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Australian Photographer Romain Duquesne is chatting with me today via skype- to reveal just how he forms his images, specifically those he shot recently of rising star, model Reuben Ramacher for Australian publication Manuscript Daily.
BR How did you decide to light the shoot?
RD The inspiration came on the day, it’s not exactly what I was planning to do. Prior to the shoot I had a rough idea… a rough mood board.. But on the day I was inspired by what Peter [the makeup artist] was doing.
BR Do you always improvise?
RD I work with a makeup artist [Peter Beard, MUA], whose opinion I trust implicitly. Halfway through he wanted to give the hair a wet texture so I softened the lighting to suit. Thats the beauty of it, it all depends on the team. You can go into a shoot with every detail planned- but as long as you have any open mind, anything can happen. Its not magic, it can only happen with the right team
BR Tell me about Peter Beard, when did you first work with him?
RD About a year ago. We have a really similar aesthetic. I push him and he pushes me. Its a good balance with me and him and we meet up somewhere in the middle…
BR How did you select your model, Reuben Ramacher?
RD I saw him in an editorial and I knew he was a new face because I’d never seen him before. I contacted his agency but he was out of town, in LA shooting with Hedi Slimane for i-D Magazine. So the moment he arrived back in Australia we finally worked together. He was great, he really had a good attitude and put his trust in me to deliver with the images.
BR You told me Manuscript Daily is your favourite Australian read, why is that?
RD They push the bar. They’re independent, forward-thinking.
BR Thats something you aspire to be?
RD Definitely and with the increase of interest in the fashion industry that’s integral. These days there are so many people which of course means more competition. With the abundance of material available online and social media etc it’s so easy for people to copy- and obviously that doesn’t move fashion forward. The most important thing is to define your personal aesthetic, constantly aim to personally redefine what you love.
BR So photography is very personal for you? Because a model doesn’t have that same opportunity…
RD Very personal. In the initial stages of a models career, they have nowhere near the chance to be creative in the same way that the rest of the team are. Of course once a model is established and has more experience then he/she has the ability to work with the team to achieve images of a much higher calibre.
BR Lets go back to style. You say growth of style is integral to the ability to compete in the fashion market?
RD Like I was saying before, we work in an over-satured market which is constantly moving at an extremely fast pace. But yes, style should be so important to any creative, it’s what makes you stand out. It’s so important to constantly aim to to redefine your creative abilities.
BR What do you see for your future?
RD For me that is a constant evolution. I hope to be groundbreaking but I’m not there yet
Getting a work visa to work in the United States is not a simple process and is a time consuming one. That said, because the market in the United States is a massive one that caters to different genres of fashion from high fashion runway to commercial and lifestyle work. There are lots of opportunities for all types of models to work in the United States and if you sign with a sizable agency that handles international models, they will be able to sponsor you for a work visa.
Since both Brooke and myself have gone through the process ourselves, we have put together some FAQs for all whom might be curious how to apply for and get a work visa for the United States.
We have also answered some questions for people who are currently on a work visa and would like to renew it or know more about it, as there are many restrictions that may or may not have been made known to you that we think you might benefit from knowing. (more…)Google+
As a model, one of the questions I get asked most often; one many models can relate to, is “What are you going to do after modelling?” At first, I didn’t mind answering, but it grew old fairly quickly. It’s the same thing when you ask a recent university graduate about their career prospects (try being both!). While some have it figured out, many don’t.
“What are you going to do after modeling?”
Whether friends, family or acquaintances are asking you, the question can become crippling. It gets tiring having to justify your career choice to others because in the eyes of many – primarily because of the lack of financial stability that often goes along with it – modelling isn’t seen as a legitimate career. However, the same can be applied to any career in the creative industry. It’s a risk one takes in order to do something they enjoy.
Despite it not being regarded as a financially stable career, I know many models who consistently make a very good amount of cash shooting for catalogues and commercials in markets across Asia, Canada, America, Germany and England; earning considerably more than their friends who have graduated from university – with good degrees in tow.
