A while back I started a personal project that involved into me wanting to interview people in the photography world. I will be interviewing people on both sides of the lens, from the models in front of the camera to all the folks behind it. Today I bring you the lovely and talented Becca Briggs. She has only been in the business for a few years now, but there is something about her that tells me she will be around for the long haul.
Gunnar: So I am going to start off with a really silly question... Who are you and why do I care?
Becca: OK, um, is that the question?
Gunnar: Yes, that's the question (silly grin on my face)
Becca: I am Becca and you care because I model, and you are interviewing people in our industry. I like being a part of the industry, meeting people, and creating something... creating art. Something for people to look at and enjoy.
Gunnar: How did you get into modeling?
Becca: My cousin started modeling when she was 17, and I had moved in with her parents when I first came to Colorado for college . She thought I had potential and invited me to a shoot to try it out. I was then told by both her and the photographer that I was a natural and began to pursue it on my own from there.
Gunnar: What made you think you would be a good model? Because of that first shoot?
Becca: Getting the positive feedback from people on shoots, and then creating a model mayhem account and seeing that people wanted to work with me. I think it was probably after 5 or 10 shoots that I realized I could really do it, I could get good images, and that I really enjoyed shooting. I have always liked photography, and this experience made it dawn on me that I like being in front of the camera and being a part of the picture.
Gunnar: I am still waiting for someone to give me the uber-vain answer of "Duh! Just look at me! I am H O T !" So next question. What are your goals as a model?
Becca: I want to work with the best of the best as well as get a large fan base, and become known in the industry as a great model to work with. I would also like to be an inspiration to women that think just because they don't have a specific look, that they can't make it; because they can . More than all of that, I want to create images that I can show my kids, grand kids, or anyone in general, and feel accomplished and proud of who I am and what I did.
Gunnar: So, if the opportunity presented it self, you'd like to join the ranks of the Super Model? Yes, I know, I am silly for even asking this question.
Becca: Of course! I would because I enjoy modeling to no end. But even if I do make it that big in the industry, I will always continue to do the side, freelance work that fulfills my creative soul. I also see it as balancing my work and play time, so that I don't end up hating it in the end.... I guess that is like any job, really.
Gunnar: How would you describe your personal style?
Becca: I have a few. It is hard to narrow it down to just one, so a few will have to do. I used to be very alternative, but not so much since most of my facial/body piercings have been taken out. My favorites to shoot would be gothic, glamour, fine art, and alternative looks. I like some fashion shoots, but mostly fashion glam versus higher fashion. Think girly with a sharp edge.
Gunnar: Aside from fact that you are young and your metabolism is still kicking strong, how do you keep your figure?
Becca: So far, high metabolism is most of it! But seriously, to keep myself in shape I do various toning exercises and eat a healthy diet. That is about it so far.
Gunnar: How long do you want to model?
Becca: As long as people still want to work with me.
Gunnar: Now for a few personal questions, just to break up the monotony. Do you speak any other languages?
Becca: I know some spanish, and would like to go back and take classes to learn more. Spanish is such a pretty language.
Gunnar: What is your sign.
Gunnar: Do you have any unusual talents?
Becca: Oh, uh, well....
Gunnar: This one stumps most people.
Becca: Well, I can read words that are written backwards without the use of mirror, if that counts?
Gunnar: It does, for sure
Becca: I can also touch my tongue to my nose. OH! I am also very crafty. Good at the DIY projects. But I can't dance. I have been told that I look like a dying animal when I dance.
Gunnar: Really, a dying animal? That bad?
Becca: Ha ha, unfortunately.
Gunnar: OK then... On that note, back to the business. What work are you most proud of and why?
Becca: My fine art projects, for sure. Those shoots take skill and lots of practice to make right. They are often the hardest to make look perfect, and when I pull those off I am really proud of them. I have also done a few shoots where I actually made the clothing for the shoot, and that makes me proud because I get to show off my hard work.
Gunnar: Being a model that often does her own hair and makeup, what would you say is the best beauty tip you could give?
Becca: I have a few, really. The first is that one to two days before a shoot I will not wear any makeup. Your skin needs time to relax, and wearing no makeup for a few days helps decrease the chance of break outs, especially since you are really caking it on for the shoot. Next would be contouring; it works wonders. You may not realize it, but once you try it you will love the improvement. Next would be fake eye-lashes. Get good at putting them on, or find someone who is. You may have great eye lashes, the longest in the world, but falsies always make eyes photograph better! Last tip is about hair. I never wash my hair the day of a shoot. It always seems to style easier when it is not freshly washed.
Gunnar: How do you maintain a healthy self esteem and positive body image in a business that is so critical and judgmental?
Becca: I do what I can to ignore or counter act the criticisms. I ignore what I can't change and do my best to present myself in the best light for the things I can. Like when they say I am too short...I wear high heels. If I am told I am not curvy enough, I pose in a manner that makes me look more curvy. Personally, this is why I prefer print work rather over runway. You can create the image that people are wanting to see, without necessary doing too much to change yourself physically. On a personal level, I've got a great support structure of friends and a significant other that stand behind me.
Gunnar: What is your favorite place that you have traveled for work?
Becca: Moab, Utah. It is such a gorgeous place to shoot, I love the variety of natural settings to work with.
Gunnar: Where would you really like to go for a shoot?
Becca: Florida. I don't know where in Florida, but somewhere that has white sand beaches, you can't go wrong with white sand and clear blue waves.
Gunnar: What motivates or inspires you to continue working in this business?
Becca: Creativity. Even when I try and take a break, I get ideas, I see ideas, people keep presenting me with ideas, and I just have to keep creating.
Gunnar: If you weren't a model, what would you be doing?
Becca: I would keep doing what I am doing right now. Aside from modeling, I also work in the event planning industry. Fortunately modeling and events go somewhat hand in hand, so for now I can do both.
Gunnar: Any final words you would like to share with your adoring public?
Becca: Wow, talk about pressure. Well, I guess I would say do what you love and love what you do. Find something you love and make it happen. Even if you're not able to do exactly what you want, find your niche and embrace it. For example I would love to shoot glamour, but physically I am not the most ideal model, so I shoot my own variations. And between that and my other creative works I am happy with it. So yeah, find a way to do what you love.
I would like to thank Becca for taking the time to sit down with me for this interview and wish her a great future. To learn more about her, check out her Facebook page or Model Mayhem account. Also check out the "Featured" section of my website for the best images from her recent shoot Moab with me.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you all have a great weekend!