Samantha Van Sickle
I'm a recent graduate from Florida State University with a major in Digital Media Production and minors in Business and Psychology. During my studies, I worked mostly as a video producer and actor. I've always had an interest in modeling as well. Before I went to college, I had the opportunity to work with Aveda as a runway model for one of their shows. My experience with them inspired me to continue my pursuit as an aspiring actress/producer/model.
My background as an actress helps me to connect to the emotion the photographer wants to be photographed. There's an energy associated with fashion, and as a model, you have to tune into it and adjust your face and body accordingly.
My experience behind the camera also gives me an advantage as a model because I have a better idea of what the photographers are looking for.
I know that one of the first things you're supposed to do as a model is to create your "style", but part of what makes me stand out is that my style is very adaptive. I suppose that could be because of my acting background-- I connect with a lot of different personality types, and what better way to show personality than through fashion?
I'm looking forward to continuing my work as a model and am curious what the future has in store.
Samantha Van Sickle specializes in
Fashion and Editorial
Our readers would love to get to know you more Samantha. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I believe that my interests in acting and producing, in addition to modeling make me unique. It’s given me a wider perspective on everything that goes on during a shoot. I also have a quirky personality that sometimes comes out in my fashion choices. Also, very random fact, but my eyes change color from grey to blue to green, depending on my surroundings.
Samantha, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passions and aspirations include writing, producing, and acting in my television show. I think it’s incredible how the industry allows you to pursue more than one dream at a time—everything sort of correlates to each other. Modeling is a big part of the publicity for the TV and film industry. I want to use my talents as a model to convey characters and get people excited about what is coming out. I also want to work as a model for some of my favorite brands. I love fashion modeling now that I’ve gotten more experience with it.
I started as a model when I was invited to model for Aveda. Now I am seeking work with as many connections that I can and am eager to keep building my portfolio.
Who is your inspiration in life Samantha? How do you keep inspired?
I have several inspirations in life. Margot Robbie, Blake Lively, and Tina Fey inspire me because they’ve proved that you can be beautiful, talented, and capable of not only acting in a production but producing it as well. Martha Hunt, Hailey Baldwin, and Gigi Hadid inspire me with their modeling talent and impeccable style. They consume a lot of my Pinterest boards!
We all make mistakes Samantha; 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.
One thing that I am still learning is to be more fearless when it comes to movement in photos. During my shoot with Cold Feet Films in Atlanta, I took some great stationary shots, but my absolute favorite picture was of me flipping my hair back and kicking up my leg. I wish I had done more photos with movement because it adds an unmistakable dynamic to the photo, bringing it to life.
Samantha , 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?
Luckily, I have spent uncountable hours on sets, working with large groups of people. Since I’ve been not only in front of but behind the camera as well, I have a deeper respect and understanding for the director and crew. I prioritize my client’s needs by respecting the hierarchy on set. Always listen to the director and photographer first. Do everything they ask promptly and look out for opportunities to help if you can.
Please tell us, Samantha, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Recently, I worked with Cold Feet Films and got to style myself for the shoot. This meant I needed to strategize because, being a recent college graduate, I didn’t exactly have a lot of money to put down on outfits. I spent three days going through some of my favorite online shopping websites (Missguided and MakeMeChic) and pieced together about 3-4 outfits that were very affordable yet stylish. The results were well worth the time it took to strategize.
Samantha, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
For the same CFF shoot, I was wearing a white dress for some of the shots and wanted to use a white background. At first, the crew was against the idea... I mean, white on white is usually not a good look. But then I explained that I wanted to light the background with pink gels to make the set look sort of mod and give a pop of color. They turned out to be some of our favorites, and they were happy with how they turned out.
Samantha, 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 with share to everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest professional accomplishment as a model is my ability to say that I am a model. I know that probably is surprising, but it is a big deal to me that I have managed to step out of my comfort zone and eliminate any self-doubt. It’s nerve-wracking to come out of college and be faced with the decision of what you want to do with your life. Some people have the same dreams and aspirations that I do, but they never act on them because they’re too frightened of judgment or failure. In my opinion, the only failure is not giving it a try. I’m confident that I am where I am supposed to be, and confidence is contagious. If you are confident in your abilities, people around you can sense that and will be confident in you as well. Self-doubt, on the other hand, is also contagious… but it’s a plague. No one wants it around because they will doubt you as well.
Samantha, 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 got to work directly with the crew from CFF to create the lighting for our set. I picked out pictures for inspiration, and we brainstormed how to recreate the look. One of the shots I loved had a black background with a light beaming behind the model with smoke hovering in front of it. We had to get creative with this to accomplish the same look. We used a black backdrop with a backlight and ended up clapping baby powder in the air to give the illusion of fog. It was such a funny experience, and I ended up with baby powder all over the back of my dress, but the results were worth it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
If you want to be successful as a model you have to be 100% okay with who you are and what you look like. There will always be someone out there that you think is “prettier” than you. You can appreciate the beauty in others, but you need to recognize the beauty within your soul. A pretty face may get you somewhere, but a pretty spirit will get you much farther. People don’t want to work with models that are constantly comparing themselves to others. Make a name for yourself and focus on creating your best you.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I have always wanted to work with brands like Urban Outfitters, Free People, Quay, and American Eagle/Aerie. I would love to collaborate with any brands that think I can portray their style.
Now for the best part Samantha! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Cold Feet Films @coldfeetfilms
Photographer: Kiana Govind @kianagovind