sobota, 22 kwietnia 2017

10 things you should know before becoming a model.

My family thinks that modeling is not a job. What is that hard about posing for pictures? My friends think that one day I'll be super rich and famous. My agent thinks that I could lose extra kilograms and I think that soon I will be too old to do any of those things that I've been doing so far. Being a model is a life goal for some people. All they see are pretty faces on front covers of magazines and glamorous campaigns or ads. Modeling is fun - trust me, but it's also a hard, full-time job which sometimes just wears you off. Even models don't like modeling, but it's a love-hate relationship, check out this site to see that we really all want to quit, but at the same time no other job can give us what modeling can.  Here are 10 things you should know before you get yourself into modeling!

1. Models don't earn as much as you think.
Paychecks look great, but you have to remember that 20% of your salary is for your mother agency and 50% is for the agency that represents you in the specific country. In the end, you also have extra expenses so there is a chance that you'll get maximum 15% of what you actually earned. Also - most of us work in Asia where moneywise it's not a dream destination, but neither is Europe.

2. Working hours are super-flexible.
Sometimes you get your dream job and you work only 4 hours and the next day you stay awake from 5 am till 3 am next day. There are no rules when it comes to working hours, as many clients don't treat fittings as work, but as preparation.

3. Glamorous is the last word which I would use to describe it. 
Changing in a back of a van or laying in the mud is not a definition of glamorous. And that's what we do - we fulfill crazy ideas that photographers have no matter what. That's what we get paid for. Standing on the edge of the swimming pool and hoping you won't fall down the hill behind it? Now even that doesn't sound extreme to me.

4. After a few years, you'll know how to survive everywhere.
China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Spain, Kuala Lumpur, Korea? Thanks to modeling all of those countries and even more will become a home from home for you. After traveling on your own nothing will be tough or impossible.

5. Most of us are healthy.
Not all of models snort cocaine and smoke crack. We like to party, but if one survived more than two years in this then it's a sign that this person is a responsible human being. There are a lot of temptations in modeling world but you need to understand that not everyone is your friend, especially not PRs in local bars and clubs... People who achieved something in modeling are healthy, they exercise and take care of their body.

6. Fashion weeks are sometimes our worst nightmares.
Too small shoes, uncomfortable dresses which are too long to walk in them, short breaks, early call times and late shows. All of that to get your dream job for a top designer. But if you get a job for a great client you will forget about all of that.

7. Relationships are hard. 
Being a model taught me that being in a relationship is sometimes impossible, but at the same time, I've yet not met someone who made me feel the same way as people with whom I've been during contracts in Asia. You know that in a few months you'll go to different places and there's a chance that you may never see each other again which makes the relationship much more intense. And obviously - you're going to miss your family and friends - a f...reaking lot.

8. Reputation is very important. 
Not only more people will want to work with you but you'll get paid better if your reputation is good. Models who choose to party before shootings, fashion shows or even castings don't get much out of it. They get stuck in one place of their career and finish modeling quite early. So if you want to get something out of it - just treat people (and your body) with respect.

9. Makeup and high heels after work are your enemies, not friends. 
You don't want to have anything on your face after getting rid of 100 layers of makeup and surely your feet don't want to walk in high heels after those 10 hours you've spent jumping in too small shoes higher than your paycheck.

10. Quitting modeling will be the hardest thing you'll ever do. 
You have to know when your time is over to leave and be remembered as you want to be. Your time to shine may be over when you'll be 25, 30 but it can come when you are 17 as well. Taking a year off was incredibly hard for me and it still is, but sometimes it's better for you to take a break or quit. It's not a thing you can do forever and although it's great and teaches you a lot about other cultures and you get to see amazing places and meet great people - there's the time when you should grow up and settle down.

