American Hipster (inspired by the classic painting American Gothic) Eight, Model Schuy Smith, Photo by El Mercurio, Hair by Sabre

Austin Texas’ Tall Thin Leggy Model Eight (8), 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

Eight (8) is 29 years young …

American Hipster (inspired by the classic painting American Gothic) Eight, Model Schuy Smith, Photo by El Mercurio, Hair by Sabre
Joshua is one of my best friends. I not only love his work but we work really well together. We had finished doing the zombie shoot and were talking about what concept we would like to do next. I told him that I wanted to do a parity of a famous work of art like “American Gothic” but with a twist. Josh came up with the twist: Hipsters. We put a whole ensemble based on hipster gothic (using Sea of Flowers necklace). So this is our collaborative modern piece of art. I think Grant Wood would be proud.

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.

Eight, Photo by Phillip Leach Photo, MUA Bobbi Douglas, Yellow Lipstick with black lip liner, kohl eyes,
I had been wanting to work with Phillip Leach for a long time but our schedules just didn’t coordinate. Finally we were able to find a day that we were both free. We had decided to do our shoot based around the amazing Shalottlilly jewelry. Bobbi Douglas was the awesome MUA in this shoot. She looked at every piece I brought and crafted a look around it. This was the last look we shot. When I looked at myself in the mirror I felt like a rocker- this was my interpretation of that.

Lovin’ it.

“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.

Winner of the Undead photo contest 2011, All Work done in post by Photographer El Mercurio, Wardrobe Jinxedaposed Clothing, Eight
I saw a picture on his portfolio of a zombie. It was a headshot and the best zombie image I have ever seen. I asked him to please make me a zombie and he agreed. The rules were to have barely any make up on. I then approached a fantastic Austin designer Jinxedaposed. I told her about the idea of the zombie and she was not only in she already had an idea on what to make. The dress I’m wearing is made of a shower curtain. Yeah Jinxedaposed is awesome like that. I also approached a fantastic jewelry designer “Sea of Flowers”. I think that the necklace makes this image feel like this zombie was a real person before being infected. So many people compliment the “make up” in this image and I have to always correct them. Josh did this cuz he’s awesome. This was during the drought. Yes I am actually standing in a river bed.

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.

Sea Creature, Eight, Photo by J Woods Photography
I met Jay Woods while on a shoot with Ed Lehmann. Ed and I were at the end of a shoot and I started talking to Ed about the next concept I wanted to do with him which was a Sid and Nancy inspired shoot. We were talking about who could play Sid and Ed suggested Jay. We had coffee with Jay that day and I found out that Jay was also a photographer. I asked to see his work and was blown away. We started planning a shoot right away. Jay said that he had an idea for a shoot and for me to just bring my pretty self. This shoot was one where I did my preparation while in make-up. This was the first time I had worked with Jessica Paige Wright as a MUA. Once I put on the wardrobe that Jay brought I had my character. The clothes were so slinky and fluid which informed the movements that I made.

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.

Rhinestone Face, Eight, MUA Loud Looks Aesthetics, Photo by Austin Exposure
One of my best friends is Summer Edwards. She is a fantastic MUA and I’m always looking for a way to work with her. We were hanging out one day and I told her that I had just come up with this concept of doing a shoot where my entire face is covered in rhinestones. She immediately jumped on board. She came up with the rest including the wardrobe. The next question was who could shoot something like that? The obvious answer was Ed Lehmann. I love how both Summer and Ed took my idea to the next level.

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.

