Location: Florida Panhandle
Photographer: Derek Bias
Photographer IG: @dbiasphotography
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I look at modeling as a form of artistic expression. It is a way of expressing yourself without the use of words. I think that is what initially sparked my interest in modeling.
2. How long have you been modeling?
9 Years! I started when I was 18 in Los Angeles.
3. Who is your favorite model?
My favorite model is Madeline Stuart. She is not your average model. She has down syndrome and is impacting the fashion and modeling industry in a very profound way. I dig that.
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
Not at all! I remember my first shoot was with a company who was selling to Urban Outfitters. I was SUPER nervous. Afterwards the shots came out super super cute, however, I definitely remember being nervous. I found with the more I modeled that if you can have fun during a shoot, all that goes away. So that is what I started doing. :)
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
I would have to say that every photographer I have come across has been more or less a mentor. I like to think that I can learn something from everyone I meet. I have definitely applied that to those that I come across when I am working. It is always interesting to see someones different artistic perspective. That is a huge influence on me and the photos that are created.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
ALWAYS BE PROFESSIONAL! I cannot stress this enough. I have seen very promising careers go down the drain because they jeopardize this exact thing. Always remember that the image you portray is the image you are going to essentially sell. It is your "brand". Don't be afraid to speak up. Always be comfortable in your own skin and the shoots that you choose to do.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
Not often, however, I did have to hold a pose while hanging off the edge of a helicopter in 6in heels once for about an hour and I thought my arms were going to fall off. The image came out great though... :) Definitely worth it!
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
I'm able to take on different personalities depending on what image I am going for. I think getting into character of what you are selling is super important. If you can get down that mindset, you're golden. Also, how much I truly love carbs. Getting ready for a shot entails lots of gym time for me... salad...and no pizza :(.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I am a competitive shooter, pre-med student, and in the military. I know those are all different things but you could say I'm a nerdy tomboy. I also have my motorcycle license and just picked up a Ducati Monster. I didn't tell my parents though. I don't want them to have a heart attack... but mom, if you are reading this... love you. Sorry! -_-
10. What are you most proud of?
I'd have to say as of now my Degree in Science. That hands down was the biggest pain in the ASS! Talk about blood, sweat, and tears. I've seriously considered turning it into wallpaper in my downstairs bathroom. I figured I paid enough for it, may as well get some use out of it. In all seriousness though, that has been the most challenging thing thus far. I'd rather go skydiving... which I've also done.
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I want to be remembered as having an impact in many peoples lives in a positive light. It is my end goal to open up a low-income clinic for the less fortunate. I'll eventually get there... it will just take some time and a lot of patience I suppose.