HOW DID YOU GET STARTED MODELING?
It was 2007 when I stumbled upon Model Mayhem's web site. Being very short, older and tattooed, I knew I had limitations in the mainstream modeling business. I had looked at Suicide Girls and GodsGirls (which was just starting), but did not agree with contract terms and was considered a too old. Model Mayhem's web site provided me the opportunity to create what I desired under my own terms.
My first photo shoot was with Ravenslaughter and then my second was Lithium Picnic. Least to say, I was vary nervous as I was inexperienced and already shooting with a well known photographer. It proved to be one of the most beneficial experiences as he and Amanda (aka Apnea) both provided me with tips on posing, lighting, and make up. In support of Lithium Picnic and Apnea's lawsuit with Suicide Girls, I joined (now defunct) Deviant Nation.
Since then, I have collaborated with many wonderful artists, such as Steve Diet Goedde, Dale May, Christine Kessler, Dan Santoni, Chad Michael Ward, HUSSAR, the late Oliver Mendoza, and many more. I have been on the cover of Tattoo Life, image in INKED Girls premiere magazine, and have had images published in books by individual artists, such as 666 Photography and Karen Hsaio. This November, an image I did with James Christopher (aka Modern Citizen) will be in the Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography Vol. 3.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT MODELING?
What excites me is the creative process. I enjoy identifying talent and collaborating the team to create an image. The team includes a make-up artist, hairstylist, wardrobe, photographer, and location. Not all of these components are necessary.
I enjoy making befriending wardrobe designers. They possess a unique talent, working with textures and textiles that are amazing. All of them are wonderful and have become very dear friends of mine.
DO YOU COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF TRAINING IN THE ARTS?
My body is my medium in art. Whether if it is through tattoos, acting, dance, or modeling. Modeling allows me to still utilize my childhood training of dance and movement to express myself and have it captured on film.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO MODEL IN?
I do not have a favorite, per say.
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVORITES?
Least? There is no such thing!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT TATTOOS THAT INTRIGUES YOU?
I love the art work of tattoos. It is a another form of art, yet the medium is the human canvas versus cloth. And just like any art form, there are apprentices and masters.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
At this time, writing is another medium. Yet, as for seeing anything else on print or on the internet, there is nothing else.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I enjoy kayaking, learning new creative modalities, foreign languages, and eating! I have a child who is priority number one. At this time, I am taking an indefinite hiatus from modeling. It does not mean I will not do photo shoots, it is just that I will not plan as many shoots as I used to.
I find as I head into my mid-thirties and graduate school ending soon, I need to focus my energy on a few key things. I have met a lot of my goals I initially had set for myself......which is having images in art galleries and working with specific artists. But, I do have a few photographers that are on my "to shoot" list that I will never say no to.
WORDS OF ADVICE?
I tell models to go for quality versus quantity. You can have tons of images that are "okay", or a few images that become iconic.
Personally, I go for the iconic. Also, as a model starting, do expect to pay for kit fees. Do not ever think that you are the "model" and should not have to pay for anything. Creating art is a collaborative process. Everyone is putting in energy, time and money. Last, but not least, be true to yourself.