Quirky and mischievous, you'll find me juxtaposed between the arts and sciences, fantasy and reality, a figment, a fissure, a silhouette of sweetness peeking behind an extroverted spark. I'm a financial consultant for breweries, a makeup artist, a pragmatic, analytical thinker and an empathetic creative all rolled into one. My love of latex couture, coupled with feathers upon feathers of luxury, is prominent in the technicolour world I help create.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Audra. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
No one expects an accountant to be an extroverted model. I merge the left brain with the right to constantly keep people on their toes.
Audra, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I want to provide the tools and knowledge for small businesses and artists to not only survive, but also thrive. I started out as a kid runway model due to my opera singing mom getting me into modeling to get over my shyness.
Who is your inspiration in life Audra? How do you keep inspired?
My mom is my biggest inspiration. I stay inspired by my boundless curiosity and love of play. I act decades younger than my chronological age. That won't ever change!
We all make mistakes Audra; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I wish I would have communicated my limits more explicitly with photographers who tried to take advantage of my openness.
Audra , 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 use project management software like Asana and Basecamp for scheduling and face time. Aside from that, I utilize my strong time management skills and Excel workbooks to ensure I deliver on all my promises.
Please tell us, Audra, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I had to plan my global trips with my "day job" work schedule in mind about a year ahead of time. That can get tricky without project management. Scheduling isn't something to fly from the seat of your pants. Agreements need to be crafted. Expectations communicated explicitly. Allow yourself as much time as you can to plan, sometimes more, than to execute those plans.
Audra, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Using compelling, empathetic language and a well-thought-out workbook backed by numbers delivers a 1-2 punch balance of the rational, logical argument with the emotional intangibles. You must show how the outcome benefits the one you're trying to convince.
Audra, 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 with everyone. What is it and why?
Landing the cover of Secret Magazine out of Belgium. It was their very first colour cover in their 28-issue history, and it was an image that was a powerful collaboration with one of my favourite photographers and people.
Audra, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I had a makeup artist call out sick for a shoot with less than an hour before call time. I didn't have my full kit with me (this was a shoot across the country from where I lived), but I had eyeliner and mascara. There was a craft store across the street and not much else. So in a pinch, I ran over there and bought all sorts of sequins, glitter and scrapbook items to create looks with a strong editorial feel. We adapted the shoot from glamour to high key editorial (think of the old days of Zink Magazine), and our results were more creative than we could have imagined possible!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Know and communicate your limits. Have model agreements for all your shoots, including TFP, so that you understand your usage rights, and compensation is explicitly stated. Never consider a photographer "out of your league"; ASK if you want to collaborate!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm always looking to collaborate with clothing designers, brands, and other creatives. I'm merely a vessel to help bring your creations to the next level.
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