POTD Winner, Picture of The Day Winner, 2011, Limbo, Photo by El Mercurio, Eight
This was the first shoot I did with El Mercurio who is one of my favorite photographers. I had found him on MM and absolutely fell in love with his work. The only problem that we had was he is from Houston. We had talked a little about what we would shoot. Since he was in Houston the task was mine to find a location. Josh said that he wanted to also shoot around the water for the concept of a dead girl in the water. So I found a location _____. The only thing that he told me for this shoot was what to wear (which included a gorgeous sea-horse necklace by Sea of Flowers) and no make up and we discussed the wardrobe. When we arrived at the shoot we walked around ___ to find a good spot where I could change and we could have privacy during our shoot. Josh picked this spot. As I lay down in the water Josh noticed a snake in the water. I immediately jumped up. We waited for a moment and the snake went away. I tentatively went back in the water and we got the shot. The entire time I kept thinking what if that snake comes back and bites me. It really helped in this shot because I was supposed to be stiff and dead.

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.

Photo by Underhill,  MUA Allie Towell, Wardrobe Jinxedaposed Clothing, Planted and Weighted down ... up by books on a rope bindle, Eight
Another of my favorite photographers is Barry Underhill. Barry’s photography is always based on an idea that forces the viewer to formulate an opinion on. This image was a commentary about how the things of this earth tie us down. We can’t go to the light because we will be leaving something here on earth and all too many times that thing we prize as precious is a “thing”. That fascinated Barry. This image was a blast for me to be in because there was an infinite number of stories that went through my head while shooting this. In this particular image I was complaining to God about having to leave my knowledge behind. What was going to happen to it? Would it be lost forever? What was the point? I used my acting skills the most on this shoot. I loved every minute of it. I also loved working with Jinxedaposed clothing and Sea of Flowers Jewelry. The photographer that effected my modeling the most was a headshot photographer in Los Angeles named Sara Corwin. She told me that I was already beautiful and sexy. Since that is already taken care of, let’s shoot what is unique about me. I have always used that advice in every shoot. If a photographer tells me: be sexy, be sexy- that photog is obviously blind isn’t worth working with. Models must know themselves. They must know that they are beautiful and not try to do “beautiful”. Simply being yourself and letting the unique spark that you have shine is what is going to make you an amazing artist.

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.

Long legged Eight in blue jeans and platform sling back sandles in editorial street scene, Photo by Steve Wampler
This shot was my first public shoot. I was with two photographers that day. I took what I learned from the previous latex shoot and used it to the fullest extent around downtown. This was the moment that Steve Wampler captured. I think that it was in this moment that I realized that I can create multiple characters in one shoot- and I liked it.

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.

Long legged Eight doing full straddle split on grande piano, Photo by David Katz Photography, Eight
This shot was actually my first photo shoot by myself. The first shoot I did in Austin was a couples shoot. I shot with David Katz next. David has this idea to shoot me on top of the piano. As he was setting up the shot, I fell into this position. I loved the fact that he turned the image on its side. I think that it adds so much to the shot.

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.

Implied Nude Eight, Black and White with Boa Warp, Profile, Brunette, Photo by Nathan Hall Photography
Nathan Hall is another one of my favorite photographers. This shoot was as much of an exploration for him as it was for me. He had wanted to do something out of the box so we played a lot with shadows and away from his normal headshot photography. He had this great stool in his studio and immediately wanted to shoot with it. Props are a very valuable tool to use. If you have a prop use it in every way imaginable. This stool was so much fun to play with and it got me completely out of my head.

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.

Florescent Green and black body paint on torso of Eight, Photo by Lunavista Productions
This is one of my favorites. Lunavista Productions put out a casting notice for a latex shoot. I had seen a lot of awesome latex work and was interested. I don’t do nudes and I let the photographer know that we weren’t going to use the images if I felt that it showed too much. The photographer agreed. This was the shoot I really experimented with posing. I did whatever crazy idea came into my head. This shot was very valuable to me because I learned so much about how it feels to move around without a thought to how I looked. I think that this moment was brilliant.

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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2 thoughts on “Austin Texas’ Tall Thin Leggy Model Eight (8), 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8”

  1. You do wonderful work. Anyone can see that much more goes into your shoots than just standing in front of the camera and taking direction; your descriptions and explanations are very interesting and insightful as well. The world is lucky to have you, Eight! (And now I shall add you to Stumbleupon so others can know you, too.)

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