The Journey... will be a continuous look at the life of Models, Fashion designers, Agencies, Musicians, Photographers & other creatives. Sk Mag wants to show our readers how they work in conjunction with the various industries they work in. Each issue will have new insight into each part of the wheel and how it affects their industry as a whole. So we have started by interviewing 3 models at different stages of their career to help create a blueprint for models to follow.
1. Tell me about your experience as a model.
Cyrene Renee - I have been modeling for the past 6 years. Overall my experience has been positive and enjoyable.
2. What is your greatest weakness, as a model? What are you doing to improve on it?
Cyrene Renee - As a model, I wouldn't say that I have many weakness. I would say that it is more along the lines of having a disadvantage with me being a mature model in the industry.
3. What is your greatest strength, as a model?
Cyrene Renee - My greatest strength as a model is being creative. While modeling I am able to render my own expertise in certain situations whether it be for a photo shoot or runway. Being able to think of solutions on the fly is a great plus. Nothing ever goes fully as planned even for the most thought out events.
4. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a model?
Cyrene Renee - Modeling was something that I always wanted to do. However, I took a detour with pursuing my dream when I joined the United States Air Force. After my enlistment, I thought there was no better time than to try.
5. What are your goals as a model?
Cyrene Renee - My modeling goals are to push the industry boundaries as to how they see models as a whole. Ageism is real in this industry and just because a model happens to be older, doesn't mean she or he cannot have a prosperous career.
6. How do you handle a situation where a photographer does not properly direct you?
Cyrene Renee - As a creative director myself most often I take a little direction from a photographer. I am in the position where I am not being instructed properly I would simply give suggestions for different poses and positions for angles to be captured. Hopefully, he or she would be open to them.
7. When entering a new modeling gig, describe how you build relationships with the creative team or your fellow models?
Cyrene Renee - Building quality relationships in this industry is very important. I always make sure I introduce myself with a warm smile. I tend to render a hug. Most likely I would have already researched different aspects of the team and requested the logistics for the day to make sure we are all on the same page for expectations.
8. Being a reliable model is of utmost importance. How would you describe your work ethic?
Cyrene Renee - I have a very strong work ethic. Having a military background helps with this immensely. Making sure I arrive on time and most cases early for shows and shoots. Prepared with model bag and business cards for networking. Maintaining a good attitude even in not so great conditions and being positive in a hectic climate.
9. Tell me about your most difficult photo shoot?
Cyrene Renee - I would say my most difficult shoots are those where I am cold. I really dislike being cold. I have been on set with shoots that were in the snow and a sleeveless party dress. It is a little hard to smile with chattering teeth. I have also done shoots in the cold rain, but like anything else I got through it. Not all conditions will be ideal and that is okay.
10. How would you react if asked to do a shoot you were not comfortable with? What are your limitations?
Cyrene Renee - I have been asked plenty of times to do shoots with photographers where the concept wasn't anything I would be involved with. I simply tell them thank you for the opportunity. However, that is something I personally don't feel comfortable with and will have to decline. My limitations include nude photography. It may be great for other models, but that isn't a genre of modeling I am willing to partake in.
11. Do you utilize an agencies service to book work?
Cyrene Renee - I am currently a freelance model. However, I would not decline the offer to be signed to the right agency.
12. Tell me the advantages and disadvantages of using an agency? Cyrene Renee - There are pros and cons to everything. An agency can get a model opportunity that some freelancers may not be able to get. At the same time, I know some models that book more work for themselves without their agencies input. I would say make sure you have a reputable agency that is willing to work for you and get great bookings in the process.
13. Who do you look up to in the modeling industry?
Cyrene Renee - I admire anyone that has the audacity to come in the industry and stay true and genuine to themselves, artistic ability and brand. I don't have an idol per say. I do think there is room for everyone. Be your own unique beauty.