Victoria ElizabethModel Female Gainesville, Florida, US
My Website: Full PortfolioMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/VicElizaonMM
Mayhem # 2406485
About Me*The Short and Sweet*
My name is Victoria and I started occasionally modeling locally in October 2010. My first passion, since the age of 6 had been acting. After taking a nearly 10 year break from acting, I got involved in community theater again in the spring of 2010. Little did I know, soon after becoming smitten with theater again, I would unintentionally discover a new passion for modeling. (For the full story, read see further down.)
I am 30 years old, 5ft. 1.5in. inches tall with fair skin. I have dyed black hair with red peek-a-boo highlights that hits just below my shoulder blades. I have a petite, but *naturally* curvy frame. If you're interested in working with me, please take a look at my measurements first, so it's not surprise I'm not thin as a toothpick, flat as a board, or 6 feet tall! I have both earlobes double pierced and no tattoos. I'd describe my look as bombshell pin-up, or old Hollywood glamour with the girl next door smile and spirit, but can be versatile and have the ability to pull of different looks.
If you'd like to bounce an idea for a shoot off me, please send me a message! I have a Pinterest account (http://pinterest.com/vicelizaonpin/) filled with boards just for brainstorming photoshoot themes, posing, expressions, make-up, and styling ideas I'd love to experiment with. Take a peek!
*FAQ's, Availability, References, FYI's*
At this time, I am able to travel for shoots in Florida with notice. Live the Florida area or planning a visit? Friends with a photographer, make-up artist, hairstylist, designer, etc. I have worked with or recognize me from their pages? Feel free to contact them for a reference to see if I'm the right model for a current or future project.
Modeling may not be my career (yet), but that doesn't mean I don't take it seriously. I give it my all and treat it as a job. As soon as I schedule a shoot, that entire day in my calender stays completely dedicated to it. I do this, so I will be fully immersed in the project at hand and can be flexible with anything that may come up with the whomever I am working. I keep myself healthy, prep aesthetically, and practice prior to shoots as professional models do. I want to look and feel my best for you and me! I deeply value and the time and respect the talent of every photographer, lighting assistant, make-up artist, hairstylist, designer, other models, and creative mind I have the honor of working with and don't take advantage of it. I stay in communication with whomever I am shooting with leading up to every shoot and confirm the time of events the day beforehand. I have never been, and will never be, a "no-show" to a shoot. The only time I have ever had to cancel shooting was for an emergency appendectomy surgery. Even then, I was emailing those involved from the ER and recovery room, so they could have as much time as possible to alter the project/find a replacement.
I have been collecting make-up, hair products, clothing, wigs, props and other accessories over the years that I bring to each shoot in the mobile closet I have transformed my car into. One of my favorite things that happens is looking through the items I've acquired with a photographer, and having them see something in my collection that excites and inspires them. That said, just because I bring a mobile closet full of goodies to play with, doesn't mean they have to be used every time. I am more than happy to wear and work with what photographers have in their collections too!
I have a great deal of shoot ideas, am open to hearing new ones, and I'm a fan of being a guinea pig. IE.- Helping photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists, designers, etc. experiment with a new or idea from the vault they've been sitting on and want to make a reality. Say, a theme they've been interested in trying, but haven't found a model who is open to doing more artsy shoots, for example. I love taking projects like these on and seeing what we can create. I have done so several times and it's a blast to collaborate as a team on projects like this! I am not squeamish over much, am willing to be uncomfortably hot, cold, dirty, wet, mosquito bitten, the list goes on, to captured a beautiful photo that allows all involved see their vision come to life. In fact, nothing makes me happier than be a part of something like that. It's a creative rush and an honor to do this with visionaries I so admire.
I will not do nudes or pornographic photography. I do hold the right to bring an escort with me to any meetings and photoshoots. As I become more comfortable in my own skin and in front of the camera, I have been moving outside my comfort zone with implied shots. I only pose for these types of shots with photographers I have built trust with and who share the same vision for the shoot that I do. My intention with these, and all shoots, is not to necessarily titillate (though, it's inevitable they may, art is subjective, so that's cool). It's easy for a someone to disrobe, it's the much greater challenge I like to explore: telling their story.
*Wonder how I got into modeling at 26 without a prior interest? The unabridged story goes like this:*
I modeled as a favor for a couple friends small business's promotional materials and a senior art project. I created a Model Mayhem account at the request of a designer I was scheduled to work with since they found models on MM to be more professional, reliable, was a way to keep the models they worked with organized in one place. I did so, and funnily, enough, the day of that shoot, I was the only model who showed up. I continued modeling every now and again when contacted by local photographers who thought my look was different and wanted to collaborate on pin-up, boudoir, and dark/gothic styled shoots. Along the way, modeling became main creative outlet, as it was more convenient to put a day aside for shooting with a full course load versus several months for a theater production. I still audition for plays, and last summer while recovering from abdominal surgery, I received roles in three local short films last summer that were a blast to be a part of.
