Thank you for agreeing to interview for our online magazine! Please send your CV along with portfolio pictures! Keep your answers short & fun. Here are your questions:
- Do you think you are beautiful/handsome? What would you like to change?
I used to despise being tall – I was taller than everyone I knew, even my friends’ parents! I’m glad I didn’t change that though, it ended up being helpful for the runway.
I’m much more confident in my appearance now – my biggest struggle is my dry skin – stay moisturized, my friends!
- What are your goals as a model? Who is your role model?
To enjoy myself, learn more about fashion, and meet people. Cameron Russell, because she’s smart and motivated to help others. Watch her Ted Talk.
- Have you attended fashion modeling courses?
Yes, through my agency. It was very helpful and allowed me a chance to get feedback without bombing auditions.
- Most challenging photo shoot/fashion show?
2013 Fall Fashion Week in NYC. The show was running three hours behind (seriously, we were supposed to walk at 8 pm and it was almost 11 pm when I walked). I didn’t realize how hungry and tired I was and almost passed out during the press conference afterward.
- Out about town vs. runway… The difference? Are you always posing?
Yes! The difference is I have to dress myself and my makeup never looks as good.
- Beauty secrets?
Not a secret really, but I recommend learning what makes you feel unwell (salty foods, dairy, etc.) and making sure to avoid those before a shoot or a show. Bring your own food or go to the grocery store if you are traveling, so you won’t have to eat out.
- Health habits? Diet / Exercise…
I try to set weekly or monthly goals for exercise (ie. “I will go X number of times this week”), and make that goal achievable, even on a busy week. Also, have a few “go-to” exercises you can do if you are traveling or unable to get to the gym. For diet, I think it’s different for everybody, but for me, I know I feel better when I’m eating low (or no) processed carbohydrates. I’m not giving up apples though!
- Work ethics?
Set your boundaries, and then do everything that you are asked until it pushes a boundary. For example, if you go to school during the week and can only model on weekends, make the weekends as free as possible for your work. But don’t skip school if that is more important. Also, think about the client’s wants prior to auditioning. If you don’t eat meat, but you’re auditioning for a print ad advertising hamburgers, you will probably turn that role down. Think about these kinds of situations before they come up, so you can save you (and the client’s) time.
- Your most unique quality/attribute the none of your peers have is…
In modeling, many people will tell you how replaceable you are. This is hurtful to a lot of models, and they try to be everything, to avoid being replaced. They feel like they have to lose weight or have a curvy body, or have curly or straight hair just because that’s what the client is looking for. I found the concept of being replaceable quite freeing. If I wasn’t what the client wanted, they would find someone else. I don’t have to change myself, I just need to find the right client.
- When not on the ramp, you are…
Working with a team of talented healthcare professionals, or studying for my MBA.
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– Pratik Mamtora
Pratik Mamtora was born & raised in India. He has lived in London, United Kingdom for three years & absolutely loved it there. Pratik has a Bachelor’s in English from India and Master’s (ABD) from UNA. He loves to read and write, especially poetry. Pratik enjoys coffee & conversation and is passionate about serving the community. He invests himself in understanding the needs of the modern world and the evolving spirituality within. Pratik is known to walk that extra mile to make others happy. If you ever meet… or when you meet him, Pratik will make you smile.