Model Q&A: Glass Olive

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Model: Glass Olive; Photographer: Mario Zanaria

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

I was raised in Utah, and I’m currently based in Los Angeles. I travel for shoots all the time, and love it!

Who or what inspired you to become a model?

I never expected to become a model and feel very lucky. I’m inspired by art and fashion throughout history, from all over the world. Art, photography, and modeling are my way of telling stories, and I admire others who also have stories to tell.

Model: Glass Olive; Photographer: Ryan Michael Kelly

How and when did you start modeling?

I began modeling when I was 19, sort of as a little fun way to make a few extra bucks. I was surprised at how inspired and excited I was by modeling and decided to pursue it. It’s been such a wild, beautiful adventure!

What type of modeling do you enjoy the most?

Fashion and portraiture! I love fashion because I feel like wardrobe and accessories add story and flair to a shoot- which is why I started creating headdresses, that I take with me to shoots when the opportunity arises. You can add mystery and intrigue to any shoot- even art nudes- with a few well-placed wardrobe pieces or accessories items. I also love portraiture because faces are so expressive and have such depth. As an actress as well as a model, this is a favorite of mine!

Model: Glass Olive; Photographer: Annie Montgomery

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

First, I always check references. Safety first! After that, style. I love working with passionate creators, so artists and photographers with an eye for style- or who are up-and-coming but obviously talented- are my top priority.

Which models or other artists currently inspire you?

I have so many inspirations! My model friends are always a source of inspiration: Floofie, Annie Montgomery (shes’s a jewelry designer too!) Khara Baret, Alina Lee, Devon Rawlings, Lorelei Black, Mika Lovely, Lauren WK, Meredith Adelaide, Therese Krosse, Mosh, to name a few. I’m also inspired by artists and photographers, like Beth Myrick, Laurie Lee and Gerald Brom, The Little Ghouls, Woke Face, Frank Ockenfels, Allan Amato… the list goes on!

Model: Glass Olive; Photographer: Brandon Fernandez

What would be your dream shoot?

My dream shoot changes so often, but, I’d love to shoot something Rococo-esque, dripping in antique cream lace, pearls, chandeliers, lush furniture, hazy light streaming in through the windows, beautiful and whimsical makeup, and lots and lots of beautiful antique clothes to wear!

How important is social media in your success?

It’s huge. While Model Mayhem is and will always be the key to my success (I probably wouldn’t have a modeling career otherwise, at least not to the scale that it is now), social media basically gives models an opportunity to be their own public relations manager. You are able to show the world who you are- in a way that gives you the power to control your image. Social media is how I show people what I’m doing, and give them an opportunity to get involved- I host charity fundraisers, giveaways, shout-outs, and more- all from one single platform (Instagram). I also use this platform and experience as a model to make money as a social media influencer. People make fun of “Instagram models” but if you have a way to turn a fun platform into a great side hustle, why wouldn’t you? Our media platforms are a huge tool and an investment, and as a model or anyone making a career in the entertainment and arts- invest some time and effort into your social media, and you can get a great return.

Model: Glass Olive; Photographer: Frank Ockenfels

What else do you like to do outside of modeling?

Painting and traveling are probably the two biggest loves of my life, other than modeling. I’m also just starting up an Etsy account, for my new clothing and accessory brand “Glass Spider.” It’s very exciting and such a big learning experience.

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

If you know for sure you really want this, don’t stop. It’s so difficult and bumpy trying to make it as a new model, believe me, I know. But don’t stop, and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. You are unique, and there is a place for you- end of story. So keep that fire lit, and work hard.

Some additional tips:

  • Learn to take self-shots! Get creative! I don’t mean selfies, I mean set up the timer on your phone and practice your poses. Taking self-shots are great for a few reasons: you can practice modeling in a private space, so you can be confident on set. You always have new and up to date content to post on your social media outlets, which is super important for future bookings agents and photographers to have access to, and it can be really inspiring and fun!
  • Answer those castings! Every day!! If you don’t apply to castings and get yourself out there, you’re seriously limiting your potential to get booked.
  • Set your rates accordingly. Know your worth, and also be realistic. Charging too little isn’t worth the hard work you’ve put in, but charging a sky-high amount will make it nearly impossible for you to be booked regularly. There are resources online and on Model Mayhem that will help you learn where you fit in, according to your experience and location.
  • Just because you don’t have to clock-in, doesn’t mean no-shows won’t affect your career. Unexpected delays and cancellations happen now and again, but photographers talk, and they will start catching on pretty quick if your grandmother dies three times a month!
  • Remember to have snacks and stay hydrated on-set.
  • Pack a set bag! This has been a huge game-changer for me. Pack a bag that has some lingerie (or whatever wardrobe you use on-set the most), stockings, makeup, a couple of pairs of shoes, makeup remover, some snacks, a small nail kit, a small sewing kit, a phone charger, and whatever else you think you might need. Keep this bag organized and packed at all times, so when you have a shoot, you can just grab the bag and go. It will free up so much time and space in your life, you’ll be happy you did it.
  • ALWAYS CHECK REFERENCES! Your safety comes first.
  • Have fun! It’s no good to overwork yourself or get burned-out. Know when to take breaks, and have other hobbies. Respect the hustle, but respect your mental health first. Modeling is a great way to have a career that allows you a ton of freedom and choose your own schedule, enjoy it!
Model: Glass Olive; Photographer: Ryan Michael Kelly

Check out Glass Olive’s Model Mayhem portfolio to see more of her work. You can also follow her on Instagram, and support her art on Patreon.

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