Hi Janel, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Please share with our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from?
I was born in Connecticut but I grew up in Florida. I spent most of my adult life living in Tokyo, New York City, or on the road with a traveling circus. I grew up performing and only started modeling seriously about two years ago. In addition to modeling though, I also own and operate a dog walking and pet sitting company in Florida, where I currently reside, and it’s a great way to combine my love of exercise and animals!
What is a typical day like for yourself?
I wake up every morning naturally. I never set alarms and have trained my body to wake up just after sunrise on most days. (Once in a while I may cheat and sleep in but that’s rare!) I listen to the Howard Stern Show if he is on the air or WNYC, New York’s local NPR affiliate. They have great morning programming. I walk down to the cafe a few blocks away and do any work email/invoicing/etc over a cup of coffee and some fruit and granola I bring from home. Since I’m a regular customer, the shop doesn’t seem to mind that I bring my own snacks.
Then, around 10:00 AM I go home to gather my work stuff for the day, hop on my bicycle, and go and walk dogs! Evenings are tough for me. I am really over the bar scene but many people my age aren’t, so I have found a couple of solid, good friends who enjoy seeing films, going to museums, playing cards, or just sitting around talking. When I’m not with them, I spend evenings either listening to whatever radio program I didn’t finish that same morning or reading with a glass of wine. I’m really not that exciting. Haha. When I DO have a boyfriend (which I currently do not) I’d like to insert sex as an activity once or twice throughout the day, as well.
Which genre of modeling are you particularly drawn to?
“Art” modeling which I think is up for interpretation. I’m open to all sorts of genres but I like the collaborative and daring style of a shoot having a very free-flowing, avant-garde feel. One thing I DON’T do is runway because A. I’m not tall enough, and B. When I wear high heels I look like a newborn giraffe learning how to walk.
Do you have any hobbies?
Cycling, going to the beach (it’s five minutes away), reading, smoking (I don’t recommend it but we are being honest here), and refinishing, painting, and antiquing furniture. Making someone else’s trash a work of art! I also really love going to estate sales and looking over the things that people leave behind when they die. It really makes me remember what is truly important in this life.
Is there a favorite quote or motto you live by?
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde
“If you go back to somebody’s place and they don’t have any books, don’t fuck them.” – John Waters
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you?
My life is a series of comedic moments aka Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm. I couldn’t begin to pick just one.
If you had the opportunity to meet anyone past or present, who will it be?
Alan Watts. I’d like to talk to him about alcoholism and how a man who seemed so sharp and so keen and helped so many people be slowly killing himself to death with booze and what that felt like and if he regrets it.
What can a guy do to turn you off on a date?
Look at his cell phone. No. Scratch that. Rest it on the table at dinner as if *anticipating* a call. Put your fucking phone away. You can not check your Instagram for one fucking hour while you’re sitting across the table supposed to be talking to and learning about another human being.
It is a pleasure to feature you, Janel. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy is knowing what you want – or – if you don’t know what you want, actively trying to figure that out. What we want changes often and being able to say, “Yes, I’m okay with this” or “No, this is not what I want” is very important. Women, especially, are so often apologizing for things when really they should be saying, “Excuse me.”
It drives me nuts when a woman will say something like, “I’m sorry, can I ask a question?” It isn’t her fault though. Society has engrained that into her. But take the power back. Open up the dialogue. Say something. “Excuse me, I’d like to ask a question.” Be apart of the conversation. Strength and drive and the ability to speak up and speak out are really sexy things to me.
CirqueJanel refrains from using most forms of social media and, specifically, loathes Snapchat almost as much as she hates Pokemon Go! She does, however, use Instagram as a way to connect with other artists (like you guys at this publication!), if you wish to follow her you may:
New work and upcoming projects are posted there pretty regularly.
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