Q&A with Model, Carina Kresic
Carina and I have been friends since the tender age of 2. We went to all the same schools (except during my short stint at Ottawa U) and have always lived in the same neighborhood. She always talked about wanting to enter the world of modeling and finally, at age 23, she took the plunge and got signed with NEXT Models. She's been on the cover of Wedding Bells magazine and has modeled for Joe Fresh, Dynamite, and Roots Canada. She's 100% slaying the game and agreed to answer some questions about the process, what it takes, and what she's been using to keep her skin radiant and camera ready.
Q: What would you say to someone looking to enter the modeling world?
A: Make sure you're prepared! So many girls start modeling when they are very young, and at that age, you can easily be influenced to do things that you may not be totally comfortable with. The modeling world isn't all that glamorous and you need to have thick skin to face the criticism you'll get. I only started modeling at the age of 23 which makes me feel so old for the industry! But I'm grateful that I started later in life because I'm at a point where I'm comfortable with who I am and can stand up for myself if I ever am in an uncomfortable situation. It's not easy to know you're always being judged on your physical appearance. Your ego definitely takes a hit when you don't get a job. You find yourself thinking that maybe you weren't pretty enough or fit enough but in the end, you just have to tell yourself that your look wasn't what the client was looking for and that you have something better waiting around the corner. Also, make sure you're always nice! Personality gets you far in the industry. The reality is that there will always be someone prettier than you but if you're easy to work with and work hard, clients will recognize that and will be more likely to book & rebook you!
Q: What are 3 things that go through your mind while at a shoot?
A: I always get nervous when I start a photo shoot with people I've never worked with before. But I always remind myself that they booked me for a reason and I need to remain confident in myself so that it translates through the camera. I always try to stay confident, be kind and easygoing. Some jobs can be stressful, so making sure that you're relaxed helps ease me into getting the job done and done well.
Q: Smiling with teeth vs. no teeth?
A: I personally feel my best when I smile with my teeth. But everyone is different and you have to do what makes you feel the most confident! In the end, confidence translates through the lens and with great confidence you'll end up with great shots.
Q: Do you have a classic pose?
A: Posing in front of the camera was definitely not something I was comfortable with at first or something that felt natural. In all honesty, I actually felt very uncomfortable posing for photos unless I was smiling before I started modeling. But like they say, practice makes perfect. When I first started, photographers helped me a lot, guiding me through what works best in front of the camera. It's a lot harder than it looks but the key to posing, from what I've learned over the past year, is making sure you are constantly moving and to be fluid with your movements. As long as you keep moving, the photographer will capture the moments they love and the end result will look natural and effortless.
Q: Whats the modeling process like during a shoot?
A: You typically arrive at your location, get into hair and makeup, and then change into your look so they can shoot for the remainder of the day. Depending on the type of job - could be a lookbook with only a few outfits or could be e-commerce (all the photos you see online for clothing brands). Lookbooks and shoots with only a few looks tend to move at a slower pace than e-commerce ones. With e-commerce, you usually shoot 20-30 looks in a day so you pretty much only have 10-15 mins per piece. Every shoot is different, and this is the part I love about my job!
Q: What does your skin care regimen look like?
A: Skincare is something I take very seriously as I've struggled with skin issues my whole life. I use to have the worst acne and had to go on Accutane when nothing else was working. Since taking Accutane, my skin has cleared up but I still get hormonal breakouts like most people do. After years of trying every imaginable skin care product, I have finally found a routine that works for me! My go-to products are Klurskin Hyaluronic Acid serum that has vitamin c and First Aid's Beauty moisturizer. For some reason, these two products have changed my skin for the past year and I'm so happy. My secret skincare product is actually Polysporin! It's the best thing to put on your breakouts since it fights against infection and scarring. I always carry a small tube of it in my purse.
Q: When it comes to Instagram, do you have a secret posting pattern?
A: I won't lie, I'm not the best at keeping up with my social media accounts. I try my best to post often but I know I really need to get better at it since having a big following can make a difference in this industry. The reality in our world now is that our social media following plays a part in the jobs we get. People want you to be a somebody. They want as much social media exposure as they can get. The key is to stay active on social media and post as often as you can. I use Instagram as a digital portfolio in a way. It's an easy way for anyone in the world to see who you are and everything you've done. For that reason, I love it! It lets me reach a much bigger audience than I would if it didn't exist!
Ps. You can follow her on Instagram here.