Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Munoz.
Tiffany, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up watching America’s Next Top Model and loved all the sets, poses, photographers, etc. I used to think to myself, I can do that. I was 13 years old when I was introduced to modeling and acting by my mother’s friend who is a photographer/designer. Through her, I signed with a talent agency.
After two years, I decided I wanted to manage myself as a model and stray away from acting. I submitted myself for casting/model calls and received callbacks often. I attended networking events, built my contact list, people I’ve worked with would refer me for jobs and I made my way into the industry. In 2014 I took some photography classes and fell in love.
Photography is more of a passion/hobby. I did an internship at Noell in 2015 and started off as a floor model, in-store photographer and made my way up to fashion director. I directed my first fashion show in 2016. I started to model less during 2017-2019 due to my mental health and other responsibilities. This year I’m making a come back as a size 6/8 model.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For the most part, it was smooth. I went through a brief hiatus as I mentioned before, and it was hard. I experienced an identity crisis that hindered me from moving forward with my craft. I was in a toxic relationship and my mental health declined. I questioned my craft, I had lost a lot of weight, no longer had any motivation to create, and I had to figure it all out. I took a break to focus on myself and get my priorities straight. I went back to school to study business and marketing, I surrounded myself with likeminded people, and I strengthened my body and mind. I am now trying to fit school, work, and modeling into my schedule.
Anyway, the obstacles I faced as a model were meeting the height requirement for fashion shows, being unable to attend castings due to my availability but mainly the challenges I gave myself. I decided to stray away from high fashion and runway and expand my portfolio as a model. I felt motivated to get out of my comfort zone and drifted towards more artsy style shoots. I’ve done boudoir, body paint gigs, modeled unique hairstyles or wigs and more.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a professional model and photographer. I specialize in high fashion, print, runway, etc. I am known for my unique features and adaptability. I am most proud of my first publication for PUMP Magazine. It was unforeseen, MY face on the cover of a magazine and a photograph I took for a Noell advertisement on the back cover. I was in New York for an event when I received an email of the tearsheets and the link to purchase the magazine. I can’t thank Nicole & Barry enough for the opportunity.
As a photographer, to be completely honest with you, I’m unsure where I fit. I’m still in the process of discovering what my specialty is. I can shoot just about anything from high fashion to lifestyle but I do enjoy shooting candid photos the most.
What sets me apart from others is how I use my years of experience as a model and photographer to execute a shoot in front of or behind the lens. I am hyper-aware of how to position myself or a model at a flattering angle. Making sure articles of clothing, accessories, hair, and makeup are on point. If there are any potential distractions in the background, just a lot of little details that go through my head before I can comfortably photograph or be photographed. I recently began model coaching for RAW Powershoots. I’ve come up with my own method as a model coach for aspiring models that eases them into the fashion/model world. I enjoy assisting photographers to achieve the perfect shot and reassuring the models that they’re doing great and providing solicited advice. I’ve also taken up the position of being their behind the scenes photographer and providing content for their social media. Marketing/Advertising is a new service I offer. I will eventually take graphic design classes to compliment my new craft as well.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
It’s important to be yourself. I refuse to put myself in an uncomfortable situation or do something I don’t want to do. It’s ok to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone but don’t allow anyone to persuade you into doing something you don’t want to do. It’s ok to say no thank you! I understand the fear of missing out on an opportunity but you have to ask yourself if it’s really worth it. Communication is very important. Attending events often allows you to meet new people and potential clients. It goes a long way especially when you manage yourself in this industry.