Q. How and why did you get into alt modelling? Who are your heroes or your inspiration?
I got into alt modeling pretty much by chance. I was scouted initially just as a model, but as my tattoo collection grew and my style started to change i eventually started getting offers for alt modeling. I love alt modeling. It's more of who i am. I don't have to cover up any of my work or worry about certain outfits that i can and can't wear because of my ink. But now a days ink is more acceptable, so i still get work for regular modeling gigs.
My inspiration in my life would have to be my family, no matter what i do they always have my back and they're very encouraging.
I've been an alt model for about 8yrs now.
Q. Were you a fan of body art before modelling, and is body art a big part of the alt industry?
I've always been a big fan of body art, even before i started modeling. I believe that body art is a part of the alt industry, but i wouldn't say a big part of it. i would say it's more so the persons look than anything, but ink does help.
Q. Is the industry like you thought it would be ? What surprised you about it?
The industry is what i thought it would be actually, i don't get surprised easily.
Q. Did you start off as full-time, or did you start modelling part-time?
I started modeling part-time while i was going to school.
Q. Was it difficult to build a portfolio, and what did you learn about the process - meeting photographers, make up artists, wardrobe people, etc ...
It was sort of difficult at first when i first started building my portfolio because you really have to put yourself in the shoes of the person that's looking at your port when you go for a "Go see." You have to give them what they want, not so much what you want. It changes every second, not everyone is looking for the same look as another may.
Q. How was your first shoot ? Were you nervous? What advice would you give new models about how to prepare?
My first shoot went really well. i was a little nervous, but i had a lot of fun doing it and the pictures came out great!
Advice i would give to new models would be be prepared to do anything, but you don't have to give into things that you're not comfortable with. And one important thing is always be early and try not to eat a big meal before your shoots.
Q. Did you join an agency? What was your experience with working with agents?
When i first started modeling i did join an agency. It worked out well, but one thing with working with an agency is that you're not the only person they're trying to get gigs for so i found it easier going "Free Agent".
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 high priority for me. I try to work with reputable people, or go through referrals. If i'm not 100% sure about the person i will be working for than i'll have someone go with me, but that isn't usually the case.
I have found my own style. It's a mix pretty much, it's whatever my mood is. I didn't really decide on a "look", it's just whatever i feel like wearing. And i've lived in a lot of different states so my style is pretty versatile.
Q. Is it important to be flexible in what type of photoshoots and jobs you'll take, or do you decide what you will and won't do and just stick to that?
I think it's pretty important to be flexible in the type of photo shoots and jobs you do because it leads to other jobs and photo shoots. Keeps things fresh and exciting instead of doing the same things over and over again. Who likes to do that?!
Q. Is it a very competitive industry and have you worked with other models?
It's a Dog-Eat-Dog world out there. The industry is very competitive. There's a beautiful girl on every corner! I've worked with many other models and enjoy it, it kind of livens up things a lil'.
Q. Have you ever thought about being a photographer yourself, or wanted to try any other job within the modelling industry?
I have actually thought about being a photographer. I love taking pictures of people and objects. Photography is such a beautiful thing. There have been times where i have done someones make up or hair for a show or photo shoot, i'm pretty versatile like that.
It is very important to keep other aspects of your life as a priority, such as family, school, close friends. Other skills that have helped me as a model would be knowing how to do make up and hair because not all the time will you have someone there to do your make up or hair, or maybe there's too many girls and not enough time for them to do everyone so it's definitely helpful to know how to do those things.
Q. How did your friends, family, or others react to your career choice?
My friends and family were very happy and excited for me.
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?
The alt modeling life actually isn't all glitz and glam like a lot of people think. Not all the time do you get pampered and flown from here to there, or get to request what you want to eat,
I try to keep my modeling life separate from my private life.
Q. What advice would you give on how to find work as an alt model?
Advice i would give on how to find work as an alt model would be to ask around, research, get out and mingle with that type of crowd and industry.
Q. What would you like to achieve in alt modelling in future?
What I would like to achieve in alt modeling would just be a status of "that girl," where people know your name and face.
Q. If you had one piece of advice to give people who want to become an alt model, what would it be?
One piece of advice i would give to those who want to become an alt model would be have "thick skin" and don't be afraid of judgement because it's going to happen. Be confident in who you are and what you want.
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