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I have always thought to myself, how could I possibly be just one thing? That doesn't seem fair; I want to be everything. I want to have a voice in as many forms as possible. To me, communication is the ultimate skill to improve continuously. I have used painting, drawing, writing, film, photography, and performance as a means of personal/social expression over the years. It is satisfying and fulfilling for me to convey something without the use of language. I believe I have a fresh perspective and vision for the world I am a part of, and I would l love to implement my vision into everything I create and share it with as many people who will listen.
Carly, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
I started modeling when I was 19, and honestly, I was insecure about putting myself in front of a camera. But I quickly grew more comfortable, and the expression came much easier, now I find it easy to be myself and put myself out there, I know I'm capable of achieving what I want with hard work.
Who is your inspiration in life, Carly? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
The world inspires me and everything in it: the everyday lives of people, the places, the uniqueness subtleties In everything, the loudness and the emotion. There is so much inspiration; it's not necessarily where to look but how to look for it. I stay inspired to model because it is a way to convey emotion, a way to relate to people easily, it is art, and that is an achievement to me.
We all make mistakes, Carly; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I know we all make mistakes and believe me I've made quite the collection of them. Some mistakes can feel so hard to live with sometimes, but I try to keep in mind I AM living with them, every day. I survived them; I am still here. I have gained a lifetime of experience from the short time that I have been here. I am grateful for the wisdom, though it may come painfully. Mistakes would be a part of living if no one made any mistakes life would lack art.
Carly, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I love working with people; it's very exciting to see others and their skills/passions at work. I am a professional, communicative, and understanding when working with clients. I greatly appreciate mutual respect among people no matter who they are, where they are from, or who they seem to be. Humility and kindness go a long way in any relationship.
Please tell us, Carly, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?
I like to prioritize my family above most things; friends are also very important to me. I also want to be able to remain satisfied and fulfilled doing the work that I do. It's important to keep those who support you close to you. I try to maintain all these areas in my life in a balanced way. I want to make sure everyone is happy, including myself.
Carly, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I am all about efficiency and practicality, especially in the workplace. If I see that something isn't working as well as it could, I immediately begin brainstorming different possibilities. Once a few months ago, I was filming a short film in which I coordinated and directed and acted in. I was getting suggestions from my friend who was assisting in operating the camera, and I listened to him and acknowledged his idea, but I explained how even a small change could alter the whole mood of the film. The message/emotion is one of the most important qualities of a work, and it is best to maintain that throughout the whole process.
Carly, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
I did a swimsuit shoot with Craig Stidham, and the shots turned out incredible. The emotion and vulnerability in the shots were so beautiful and genuine. After the shoot, he sent a few of them to retoucher Alena Zolotnikova, whose work is internationally published. She has retouched photos for Cosmopolitan, Paper Magazine, Vogue, KKW Fragrance campaign with Kim Kardashian, etc. it felt pretty cool that she retouched a couple of my shots with Craig, I was surprised that he sent them to her, It was a proud moment for myself.
Carly, 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 am able to be creative with my work every day. I always need to make time for myself to express in some way. It can be difficult some days when I have a block, usually because of stress or life situations. Taking a moment away from everything else to create is my sanctuary in this world. Creativity can often be accompanied by difficulty, but that only makes me push myself more.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Communication is key; the model needs to understand the photographer and vise versa for a concept to be truly brought to life. It is an art, and having a passion for art will greatly affect the final product. Meeting people and establishing connections with those who share the same passions and visions is extraordinarily helpful in the success of working professionally in photography and modeling.
\@craigstidham @retouch_az (retoucher on black and white swim photo) @carlyelise_foxx