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Meet Samantha Gibbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Gibbs.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Samantha. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I originally moved out to LA to pursue acting, but like most stories go, it is a lot harder to get into than I originally thought. I struggled to afford acting classes which lead me to being on a dry spell for a while. I started to doubt myself and whether I should even continue trying to pursue this dream that I had since I was a little girl, and then a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to help with his photography portfolio and model for him.

I had done a little modeling here and there for some photographer friends back home, so I thought it would be fun to get creative again. I ended up posting the photos on my personal Instagram account, which lead to some photographers messaging me wanting to shoot me, I started to build a bit of a following, shooting more commercial portraits in the beginning. I then started to go to meets held within the LA area, networking and meeting even more photographers and models within the photography community in LA.

I really loved the whole atmosphere of being able to create something from start to finish, but I was still craving the ability to be creative and really tap into why I came out to LA. That’s when I started to move away from commercial portraits and focused more on cinematic and theatrical modeling. I can tell a story with my modeling, like acting on still film, and I absolutely love it.

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, but those bumps have taught me so much. By far the biggest obstacle I’ve overcome is listening to my heart and creating the content I want, not the ‘popular’ content I was doing. I started out commercial modeling in lingerie, but I really wasn’t happy doing it.

I wanted to be creative and make moody, dark, and theatrical content; I wanted to act. So I decided to do a complete 180 and change my content into what it is today. It was rocky in the beginning because I not only lost a lot of supporters within the photography community that I had been modeling in but also followers on my Instagram that I had been working very hard to build.

In the beginning, I doubted if I made the right choice. But every time I stepped in front of the camera and got to create the art I wanted, those doubts began to disappear. It wasn’t easy taking that step, but it’s a decision I don’t regret for a second.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a model specializing in theatrical, cinematic, and mood driven photography. I am known for doing concepts that are darker and more emotional based, with a bit of weird thrown in.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I definitely see the fashion and modeling industry going beyond commercial modeling and leaning more towards theatrics. There are so many companies and publications that want to sell their products in a more eye-catching way.

I feel like this industry wants to make people talk and think with the photos that they produce, and I think that’s amazing. Blending art and commercialism is definitely in the future.

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Image Credit:
Justin Gutierrez (Instagram: Blaqk.Rabbit)

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