progressing in this field because of my willingness to be a goof in front of the camera. Unless they require you to be serious, in which case I can do that too. A photographer/marketing friend of mine is creating a modelling agency and he's creating it based on me - to get me out there and paid. I've applied to 3 or 4 modelling agencies and have been declined by each one for not meeting the specifics - but that hasn't stopped me. I get paid gigs and I do TF on the side, when I can and if it will benefit my portfolio.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I communicate well with people - I pick up on body language and facial expressions. I am very patient and friendly. I'm open to almost all suggestions but I have fine-tuned my modelling to everything but sexy, nude or implied. I make this clear at the beginning and if that's what they're looking for, we exchange some nice words and both be on our way. I am really easy to get along with - I am constantly smiling and am open to all conversation.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I am quite unhealthy at the moment actually. I used to be 90 pounds because my body was going through a hibernation process but once I started on my mood stabilizers, my weight has gone up to 130lbs, which explains the 'plus size'. I try to exercise but it has a lot to do with my bipolar disorder - during my 'highs', I work out but during my 'lows', I don't have the motivation or drive to do it. My disorders don't come into play when I model. Modelling calms me so that I'm ready to interpret what the photographer is looking for.
What is your dream role as a model?
To inspire those who don't think they can model. Anyone can model, you really just have to let yourself go.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
My limitations are nothing sexy, nude or implied. I let them know that at the beginning of our conversation/when were discussing the theme/mood of the shoot. I have no problem with that kind of photography - all the power to ya - but I prefer keeping that side of myself for my boyfriend and I. I can pull of sexy in less than a second but by eliminating the sexy part, I am opening up new ways of expressing myself. I've always been sexy but now I'm more than sexy, I am myself.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?
I would travel, but the travel expenses would need to be paid. And if they can, my rate is only $30/hr. I do not work right now - I have been on the search for a job but haven't been called back. So, as long as it's paid, I'm available pretty much whenever they need me.
What is your most memorable experience so far?
My memorable experience would be meeting extremely genuine and nice people who have a lot of faith in me. It makes me feel good and I'm responsible for helping them crrate art.
Photographer for picture #1: Ivan Sutton Photography, HMUA/fashion designer: Me
Photographer for picture #2: Stephen Marsh Photography, HMUA/fashion designer: Me
Photographer for picture #3: Ivan Sutton Photography, HMUA/fashion designer: Me Photographer for picture #4: Iain McBally Photography, HMUA/fashion designer: Me
Photographer for picture #5: Geo Mall Photography, HMUA: Amanda Slobe, fashion designer: Me
Photographer for picture #6: Jim McAvoy, HMUA/fashion designer: Me Photographer for picture #7: ModelMe Photo Adventures, HMUA: Sonja Biller, prop maker: me
Photographer for picture #8: Rick Stanley Photography, MUA: Ashley Griffin, Hair stylist/fashion designer: Me
Photographer for picture #9: Mr. Rees Photography, MUA: Jaklyn Rees, Hair stylist: Jasmine Sean, fashion designer: Me
Photographer for picture #10: ModelMe Photo Adventures, HMUA/Fashion designer: Me
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