Naftali please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
It all depends, but on average my rate is $125 per hour
Naftali . Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I am Naftali Kark and I am a commercial print and hair model. I have been professionally modeling for a while now and I love it. Ever since I was little I have had a huge passion for modeling and always wanted to get into it.
I finally got my chance when one of my friends, who were photographers, asked if I could help them out. They needed to build their portfolio and I wanted to gain experience. After shooting with them I realized this is something I really enjoy and want to fully pursue.
I feel my green eyes help with intense looks as well as a soothing look. I am very versatile when it comes to poses and I pride myself in being exceptionally skilled in the art of micro-movements. My energetic personality is contagious and brings a warm feeling to all of the people involved in the shoot. As of right now, I am a hair and a commercial print model. I am building my portfolio so I can break into the fashion industry and become well known. I am represented by an agency and I also travel around the Chicagoland area to do freelance work. I really enjoy this industry, all of the creativity from individuals, and the core values offered within.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Naftali . Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
My personality for starters, I am always cheerful even when stressed out, I always make the photo shoot fun even after a long day on set. One of my goals in life is to make as many people as I can happy. One can say, that my happiness is contagious. I honestly feel that my green eyes help as well, my eyes help me be able to do the fierce/intense look or the soft and nice look. I am an expert in micro facial expressions and micro movements. In addition, I am an Orthodox Jew and there are not a lot of Orthodox Jews in this industry.
Naftali , what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
When I was younger, a lot of my friends were photographers. They would ask me if they could take pictures of me and naturally I said yes. While they would be taking the pictures, everything felt right, it just felt that I was meant to do this for as long as I possibly could. A few years later my barber told me to enter in some hair modeling thing, once I did that, I joined an agency and have absolutely loved it!!
Who is your inspiration in life Naftali ? How do you keep inspired?
I have a brother who has Down Syndrome. He is honestly the happiest person in the world and he makes everyone around him happy. He makes me want to do the same, just do everything I can to make everyone happy. Eventually I want to start an organization for all ages of people who have all sorts of disabilities. I mean if he makes me happy, I should be making him happy. And something that I realized in my many years working with kids who have special needs, they make everyone happy, so if they make everyone happy, I should be giving back to them.
We all make mistakes Naftali , we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
There was one time where I was doing a couples theme shoot, it was me and a girl who were doing the shoot. Before the shoot I was not told the theme so I didn’t really realize what I was walking into (my first mistake). Once I realized I was completely cool with it. We started shooting and the photographer wanted us to not be so touchy, as to communicate a feeling of distance and tension between the couple. We did that for about 10 minutes, then we went back to normal. Before we actually started shooting, the photographer said a lot of times that there will not be any sort of intimate pictures or kissing. The other model obviously did not hear that and started try to kiss me on set, after multiple times of the photographer saying stop, she finally stopped. Everyone was completely shocked at what she had done, she has made everyone feel uncomfortable including me. I think that my mistake there was that I didn’t stand up for myself and tell her to stop, instead I just leaned out avoiding the kiss. That was my biggest mistake, from then on, any shoot that I was not comfortable with, I spoke up.
Naftali ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I always first ask them what type of shoot it is going to be. Once that is done I like to sit down with the photographer to find out the inspiration for the shoot. Once I know the inspiration, I use that inspiration during the shoot so the pictures come out exactly how the client had in mind.
Please tell us Naftali , about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Honestly I have not many many hard shoots where I had to be too strategic. A lot of times it’s resourceful rather than strategic. There was this one time I was shooting with another model and we were doing 3/4 shots. We couldn’t get the shadow out of her face unless she was standing half on and half off of a pile of bricks. So I took off my shirt and bent my back so I was the same height as the bricks and had he stand on my back and on the pile in order to get the perfect shot. I’ll honestly do anything to get the perfect shot for me and for a fellow model.
Naftali , please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I work in the auditing department if a company that owns a lot of nursing homes. At work, like every work, there is a hierarchy so to speak. My boss did not realize that not giving a lunch break and instead having. Is eat while we worked made us less productive. So after a few weeks of that happening, I approached him with a whole study on concentration and eating. I spoke with respect and showed him respect even though he was completely wrong. Ultimately, he realized that people need a proper lunch break in order to eat and regroup.
Naftali please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
I was at a meal once with the assistant editor of allthingshair.com. We came to taking about my modeling career and she asked me if I also hair model and I said yes. Right then we had an interview and picked out some pictures and within a few days I was featured on their website, honestly that was my proudest moment because it was so random and by such amazing timing that we crossed paths.
Naftali , please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Like I said before about where I let the other model stand on my back in order to get the best picture. It was extremely exciting because I helped create a moment that will last forever. The picture made everyone involved in the shoot extremely happy and that is why it was so exciting because I got to help another friend and make everyone at the shoot happy.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Model?
Just keep pushing and never let the answer No hold you back. You won’t be getting every job you want, but be persistent and keep practicing and getting better at your craft and you will be noticed.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Honestly I’ll do any sort of collaboration. I love the job so Ill do Time For Photos, for hair modeling I’ll take hair product instead of pay sometimes, I’ll take clothing for pay if it’s for a clothing brand, or I’ll take good old fashioned money. Every few weeks I set aside time to do Time For Photos shoot with beginner models so I can help them start off their careers.
Now for the best part Naftali ! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Cover 1: photographer Donny Treisman firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover 2: Photographer Ariel Ross email@example.com
Photo 1: Photographer Avi Berkman. firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo 3&4: photographer Shelby Bowman email@example.com
Photo 2: photographer Aliza
Photo 5&6: Photographer
Photo 7,9,10: Avi Berkman (email above)
Photo 8: Photographer Dani Treisman (email above)