Interviews / Stories
Interview: Model Andrea Johansson (Sweden)
Can you tell us a little about you?
To start, my name is Andrea Johansson. I’m a 17-year-old girl going my second year (soon on my last year?! How sick?) in Swedish gymnasium, at Lundsberg boarding school, which I like a lot, the teachers are amazingly good so I really recommend it to all same aged people as me or younger (older too) if they wonder where to study.
I live in värmland, near the school, or yeah; maybe one hour from my school, but that is quite near, I choose to travel home from the school every day to see my family (They motivate me a lot when it comes to my studies) and have more spare time. And well yes, because I’m still quite young I live home with my parents and my little sister. Which I don’t have any problem with of course, my family are really close; but the dreams to live alone are also attractive.
I have my own company/store called Endrik, which a sell for the moments my own designed shirts, but I want to expand and start making shoes instead. (and therefore are my webstore closed for the moment).
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I think that would be my problem that I really can’t say no or stand up for myself. I know that is important because some thinks can really break you down if you don’t do it, but I really can’t. In some way it not feeling good to tell other people how “good I’m”? I know this is wrong way to think, but it feels best in my heart, it’s easier to just take in the words and don’t answer; and after some hours, days, weeks, it feels breathable to think about it kind of. Some negative things I’ve heard in my life do I still carry in my body and heart and are sad about – but these things have a part of me to. But I still think I need to change this way to think a little bit.
How did you start modeling?
About 4 years ago where the first time a was in a studio and did a shoot with a real photographer and after that shoot some photographers found that photo and wanted to make shoots with me; and on that way it was.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think it’s so fun, it’s like to be an actor without speaking. (or well, you can speak A LOT under a shoot or in a commercial but on a picture it’s like that.) It’s like art and you mission is to give the person who sees your work a feeling, or a thought, or motivation. It sounds like a big responsibility but it’s the real charm
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I think that would be that I’m like a pensioner with sugar-speed. (=You know when you eat way too much candy or something with much sugar in and be totally freaking full of energy)
I like to think twice before I do things, and I think (hope) I take care of my life like it’s the best day of my life every day, and like to play bingo. Or well, it’s hard to explain but that was the easiest way; I think that you can relate to this metaphor.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are quite many, but first I think it is to take driver license, and after that finish school and find a good university to study more that I want to work with when I be “grown-up”. My biggest wish is to study phycology. Imagen to take care of peoples’ biggest fears or hardest thoughts or feelings, it sounds like a big responsibility; but that is like to be a superhero, and who don’t want to be a superhero? And of course it sounds so interesting. I really want to help and take care of others.
Hmm, I think I will call this a plan. But I really wish that I get the chance to climb on mount Everest, maybe start with something smaller like Kebnekaise in Sweden first but it’s a dream. I have a lot of expedition plans. Like swim with dolphins or sharks. Skydive from 10.000 meter. I would try bungyjump to, but I’ve promise especially my mother that I won’t to that. So one of my plans is to take skydive license too. I want to make some volunteer work to, maybe to safe lions or pandas, or take care of children or something with medical theme.
I think this is a dream more than a plan; but I’d love to travel a lot to. If my psychology plans just crashing (I really don’t hope so) I want to have a work which including a lot of traveling.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
So far in my life, I would say skydive from 4.000 meter was so fun and definitely one of the best moments in my life.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
My only advice maybe sounds like a cliché, but be yourself. Show you social side and tell people about your dreams and wishes, don’t be afraid to don’t be yourself; because photographers and agencies search for unique and special people with “the thing”.
What do you think of the magazine?
I really like the concept and this magazine a lot. It’s like one of those magazine you want to lay on you marble table in a fashionable apartment in New York, I love it!! J