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Rising Stars: Meet Alyssa Araxie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Araxie.

Hi Alyssa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started my modeling journey through social media and collabing with different Instagram photographers. I just tried to keep promoting different looks and content on my page. Through that, I was discovered by my Mother Agent, Suzanne VonShaack, who trained me in runway and connected me to my past and current agency.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It most definitely has not been the easiest path for me. The first Agency I signed with was a big agency with a huge name backing them. However, the problem with big agencies is they already have their go to girls who they know will book. They constantly wanted me to change my body and weight and my mental took a huge hit because of that. I was sitting at home bordering an eating disorder, body dysmorphia, mental health issues and not working; all because I wanted the big agency name behind me. Once I finished my contract and broke away from them, I started doing more freelance work and signed with my current agency who I’m extremely happy with.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
So in all, I am a Model, Creative Director, and Actress. Through modeling, I discovered I really enjoy the behind the scenes of production and putting sets together and just the creative aspect in all, which is how I started my career in Creative Directing. In the aspect of my acting career, I always knew it was something I wanted to do but I didn’t start taking it seriously until this year 2021. The first shoot I was creative director of was a shoot called “Dump Trump”. It’s one of the works I’m most proud of because it was my first Creative Directing job and for that, it will always hold a higher and special place to me. The shoot I am the most proud of would have to be the campaign I did for Authentic Beauty Concept which was sold in Ulta stores everywhere. Seeing my face in a huge makeup chain like that was kind of the wake up call for me saying “This is real. This is really what I do.”

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I believe risks are necessary. It’s a corny saying but you know, you win some and you lose some but you don’t learn anything by not giving it a go. A lot of agency signed models will not do freelance work because they are worried about upsetting their agency. I am by no means saying to disrespect your agents because I wouldn’t be as far as I am without them. However, I also wouldn’t have made the connections and worked with people I’ve dreamed about working with if I never took the risk and started doing my own freelance work as well.

Pricing:

  • Modeling: 75-100 per hour

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