"I think you have to really know what kind of model you are, where you fit in the industry and you need to be prepared for any set backs."
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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 am a trained makeup artist and have recently been signed as a commercial model. I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis at age 10 which resulted in six spinal surgeries. I also battled a decade of acne. I decided to focus on a healthy lifestyle and get myself into shape to overcome what I went through. With my new level of confidence, modelling seemed like a natural step.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
I have not attended any modelling courses but I have been lucky enough to have first hands experience. Through being a makeup artist, I have worked with a variety of models and photographers. I think it's a requirement to do some test shoots to gain knowledge and learn about how you are in front of a camera.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
Professionalism, confidence and awareness. I think you have to really know what kind of model you are, where you fit in the industry and you need to be prepared for any set backs. You need to believe in yourself and understand criticism may come with the territory. Being on time and being organised, I believe goes along way.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
My goal is to be able to say I am a successful commercial model. I would love to progress into more print work and potentially t.v.
What do you know about advertising psychology and photography?
One of my subjects in college was media studies. With the advertising industry and psychology, it's all about making people aspire to a certain ideal or image. Making a person believe they need to have something and maybe by having that thing, they are becoming a type of person. An example, is someone wanting to be really fashion forward, feeling like they need to purchase the latest trend in order to be classed as fashionable.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
The way you communicate is very important. People always remember someone that is patient, friendly, and easy to work with. No one wants to work with someone difficult. In terms of working with clients, I think it depends on what you are doing. Clients tend to be very specific on what they want and you have to be fully aware and happy with the direction before shooting. If it was more of a TFP shoot or working with an individual photographer, it comes down to whether you like their work and you want to be apart of their ideas. Generally with these, photographers welcome any ideas from the model.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
Since the beginning of the year, I have taken my health far more seriously. Not only for the physical aspect, but mentally it makes you stronger, you receive a host of benefits from more energy to better sleep. I like to do a mix of HIT cardio three times a week, some light weights and yoga. My diet is mostly plant based with a mix of fish, eggs and the occasional piece of chicken.
What is your dream role as a model?
Doing a commercial would be amazing or advertising for a product. I want to do something that I am really proud of and something I can always look back on as a defining moment.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
I think it comes down to how comfortable I am. Sometimes you meet a certain photographer who has a vision, and a certain look seems great. Other times, it may not be appealing.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?
I would love to travel. I work full time but I have very flexible hours.
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