Q1: Let’s start with the common question, if you can kindly introduce yourself.
Q2: How did you get into the field of your work?
I first started modelling as a child but recently got back into it beginning in pinup modelling where height and tattoos aren’t a hindrance.
Q3: Do you have any current favourite artists, photographers, idols, individuals who may have influenced you to become the model that you are?
For sure. Supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Cambell and Kate Moss.
Q4: Your modelling portfolio shows off your incredible range of themes, was that something you had to collaborate with the photographer?
In every shoot I consider myself to be collaborating with the photographer. The reason for this is that often times I collaborate with the photographer to style my own shoot which means I come up with the basic concept and also present hair and makeup ideas that I can do myself. Once we find a mutually acceptable look for each of our goals we get to work.
Q5: From your own personal experience, is modelling a competitive business?
Modelling is insanely competitive. Everyone wants to be in the spotlight and of course not everyone can. Many agencies won’t accept you if you’re not a certain height, weight, and/or age range.
Q6: Working as a model, do you have the creative freedom to work out of the box or follow the photographers guidelines in posing? Do creative minds clash between models and photographers?
Most times yes, a model has creative freedom. It really depends on the photographer. If you are working with someone who is a perfectionist then you may be holding a pose for a really long time until the photographer can get the lighting just right or tell you to move ever so slightly to get that perfect shot. For me personally, it is the photographer’s job to capture beauty in motion. The more freedom you can give a model to move around and try new things the more you will get out of her.
Do creative minds clash?
Yes, all the time, it’s inevitable. But for the most part if trying something new doesn’t work then there’s not use getting your feelings hurt over it. Typically a photographer takes 300-500 shots per shoot and only maybe a handful of those shots get chosen to use in the project so there’s no use crying over unused photos just save your good ideas for another project.
Q7: What are the biggest struggles you encounter as a model?
Finding paying work. We live in an age where the competition is fierce and an uncertain economy takes away opportunities. More companies are going with celebrities for the cover of their magazines or campaign ads to lock in sales.
Q8: Do you have any other future plans that don’t involve modelling? Would you consider working outside that field and into something new?
Actually yes. I have been considering a career as a fashion stylist. A stylist is someone hired by a company to style photo shoots, fashion shows, ad campaigns, music videos, etc. They choose the hair, makeup, accessories and sometimes wardrobe putting everything together making it aesthetically appealing.
Q9: Do you have any personal mottos, quotes or existing quotes that motivate you to do what you love doing? Can you share it with us?
Live a life of excellence worthy of remembrance.
Q10: To round off the interview with the last question, how would your fans and new fans be able to keep in contact with you in regards to updates, progress and events that you have in the near future?
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