Model Interview: Ari

Ari

Ari

• How did you decide that you wanted to get into modeling?

Modeling was actually an accidental passion for me. I originally stood on the other side of the camera, doing fashion design and hair/make up. My senior year of high school, our fashion design class was required to organize, design, promote, and walk in a runway show in front of the whole school, as well as recruiters from local agencies. After the show, I was approached by a representative for Hoffman International who simply wouldn’t take no for an answer. And from that moment on, I made modeling the focus of my fashion career.

• How would you describe your modeling style?

I REALLY despise this terminology, but I guess most would consider me an “alternative” model. However, I like to think I’m just “me”. I don’t think I really fit into a single specified category.

• What is it about modeling that you find fun and rewarding?

Modeling, for me, is a chance to escape the stress of day to day life. It’s a reason to get all dolled up, wear things you normally wouldn’t, and get lost in the moment. It’s like when you were a little girl playing dress up, only the photographic evidence isn’t something embarrassing that you hid in a box somewhere in hopes that it’d never resurface. It’s a confidence boost; something you can be proud of. And if you can use that to send a positive message or spark inspiration, than it’s just that much better.

• Do you have any advice for other aspiring models?

Screw mainstream media. You are beautiful, and you are REAL. Who says “fat” is synonymous with ugly? Or skinny with beauty? Be you. Be healthy. And NEVER let the fun slip away.

• Is there anything you would like to add?

I’d just like to say how SUPREMELY lucky I am to be a part of such an amazing group of men and women. I’ve never in my life met such strong, confident, KIND people as I have with Cross N Clove. Those I’ve been lucky enough to get to know, have only continued to surprise me. We’ve all been through some really tough things, but these models, designers, MUA/FX have overcome their pasts, harnessed their tribulations in their art, and managed to remain unhardened and optimistic. Seriously, best tog group ever!

Model Interview: Michelle

Michelle

Michelle

• How did you decide that you wanted to get into modeling?

I had a friend who is an independent designer who asked me to walk in her fashion show. We did a mini-shoot before the show, and I absolutely ate up every second! I sought out other ways to participate in fashion shows and photo shoots.

• How would you describe your modeling style?

I simply like to try new things! So long as it isn’t against my morals, I’ll give it my best shot!

• What is it about modeling that you find fun and rewarding?

We’re all more than a touch vain, myself not excluded. I like to see the work I can produce. At the same time, I fully believe in the art behind modeling. I like to help bring concepts to life!

• Do you have any advice for other aspiring models?

Study all art forms, not just magazines, as there are different types of modeling and all art forms can lend to the practice: paintings, sculptures, runway shows, catalogues, bill boards, abstract, modern, everyday life.
Put yourself out there, but be wary of moves that may not help your career!

Model Interview: Hilari

I have worked with Hilari twice now and both times she was very professional and was not afraid to offer input or ideas, not to mention very talented and knew how to work with the camera.

Hilari’s Modeling Page on Facebook

• How did you decide that you wanted to get into modeling?

It’s always just been something I’ve wanted to do; I was approached by a local modeling agency when I was 7 years old, for some reason (I really cannot remember) I didn’t sign with them, but I still had that dream deep down. April 2012 is when I really started calling myself a model, and I’ve loved it ever since, and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon!

• How would you describe your modeling style?

My style varies, I like it that way. It puts me in demand and gives me more . Although I always enjoy a classic, beauty/glamour photoshoot.

• What is it about modeling that you find fun and rewarding?

I just love it! I love taking pictures and taking on a new role if for only an hour or so. I love walking runways because for a moment it is all eyes on me, it keeps me on my toes. I as love the amount of people I have met and can meet from it all.

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Hilari

• Do you have any advice for other aspiring models?

Be; flexible, dependable, realistic, kind/pleasant to be around, versatile. A balanced combination of these traits really help you; they are appreciated by the people who hire or cast you for their projects, which increases your chance of working with them again or them thinking of you and passing your name on to someone else for their project. It really all makes things easier, for both parties and helps in keeping you grounded. I do my best to keep these all in mind while interacting with others in this industry, and I think I’ve gotten it right based on all I’ve done since April 2012.

• Is there anything you would like to add?

Just have fun, laugh, smile, and most importantly believe in yourself, it makes things way better & enjoyable! 🙂

Model Interview: Kendra

Kendra has been awesome to work with. She has a creativity that never quits and I count myself lucky to have worked with her.

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“Tiger Lily”


• How did you decide that you wanted to get into modeling?

I was asked by a photographer several times if I would like to do a shoot. It was then after seeing the “transformation” that I knew I wanted to do modeling

• How would you describe your modeling style?

I don’t have a style. I like to do things that are an expression of me and things that are creative.

• What is it about modeling that you find fun and rewarding?

I think the biggest reward is being able to express myself. Growing up I was very shy and still have moments. This is an opportunity to break out of my shell. In a way it is like acting.

• Do you have any advice for other aspiring models?

Advice that I have would be to follow your dreams as anything is possible. Be aware of what people are telling you because you will be they will tell you anything to get what they want. If you don’t want to do something…then DON’T do it. Let your voice be heard.

• Is there anything you would like to add?

Modeling can be rewarding. The thing to remember is to be creative and have fun!!!

Interview with Chelsea

Chelsea is a model that I have been lucky enough to work with a few times. She is determined and has impressed me with her ability to deal with cold and uncomfortable locations to get the final image. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for Cross & Clove Photography.

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Chelsea – Gothic Winter

  • How did you decide that you wanted to get into modeling?

When I took my high school senior pictures, I had a great time. I found modeling to be a fun and unique art form, and a way to express myself. When I saw a Facebook status about modeling in a zombie photo shoot, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in this unique form of expression again. That was how I found Cross and Clove Photoshoots, and have loved it ever since!

  •  How would you describe your modeling style?

I like to portray strong female characters. I seldom smile in photo shoots. I prefer to model strength, sadness, and anger rather than the typical smile, though a smile is definitely appropriate at times.

  •  What is it about modeling that you find fun and rewarding?

When I model, I am able to become a different person, if only for a little while. The ability to escape the daily troubles of life and become someone that is untouchable is very rewarding. I am able to draw strength in my own life, from the character I portray in the pictures. I am also able to express the feelings that I have in the modeling that I do. My fear and pain can be turned into art.

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring models?

If you enjoy modeling then do it. Even if the photo shoots that you do are taken with a cell phone by some friends. Just have fun with it. Also, never believe that you have to be overtly sexual in order to be a good model. Sexuality is not based on clothing or promiscuous posing. Being sexy is an attitude, and the sexiest women are often the ones fully clothed.

  •  Is there anything you would like to add?

Modeling is about fun, not drama. Try to get along with other models and photographers. Anyone involved in the shoot is someone willing to help you do your best. Treat them with respect and you will be shown respect in return. Photo shoots are always more fun when based on mutual respect and love of the art.