Amanda L’ise is an actress, dancer and model, splitting her time between Kent and London in the UK. Although Amanda is currently working as a dance instructor and towards a number of acting roles we were delighted when she agreed to complete a feature interview for Urbanity Chic to discuss her modeling work. Read the full interview below to find out, amongst other things, what Amanda has recently been working on, how she prepares for a shoot and what music she enjoys listening to.
Q: How did you get into fashion modelling?
I realised I had a potential for modelling when I was at college where I was used for promoting the college within brochures and posters. Being a Performing Arts graduate, makes modelling come quite naturally to me, I then went on to getting portfolios done to help boost my career.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Great, I have recently got back from Mexico and was involved in commercial work for the BBC and a feature for Channel 4. I have participated in music videos and short films.
Q: Who inspires you?
Within the fashion world, I love how Rihanna was styled on her LOUD tour, I believe Adam Selman helped style her for this, and the style in her LOUD pictures.
Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?
I like a variety of designs but I do like the designs for Rihanna as they are always unique and changing, bringing something new to fashion and unexpected.
Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?
I am happy either way, it really depends on the shoot itself and the most beneficial outcome.
Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?
Don’t eat sandwiches with pesto as the green bits get stuck in your teeth! Lol. I went for a casting once where they wanted a Katherine Hepburn look NOT Audrey Hepburn, as you can see I look nothing like Katherine Hepburn. Pay attention to what you are applying for.
Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?
I make sure I have a good night’s sleep and soak, make sure hair, nails face etc is up to scratch. Go feeling confident, so what I am wearing has to make me feel good and prepared for it.
Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?
Yes! I like the one with the blue hat which you will see here, but I like to be creative and try new styles. My next style for my portfolio will be lots of colours, a Mediterranean / Caribbean look.
Q: Who is your favourite photographer?
I like Sandrine Dulermo and Michael Labica who worked on Cheryl Coles 2011 calendar and her recent pictures by Rankin. I also like Sarah Monrose who took my pictures.
Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?
I am open minded to work with anybody that feels they could work with my look within creating new styles to make me stand out.
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
A form of expression of who you are or brand you may like to be seen as.
Q: How would you define your personal style?
My style is to just wear things that compliment my figure/looks and I also go for comfort! I like beige with my skin tone but also colours like bright red and pink etc.
Q: Where are you based?
I am based in London and Kent.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It is nice to have the busy and energetic life of London as it is always alive, but also nice to have the more peaceful surroundings of Kent.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being part of the commercial for BBC where we got to dress up in a funky fashion design as a Girlband group and accomplishing a 2:1 in Performing Arts.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?
I hope to keep on being involved in commercial work and gaining success from jobs I may do, keep doing what I love to do.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I like to chill out in my room watching telly, reading magazines etc or go for a massage and go out for meals with friends.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Caribbean/Mediterranean for the beaches, but Italy for the food!
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Pixie Lott and JLS etc.
Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?
Dancing and Acting are my hobbies. I teach dance.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?
Work hard, push to make yourself be known, confidence, be who you are and look after yourself. Make a connection with the style you are modelling, feel it! Enjoy it and have fun.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
I am ambitious and I think I have the love the passion and the drive to succeed.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
That’s pretty much me! : )
Editor’s Note: Amanda L’ise’s eyes and personality draw you into every shot. At Urbanity Chic we believe she’s perfect for successful and commercial print work. Definitely one of our people to watch for 2012 and beyond!
If you’d like to contact or check out more of Amanda L’ise’s portfolio just check out the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/Amanda_L’ise
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Louise-Groom/524056468
Star Now: http://www.starnow.com/AmandaLise