Some useful sites for (not only) new faces:
- Models Agents Managers Association 
- KModels
- ModelManagement

środa, 12 kwietnia 2017

I'm fuc*ing 20

That's right lads, I've just turned 20 and you know what? I'm pretty amazed looking at things I've achieved so far. Although I woke up thinking - shit, it flew so fast, if another 20 will flow so quickly then one day I'll just wake up being 40. Which is not as bad as it may sound - maybe I'll finally know who I am and what the fuk I'm doing with my life...
But hey, looking back at things and all of the amazing memories - I'm amazed and I'm truly blessed to be where I am right now at this point of life. 
Zdjęcie użytkownika Monika Ewa Piotras.I was an ambitious kid since I can remember. It doesn't matter what it was about - I just always wanted to be the best - I know it's pretty fucked up, but at the same time thanks to that by the age of six I could write and speak in three languages - Polish, English and Swedish - unfortunately, I ended up not continuing my journey with Swedish so now apart from Jag hetter Monika I can't say anything else. Well - shit. I could also count and I dealt like a boss with simple mathematical equations. During my early stages of education, I started to learn German and I found out that history is the thing that I love. The writing was right by my side at every stage of my life, but back then when I was 13 I didn't know that this is the thing, yeah, THE thing that I want to do every day, every second of my adult life. I just knew that I like doing that but I was pretty damn sure that in the future I want to be a lawyer. Well, although I'm pretty good at proving my point I'm also pretty fucking lazy (and I swear a lot). I know that if I had decided to study law I would manage to do my best, but would I be happy? Not really. It consumes so much time that I'd rather spend reading, taking pictures or writing...
So here I am - studying journalism and creative writing in the UK and even Brexit can't get rid of me, I hope.
Zdjęcie użytkownika Anastasia Vishnevskaya.When I was a teenager my mom showed me a great part of the world and at the same time, she helped me to develop another passion, right next to learning languages and dancing. Travelling has always been a huge part of my life and after I started modeling I was sure that sitting in one place for the rest of my life is just not for me... Thanks to that I know also that writing and photography are the things that will be the main part of my future as they are now. If someone ever tells you that your passion can't be your job - they are lying! If you try hard enough and pursue to make your dreams come true, you'll make it one day and they can stare at you with their jaws on the floor. Prove them wrong. You do you boo! Even if sometimes it means to make a lot of mistakes and learn everything the hard way - hey, it's your way and that's the most important thing in life, to do everything as you want to.
Zdjęcie użytkownika Sophie Jo.I'm blessed having the most amazing mother in the whole world and I could never wish for any better. Thanks to this amazing woman I achieved so much. Every time when I wanted to give up and stop doing things that I love, because, fuck, it's so hard sometimes and you start to question if it is even worth the shit you have to go through. She was always there for me and she still is right by my side telling me to go for it and don't care about people's opinions because they are not in my body so how they can know what's best for me? Mom, thank you for being my angel who is always there to laugh, cry, scream, travel, run, eat and diet with me. I love you to the moon and back and to the moon and back and to the moon and back and to the moon and back and to the moon...
Zdjęcie użytkownika Karolina Zgutczyńska.20 years of my life were rough, I started up as a small, shy fetus. I was bullied, I bullied others (I'm not proud of this one, but we all make mistakes), I was obsessing about that boy who up till now has no idea about my existence, I had no friends, then I had a bunch of friends. I was traveling, missing my home, finding a home from home, making amazing memories, riding a motorbike without a license, I got my first piercings and tattoos and I started to figure out what the heck life is about. I'm still not sure if I know exactly what's up, but at least I'm trying... Although I keep learning everything the hard way, maybe just because that I'm dyslexic.

środa, 5 kwietnia 2017

Poetry #1

As a typical creative writing (and journalism!) student I decided to start posting bits of stuff that I write in my spare time. Some of them are better than others but hey, writing poems after midnight is not as easy so... don't be so fast to judge mate! Here are some bits and ppipeces that I've recently put together from free writing sessions that we used to have those past terms. Enjoy!