I have been modelling over a year now in the San Antonio & Austin, Texas area. Modelling has become a passion of mine. I have always been artistic, and modelling has given me another avenue in which to express that side of myself. I have done print work as well as promo videos.
I am the first USA brand model for The Perfect Shape USA, a newly launched shapewear company here in the states. I also have recently been picked up as a brand model for a new Texas clothing line (name cannot be disclosed at this time.) I will be playing the female lead in my first ever short film this summer which is something I never imagined I'd be doing but I continue to surprise myself! I am excited about all the new opportunities that are arising, and I am always looking for new ventures.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Krissy. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am full of personality, and my favourite thing to do is make someone laugh. I love making people smile and feel like I am making a difference in the world if I can make at least one person smile per day.
Krissy, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Inspiring others to love themselves as themselves is my passion and aspiration in life. The world is so focused on trying to talk you into wanting to be someone you aren't, and I want to encourage people to want to be THEM and no one else. You are great the way you are, love yourself first, and others will naturally love you for you. It has taken me a long time to get to that place myself; it is a constant struggle. I am what the modelling world calls 'curvy' 'plus' (even though I am only a size 8!) and petite because of my 'not industry standard' height. I am not the epitome of a fashion model, but I have the drive, I have the confidence, and I have the work ethic to make it. We are all just searching and waiting for our chance to prove it!
Who is your inspiration in life Krissy? How do you keep inspired?
My best friend Daniel Spinks is my inspiration. He recently passed away suddenly at the age of 33. He was the smartest person I knew. He worked hard from the time we graduated until a year ago when he finally graduated with his PhD in Political Science. He went on to be a professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. He came from a small Texas town, and he worked relentlessly to prove to everyone that he was more than just a small town kid. He had big dreams, and he never gave up on them. His drive and self-confidence inspire me to be like him and keep working towards my goals.
We all make mistakes Krissy; 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 have been fortunate enough so far not to have conflicted with a colleague during a shoot. But if that type of situation did arise, I would handle the situation cooly and calmly. I would address the issue at hand and try to work out a solution in a civil manner.
Krissy, 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?
Scheduling is key. I like to book out at least three weeks in advance in most cases. If for some reason an emergency situation comes up with a client and it requires me to rearrange my schedule I always do my best to accommodate everyone. I like to schedule in a couple of 'What If' days in my month, so if something does come up, I have open days I can offer to clients without having to move other obligations.
Please tell us, Krissy, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
When you are a model, you are always strategic. You are constantly planning for your next shoot, packing and organizing your model bag, communicating with your client in the direction of the shoot so you can come prepared. I feel like all my shoots are strategic in their way.
Krissy, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I have a natural knack for composing a great photo. I once helped the photographer completely re-stage the set with props and furniture after he had initially done it himself. I was kind and professional and asked if it was ok if I voiced my opinion on how certain pieces might look better. He was very receptive and appreciative. We made a great team.
Krissy, 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 with share to everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment is being signed as the first USA brand model for The Perfect Shape USA. I have learned so much business-wise from the company as well as made some wonderful friends.
Krissy, 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 once did a themed shoot where I was a 'damsel in distress' type. I am so not that type of girl in real life, so it was fun but difficult to portray that weak, feeble type of emotion and look. After a bit of work, I was able to connect with that role and pull it off, but it was a time when I was allowed to be creative.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Don't give up. You won't be what everyone is looking for all the time. And that is ok. Keep working towards your goals, and you will get there.
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 interested in brands, fashion talents, creatives. I am interested in learning about any and all opportunities.
Now for the best part Krissy! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Marcos Barrientos @barrientos_photography