Ten Things You Don’t Know About Me…

…And probably don’t care about anyway.

Working on set has provided me ample opportunity to get to know all sorts of things about the other people present. The modeling industry is (amoung other things) a fascinating world and one of the aspects I enjoy the most about it is getting a rare cross-section look into the lives of others, as one often finds themselves becoming rather intimate with the people on set fairly quickly.

I really, really enjoyed him, despite my decidedly sour expression.

I really, really enjoyed him, despite my decidedly sour expression.

I have yet to decide if this is due to the personalities that are attracted to this lifestyle or whether it can be attributed to the fact that conversation naturally flows when someone’s hands are all up in your business and their face is about two inches from your own as they apply, with painstaking precision, my black winged eyeliner. I think it’s a combination of both.

So, without further ado, here is a list of ten facts about me that people in the biz often find shocking and/or interesting when revealed.

1.) I apprenticed to be a marine mechanic and continue to work with my hands constantly. Embarrassingly, this is usually revealed when the perma-grease on my hands is made apparent.

2.) I don’t live in a city and I never will. This has had its ups and downs over my career as a model: on one hand I can pull work from different markets as I live within commuting distance of a few cities, but on the other hand, it’s rarely (if ever) practical for me to drive all the way into the city to attend a random casting or fitting. I fully accept the positives and negatives of my living situation.

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3.) I will never, ever say no to a coffee.

4.) I have a few tattoos but they are (kind of) well hidden. If, for some reason, they are revealed during the shoot and the photographer/editor leaves them in the final shot I always smile. Although I never expect this is the least.

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Recent work for Oil and Sugar – can you spot the tat?

5.) I ride a motorcycle almost everywhere when I’m around home. In fact, I’m still riding on the warmer days and will continue to do so until it becomes dangerous or until I can drive my snowmobile instead.

6.) I have an older brother and a younger sister and they are not involved in any way, shape or form with the modeling industry. In fact, we don’t discuss it back home. Ever, really.

7.) One of my main passions in life is travel. Usually the people I meet in this industry are also really into discussing this subject and have traveled extensively themselves, so that makes for plenty of interesting conversation. I was thinking about the work/travel connection yesterday because a friend asked me whether I travel mostly for work or for fun. I realized that the answer is both, and that I am pretty damn lucky to have a job that allows me to do so.

If there's one thing I love, it's Germany in the winter.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s Germany in the winter.

8.) I used to be a fairly high-level snowboarder and badminton player but had to give it up due to a torn ACL/MCL/LCL that is still awaiting surgery. I have definitely plans to get back into competitive snowboarding when said surgery finally materializes.

9.) I once ran for Miss Canada. I really, truly only did it for the $10,000 in scholarship money that the winner received. Unfortunately, I have nothing particularly good to say about the competition itself (although I hear that it has since changed for the better) but many (not all) of the other girls were truly fabulous individuals and I remember that part fondly.

10.) I grew up/currently live on the lake and could never not be on a body of water. I gravitate towards it wherever I go.

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Stuff I Get Asked

Common questions that are asked once it is made apparent that I model = something that I’ve been meaning to blog about for quite some time now. So since I’m chillin’ like a villain on the lake at the moment with nowhere else to be (other than getting something productive done, like wood splitting), I figured there was no time like the present to answer said questions once and for all. And in a public forum, no less!

Now, some of said inquiries are more irksome than others – please don’t take offence if you have asked either myself or someone else any of the following. Unless it’s number 6….or number 8. And usually number 10.

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1.) “You’re a model?! Who do you model for??”

(I don’t really understand this question because I’m not sure what it really means. Is the person asking which agency or which companies I have appeared in pictures for? So I generally just answer both).

I am currently freelance but I was with a few different agencies in the past. In terms of companies, I usually throw out something sorta smart-assey, like “whoever wants to pay me” (it’s TRUE!) Such companies include everything from bigger names that everyone has heard of like The Bay, Mac and Chanel as well as more random ones, like active wear brands from Turkey and bridal gown chains from pretty much everywhere.

2.) “Wow – are your parents/friends/boyfriends/whomever soooo proud of you? They must love it!”

(I always feel guilty when I answer this one because I don’t want to let the ask-ee down or make them feel bad)…

The people in my life couldn’t care less about the modeling. In fact, until earlier this year, my parents thought that I was working for a car company when they found out that I was repped by Ford in the past. No, seriously. It’s not that they aren’t proud of me, but modeling is just another job to the myself and the people in my life. Near as I can figure, they are happy with whatever I do, as long as I am happy. Damn…I’m getting all after-school special on you now.

3.) “Do you LOVE it?”

