Interview: Model Julie Kristine Moeller Johnsen (Denmark)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Julie Kristine Moeller Johnsen. I'm 29 years old and live in Herning, Denmark.
In 2013 I graduated as a nurse and have since worked full time at Herning hospital.
In my spare time I love to stand in front of a camera. I have never been part of a model agency, I only model as a hobby. What I love most about modeling is the new challenges, new styles and new locations. I can always develop myself and learn new stuff and therefore is never gets boring. I can see a huge process from when I first started modeling to where I'm now and I hope that the development will keep on going.
As a person I'm open minded, I have a lot of energy and I'm always in a good mood. I'm very spontaneously and always have a lot of stuff going on.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
If I could change one thing it would be to spend more time on myself. I always have a lot going on with work, volunteering, work out, friends and my family and on the same time I'm always 100% commit to the things I do. So I'm always on the run and doing something - and I love it! But if I had to change something it would be to be less impulsive, more structured and use more time on being home and just relax.
How did you start modeling?
My best friend has worked as a model in many years. She convinced me one day to get some pictures taken in her apartment. It was a lot of fun but also terrifying at the same time. Afterwards she invited me to a foto shoot in Copenhagen with a photographer she knew and I was sold! I loved it from the beginning and was lucky to have the best and most patient teachers - THANKS. The more pictures I have showed on the internet the more photographer approached me and since then it has gone fast and I now have a great network of talented and professional people.
What do you think of the work as a model?
It's fun and challenging at the same time, but I love it. You have to be 100% commit every time you are in front of the camera and it's a creative process every time. Sometimes I get just the look I wished for and other times the pictures turns out completely different but I think that's was so cool about modeling. There is no correct result. There are so many different expressions and feelings and sometimes you see yourself from a new side. It's challenging, fun and instructive. But you also have to be strong and being able to listen to criticism. We all have different taste and when I post a picture on the internet that I really like I have to prepared myself that maybe not everyone else will like it as much as I do. But you learn to love yourself and your unique quirks and I think that's very important.
What is your beauty regime?
I try to eat healthy and organic but that doesn't mean that I don't love a good burger - because I do. I wish that I could say that I drink a lot of water because I know that's healthy but I'm really bad at drinking water and the same goes with my sleep. I don't get enough sleep and I'm really bad at getting in bed at the right time. On the other hand I try to work out at least 3 a week so hopefully that can make up for the rest.
Besides that I wash my face every morning and evening and use facial products. But I think that the most important is that you are happy because then you will have a natural glow that none facial products can make up for.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I think one of my biggest qualities is that I take a lot of chances and love a challenge. I'm not scared to try something new. It doesn't always work out but at least I have tried. That also means that I'm not scared for trying something new and different at a photo shoot.
I don't get count up in the small things that can ruin my day. Besides that I also try to do a lot of the things that makes me happy because when I'm happy I can better help other people which I do through my job as a nurse but also at my job as a volunteer.
What are you plans for the future?
That's a difficult question, I always have so many plans.
Next month I will begin working at my dream job as a nurse in the emergency room at Herning hospital. So hopefully I will get to learn and work a lot. Before that I'm leaving for Thailand for 15 days with my boyfriend and in June I'm going to Greece to work as a volunteer. In the autumn I'm going to Israel with some of my friends and between all that I will hopefully also get to do a lot of photoshoots.
I hope that I in the future will get to work with even more talented people and keep getting better.
In general my plan for the future: Do what makes you happy and just live life.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
That's difficult. I think all photo shoots is a unique experience and you learn something new every time. But one of my favorite experiences was my underwater photoshoot. It was very difficult but also so much fun. To be able to hold your breath in enough time for the light to function and still being able to pose is a real challenge and it resulted in some quite funny pictures sometimes but the feeling I got when it finally succeed, that's was the best.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Don't do anything that you can't vouch for be true to your boundaries and don't let people push you into something you don't want. Don't give up and believe in yourself.
What do you think of the magazine?
I really like the magazine. It's cool that there is a place where you can find inspiration both as a professional but also as an amateur. And also a place where there is room for different types and talents. Hopefully it can also help me meeting a lot of new people and people that have the same desires as you. I'm proud to be a part of it so thank you so much for the opportunity.