getting to know – claudia misiak
When and how did you become a model?
When I was younger all my mothers friends told her that I’ll work as a model when I’m older because of my long legs. My mom always told me about these stories and when I turned 16 I started to read fashion magazines and googled what a model does and what kind of models there are.
I started to search for photographers so I can try it out. I really had fun at my first shooting so I decided to go to different photographers and to apply to different castings. At one of these castings I met a photographer who was fascinated by my face. We worked together and became friends and I asked him a lot of questions how to apply to other castings and some agencies. After I knew how, I applied to different things and also tried to do different shootings to get experience.
Becoming friends with people in the industry is so important. What agency are you with and how long have you been with them?
Right now I’m not with any agency. I am a freelance model.
Tell us the most interesting thing to ever happen on a photoshoot?
It’s not the most interesting thing that happened to me on a photoshoot but it is a memory that makes me happy everytime thinking about it.
I had a shooting and the photographer posted a selfie of us in his story and while we were shooting some magazines contacted him saying they want to have me in their next issue. He told me about it and I was so happy because I’ve never been in magazines before. I was so proud and happy that things are working out.
What’s your favorite shoot you’ve done?
A shooting in the desert. It was a really beautiful place. The sand so even and soft, the place super quiet and the sun shining on my skin. It was definitely a unique view. It was really hot out there but I prefer hot weather over cold weather.
That sounds like genuine perfection! Are there any aspects of the industry that you don’t like?
There are a few things I really don’t like. I don’t like that there are some people in the industry that try to take advantage of models. They try to blackmail or abuse the models to get what they want. This is a big problem.
Another thing is that there are many people who will destroy the confidence of a model by telling them they have to much weight on or aren’t good enough. A lot of models suffer from eating disorders.
It’s shocking that in 2020, this still happens. Hopefully one day this will change. You are one of the most versatile models we’ve come across, do you feel that benefits you when getting work?
Definitely! It gives me the chance to work with different good photographers and be able to give them the mood they want on pictures. It gives me the chance to get to work with different photographers for different magazines or campaigns.
What’s the thing you enjoy most about modeling?
Meeting different people and traveling around the world. I love to meet new people and some of them become good friends.
Traveling is one of the things I do since I’m a kid as my mother and I always live in different countries. I couldn’t imagine a life without traveling.
How long do you wish to be modelling?
I discovered my passion for it after my first photo shooting (with 16) as I noticed how much fun I have being in front of a camera.
What photographer do you want to work with the most and why?
There are a lot of other photographers I want to work with. For example Ellen von Unwerth, Luigi and Iango and a lot of others I really wish to work with one day. I love their photography style and they are inspiring. It’s hard for me to choose only one as there are a lot of good and creative photographers out there.
They are some great choices! Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
Please never do anything you don’t want to do. If you feel uncomfortable with anything, don’t do it! If people tell you ‘you can’t do it’ don’t listen to them and don’t let them try to blackmail you. Always be careful.