Eight (8) is 29 years young …
And old, with ageless expressive hazel eyes … They always seems to be telling stories …
She sports her pretty brunette head of long hair on a very long leggy, ugly duckling turned swanishly beautiful size 4 figure.
Eight can often be seen holding her lithe 134 lbs, 5’10” framed body in anthropomorphic twists that draws my eyes and ropes me in …
You know me. Roped in, I had to ask Eight, aka 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 for you counters, to do an interview for us. She graciously said yes.
“As you can see, I have stories behind each image …
I am an actress from LA and moved to Austin in January of 2011 due to the strikes.
I am 1st a foremost an actor. When the WGA and the SAG strikes hit Hollywood work was REALLY hard to find and I found myself not able to pay my bills … So I looked for a place that was similar to LA … where I could still hone my craft and pay my bills off.
Austin is where I ended up.
That’s when I started modeling. So, my entire portfolio is from 2011.
I am not looking for a permanent career in modeling.
Modeling is a vehicle to keep my acting skills sharp. So that I’m ready when my opportunity to be in films comes.
I firmly believe in preparation and am always striving to keep my art as unencumbered as possible.
Talent will only get you so far.
Preparation is the engine that drives my goals forward until my dreams are realized.
Till then, I am careful to be sure that I work damn hard to keep that engine finely tuned and not let my dreams get lost in the mundane necessities of life – like paying my bills.
The industry in LA is extremely competitive. I was taught for several years by the top acting coach in Los Angeles that no matter how much I am being paid, I am a professional.
Being a professional meant that you were always reliable, on time and were ready to go at your call time.
I brought this work ethic into my modeling when I arrived in Austin.
As a creative person, I needed to find a creative outlet and started modeling as modeling was the first thing that fell into my lap through a casting on Model Mayhem.
From my time in LA, I knew how important networking was and that I needed to build my portfolio.
I spent hours researching photographers trying to find the ones that I wanted to work with. When I did I simply messaged them and ask to work with me.
When you do good work and are reliable, word gets around.
The more work I did, the more word got around about me.
For a solid three months I had a shoot every day with a few days off. It got to the point where work was generating itself.
To get ready for a photo shoot, I start with the wardrobe.
When you wear amazing clothes it changes you. It makes your body feel and move differently.
So the first place I start is the clothing.
Once I’m on set, I take the time when in make up to relax.
Depending on what we are shooting would depend on my preparation while in make up.
I mostly make sure that I relax.
I can’t tell you how important it is in photography to be confident and relaxed in front of the camera.
I also want to be sure to have some time to connect with the photographer before we start working together.
The connection between photog and model is vital to good work.
Once hair and make up are done, both me and the photographer are ready.
I don’t have any go to make up products. My main thing is moisture and sunscreen.
I make it a point not to spend a lot of time thinking about make up.
The reason is in the vast number of photo shoots that I have been in and will be in there is such a huge variety of make up that will be applied to my skin.
My job is to take care of my skin and keep it clean and clear.
My favorite accessories are elaborate pieces of art.
I now know several amazing jewelry designers and milliners that I absolutely love working with.
There is nothing that makes me feel more beautiful than wearing a beautiful piece of art.
You can see the pieces throughout my portfolio.
Several of the artists have become my friends and have taught me how to make my own jewelry. I actually started to design my own accessories.
My favorite make up I must admit is high fashion make up. I love how elaborate and out of this world it is.
It transforms me into someone else which informs and inspires how I will model during the shoot.
I love things that inspire me and beautiful make up certainly does.
Like everyone starting out, I did a lot of TF shoots.
Even though I was doing TF I stuck to what I was comfortable with.
I didn’t do nudes and stayed away from violent images.
Now I do both paid and TF shoots.
The TF shoots I do are extremely limited and are mostly concepts that include an amazing photog that I have already worked with and a concept that we have developed together.
The way to become a full time paid model is to first be in a place where you can make a living at it.
Austin isn’t that place.
I’m under no delusions of becoming a famous model here.
If someone is looking to become a model as a living they must move to either LA or New York.
Austin is a good place to build your portfolio and there are some pretty amazing photogs here.
My advise to anyone that asks me is to build the strongest portfolio they can and then send it to agencies in New York and LA.
Move when a good agency takes you on as a client.
Until then work, save money and get the best damn portfolio anyone has seen. The doors will open for you- trust me.
I’ve had a lot of people compliment me on my poses. The truth is, none of my poses are conscious.
I always move and stop when something feels right.
Photographers will often find me moving around a lot and when I stop, that’s when they shoot.
I am very flexible so that helps in the extreme poses.
My preference on set is to have music.
Music moves me into a place where I am out of my head and I flow with whatever inspiration comes into my head. I learned to do this as an actress and it has always served me.
My advice to aspiring photographers is to not have everything planned. Many of the best shots in my portfolio happened by complete surprise.
I have worked with brilliant photographers that like to control every aspect of the image they are taking and though they have turned out great they aren’t the spark of genius the unplanned images are.
My advice to aspiring models is first and foremost be a professional.
In my experience in the independent side of modeling, independent models are the most unprofessional flaky group I have ever met. This pisses me off.
Where is your passion for what you do?
Independent actors work just as hard as the professionals and don’t get paid many times. Yet they remain punctual, prepared, and are extremely dedicated to their craft.
Modeling isn’t about being a pretty face, it’s about creating an effective photo that says something.
I like my name to be 8. The reason I spell it out is that when I put 8 people get confused so I have resorted to “Eight”.
There is so much that goes into the number 8 … Turned on its side it is the symbol of eternity. The star key on the keyboard is number 8. 8 is the number of new beginnings. The figure 8 is the shape of a woman … So many good things begin and end with 8 …
Be about telling a story, create a character. Let it make you great!”
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