Interviews / Stories
Interview Model: Laura Jane Dunkerley (London, UK)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I was born in Britain and after leaving university where I had been studying Biomedical Science I trained at Tiffany Theatre College as a professional dancer and actress. I then moved from my hometown Deal, in Kent, to London where I've been living now for the past three years.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Definitely my height! As a shorter model the work is always harder to chase but I've still been super lucky with the opportunities I've been given so wouldn't change it for the world.
How did you start modeling?
I was originally scouted by my agency BMA who I'm still with to this day working full time as a commercial model in the UK. Once I realised there was a commercial bracket of modelling which was more forgiving about height I decided to pursue it as a career alongside my dancing and acting work.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I love it! Everyday is different and you meet so many creatives along the way, some of whom I'm really good friends with now. It can sometimes be tiring with long days and early starts and the rejection can be difficult at first but once you learn to brush that off it's a great industry to be a part of.
What is your beauty regime?
Usually I just drink plenty of water (2 litres a day), workout regularly and just make sure to go barefaced on any days off with plenty of moisturiser to give my skin a break from all the make up I wear on the job. A good exfoliator, face wash and toner is important to keep your skin as fresh as possible as well as a facemask once or twice a week if possible.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I'm a massive tomboy having grown up close to my dad and brother at a young age and I've always been the goofy/nerdy one of the group as well as hyperactive 99.9% of the time (I genuinely have no idea how my mum survived bringing me up, absolute trooper!)
What are your plans for the future?
Eventually I'd like to run my own agency and maybe move to LA, but for now I'm happy where I am and with what I'm doing, just take every day as it comes!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Working with such big brands and meeting so many amazing people, it's hard to pinpoint a favourite! But getting to dance on the Britains Got Talent stage for a Shreddies commercial was a great experience (thanks to my agent Alex Kordek at AJK) and my first ever professional campaign that I booked for O2 will always be special to me (thanks to my agency BMA).
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Just get stuck in! Go to as many castings as you can get to, look after yourself and don't be disheartened when you don't book a job, so many people will give up just because of the rejection alone when the biggest job of their career could have been waiting just around the corner. If you love it enough you'll get to where you want to be, it's cliche but I was told so many times I'd never be able to do it as a career and there's no better feeling than proving those people wrong, so keep going!
What do you think of the magazine?
Great! Lots of interesting people involved and plenty of inspiration to take in!
Facebook: Laura Jane Dunkerley