Q. How and why did you get into alt modelling? Who are your heroes or your inspiration?
It just sort of happened! I heard about this website called Entity and figured I would join for fun. I put up a few pictures and soon enough Steve Locke sent me a message asking if Id like to set up a shoot with him sometime. I decided modeling would be good for me because Ive always had self-esteem and confidence issues. It really made me feel great about myself seeing the finished pictures and being around such positive people. As for a hero...to be honest I don't really have a hero or someone I really look up to but I am greatly inspired by art, animals and nature.
Q. How long have you been an alt model?
It's coming close to 2 years now.
Hell yes!!! I have a very large orchid tattoo from my knee all the way up to my ribs as well as many piercings. I think alt modelling is a great place for those of us who have body art and want to express ourselves in different ways, but I don't believe you NEED to have body art to become an alt model.
Q. Is the industry like you thought it would be ? What surprised you about it?
I think the alt modeling industry is a lot more expressive and has a lot more freedom to be creative. I was surprised how friendly the photographers, make up artists, hair stylists and wardrobe people were. They have all been very respectful and fun to work with.
Q. Did you start off as full-time, or did you start modelling part-time?
Between teaching horse back riding, pet sitting and working with dogs I really don't have a lot of time for alt modeling so its like a side project for me.
Q. Was it difficult to build a portfolio, and what did you learn about the process - meeting photographers, make up artists, wardrobe people, etc ...
Q. How was your first shoot ? Were you nervous? What advice would you give new models about how to prepare?
My first shoot went great. I brought my own clothes, did my own hair and had Erin Harris doing my makeup. I brought my good friend Tomas along since I was nervous about meeting a complete stranger by myself. My advice to any new models would be to ALWAYS bring a close friend with you, ask the photographer to see their work before meeting with them and make sure you bring any items you may want to use for you photo shoot.
Q. Did you join an agency? What was your experience with working with agents?
I'm not with an agency but I was currently approached by Max in Toronto. I am doing some research on the agency before taking it any further.
Q. Is safety a high priority for you? What have you learned about how to keep yourself safe while working as an alt model ?
Safety is a BIG priority for me. If you don't feel safe or feel uneasy about a situation DON'T DO IT!!! I always bring someone with me and make sure you know where you will be shooting.
I love shooting goth, pin-up, burlesque, glamour and shooting with animals!!! A lot of people say my "look" is very pin-up, but I love switching it up!
Q. Is it important to be flexible in what type of photo shoots and jobs you'll take, or do you decide what you will and won't do and just stick to that?
It's important to me that I feel comfortable with what I'm doing in a photo shoot. I'm very flexible with different styles but I make it clear that I DO NOT do nudes or semi nudes.
Q. Is it a very competitive industry and have you worked with other models?
It is competitive in a sense but on the other hand everyone is willing to work with you and help you out which is great. I have worked with loads of other models. They have all been extremely nice and I have made some great friends with a lot of them.
Q. Have you ever thought about being a photographer yourself, or wanted to try any other job within the modelling industry?
I do some photography in my spare time, I love clothes and makeup but I don't think I would enjoy doing it in the modeling industry.
Q. Is it important to keep other interests/aspects of your life as a priority - things which have nothing to do with modeling? What other skills havehelped you as a model?
Q. How did your friends, family, or others react to your career choice?
Everyone was really happy for me but at the same time they did worry about my safety.
Q. Is the alt modelling life a glamorous one like a lot of people imagine? Do you keep your modelling life separate from your private life or do they always mix?
Q. What advice would you give on how to find work as an alt model?
A great way to start out is to network yourself on an alt modeling site and to do TFC shoots (time for cd).
Q. What would you like to achieve in alt modelling in future?
I would like to have some more shoots that provide more income. That would be really nice.
Q. If you had one piece of advice to give people who want to become an alt model, what would it be?
Network yourself and don't be shy!!! The vast majority of people working in the alt industry are very friendly.
xoxo Devon Jay
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