Brysten Moss discusses their modeling plans for 2019, being outspoken, dealing with critics, their goals, and more!

Interviews / Topic of the Week – Independent Connecticut model Brysten Bug didn’t mind giving me the inside scoop on all of their latest plans in a recent interview we finished over the week. After accepting an invitation to be interviewed for the website I sent them over a couple of questions and waited for their response to post it up. I hope you enjoy the interview!

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~~Interview /w Brysten Moss~~

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Internet Hollywood: Hey Brysten! Welcome back to the Internet Hollywood universe my friend. It feels like it’s been a long time since we chopped it up and I’m happy we finally could in this brand new year. How did you celebrate bringing the new year in and what goals have you set in place that you wish to accomplish this year?

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Brysten: Hey hey! Thank you, it is so great to be back and doing another interview. I have been super busy and going through a lot of life changes, so it’s nice to be able to take some time and talk about things! My New Year’s celebration itself was pretty tame, I just stayed in and celebrated it at home, and went to sleep shortly after midnight. My goals this year are to continue with the positive artistic direction that my modeling has been going in, and incorporate more of my actual emotions into my work instead of posing just to pose and modeling just to model. All of my favorite shots of mine are the ones where I was truly feeling what I was doing.

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Internet Hollywood: You have always been one of those people that actively gets involved in collaborations with talented photographers from many places. What are some of the things your going to be working on this year and will we be seeing any photo shoots soon?

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Brysten: From my start in modeling just about 2 years ago, it has been my goal to meet and work with as many talented individuals, from near and from far, that I can. I hopefully will be going to New York City soon to be doing some work with a collective that I am a part of, and I also have a bunch of brilliant concepts planned with Melissa C Morris of MCM Photography Studios. As for what’s coming soon, I just attended the Valentine’s Day group shoot at Wallis&Vinsion Studio, and I’m very proud to say that I have a plethora of beautiful images to share.

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Internet Hollywood: Judging by your experience, what has been the biggest thing you learned since you’ve started modeling independently and what are some things all beginners should know before starting off?

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Brysen: A few come to mind so this is gonna be a long one because, in my opinion, they were all very crucial in my success. I consider myself very lucky in that I have never really struggled with the posing part, which is what some people seem to find the hardest at first. However, I think one of the most important things that I have learned is that modeling takes a willingness to take risks. If you’re not willing to go the extra mile to get the image, simply put, you’re not going to get the image. It’s very easy to want to hold back at first because you’re afraid of being judged, but I think that the beauty in modeling comes deeply in part with shedding that fear entirely and unapologetically being yourself. Second of all, a big misconception we all here is that all models are bitches and everybody wants to destroy you. This will often discourage newer models from attending group shoots out of fear of judgment, or not being shot because they are surrounded by more experienced models, or generally wanting to avoid drama that might not even exist. New models, please don’t let your distrust for other people in the community discourage you from networking. Other models are some of the best people I have ever met, and while there are some negative people who show up, it is a disservice to yourself to not get to know the people who are in your community. It’s like getting close to anybody in any workplace, just don’t shit where you eat and everything should be fine. I would be lying if I said I haven’t gotten very hurt by trusting somebody in the community too much, but never in a million years would I let that stop me from forming connections with other creatives in New England. As a third and final piece of advice, DO NOT CONFINE YOURSELF TO ONE STYLE!!! Unless you are 100% sure of the aesthetic the you were going for and you want to stay dedicated to that aesthetic above all, be versatile. Do different things, be hippy one day, be goth the next, chic the day after that. There is no such thing as just one you and it opens up so many more doors to get work if you are able to have that much versatility in your portfolio. I cannot tell you the amount of times that I have seen people lose work over the fact that they were too afraid to venture outside of one style.

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Internet Hollywood: I’m sure everyone that knows you knows you say what’s on your mind and you have an awesome way of expressing your humor when you adresss certain things. What is the motivational drive behind you beng such an outspoken person that doesn’t fear saying what you say and how do you avoid being effected by any critics that may be out there?

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Brysten: I knew this question was coming in an interview soon! My scars and my internet opinions are basically the two defining traits of what makes up Ballistic Bug’s persona, haha. To be completely honest, I consider my outspokenness to be a bit of a negative trait sometimes, and it’s something that I’m working on tweaking so that I can still maintain the impact it has on people while taking away the negativity that might come with it. I think where it came from, this need to be heard and to shout my thoughts from the digital rooftops, is my background. Anybody who has followed me for long enough knows that I have a pretty deep dark history of bad things that happened all from childhood through now. Up until I was an adult, I was often silenced. Nearly everything I said was met with being told to shut up, or to go tell somebody else, or it was completely ignored altogether. Then, suddenly, 2 years ago my model-self was born at and I had somehow blown up on Facebook right before then. I had just gone through surgery, and during my recovery, I had made a lot of online friends and gained a solid few followers. It seemed like overnight that I had gone from being completely ignored to a bunch of people valuing what I said, seemingly just because I modeled now. That absolutely went to my head, and it formed this sort of hardass shell. Again, I am trying to work on toning it down. As for avoiding the critics, this sounds bad, but my mindset toward it is just sorta “fuck em.” There are always going to be people criticizing what I do, even if I am completely angelic and avoid controversy altogether. It’s the nature of modeling, especially with a decent platform. The cool thing about critics is that critics will talk. Talking will lead people to make, and maybe the people that are led to me will like what they see. Anybody who doesn’t is probably super boring, anyways!

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Internet Hollywood: Last question, what has been your main focus since this year started and did you feel you have to change anything about yourself this year to make sure this year works out differently from you?

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Brysten: My main focus has been working on my mental health, which has a very long way to go. In particular, I think I need to work on independence. A recent separation in my life has left me very blindsided and it’s been hard to recover from, and that has made me realize that I am not nearly as independent as I thought. So I think I need to learn how to depend on myself a little better, starting with the little things.

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Brysten!

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