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Interview: Model Jacqueline Gisla (Austria)
Matthaeus Anton Schmid
Can you tell us a little about you?
Well, I’m 19 years old and started studying law a year ago. I love reading and doing sports. I also really enjoy to travel around, even if I don’t go that far away. I just like to explore new places.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
If you would have asked me that question about one or two years ago I could have been telling you so many things I wanted to change about myself. I was really insecure. But today I accept myself the way I am. I like and respect my body, my goals and my personality. Of course I will continue growing, but I don’t waste any time anymore thinking about, what I dislike about myself and what I could change. I started to focus on the important things of life and accepted the way I am.
How did you start modeling?
That was actually just a coincidence. Two to three years ago I got really interested in photography. I made shootings with other models. And of course I also new some other photographers. However, one of them needed some new reference pictures for a come-back after a break and he asked me if I could be his model for one shooting and I did it. After that the requests got more and more and that’s kind of how I actually slipped into it.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I don’t do modeling for living. I do it for fun, as a hobby to blend out stress from time to time. I believe, people might imagine working as a model way easier than it actually is and when they start doing it, it’s not what they imagined. And that’s good about doing it as a hobby, you can chose if you are in the mood to do it or if you need a break from doing it.
What are your plans for the future?
That’s kind of a big question. Well, I’d like to be a lawyer one day. Besides from that I am a quite creative person, so I won’t stop drawing, doing photography, making music or writing. I just need those things sometimes to keep me balanced.
Since I am also an active person, I will continue doing fitness, dancing, yoga, sports. It’s just a thing I need to put all the energy I have into something. It makes me happy and feel good and healthy and I really want to keep that up.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I am really organized, because I don’t like bad surprises. Furthermore, I am really determined and disciplined. I will continue to fight for my goals and never give up. I learn a lot and always give my best.
I take the opportunities to organize my stuff. This way I can keep everything together, won’t stress out and others can rely on the things I say and do.
What is your beauty regimen?
To be honest, I don’t really have one. I mean I’m vegan, I eat lot’s of fruits and vegetables and I drink at least 3 litres of water a day.
I also wash my face a few times a day, not necesserly with soap, just with cold water. It’s just a thing of hygiene for me personally to do this and it’s also really helpful for a clear skin.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
One of my favourite shootings was defenitely the one with Andreas Rainer. It was probably the shooting with the most sets I ever had. One set was about half an hour or a little longer, then changing, new styling and next set. We did that for about 6 hours. To me it was something completely new.
I also had some great shootings with Manfred Danner. He was one of my first photographers and he kind of convoid me through my entire journey to the point I am today.
A thing I realized is, you meet many great people, who help you, give you tips and you can learn really much from each other.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Always stay true to yourself. If people want to work with you, they will. If they need another type of model, they’ll work with someone else, but you shouldn’t change yourself for this job.
Don’t do shootings you don’t want to do. It could ruin the fun factor about being a model for you. So just do the shootings, you know you will enjoy doing.
What do you think of the magazine?
To be honest, I didn’t know that much about this magazine before this interview. But when I was asked, to make this interview I looked through it and I think it’s a great posibilty for models, photographers, make-up artists and agencies to establish new contacts.