Right now I’m going to Texas Tech for my BFA in graphic design. I’ve been working in graphic design for about seven years now. To keep me active I was on the dance team all four years of high school. Now I bodybuild and model for art students. Collectively this has made me extremely aware of my body and body language.
I have a real appreciation for creative teams that drive ideas that are far outside of the norm and innovate the fashion/art world, even if they’re not received well after publishing. That’s because I feel as though those aren’t received well now will be the hot new seasonal trend sometime in the next decade.
I love modelling because it joins the creative side of me with the physical side of me and allows me to become a tool for art.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Kris. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I’m extremely independent and head strong. I never let anyone decide what’s going to happen in my life for me.
Kris, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
All in all my aspiration is to create art and be part of it. I hope to model as long as I can and retire from it eventually to be a graphic designer. I started modelling my first semester of college when my fellow art students needed a subject to sketch, paint, sculpt, etc.
Who is your inspiration in life Kris? How do you keep inspired?
I feel as though finding inspiration from others isn’t a smart idea because you never know when that spark that they gave you may disappear. I say it’s smart to find inspiration from yourself because that’s something you can always control
We all make mistakes Kris; 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 model in my underwear so students can get a better idea of how my body is positioned. I had one student who had taken the liberty to paint me full frontal in what he imagined was me naked. He then went on to enter this painting into an exhibition competition. I wasn’t aware of any of this until it was brought to my attention by a classmate. I immediately told the student to take it down, that he didn’t have my permission to do that, and the gallery tried to take his side. I had to get professors and department heads involved to get it taken down. Retrospectively I should have taken the issue to the dean right away instead of confronting the student.
Kris, 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 by focusing on one client at a time in a chronological order in which they approached me. This makes everything fair and even.
Please tell us, Kris, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
There have been times where I’ve woken up late and unprepared for the day. My solution is to grab everything I need to get fully ready for me and multitask throughout the day to reach my priorities.
Kris, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
There was a student who was struggling with leaving a drawing half finished or adding all of the little details. I convinced her that the details are the things that people savour when they look at a piece of art and that she should do it. She took my advice and was able to sell her piece on the same day she finished it
Kris, 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 is when students tell me I’m their favourite model because my poses are dynamic and interesting.
Kris, 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’m given full control of my posing almost every time I model, and so it’s exciting to experiment with what shape my body can take on, what poses give depth, what poses are interesting, what poses are flat, what poses express what emotion, and so on
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Get comfortable with who you are then confident in who you are. From there the rest is hard work and patience
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I’d love to work with fashion designers, photographers, brands, other models, and any other type of artist with creative ideas.
Now for the best part Kris! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.