Interviews / Stories
Ineterview: Model Paula Pötry (London, UK)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I am a Finnish model who has just recently moved to London to pursue my dreams in Fashion industry not only as a model but as a fashion influencer as well. I would say I’m kind of out going person. I like to be spontaneous and always on the go. I love travelling. That is my kind of meditation. I enjoy to travel by myself and taking my own time just to experience new memories and meet new friends. I would called it as a traditional for me to try to travel at least twice in a year. Actually, I am going to Dubai on the next month, where I have not been before. Totally looking forward it! Even thought I feel the most comfy surrounding people and traffic, I love to have a quiet easy mornings making my breakfast without a rush. It’s the best part of the day, definitely. I start my mornings with a healthy breakfast, which keep me fully until the mid-day. I usually cook a porridge with fresh frozen berries beside it a large cup of roasted coffee with a pinch of milk and coconut oil. After that I’m so ready to hit the gym and start the day in a great energised mood!
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Sometimes I am too kind, which is not necessarily a good thing in this industry. You must be professional at all times when working but make sure that people are not taking advantage of you either. The key is to find the perfect balance, the harmony between the two.
How did you start modeling?
My mom used to do modelling when she was as in a same age as I am now, which got my interest also for the job. Since I was a kid we did with my twin sister own fashion catwalks in our living room while my parents filmed it. We used to borrow my mom’s clothes and her over sized heels. I started my modelling in one of the Finnish model agency who's leader my mom know. My very first catwalk was for the really well know Finnish designer Jukka Rintala who picked me and my sister from the castings for the agency. It was a big honour. After that I would say my career as a model got started and I realised that it was the work what I really enjoyed to do. My first model agency was a bit outside of the capital city of Finland so I needed to change my agency to one of in Helsinki. I walked catwalks in Helsinki Fashion week and started to focus on more and more for modelling. Now I work as a freelancer model in London and really enjoy my time here. I’m totally looking forward the future.
What do you think of the work as a model?
The work as a model can be hard but the most of the time it is really great if you will just take all of it! It is the same thing in any other work as well. You need to work hard if you want to advance in your career. I would say work as a model is so much more than just doing catwalks and being in front of the camera. You need to work on your self all the time, take advices and learn from them. You need to be social and get to know people. Castings are the daily things. You need to know your body how it works and have the acting skills, how to bring out all kind of different emotional face expresses to the photos. But if you have all what it needs and you do the best of you with a big focus, you have a good chances to work on a top as a model.
What is your beauty regimen?
My beauty regimen is to keep it as simple as possible. I prefer natural eco cosmetics and try to avoid all the chemicals. I keep focus on hydration and drinking lots of water durning the day. It’s all about nutrition, making healthy food choices, doing exercise and keeping the mind positive. Try to enjoy all those little things what come or happen in your life. And people, do not skip your beauty sleeps! It is a very important to get your body and mind rest. If you feel good and balanced inside, it will show outside as well.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I do not take things too personally. If I have obstacles in my life, I will not let them over come me but rather take a control the situation, stay calm and continue to reach the goals what ever they would be on that time. I like to have some goals to reach for all the time, that keeps me going and motivated.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plans are a lots of travelling and just enjoying life. I want to focus on my career now and in a future. Get more experience as a model, work hard and have fun! But I also like to keep my options open, I believe life will take you the right direction if you just make the decisions what feels good for you.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I would say all what I have experienced by travelling around the world are the most funniest and the best things that have happened to me. I also think moving to London was a great experience and totally worth it. I really enjoy my time here (but I am still keeping up my dream of moving to some place where the summer is on all the time).
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Just believe your self. You can not take this too serious because otherwise you are going to make too much unwanted stress to your life. Be professional, keep your own personality and stay focused on your dreams what you really want in a future. Even thought this industry may be hard and cruel, the most of the time you are totally going to enjoy and love it. Surrounded with creative and fashion people is always a great team to work with. You need to be social and getting know people, bringing out the best side of you.
What do you think of the magazine?
The Modellenland Magazine looks out really interesting website. There are really interesting interviews which inspire me.
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