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Is there a limited time you can be a model?
Not on the whole, but I do think your age can dictate what jobs you get. For example, when I was 18 I would never have been cast in a role for an alcoholic drinks brand. But, in the same vein, at 18 I would have a much better chance of securing jobs for a younger age range, for example being cast for a universitys promotion material. So it really is swings and roundabouts. I know models that have had a resurgence of work when their hair has turned grey because they can be cast as classic models.
Tell us about your catwalk work
It’s my favourite type of modelling as I love being on stage (it must be the dancer in me). My first catwalk experience was at Norwich Fashion Week when I was a student and from there I went on to walk in London, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks. My next goal is Paris Fashion Week - then I can say I have done the four big shows. Each is completely different and sometimes I am modelling for eight designers in one show, with three back-to- back changes.
Behind the glamour there must be the more mundane tasks?
Yes, time spent going to castings is the worst. You spend ages travelling to London, wait for two hours only to be in the casting room for literally two minutes and faced with a simple ’no’. This is why I operate freelance now, particularly also as I work full time so I do not have the time now to go to castings. Modelling is not for everyone. A model faces rejection all the time and you need a thick skin and a resilient mind set. When people see your work on social media they have no idea what went into that image. The rejections, the time, the planning, the sweat and toil - it’s hard and it’s tough. The market is saturated with girls who look like me so again, thinking commercially, I diversify myself through my dance and aerial experience. If someone needs a model/dancer/aerialist who can do the splits in the air in two footlocks on silks - hire me!
Is it a bitchy world?
The vast majority of people I have met are lovely, hard working people. Also I am a firm believer in treating people how you want to be treated.
Is the pay good?
It is hit and miss. Money has never been my driver, and I think modelling part-time enables me to derive all the enjoyment I
want from it without having to rely on it for an income. I think the reason why the money is up and down is because models are sometimes willing to work for free then there’s 'TFP’ (which stands for 'time for prints' where all creatives involved, normally a model, photographer and hair /make up artist exchange their time to collaborate on a project in exchange for all parties to use the photos for their portfolio).
Have you met, or worked alongside, any famous models?
Not models so much but I have met some famous people. I am part of a few extras agencies that supply models, extras, dancers and anything in between for music videos, TV shows, etc. As part of this, I had the pleasure of being a dancer for music artists such as Fergie and James Blunt and I was an extra in Sam Smith’s music video. I was also an extra in McMafia (the BBC One crime drama television series) where I was on set with James Norton. On the model front, I was cast as an extra for The Royals where Poppy Delevingne was a catwalk model which I thought was pretty cool.
What does it feel like to see yourself on a magazine front cover?
There is something really fulfilling about seeing your work in print, and it is such a bonus when you’re on the front cover. Earlier this year, I was on the cover of Jarrolds The Fashion Edit magazine which involved a day of shooting in Norwich with some amazing creatives. I loved going into the store too to see my pictures around the store.
Tell us about your time as a showgirl...
After my Masters I had a gap year and a goal of mine for the year was to do a season abroad as a dancer. I had kept an eye out on all the agencies but nothing was suitable, or they wanted singers (and I’m awful, I cannot hold a note to save my life). Thankfully a three month contract came up with Bearcat Agency for showgirls in Halkidiki, Greece. My job was meet and greet duties from 12am - 1.30pm then four lots of freelance dance sets of 15 minutes. After work we then would party in the club until the sun came up, sometimes rolling into bed at 8am.
Explain the disciplines needed to be an aerialist.
There are many - but my circus school specialises in hoop, static trapeze and silks. My favourite is silks as it is such an elegant and graceful discipline (but holding your own weight can be extremely challenging
at times). My least favourite is trapeze because I swear its 100% rope burn.
Is modelling a full or part-time job?
It is only a part-time job for me. Being a student, and growing up in my home area of Chelmsford, Essex, it was a fantastic
  Taking a paddle. Image: Simon Rich

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