Carmina Cotfas

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Carmina Cotfas

@olimpia_carminaa

https://www.facebook.com/olimpiacarmina.cotfas

Country

Romania

State / Region

T’¢rgu Mure_È

Model

ABOUT

I consider myself a very open, friendly and communicative person.
What I think it's different in my services aside from the others in the range of emotions I can show during a photo shoot, commercial and so on, which means I can adjust myself based on the requests of the designer or client.

Carmina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?

I first started as a model in 2016, at 15 years old, when I signed with a model agency, City Models Cluj. I began having a photoshoot with them, and then after taking part in my first Miss Contest, Miss & Mister T’¢rgu Mure_È 2016, I also began having catwalk shows.

Soon I began collaborating with the designers I've modelled for before, took part in more miss contests, and this is how I got where I am now.

Aside from modelling, I plan to obtain a PhD in history.

Who is your inspiration in life Carmina? How do you stay inspired as a Model?

I stay inspired as a model by watching other big models and their experiences, commercials and backstage videos. This is how I learn from them, but catwalk shows are also inspiring for me. My role model is currently Kendall Jenner, Miranda Kerr, Cindy Crawford and Gigi Hadid.

We all make mistakes Carmina; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?

One mistake I wish I could take back would be my reticence towards modelling back when I started. I wish I would have taken advantage of the fact that I was younger and that I was (and still am) so good-looking. I wish I wouldn't have bordered myself.

Carmina, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?

In terms of working with clients, I can say I am very attentive, hard working, friendly, open and respectful. I can also adjust to many settings, and I am always opened towards trying something new.

Please tell us, Carmina, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?

Well, for me, family comes first. Then comes work, aside with social life and friends. I always make some time for every part and try not to leave anything behind.

Carmina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.

It was about a photo shooting when the designer wanted me to smile while taking photos. I completely agreed, since the clothes were traditional ones, and you couldn't just stare into the camera and not show any emotion at all.
Anyway, the photographer didn't think that way. Right after we started the photo session, I began smiling and playing around, showing naturalness, just like the client wanted, and he instantly stopped me. He said smiling would crunch my face and show wrinkles, and that it didn't look good.

Since I didn't agree to him, I suggested we should have a discussion on this subject and to ask for others opinions too. (I would have asked for the help of the designer, but she was too shy for that).
We had a nice and calm talk and finally agreed to have both photo styles: me smiling, and me not smiling. Both looked great in the end, and everybody was happy.

Carmina, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.

As a model, I am proud of the way I progressed in only 2 and a half years. I went from a shy and not known model to one who is present anywhere, who is asked for in catwalk shows and that makes me happy. What I mean is that I feel like my hard work planning events and practising my walk and poses pays off.

Carmina, 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 a creative person myself, so I don't have difficulties with that.
Most recently I can say I was creative, on a catwalk show, while modelling for a dresses designer. Of course, she asked us to be feminine, not too excited and to look calm and collected. It was a catwalk show for Women's day. I remember I was wearing this long silky dress, very vaporous and dreamy, and I told myself I couldn't just walk around with that beautiful piece. So I asked the designer for permission and when she said yes, I walked out playing with the dress, smiling and looking happy. She was very satisfied with my performance, and since then we kept in touch well.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

The best advice I could give is to remind them always to be themselves. If you feel uncomfortable, speak up, if you have problems, speak up, if you enjoy it, tell them.
Never restrain yourself from doing what you love.

Photo Credits:

Photographers: Adrian Marin (2 photos) Manuel Marin (1 photo), Alexandru Ionesi (2 photos), Alin Panaite (2 photos) and Narcis Moraru (2 photos)