Model Q&A: Becca Briggs

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Hi everyone, Becca Briggs here! I’m a published freelance fashion/art nude model of 8 wonderful and crazy years so far. In that time, I’ve been blessed to have had so many great opportunities with publications, events, workshops, and networking opportunities, and have established a thorough portfolio that I am both proud of and humbled by. Fortunately, there’s much more to come, so take a moment to get to know a bit about me, and feel free to connect and join me on my amazing journey!

Model: Becca Briggs; Photographer: JonnyEdward

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

I’m originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, but I also lived in central Iowa for several years. Although most of my modeling career has been out of Colorado, as of last year I am now based in Los Angeles. Traveling is an aspiration of mine, and I am currently planning out a travel schedule for the rest of this year to finally make that a reality!

Who or what inspired you to become a model?

Funny enough, I never wanted to be a model while growing up. I always hated having my photo taken, and grew up with a lot of self-esteem and body dysmorphia issues. After being introduced to the modeling world through my cousin, I quickly fell in love with the experience and decided to pursue it on my own. Modeling through the years has helped me overcome my issues and gain confidence by consistently challenging and inspiring myself, and has become one of my greatest artistic outlets and passions.

Model: Becca Briggs; Photographer: Fading Grace Photography

How and when did you start modeling?

I began my modeling adventure in February 2010, through my cousin as mentioned above. She had been a freelance model for a couple of years at the time, and while living together during college she said she saw potential in me and asked if I wanted to tag along with her to a shoot. I had no idea going in to that shoot at 5am, being the non-morning person I am, that I would enjoy it so much but I instantly fell in love. I “shadowed” her for a few months, then slowly but surely started branching out on my own and developing my own goals and direction with my career. The rest is history!

What type of modeling do you enjoy most?

I have two personal favorites to shoot, and they’re very opposite styles. I love modeling fine art nudes in nature, it’s a very empowering yet humbling experience, and is honestly one of the genres I’ve modeled that’s helped me the most in getting comfortable in my own skin. On the opposite end, I also love stylized, editorial, avant garde work. I enjoy working with a full team to create fun, exciting, and unusual, over-the-top looks that make people give a second glance. That being said, the most rewarding shoots for me no matter the concept are the ones where I get to be a muse and help someone bring their creative visions to life. Being used as a tool to help others reach their creative goals is what fulfills me the most and makes me want to continue modeling.

Model: Becca Briggs; Photographer: Michima; Hair & Makeup: Niki Blue; Headdress: Seraphina Handmades

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

First and foremost, I look at their portfolio, at the quality and extensity of work, as well as who they’ve worked with for references. I look at both the technical skill and the creativity of their portfolio to see what the potential is for collaboration. Depending on what I find, I may agree to a TFP shoot, or I may offer my rates to hire me to model. If we’re already messaging about a shoot, I also pay attention to how someone presents themselves through verbiage and spelling/grammar usage, because as someone who carries themselves as a professional I expect to work with others who also carry themselves in a professional manner.

Which models or other artists currently inspire you?

My inspirations are constantly changing and developing, currently I’m inspired by nudes in nature with interesting poses and locations, natural and soft lit portraiture, raw and sexy boudoir and fashion, and artistically colorful beauty and editorial work. As far as models go, a few of my inspirations are Romi Muse, Twigglet, Rachel Cook, Ryo Love, Lou Blueregard, Madison Spialek, Annalisa Henson, Vannah Blair, Alysha Nett, Sekaa, Kelly Eden, Obsidian Kerttu, and Jordan Ebbitt. They are all so different, but consistently create eye catching images and seem like masters of their crafts.

Model: Becca Briggs; Photographer: Todd Allen Photo

What would be your dream shoot?

If I had to choose one dream shoot, it would entail traveling around the country (maybe even to different countries) with a photographer and simply shooting along the way. Being able to just explore the world, take artistically interesting photos in amazing places, and truly capture a unique moment in time would be so fulfilling to me. Going on trips like that allow you to view the world in a different light and give you much more appreciation and opportunities most other people don’t get to experience.

How important is social media in your success?

Social media is a very important tool in being successful as a freelance model. It’s a necessary source to showcase your work, be seen, and get work through other creators. Although I don’t have the highest follower count, I’m proud to say that my following is organic and seems to be made up of many people who choose to follow me in appreciation of the art I create. Sometimes social media can be frustrating in trying to stay relevant and posting interesting things to interact with your fans, it’s easy to fall down the “rabbit hole” of focusing on the social media numbers, so I think it’s important to consistently remind yourself of your goals and take care of your wellbeing to help not forget about yourself in real life, your business, or your art.

Model: Becca Briggs; Photographer: RyanOchsner Photography; Hair & Makeup: Chrystall Vargas

What else do you like to do outside of modeling?

Outside of modeling, I’m also an artist who hand paints/sell ceramic skulls, I enjoy reading books about self-growth and development and studying psychology/sociology in a behavioral sense, being introduced to new movies through my roommate, hiking and exploring the outdoors, hanging out with my cat, and doing yoga and meditating. I’m also a music lover and enjoy discovering new bands and going to concerts.

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

First, make sure you’re doing it for the right intentions. If you want to be a model simply for money or fame, you will probably end up disappointed or burnt out. It’s a highly competitive industry, and to be successful you need to have a strong work ethic, persistence, patience, humility, and respect no matter what your specific goals are. Another piece of advice I would’ve liked when I first started out is to do your research and see how successful models in your area are working, and maybe try pursuing one as a mentor to learn from. Ask them about their experiences, recommendations, and guidance. That being said, understand that some may not respond, some may give you answers you don’t want, and regardless, ultimately you will have to work for what you want as no one is going to hand you anything, but having someone to give guidance can be extremely helpful in this industry when first starting out.

Model: Becca Briggs; Photographer: Galen

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