Thursday, February 11, 2010

Interview with Former Model Camper Tricia Rollo

What are you up to now? Recent modeling gigs?

I just started taking a few classes up at North Central Texas College to get some of my basic classes out of the way. I've just been working at JC Penneys and Dillards, and have worked for Fossil a few times. I recently shot a wedding editorial with Tribeza and a shoot with D Magazine as well. Other than that, I'm testing a little and just hangin out.

Favorite jobs so far?

I liked a lot of the jobs I did in Japan. They get really creative with the hair and makeup...I always felt really good in what I was wearing.

Favorite thing about modeling?

When I get to do something more editorial or a test shoot. I love when a photographer or art director or makeup artist has this vision, and we are all able to make it come alive together. Just looking through photos and seeing the creativity that went into every aspect of it is what I love the most. So I guess you could say I love modeling because it is an art form.

Least favorite thing about modeling?
Sometimes there is a lot of waiting around, which can get SUPER boring but that just comes with the job. Other times it becomes incredibly rushed and everyone gets stressed out. Those times aren't the most fun.

Do u miss Japan? And what do u miss the most?
I miss Japan SO MUCH. It was such a great experience. Even though I missed my friends and family, I also really do miss the people I met there. They were awesome and I got so close to them. It's a great country and has so many beautiful places to see. I kinda miss how nice the people are there and how clean it was everywhere. We don't always see that here in the States, lol. I hope to be able to go back one day.

Where do you see yourself with your career down the road? What's your "dream" job you want to book?

I see myself modeling for a while. Hopefully I will be able to work in other markets and travel to more countries. I would love to do campaigns, model for GAP and H&M, be in Vogue, W, Elle, or Harper's. Ever since I started modeling I've always wanted to be in Seventeen. Those are big dreams that I would love to have come true. Someday after modeling, I want to get into graphic design and design websites and magazines layouts.

How did Page Parkes Model and Acting camp help you start off as a model?

The camp helped me learn what to do on a photo shoot. It helped me get a feel for what modeling can be like. Also it taught me the little things that you wouldn't think matter, but really do, like sitting down while wearing the clothes before you get on set. That's a big one,lol.

I know that at 5'7 your height might seem like a challenge - how do you make it NOT a challenge?

I could be 5'7" or 5'11", I would still work it. I think what helps me sometimes is practicing in front of the mirror and looking at my body and trying different angles to see what I can do to make myself look taller. I don't let me being "short" get in the way of my confidence, either. Two words: Kate Moss. If she can be fierce at 5'7", then so can I. Lol

What advice would you give to young girls who want to model and make it in the business?

Do not take criticism personally. Take it in, fix it, move on. Or if one person doesn't like your look, then someone else will. This industry can be tough, so you can't let things like that get you down. Also, give it your all. Don't hold back at anything. If a photographer or someone tells you to do something you think is silly or out there, just go all out with it anyway. Learn to laugh at yourself. It will make you seem more down to earth and will help you relax, which usually creates a better product and makes the people you work around want to work with you again. Most important: Don't be a DIVA. No one likes to deal with them.

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