Model Rae Harris discusses fashion modeling, her inspiration, taking a break due to her pregnancy, going to Texas and more!

Beyond The Lens – It never fails to amuse me when talented people I connect with through my social media pages take on one on one interviews with me for InternetHollywood.com because it doesn’t matter how similar the questions may be because the answers always turn out to be different most of the time. I caught up with a pretty awesome actress by the name of Rae Harris who kindly opened up her passion behind fashion modeling and her upcoming plans to expand her brand in the future. It was definitely fun putting together these questions for her and I’m happy I could her answers with all of you that’s interested in reading. I hope you enjoy reading the interview!

~~Interview /w Rae Harris~~

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Internet Hollywood: Welcome to the Internet Hollywood universe Rae! You accepting this interview is greatly appreciated and definitely exciting since its our very first one together. After seeing your work I’ve grown very interested in learning about what you do and how you started off to get to where you are today. So if you don’t mind, could you fill us in on your background story and what inspired you to choose modeling as a field you wanted to make a career out of?

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Rae: Heyyyyy…Internet Hollywood! So my name is Laura Rae Harris, formerly Forslund (maiden name). I feel so grown up looking back at everything I have achieved thus far in my life. My roots to modeling? My father is a photographer and I guess that’s where it all started; from forced glamour shots that led to billboard ads to flash forward all the way to Hawaii shooting for clothing lines! I have always been a very goofy “out of the box” person. I was never sure how to show my true self growing up which lead me to being very closed off and afraid. It was modeling that helped foster my uniqueness. I fell in love with the opportunities to act out and perform a certain look or feeling. It wasn’t until modeling to where I learned it was okay to be unique and own what made me, well, me! I’ve been obsessed with this creative outlet since I was a young kid. Whenever I’m on set it’s this feeling of “yessssss” and something comes over me and I just work it!

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Internet Hollywood: What was it about fashion modeling that caught your attention the most and are there other styles of modeling that your open to doing as well? (in general, photo shoots, etc)

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Rae: So glad you brought up my focus on fashion modeling. Including my colorful personality, my style was just as colorful growing up. I was always that girl wearing out of the box combinations. Heaven forbid I didn’t slab on those thick early 2000s polo stripes like all my peers. I soon forced myself to wear the most creative combinations to school and man did I get all the looks. This is where I started following high fashion designers and photographers. The creative minds in the fashion industry blew me away. I now love being apart of a fashion campaign as this is where I feel most comfortable and most able to think out side of the box during work. I do pick up jobs that are editorial, beauty, and commercial as well to keep myself diversified but fashion has always been a priority for my schedule.

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Internet Hollywood: What was the greatest challenge you had during the beginning stages of your career and what is your main focus when it comes to the goals you need to accomplished to get to where you want now that your more experienced?

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Rae: Great question! This one is simple. Learning the difference between a positive opportunity vs. waste of efforts. Some things are just not worth it! Some things such as; your safety and your image associating with certain people. Know your worth and know what image you are trying to create! I know both.

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Internet Hollywood: Are you currently working on any modeling projects now?

Rae: Drum roll please….. I am PREGNANT! (Enter floating confetti and whistling, whistlers?) HA! Well with that news I am slowed down for the time being as well as being deployed with the Air Force. I do have a projected maternity wear shoot down in Texas this spring but the project is all hush hush for now.

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Internet Hollywood: I mentioned this to a few people before, many beginners go through dark experiences when trying to take their first steps because of their lack of understanding. They tend to miss the signs that tells them their dealing with an unsafe person when doing collaborations with photographers. From your experience, what are some of the signs you look out for that tells you the situation is not a good one and what steps do you suggest beginners take to get started?

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Rae: I could go on about this for awhile but let me try to keep it condensed. It is a scary world out there. The modeling industry has changed dramatically and one thing in our favor is social media due to the fact of your resources! This is how I handle a social media request engaging me as a model:

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  1. Website ? Facebook? IG? Check all of them.
  2. Check the people said photographer has worked with. Message them. What was their experience? Can’t find anyone with a clickable profile? RED FLAG!!!
  3. 3-5 References no matter how legitimate they look.
  4. Bring an escort to your first shoot with said photographer.
    Got all of that? Feel good about going to the shoot? Good news to hear BUT! You get to the shoot and have a bad feeling or feel like anyone part of the team is pressuring you into doing something you are not okay? LEAVE!!! Don’t worry about burned bridges. Your safety is always first and that should be understood and easily expressed to where no legitimate bridge will be burned. Plus that discomfort is going to read all over your set anyhow!

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Internet Hollywood: When the smoke clears and all said and done, where do you see yourself at the ending of this year and is there a deadline on when you want to conquer your dreams? And if so, what happens if you pass that deadline and your not where you want to be? What happens next?

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Rae: This year is such an exciting year for me and my family. I know modeling will slow down for me but I will never walk away fully. I plan on shifting Into commercial campaigns and do some slight acting in that sense of TV ads and more challenging experiences. I see myself doing this until I am the grandma on the cookie or cleaning commercials. Modeling is home to me. I can never stay away for too long. Maybe you will see me and the new baby to be on an ad somewhere. Stay tuned people to my crazy and beautiful adventure!

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you so much for the interview, Rae!

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~~Photos~~

Photographer: Cactus Stone Photography
Photographer: Cactus Stone Photography
Antonio DeJesus Photography: Antoniodejesus.com

Antonio DeJesus Photography: Antoniodejesus.com

~~Links~~
Rae Harris: Instagram

Cactus Stone Photography: Website

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