Given the current state of the economy, if a model is making good and consistent money, sticking to modelling for now is not a bad idea: According to The Atlantic, approximately “53% of recent college [and university] graduates are either jobless or unemployed.” Some graduates are even working jobs below their degree (e.g. a barista at Starbucks). If a model is working well they should stay in the business as long as they can and save as much money as possible for their future.
To be fair, it’s completely natural for those close to you to express concern. Modelling is a tough industry and it’s easy to see why your friends or family may not understand your career choice. Constructive criticism is one thing, but there’s a fine line between that, and bullying.
Everyone has their limits. Even though your friend’s perspective of how a person should live their life is different from yours, you don’t have to live by their rules. As long as you’re happy, what you decide to do in life – and how long you decide to model for – is your business. You don’t need people to belittle you, you need people to support you.
I’m not saying that a model should stick to modelling without any direction or focus on the bigger picture. I think it’s incredibly important to plan and set goals for yourself. But I also think it’s important to live in the present. Life is a long journey and you will learn new things about yourself every day; and each day contributes to your identity that will help shape who you’ll become later in life. It’s okay to take things slow and live in the now. Being in the moment is far from irresponsible, it’s called being alive.
Natalia Zurowski is Associate Editor for canadian website Model Recource, signed with OMG in Los Angeles, and holds a B.A. from Western University.Google+
Brianna Barnes has book-ended her modeling career with wins. Awarded the title ‘Favorite Model of the Year 2013′ by the Faces Magazine Service Industry Awards¹; recent winner Brianna has excelled in an industry so competitive that many struggle to continue.
The Canadian-born model started her career with an audible big-bang in the year 2000- winning the coveted Modeling in Europe [M.I.E] Model of the Year Award. Beating out ten thousand hopefuls; she has been making a name for herself ever since. Naturally, she’s a hard-worker so she knows exactly how difficult it is to rise to the top; the distinction given to her by MIE she says “has been my grounding confidence in the face of a demanding and ever-changing industry like fashion.” Even with the honor and prestige reflected in her wins, Brianna remains humble- and this no doubt adds to the super model aura that surrounds her.
Before the immense popularity of the web, organizations like the Parisian Fashion Authority ran global competitions like M.I.E to scout and launch the careers of upcoming supermodels- those like Brianna Barnes. Talking to Brianna in Seattle, backstage at the VOGUE show for Bellevue Fashion Week, I came to realise her origins as a model were different than most; beginning her career by winning the title Model of the Year; she’d already achieved a rare and difficult task for a fashion model.
Many in the fashion world agree that winning an award is difficult in the modeling industry, especially the M.I.E award. Under the knowing eye of M.I.E judge Gisele Bonnouvrier², Brianna proved that among the 200 model finalists- she was most worthy of the title ‘Model of the Year’; steamrolling competition thick with young foreign models from the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.
Unlike present day media, after winning the M.I.E award Brianna didn’t have hoards of paparazzi following her every move; like you may see for Supermodels like Miranda Kerr³. Instead, she began proving the judges of MIE right, booking her first campaign for top designer Gianfranco Ferre and walking for many top-tier designers including Gucci, Dior, Prada and Yves St Laurent.
After many successful years abroad Brianna now resides and works from her home base in Los Angeles, CA; travelling frequently throughout the US taking part in prestigious fashion shows with designers including Nanette Lepore, Pamela Rowland, Cynthia Steffe, Louis Vuitton, Armani and Ferragamo. She takes her recent win of the Faces Magazine Award as a reminder of her unique beginnings with M.I.E. Her dreams for the future, the same as when she began at 15 “I want to do well in this industry” she says “And I want to have fun”⁴
Not many models win awards, but when they do- it’s often a precursor to something great.
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¹ A Canadian glossy magazine publication
² Gisele Bonnouvrier: Former head of Click Paris
³ Miranda Kerr began her career by winning a competition for Dolly Magazine Model Search
⁴ See article in gallery ‘Models Fly to Paris with Dreams of Success’