Like everything in life, modelling also has its pros and cons but for myself, it’s had an extremely positive impact on my life, helping me with self-confidence, self-love and the ability to show people who I really am online. But, I also feel like I have to be more conscious of the information that I share with people, and be mindful of the people who don’t have my best interests at heart. Despite all of that, I wouldn’t change this life for any other.
I honestly never wanted to model, but here I am! When I was sixteen, I started getting really active in the gym and I wanted to share my progress with others so I started posting photos of myself on Instagram in hopes to inspire others. When I was eighteen, I moved to Vancouver, Canada to pursue a degree in Communications. I was completely swept off my feet with the new lifestyle that I stopped going to the gym completely, but I knew I still wanted to inspire others.
Initially, I wanted to be a social media influencer primarily through YouTube but I found that after I bought my first camera that I lacked the self-confidence to actually post what I had to share with others online. By fluke, a friend from high school contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a photoshoot with her boyfriend and on a whim, I gave it a shot and the rest is basically history!
I’ve been modelling non-stop since then, having been featured in several publications, the VOGUE Italia website, and the Vancouver International Fashion Gala.
Favorite Modelling Genres
Every time I shoot a new genre I find myself learning too much about the industry and about my own style but I think modelling in front of urban landscapes with alternative clothes and makeup is the most exciting to me, since I grew up in a small town and the vibe is completely different.
I also love shooting swimwear, as I find it extremely empowering and I think that it inspires other women to feel confident in their own bodies at the beach.
Is Posing In Front Of The Camera Difficult?
Posing in front of a camera takes a lot of practice, but I think that the most important skill to have in front of a camera and in life is self-confidence. When I first started modelling, I had other models and photographers directing me around because I didn’t really know who I was behind the lens, I didn’t have a specific style or image I wanted to portray and I also cared about what others thought of me.
It was until I was working in the industry for 6-8 months that I started growing into my own style and stopped caring about what others thought of me. With a lot of practice and self-confidence, posing in front of the camera will come naturally. It’s your show, so steal it!
Common Misconceptions About Models
I often hear that models are stuck up and rude within the industry, but from my own personal experience, not all of us are like that. I find that a lot of my followers on Instagram are surprised that I answer their DMs which shocks me. I make sure to reply to every single one of my followers, it might not be a quick reply but I always reply!
The other misconception about models I often hear is that we’re always late, which definitely varies depending on the model. I find that those who are late don’t take their job very seriously, and expect others to wait on them which isn’t fair to the entire team.
How The Modelling Industry Can Improve
Overall, I think the modelling industry as a whole needs to be more accepting of race, size, shapes and flaws! It’s really sad when I hear from people that they don’t feel fully represented in the industry or just in general. Although there has been a lot of positive changes in the last few years, I still think the industry has a long way to go.
Tyler Krueger – I’m a 20 year-old Canadian model born and raised in Tofino, BC. I’m half Chinese and half German, currently living in Vancouver, BC. I’m a third year Communications student, hoping to pursue a job in advertising or post-production in the creative industry!
I started doing small shoots on the local beaches with my friends for my fitness Instagram, but I realized I really enjoyed creating content in front of and behind the lens. I had always wanted to pursue a career on YouTube, but I wasn’t confident enough in myself to speak in front of a camera and post it to the internet. After I moved to Vancouver, I started modelling for local swim companies, and I started building up my confidence in front of others and online- and here I am now! I absolutely love that I get to create everyday and work with so many talented people!
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