(Another guilt inducing question)

It’s ok. It’s a job. Better for me than a 9 to 5.

4.) “So, do you do RUNWAY?!?”

Yep. But not so much anymore ’cause it doesn’t usually pay well/at all. And free clothes are great but they sure as shit don’t pay the mortgage.

4.5) “Really?!? I would have thought that runway paid the most!!!”

Not in my experience, nope. I could elaborate, but I won’t.

5.) “How tall are you? ‘Cause you’re suuuuuper tall. The modeling world must LOVE that!”

5’11” and change (I hesitate to say six feet). It’s not so great, really. Especially in Toronto and Montreal. 5’9″ is fine because then you’re not looking like a giant when you do shots with other models. Clients don’t want you to stand out and being a good three inches taller than the other girls (and/or the same height/taller than guys without heels) is not the look they are going for. Plus, clothes really aren’t designed for folks of my stature; even some of the garments from the sample rack.

6.) “So do people ever tell you stuff about your body?”

Are you calling me fat?

7.) “Do you find the lifestyle crazy? Is there a lot of sex and coke?”

I don’t know – I go back home to the lake immediately after every job because I don’t care for the city. No offence – the city is fine – it just ain’t for me.

8.) “Have you ever had to do anything, you know, kind of sleezy to get a job?”

Like, a casting couch?!? What kind of question is that? None of your beeswax.

And NO!

9.) “So, do people tell you how to keep your hair and make you stay a certain size?”

Yep, pretty much. I’ve had to keep my hair long and blonde throughout my career because that is what clients expect of me now and I try to keep my portfolio consistent. When I was with agencies, they would stipulate what a client could/could not do to my person. And yes, I need to stay a 2/4 so that I can continue to squeeze my misshapen hulk into a sample size. And I would be healthy (eat properly/work out) even if I wasn’t modeling anyhow.

10.) “So can you hook me up with your connections? I wanna model.”

No, I really cannot. I’m sorry. It’s not that I’m trying to be mean…it’s just that my opinion or “assistance” really isn’t worth squat to anyone. Either you have a look that someone is interested in or not, and only a decent agency can answer that question for you. I’d be happy to point out which agencies have good reputations and get their models work but that is the extent of help that I can offer. Good luck!

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And on another note, here are some new photos! They were all shot by the talented Stephanie Lipp and styled by the one and only Tasha Farrington at Pretty Deadly Stylz. The hair and make-up were done by the fabulous Linda Radan. Enjoy.

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Goodtimes in Yellowknife

So…a fantastic photographer that I shot with a few weeks ago was kind enough to point out to me that I hadn’t concocted a new blog post since November. Well, I how have the wifi (that’s WHIFF-FHEE) installed at the house so I figured that there’d be no day like today to update. Plus, I’m off.

Recently I flew to Yellowknife for several days to take part in the filming of an upcoming episode of Ice Pilots (www.icepilots.com). I was lucky (crazy??) enough to don snowshoes for the Frostbite 45 Marathon with some amazing folks from the Northwest Territories. Suffice it to say that I was more than a little nervous going into the big race because I had never really snowshoe-d in my life and the cold weather was something that, as a relative “southerner”, I frankly wasn’t used to. 

I’m going to be a jerk and withhold getting into specifics about how the team did and what else went down in the land of the midnight sun, but that’s part of the fun in waiting for the episode to air anyway (date TBA). And hey, if I’m writing this now it’s a pretty good indication that I survived.

         

NWT was absolutely, stunningly, spectacularly beautiful and the people were truly amoung the nicest I have ever met. A special “thank you” to my fabulous host, Mikey McBryan (as well as the whole McBryan clan – you were amazing!), the entire production team and everyone else who I came across in the town of Yellowknife (except for the hecklers who followed me around calling me “Paris” one day).

I will be back.

 

 

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Kingston

What do Harlequin romance novels and music videos have in common??

Are you stumped?

They are both shot in beautiful Kingston, ON…as it were.

It was my honour to have to opportunity to work with a couple of talented teams on several shoots recently in the K-Towne area. Now, for those of you who are lucky enough not to know me personally, Kingston is the city that I always tell people who hail from larger cities (ie. Montreal, Toronto, Munich et. al.) I’m from when they first meet me. ***Full disclosure: I kind of am from the K-Dot but way, way, waaaaaay in the outskirts outside of (not even in) a small place that no one has ever heard of.***

Anyhow, back in late summer, I was selected as the “girl” for In the Guestroom‘s new music video “Dead Doves”. The footage was shot and edited by the very talented Daniel McCully. The official launch party was on the 25th of November; I got to roll up in my aunt’s slick 80’s Cadillac, which pretty much sealed the deal of awesomeness for me. You can view the full video here: http://vimeo.com/30772552.

