Photography and Editing: Nick Aitken
Model :Achok Scout models San Francisco
MUA: Tamra-Marie Johnson Look Talent SF
Hair: Jaymz Marez
Wardrobe stylist: Caitlyn Mahaffey
FEATURED MODEL INTERVIEW
1.How do you prepare for a shoot?
I make sure to do my research so I know who I am working with, and the concept of the shoot. I stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water, and make sure to get a full night of sleep.
2.What do you find to be the most difficult when trying to bring the story to life?
Pretending the weather is different than it is. For instance, It could be windy out, or very cold, but you have to look warm and happy for the story.
3.What or who inspires you?
My family story: more specifically my mother. My family came to the US because of an educational opportunity, they were supposed to go back to South Sudan but were later granted asylum. I watched my mother lose her husband to cancer, take on the responsibility of a single mother, and she did an incredible job at it. Her strength as a woman, coupled with the constant reminder and understanding that I could be living in South Sudan, motivates me daily.
4.An Interesting thing that most people don't know about you?
I’d rather talk about sports than fashion.
5.What knowledge have you developed during your career that has helped you most?
I’ve learned to always ask questions. If I am uncertain or need direction at a shoot, I will ask the photographer questions.
6.Who mentored you in the beginning of your modeling career?
7.What was the most valuable lesson they taught you?
Finola helped me to transform and understand how to be a successful model. She gave me my first pair of “runway” heels, and spoke to me about the industry. I always turn to her for career advice, fashion advice, and she is a great influence on my edgy sense of style.
8.What do you see as a big mistake newer models tend to make?
Newer models tend to set unrealistic goals.
As a new model you have to understand that things take time. Work in the market you’re in, put in your time, gain exposure, and when the time is right, things will fall into place.
9.How do you expand your skill?
I look for inspiration in other areas. You have to do your homework. I will sit in a bookstore for hours flipping through every fashion magazine. It helps me see different poses, understand the latest trends, and helps me get familiar with different designers and models.
10.How has working with a team benefited you aside from strengthening your skills?
One of the things I always look forward to at a shoot is meeting the “crew.” Every crew is different and I believe in always learning something new from every person participating in the shoot. I like working with different photographers and seeing their different styles, I love stylists because they have a mind of their own, and makeup artists do some crazy work.
11.What started you working in editorial?
I’m not sure, but it is fun!
12.Next BIG goal?
It’s a personal goal; running my first ½ marathon.
13.Who are three of your favorite designers?
1.Oscar de la Renta
14.What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this industry so far?
Working as a fit model. I was so intrigued by the entire process. It’s so interesting to see a designer and their team at work. They would put clothing on me, pin it, cut it, take it to a sewing machine and literally create clothes on my body. It was a fun, and memorable experience.
15. the 5 essential products to be found in your model bag?
5.Make-up Remover Wipese