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I got started in modeling a few years back but only for friends, nothing professional. In recent years I have come back around to it with the desire to express myself through movement/posing and also as a way to further immerse myself in the creative industries - as it's a great way to connect with other creatives.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Katherine. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have a fashion background, but it's actually on the business side and not the creative side. After working a typical 9-to-5, I found myself craving a more creative outlet where I could express myself and modeling was something I'd been considering. I finally decided to make the jump, and it's made for an interesting journey. I've found that my background in yoga has informed my movement in front of the camera, regarding bringing a heightened awareness to the positioning of the body.
Katherine, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion is an expression and the many forms it can take. I draw, sketch, design, paint, pose and write. Having outlets is a necessary part of being human and therefore being creative. There's a misconception that not all people are creative, but really, it's about finding your creative outlet. Your creativity is not someone else's.
Who is your inspiration in life Katherine? How do you keep inspired?
Taking time to appreciate the beauty of life is what re-ups my inspiration. Trees don't ask why they simply grow. Nature is filled with wonderment if you take the time to look truly.
We all make mistakes Katherine; 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.
There was a shoot that I changed my mind about wanting to do, and instead of being upfront about it, I put off the photographer and never rescheduled.
Katherine , 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 take care of myself first and foremost, because if I can't do that, then I can't deliver excellent service to my clients. Beyond that, I prioritize by urgency and always take the time to get in the right mindset for each job.
Please tell us, Katherine, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Time management is key and so is setting up a good routine. One day when I had double booked, I made sure to allow extra time between meetings just in case. Always plan for the worst.
Katherine, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
During a shoot, the photographer wanted something that I thought was a bit 'too sexy', I suggested that from the female perspective this might be the case and that maybe the shot should be more refined. He agreed as the target audience was female.
Katherine, 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?
That would be my first agency shoot - it was a pivotal moment.
Katherine, 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've been able to be more creative with my work when collaborating with friends; it's always exciting because you're crafting an image together.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
First, practice. Second, just keep shooting.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am seeking out collaborations with creatives who are interested in capturing movement and the nuances of the body, as well as brands looking for similar expression.
Photographer: Michael Webber / Leticia Valdez