The romantic shoots that I alluded to earlier were with the fantastic Nikki Ormerod of Toronto. They took place on one of my favourite places in Eastern Ontario, Wolfe Island. Yes, you actually have to take a ferry out to said area – it’s even free. I highly recommend it.

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The shoots were both for the covers of two Harlequin novels that have recently hit the shelves of bookstores and assorted gas stations everywhere. I caught someone licking a copy at a Chapters in Montreal but I digress…

"Bespelling Jane Austin"

 

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The Gemini Awards

I’m baaaaaack! Sorry about the delayed absence (to those of you who noticed). I have been busier than (insert clever euphemism here) lately and haven’t had much of a chance to update the ol’ blog, despite all of the incredible things that I have wanted to write about. After careful consideration, I have decided to dedicate this post to this year’s Gemini awards, 1.) Because it was ages ago and I don’t want to forget to write about them and 2.) Because it was awesome.

Now to those of you who don’t know me personally, I was very excited to have the opportunity to attend the Awards Gala on August 31 of this year. My date was Mikey McBryan of Ice Pilots NWT fame (www.icepilots.com). I was privileged enough to wear an absolutely incredible gown by Thien Le (www.thienle.com) and have my hair and make-up done by The Hair Spot’s Palma Anshilevich and Fatima Muniz (I will write much more about these two amazing ladies in my next post).

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The red carpet

 

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The company was great, the booze was free and the show ended up getting two awards! An amazing evening.

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Hey Blondie…

I feel kind of guilty for doing this; I really, truly, honestly do. My professional life has been absolutely amazing lately – I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by amazing people and great new projects. However, there always seems to be some random ne’er do-well, cropping up out of the woodwork, who seems intent on further eroding my dwindling faith in humanity.

So I was approached by a gem of a gentleman the other day at work. Now I didn’t know this guy from a hole in the ground, but by all accounts, he seemed “professional” and of at least median intelligence. It turns out that he simply felt the need to point out that I was blonde. Yep, sure am; always have been. He then proceeded to tell several of the most offensive “blonde jokes” that I have ever been subjected to and when I failed to guffaw graciously at his “humour”, huffily walked away. The other girl who was working with me on that particular day insinuated that I was “taking it the wrong way”. This is after we had both been reassured that another, equally charming and totally random gentleman was not “going to make us think”. Apparently he felt that doing so was beyond our realm of capabilities. Hm…

A kind-of random, kind-of funny picture to break up the kind-of angry undertones of this post.

So I ask this question: if one was to approach, say, a random Jewish person and proceed to regale them with anti-Semantic jokes, would it be permissible for them to take offense to this? Or would that just be “too sensitive” of them?

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not an unreasonable person. I can joke around with the best of them. I can put up with jibes from people I know in regards to my job, hair colour, etc. However, when random people start assuming that they are welcome to take jabs at some stranger just because it makes them feel a little bit better about themselves…well, that’s an issue. At least I reckon so.

What is even more troubling is the fact that the “other girl” was genuinely apathetic to these events. I’m not asking for her to be outraged or to chase these guys down and give them the beats – just reassurance that I’m not entirely insane for being mildly insulted. Ya know?

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Where Do I Start?

Can’t believe it’s been so long since I last wrote here…time flies; you know how it goes…

So I went to Europe. It was a bit of a last-minute affair. Left on July 4 for three glorious weeks. What can I say? Drank a little (well…), walked A LOT and saw some amazing things. As usual, can’t wait to go back.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

So when I got home I eventually decided to make the way to the magazine racks to check for…ahem…*picture of myself*. It was a good month for hair, it seems. I have posted some findings below:

Celebrity Hairstyles, November 2011. Photo: Babak.

 

Celebrity Hairstyles, August 2011. Photo: Babak.
 
 
 
Hair Winners Magazine, Summer 2011. Photo: Babak.
     Haircut and Style, November 2011. Photo: Babak.
 
HairStyle Showcase Magazine, Fall 2011 & Haircut and Style Magazine, November 2011. Photo: Babak.
 
 
I apologize for the wonky captions and haphazard layout…after the twelfth time uploading those photos onto the post (yes, twelve) on DIAL-UP!!! I began to lose my marbles.
 
I will cap off this post with one last image: it is a banner that was unveiled at the NAHA’s this past July to celebrate the newly appointed Editorial Stylist of the Year, Amy Freudenberg. It is still one of my favourite photo shoots to date (with the fabulous Babak and Amy’s team). So congrats, all!!!
 
 
Next up: Poster/promo material shoot for Artex Clothing.
 
‘Til next time.
 
 
 

    
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