When did you start modeling? What kind of jobs do you usually do?
I started modelling in general when I was fifteen, though at the time I was just happy if someone wanted to work with me at all. Originally, I had very low self-esteem, and modelling was my way to deal with that.
But, go figure, I liked it, so I kept it up.
Today, I tend to do art nudes and fetish, especially when it comes to Latex. Because I'm short (5'4"), most people who do fashion consider me too short; which is good, because, otherwise, I never would have realized how much I like doing things that are completely off the wall creative.
Is your 'book' online? Can you provide a link to it?
There are a few of them --
My main portfolio site, generally viewable to everyone, and the main way to contact me.
My oldest portfolio site, where I do more networking than much of anything else.
Is where I tend to pose just whatever the heck I feel like; from things that I think are pretty to my face to blathering about what I had for lunch on a given day.
Random snaps of me behind the scenes and whatever irreverence I feel like talking about in 140 characters.
Are you recognized on the street? Is it annoying?
I have been recognized by people whom I've been meeting for the first time, though not necessarily just walking down the street, given the alternative niche I sit in with my modelling. (I always feel bad when I can't recognize them in return.)
One of the major things that I find annoying living in the big city are the number of people with SLR cameras who will actually go out of their way to "hide" and play paparazzi on days where I'm dressed up. (Which is common. I like dressing up.) If you just asked, I'd pose for something for you, but no, you have to be an ass and try to do it covertly. I see you, and I hope you enjoy the subtle finger I'm giving you in your shots.
Do you pose nude? Yes, no, it depends?
Absolutely -- though I always ensure that the photographer is well aware of what I am not a fan of when it comes to nude shots. Namely, spread-legged "pink" shots, and pretty girls just sitting there staring at the camera who also happen to be nude.
I prefer strange, artistic poses; the stranger they are, the more I generally like them. Go figure.
Do you see the profession as a springboard to something else, or something lasting?
I'm well aware that one day I'm going to be too old and wrinkly for anyone to really enjoy looking at me anymore, but, at least for the next few years, I hope to be continuing to model. (It would be nice if I could make enough to live off of at it ...)
At the moment, I'm studying to do other things, though, so we'll see where everything goes. One of my favourite quotes is about how life is what happens to you while you were busy doing other things, so I'm not too overly concerned with where I end up, so long as I enjoy the journey getting there.
When you finish a session, do you tend to think you could have done better? Do you depend on someone who will critique you honestly?
I always think of things that I could have done better; I'm easily my biggest critic. I'm always wondering whether I should have stretched more, twisted the other way, closed my mouth, lifted my leg, and the list continues.
I generally always wait until I see the pictures myself before I decide whether I did a good job or whether there are things I'd like to improve the next time. What I think is sub-par work, or which bothers me, doesn't always bother other people; generally, the response will be "Oh, you look fine, stop worrying".
What clothes are you wearing right now?
That's a poor question; I'm at home, what do you really think I wear when I'm bumming around the house with greasy hair and no makeup? A men's large Apple Employee shirt (no, I don't work for Apple, but I do own a Mac and an iPhone) and a pair of Hello Kitty PJ pants.
What's your secret to getting your day off to a good start?
Caffeine. The answer to everything is caffeine.
When you enjoy what you do, though (enough to rival with sleep, which is impressive), starting your day on a more positive note is a lot easier; I think it's important to chase what it is that you love, regardless of whether you're making a fortune doing it.