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I think I'm vanilla really when it comes to 'the look' but I knew my intuitive and focused acting can break through that, I think that counts. I'm a generous actor who knows that to get to that 'moment' needs teamwork and a passion for the story. I like to take risks and learn from the outcome. I use my instinct alongside my technique and experience.
Harrington, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I love all expression, theatre, film, TV, poetry, Shakespeare... I started to write when I was sixteen, I guess as a means of escape from my dark childhood which had made me quite withdrawn. I was only any good at one thing from school, and that was art. I was forced to go to art college and later became an illustrator/graphic designer. It took me some years to realise that I needed to express myself through me. I wanted to tell stories. When I was thirty-three, I quit my design job and took a year out to travel. When I came back, I saw an ad in the local paper for drama school auditions. The rest is history as they say.
Who is your inspiration in life Harrington? How do you keep inspired?
Kind people are my inspiration in life — those who embrace and comfort others who need help and who need to be included. They inspire me to try and be more selfless. An old person sits next to me in a cafe, and I can feel them looking around wanting to start a conversation. I engage with that person and discover their amazing stories, thoughts and life. This inspires me the most.
We all make mistakes Harrington; 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 can't think of any specific answer to this question. Sorry.
Harrington, 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
I prioritise my client's needs through good listening and organisation.
Please tell us, Harrington, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I was offered a film role once at the same time as being offered a minor role on stage. I asked my then agent who helped me prioritise.
Harrington, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I can't think of anything specific for this question but what I would say is that whenever I try to persuade someone to see things my way, I listen to their suggestion first and compare.
Harrington, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was performing a monologue to the camera in front of twenty-odd students at a film and media university course open day. It was written by John Bradburn. The screen is acting with a stage audience:) I was full of cold (bad) but somehow transcended it and allowed my character to use it. I was in the moment from start to finish on all takes.
Harrington, 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'd written a stage play which I went on to direct and produce successfully at two commercial theatres. I was able to have full control of text and performance — a lot of workshopping and re-editing. Sometimes what looks good on paper does not always translate how you imagine. Good rehearsing/workshopping allowed me to develop more realistic/naturalistic characters for this. I'm never precious about my work or take myself too seriously. The whole process was exciting and difficult because of the five-strong cast which I had to earn the trust and respect of and showing the confidence to drive this project to completion.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Find your own way to success and don't copy others.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Always looking for collaboration with passionate creatives. Love working with brands from all sectors and professional teams.
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