Q&A with Vanessa Marie
Where are you originally from? San Jose, CA
What is your nationality? Mexican and Mayan Indian
Give us 5 words that you think best describe you? Adventurous, compassionate, savage, ambitious, fun!
Your Astrological sign here, Aquarius
How would you describe your personality in that regard? Independent, ambitious, spontaneous, organized, focused, intelligent, clean, understanding, analytical, leader
What would you say is your best asset? Being successful at anything I do! What do others compliment you on the most? Being friendly/cool.
How did you get started in modeling? I was throwing an event for my own promotion company years ago and I titled it Model Search party so that I can find models and vip hosts for future events. Someone who attended the party and assisted me in the event suggested I model myself. I told him I never thought about doing it myself but why not?! I scheduled a photoshoot soon after and loved it!
Are you signed with an agency? No, but would love to!
What do you enjoy most about modeling? Learning how to improve and modeling in different ways. Trying new things and especially doing trade shows since I can model and learn about sales/marketing.
What is the funniest thing to happen to you on a shoot? Being hungry while getting body painted and not being able to move or laugh, even when it tickled!
What are the top three things you like to shoot? Fashion, glamour, lifestyle.
Do you enjoy the constant attention and adoration that comes with being a glamour model? Yes!
Where do you want your career to be in two years? Having a role in a movie or hit TV show!
What are some of your hidden talents other than modeling? Playing piano, softball, volleyball and basketball and dancing.
Take us through your getting ready to model routine? Prepping a lot of outfits and accessories, using my straightener to curl my hair, doing my makeup and looking up new ways to do eye-shadow, stretching or doing yoga beforehand, playing music to relax and get in the mood for posing, looking up new poses and looking in the mirror to nail my facial expressions!
What is the best info you can give a new model? The mirror is your best friend. Always look for ways to improve and ask your photographer for tips or ways to do better each time. Ask knowledgeable people about your photos in regards to how he lighting, poses, backgrounds, outfits and hair/makeup is. Practice posing and faces a lot. Shoot with photographers you are comfortable with so you don’t appear nervous or awkward in your photos. Awkward poses look great on camera if done right! Stretch before and after a shoot and take hot baths to relax core and Ab muscles.
As a model, what would you say has been your biggest obstacle? Staying fit since I love being a foodie! Adjusting to new environments and accepting criticism.
If you had to walk away from modeling today, what memory would you take from it? Working in Vegas at trade shows was amazing, being a part of such a prestige community of models and companies was amazing. Walking in fashion shows was an absolutely tremendous experience and I had a great time modeling and seeing myself grow as a model.
If you had to walk away, what would you like to be remembered most for? Being able to adapt and learn quickly and having a good time while doing it! Being professional, fun and friendly as well as intelligent when it was needed most!