*The Realization: When modeling became more than creative outlet between work, classes, and semesters.*
In late 2014, I started feeling that acting was not quite as full-fulling for me as it once was. Modeling had not only taken it's place, it had far exceeded what I thought possible for a passion to bring to out in me, positively affecting many areas of my life, and I couldn't get enough.
*The difference I found between acting and modeling for me: From a childhood dream to I used mask my insecurities to beginning my journey of self-acceptance and love while finding my true passion as an adult.*
I used acting as an escape. I found comfort in playing pretend and being someone else. Creating a new back-story for each character, temporarily living in a make believe world, learning a new way of walking, talking, acquiring a new wardrobe, look, and personality. I had, and still have, a blast doing this. The problem arose when I discovered I was using acting for more than just an escape. I used it as an excuse. An excuse to avoid accepting who I am, what I wanted, what's really important to me, and identifying what, without a doubt, made me happy and drove me creatively. Acting wasn't really a passion anymore, as much as I was familiar and comfortable with how to go about it. I defaulted to doing theater, because from a young age, I was told was good at it, got the roles I wanted, and figured "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I've been told this is what I'm good at, so that must mean I'm meant to do it.” I had grown up and wanted to tell my own story. Acting may have been my passion in my misunderstood, desperately trying to find myself youth, but modeling has become the passion of my being true to myself adulthood. I love modeling for the right reasons: showing different sides of my personality through art, expressing and feeling my emotions in a constructive way, breathing life into the vivid daydreams and pictures that pop into my mind on an almost constant basis, and taking the aspects I loved from acting and turning it into something beautiful.
I am no longer running to escape myself by becoming consumed by a stranger's story and reciting another writer's words. Wishing my character’s life was real only to be disappointed when it ends. Instead, I am strutting towards the real me, discovering what's really important to me, and allowing myself to do it. After four years of “Should I really go for this modeling thing? I don't look like anyone else. There must be no market for me.” I've finally made waves into what seemed like a river of never-ending self-doubt. I can't deny the photographic evidence that I am, in fact, pretty, even if not conventionally or Hollywood attractive. I have unique look and body that I strive to improve upon and understand better every day and with every shoot. I am feeling a real change and confidence that infiltrated it's way inside me, the more shoots I complete. I have begun loving and accepting who I am (a work in progress, like everyone), what I can contribute to the modeling world, even with my body and features not fitting into the typical model mold.
*Crossing the Bridge: Modeling is a part of me. I don't need validation from others to know in my heart of hearts this is a passion I want to pursue.*
My FB modeling page doesn't have millions of “likes” and I don't get 100+ comments on each new photo. I'm now okay with that. There are so many stunning ladies who work their butts off, have the same, or even bigger goals and dreams, than I do in this world. Variety is the spice of life, and there is room for us all. So far this year, my new mindset, dedication to practicing my craft, honing my skills, making what I love as much of a priority as possible, as well as eating healthy and getting fit, not worrying what others think or relying on them for validation- has been serving me well! I've scheduled more photoshoots in the first half of this new year, than I ever had in years prior and couldn't be more honored to work with the talent I have thus far. I'm also incredibly lucky to call the amazing people who have helped me build my portfolio, my friends, and not a day goes by that I am not fully cognizant of that.
*Although, I am actively pursuing modeling opportunities over acting ones, I take more of an actor's view on modeling*
I use the skills I learned over the years from acting into helping me become a better model. Rather than just pouting and posing- trying to look pretty, hot, sexy, etc.- I look at my make-up, hair, costuming, and kind of embody the character it makes me feel.
*Genres I've done thus far and my plans future*
I have done hair+ make-up, pin-up, boudoir, fashion, bridal, and gothic style shoots. I love all of these and know my look lends itself to these styles of shoots. I really want to expand into other genres, including editorial, commercial, catalog style work, as well, to make my portfolio more well rounded. My goal is by end of 2015-early 2016, I can begin a process I never thought I'd have the courage to do: invest in comp cards, submit to agencies, and see if my modeling can be taken to the next step. I am fully aware of the limitations my age, petite stature, curves, and such have on my chances in the professional modeling world. I am very aware what a un-glamorous and competitive business it is, but the two things I pride myself on is my tenacity and desire to work incredibly hard. I am going into this with a very realistic outlook, no expectations, and a thick skin prepared for rejection. Modeling fuels me and I will continue to pursue it no matter what. :)
Thank you for reading and best of luck to artists of all mediums out there. ♥
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” -K.V.
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”- A.W.
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