Interviews / Stories
Interview model: Johanna Markerius (Sweden)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Johanna Markerius and I am a 36 year old mother from Sweden. My first 10 years I spend a lot of time on my grandparents' farm. With cows, pigs, kittens and a dog. So you can say I am a bit of a country girl.
Since I have such a long title at work, I prefer to just say Project Manager.
People who know me say that I am positive, friendly, openhearted and always making other people feel welcome. At work I am really focused and determined to get the work done.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I am working really hard on balancing not being to sensitive but sensitive enough to always be present. But I am pretty confident in many ways and I know it shows. Confident enough knowing my issues to work with.
How did you start modeling?
I started modeling when I was younger but I was never happy with the results, always looking for flaws and never felt satisfied with the pictures. The modeling part was always fun though. But now when I am older I got a request from an aquintence to do a modeling job for a webshop and I really loved every part of it. For the first time I loved the way she made me look.
I am thinking diffrentely now with both how I look and what I stand for. I think it is important to stand out and also show a bit of yourself in your job.
I hit a couple of rocks in the beginning but then I met the photographer Mikael Roos, we had an instant connection and he helped me find my way. I love all pictures he takes. He makes me feel more like me. It is strange but true.
What do you think of the work as a model?
It is a lot of fun for sure but it is also a tricky business. As long as it is fun I will continue but as a mother and a fulltime job it is more of a hobby.
What is your beauty regimen?
I am not a person who think it is all about looks. I like people that show a lot of themselves and their characteer. Beautiful people in my eyes are people who are strong, ambitios, helpful and always near a smile. Showing your feelings and being present is such a beautiful thing.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I am always determined to make a good job. But I do it with a smile and easyness. I am easy to work with and self-propelled, always up for something new.
For the modeling part I think it is really important to be a role model. In my case for women that try to survive in this hectic world. You do not have to be perfect you just have to be you, the best version of you.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future? Well I am going to be the best mother I can and fulfill my career dreams at the same time. Work has always been a big part of my life. I love to work. I love to travel but most of all- I love my son.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
This year 2016 it has been all about self improvement. I have accomplished a lot both with myself and my career. I was a late bloomer with my driving and took my drivers licens late in 2015. Just beeing able to take the car and drive is fantastic. So take your license even if you do not have to. A little piece of advice from me.
When it comes to the modeling part it has been really amazing to work with photographer Misho Jovicic. So many great pictures and so much fun! Beeing featured at Marlies Dekkers with three of our shoots must be top. She is my all time favorite designer. And the words about me on social media from her and her staff... mooved me to tears.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Yes I have, read about the industry. It is very important to know how it works. It is all about selling and very little about you. So you have to be confident with what you are asked to do. If you want to try I recomend to find a good agency.
If you want to do it in a small scale without an agency, there is a lot of forums on the internet where you can connect with both photographers and makeup artists. You can get help to build your own portfolio with “time for print” and also get payed jobs. But before you go that way you have to decide how you will work, what kind of photos you want to take. Always ask for portfolios and references before meeting up or book a modeling job.
There are contracts even for TFP you can ask for. And when you finally are there there, the most important thing is-to have fun!
What do you think of the magazine?
I love the layout and the mixture of models, photographers and make up artists. I think it is great to focus on all of them since they are all connected in making of the perfect shoot.