Beyond The Lens – Things have been heating up for the winter as spring slowly comes closer to our beautiful world where creativity is everything. I have been getting all the inside scoop on a lot of upcoming talent that didn’t mind sharing their plans for 2018.
One of those talented people I caught up with was an independent model from the state of Connecticut named Mandii Jean. Check out our interview!
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Mandi P*~*~
Internet Hollywood: What’s up Mandii!? I want to give you another warm welcome to the Internet Hollywood universe. I truly apologize for bringing you on a rollercoaster to get you through this point. I’m glad to finally be able to redo the interview the right way without any disruptions like before. How is your new year been going so far? What are some of the things you have worked on so far?
Jean: 2018 is off to a great start for me! I got hired as an In-House Model for Studio 95 Photographix located in Milford, CT. Since the start of my new endeavor, I have been learning a lot about the industry, working alongside some very knowledgeable and talented individuals. I couldn’t be more thankful for all the opportunities that are coming my way!
Internet Hollywood: You really challenged yourself last year when it came down to making some pretty difficult decisions. I remember you told me how you did a photoshoot in a hot tub while you were suffering from the flu. How in god’s name did you pull that off as good as you did? You didn’t even look sick in the pictures!
Jean: Back in December I pushed through my sickness and was able to create some amazing images. Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do! Modeling is a job so I try to stick to the plans no matter what. Especially if multiple people are involved in making something happen.
Internet Hollywood: I definitely feel you have proven yourself as an independent modeling that really wants to make modeling a career field in the long term. When did this love for modeling begin and who influenced you to keep doing it?
Jean: My passion really developed over the summer of 2017. I promoted products on an Instagram feed for a few years and that’s when I realized if I had professional photos and video on my feed, it could potentially bring in a lot more followers/buyers. After deciding to do my first photoshoot, I fell in love. I started booking with more and more photographers… and here I am! I’m continuously being influenced by local talent/models every day.
Internet Hollywood: What is your favorite theme when it comes doing photoshoots, and is there any other styles you would like to explore this year?
Jean: I have been getting into boudoir lately. I love getting all glammed up and into something sexy. It definitely gives me a confidence boost! I lost a lot of weight, so it feels good to show off the hard work. I also gravitate towards moody, emotional photos. I love a photo that can tell a story. I would really love to explore runway, but not so sure how my walk is. We will see what 2018 brings!
Internet Hollywood: What are some of the things newer models should watch out for when trying to build connections to get photoshoots to help build their portfolios?
Jean: I’m thankful I picked up on a lot of things quickly in this industry because it can be dangerous if you’re not careful and protecting yourself. Do background checks on people you will be working with. Don’t go alone. Ask models about photographers. Do your research. Have a contract written up. Be wise about who you are shooting with. My big thing is; quality over quantity!
Internet Hollywood: Are you looking to sign to an agency or stay independent?
Jean: Right now, I am going to stay working independently and as an in-house model for Studio 95 Photographix. If the right opportunity arises, who knows?!
Internet Hollywood: Who are some of the people that you would like to work with?
Jean: I would really like to work with Mark Johnson again. We did one photoshoot at the beginning of my career, but I would love to work with him again. I’ve also been loving the work by the following individuals… @fstopphotostudio, @danarruphotography, @haileymachadophoto.
Internet Hollywood: Last question; did you have to leave anything back in 2017 to make 2018 a better year?
Jean: Yes. Without getting into too much detail, I had to cut a few people out of my life. I’ve had to show tough love and do some things I didn’t necessarily want to do. In order to progress and move forward, I’m trying to focus on me and less on those I can’t help.
Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Mandii!
~*~*Credits & Links*~*~
Photographer: Gregory Geiger (@g3studio95)
Photographer: Section 9 (Instagram)