• Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m half Russian-Hebrew half Italian from Chicago. I’m an artist, model, actress and singer. I basically like to get my hands dirty with pretty much anything creative; fine art, photography, cooking, building/revamping projects etc. I hold a degree in Art and a minor in Physical Education. I had the best of both worlds, Art and Science!
• How would you describe your style?
My style is very edgy with an elegant twist, and a lot of rock ‘n roll mixed in. Some would definitely say I have a ‘dark’ style. My fine art is an expression of pain and suffering paradoxically mixed with beauty so I understand that it’s not always comfortable to view. My photography is more artistic even though I have done commercial work, weddings etc.
• How being a photographer did helped you in your modelling photo-shoots?
Getting behind the lens really shows you what looks good! You can watch and observe the model and take note of how to pose. It also gives you a creative direction to make suggestions for the photographer because you can see the image in your head. Editing photos really shows you what looks good and what doesn’t. I edit a lot of my own modeling photos so I would say photography has helped me tremendously!
• According to you what all problems, misconceptions beginner models face during photo-shoot.
They are nervous, and pose either too much, too fast, or they don’t move enough! It takes a lot of practice, patience and confidence. I recommended beginner models to observe a photo shoot to get tips. You should always be learning and growing!
• What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progress in this field?
I want to travel and make some good connections and of course, money. My agency is working on sending me to India for a 90 day contract. It’s not my first pick but it will still be exciting and a great experience!
• We know that each of us has someone or something, which inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?
The basis of my inspiration? Karelea Mazzola. She’s a renaissance woman! She’s a beautiful model, but also a superb photographer, editor, make-up artist, and singer etc. She’s mastered ALL areas of her craft and that’s where I want to be. The renaissance era inspires my art. I have a very classy style with polished shading.
• You described yourself as an artist first.
Yes! I’ve always been an artist since I could draw! I do all types of art; drawing, painting, wax, decorating, writing etc. I just love being creative in any way really and to make life beautiful. I see beauty everywhere and it’s hard to not capture it somehow.
• Do art and photography changed your perspective towards life. How?
Yes. Art is an interesting field. Art challenges humanity to feel with their eyes. What I mean by that is when you hear something it is easier to interpret with our own filters and worldviews. When something is set before our eyes, it transcends cultures, languages etc and hits hard. Art is a universal language so to speak. It has taught me to be more aware of how others interpret material based on their own life- and when you can tap into that with such a broad spectrum it’s really a feeling one cannot explain.
• 5 rule you follow during photo-shoot.
1.) Be ready – bring your make up, hair kits, accessories etc on board to the shoot even if there is a hair and make-up artist- you never know what can be used. You should always be prepared because you also never know when a MUA or Hair stylist flakes. I’ve done myself and other models on set before because of the MUA arriving late or if the look is done messy I can adjust it.
2.) Research your shoot. Stalk the hell out of your photographer and the rest of the team. See what angles and lighting they tend to gravitate towards. Look at the models they have worked with. What can you bring to the table to add to their book also?
3.) Be on time. There’s nothing more annoying than being on set (finding parking, traffic etc.) and another team member is lagging. A heads up is great if something sets you back a bit- but be respectful of their time – don’t be a flake – you’ll lose contacts and respect.
4.) Be polite. Engage if you can but don’t talk so much that you’re annoying or disrupting the team. Don’t come on set high or drunk – don’t be on your phone when someone is talking to you. You’re there to work- treat it professionally and you will be treated the same.
5.) Don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with. So you show up with the intention of shooting lingerie but the photographer wants you to go topless… ? If this was not discussed and you are not comfortable you need to communicate that. Don’t let the industry bully you around. If you aren’t comfortable shooting implied or nudes don’t do it! The decision has to be your own not a manipulation of what someone else wants (which is usually for their own gain and in no way an act of consideration towards you).
• Do’s & don’t for beginners. Can you explain any trick or technique which you often use during photo-shoot?
DO make sure to bring an escort (parent, friend etc.) with if you are under 18. Make sure the shoot is always age appropriate.
DON’T respond to anything involving wire transfers, receiving the check first before the shoot, or personal favor ‘modeling’ jobs.
DO have a couple of shots you’ve saved to try out.
DON’T expect to shoot exactly like someone else.
DO step out of the box.
DON’T be afraid of trying something new or holding a pose that seems silly.
DO take constructive criticism. There are endless creative out there who will offer their sincere opinion. Take it as an opportunity to grow.
DON’T take insults, body slamming, sexual harassment etc. You need to know when to put your foot down and stick up for yourself.
DO set ground rules and clarity (i.e. time set for shoots, payment plans, if you’re bringing an escort etc.)
DON’T be manipulated to feel bad about these ground rules you’ve set. You need to set boundaries and if they aren’t ok with that then move on.
DO shoot TFP (time for print) to build your book. This is when the model and photographer work with each other for free to build their book.
DON’T shoot this way with everyone and anyone. Be picky- have a goal and a look you are going for your book. Have direction so you don’t get lost in a whirlwind of free shoots that can’t be used in your portfolio.
• How much eyes expressions important in modelling photography? Why?
Eyes are the most important. Eyes captivate the soul- which in this case is the buyer. It’s all about what you’re expressing in your eyes! Modeling is a silent role- you need to play along.
• Any current projects you working on.
I’m actually in the process of changing my look to go in a new direction. I’m also going to start a fashion line where I mix fine art with jackets, jeans, etc. I would like to model my own line and shoot myself. I want to ultimately be a creative director and I can start by doing that with my own line!
• If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…
I would sneak into Angelina Jolie’s house (hehehe). No nudes of course but she’s just so perfect!
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