Model Q&A: Elena Bathory

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Model: Elena Bathory; Photographer: Candylust

Where are you from? Where are you based now and do you travel for shoots?

I am from Bronx, NY, and I am based in Brooklyn. I do travel for shoots and would like to do more if it because I love traveling.

Who or what inspired you to become a model?

It’s funny how I got the inspiration to become a model… I was about 10 years old and there was a TV show called “‘Models Inc.” I found it to be glamorous and fun. I also wanted to travel and that was another big inspiration to model.

Model: Elena Bathory; Photographer: Eduardo Suarez

How and when did you start modeling?

When I was a teenager, I had professional photos taken at an agency but nothing came of it since they wanted a lot of money to supposedly help get me started. Then MySpace was created and these alternative modeling pages started popping up. I decided to try and take up modeling again and submit to those modeling pages. I shot with a friend who was a photographer and loved it. I was intent on pursuing it ever since. This was about 10 years ago.

What type of modeling do you enjoy most?

I enjoy nude outdoor shoots the most. I really love being in nature (especially naked!) and you get the most beautiful shots in an outdoor setting. I also really enjoy fashion shoots. I love getting all “glammed up” and having my makeup and hair done.

Model: Elena Bathory; Photographer: Eric Alter

What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?

I work with photographers of all photography levels. When deciding to work with a photographer what’s most important to me is that they are clear on what they want to shoot, and that they are happy to provide me with model references.

Which models or other artists currently inspire you?

All fellow freelance models who decide to make this their career inspire me. People think it’s easy to be a model but when you don’t belong to an agency and are freelancing it can be really tough managing everything yourself. You have to promote yourself, network like crazy, and find and schedule all of your shoots. I have had the honor of shooting alongside many amazing female models over the years and they all inspire me in different ways.

Model: Elena Bathory; Photographer: New York Trendz

What would be your dream shoot?

My dream shoot was to shoot in beautiful Iceland and I’m happy to say this is coming true at the end of the summer! My new dream shoot would be to shoot on a tropical beach. I have visited many but never had a professional shoot while there.

How important is social media in your success?

Social media is very important in a model’s success. That’s where your fan base is and where other photographers can see your work. I have booked many shoots through social media.

Model: Elena Bathory; Photographer: Niel Galen

What else do you like to do outside of modeling?

I love creating things. I have an online business called Sinister Designs where I design body cage wear. I’m also very into fitness. I love working out and doing yoga. I also enjoy running and hiking.
I love listening to metal, watching horror movies and science channels, and reading.

What’s the best career advice you can give to new models?

I would tell new models to always stay safe before anything. Get model references or bring an escort and never be afraid to speak up. Let the photographer know if at any point you don’t feel comfortable with something. Network as much as you can. If you plan on making this a career and you’re just starting out, don’t expect to get paid shoots right away. You may have to pay photographers to get some good photos to get started.

Model: Elena Bathory; Photographer: Martin Studio Photography

Instagram: @elena_bathory_ | Facebook: @metalmodel1313 | Twitter: @ElenaBathory

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