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Interview With Model Tasia Sutfin

Photographer Denise Vasquez Model: Tasia Sutfin

Featured interview in PROMOTE Magazine issue 4 June 2024

How old were you when you started modeling?

The first time I modeled I was only 5.

Did you always want to be a model?

I never really wanted to be one but I have a great skill set for it due to my high masking ASD.(Autism spectrum disorder)

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Las Vegas, NV but I must say my experience wasn't standard because I grew up in a rural preservation area in the middle of town. 

How did you get into modeling? 

Basically anytime something was being photographed or filmed places I was I would somehow be noticed and my parents would get approached to sign a release as they wanted to get to use the footage for promotional materials and it spurned out from there.

Do you want to pursue a career in modeling or do you do it for fun?

I've never really wanted a career in modeling. I prefer anything I do for a career to be objective not subjective and like my artistic outlets to be subjective not objective.

Did you study modeling or are your self taught?

I'm mostly self taught. There's been many events where I was given tips and tricks by fellow participants but it's mostly just the same as masking for me.

How do you come up with your poses? Do you improvise in the moment or do you practice in advance?

I've never been one to really practice poses in advance but I wouldn't exactly call things mostly improvised either. There's common types of facial expressions and posing depending on the type of shoot, background, clothing type, and the depth of field from the photographer all come into play as I try to tell a story through a still image. 

Do you have training in acting, improv, dancing, music or other skills that you incorporate to your modeling?

I have music and dance training that I guess one would say often ends up in my modeling. It's less of a conscience decision and more of an integration of all the things I have done and do make one whole me. The proprioception one develops from both never really leave you. I don't really have acting experience but it always surprises people who get to know me that I don't because of how much I chameleon and code switch even when just telling stories.

What are your goals as a model?

My goals really boil down to artistic fulfillment and a desire to make something "Avant Guarde" when I can.

Are you seeking representation?

I've started looking for representation so that I can get booked to try to achieve the goal of getting to make art. Making amazing art takes vision and budget so representation can put me in front of clients who have both. 

Do you find that the more skills, experience & connections you have the more opportunities you create for yourself?

Of course, the more skills, experience, and connections you have, the more doors open in this industry.

How do you feel about model meetups? 

It's kind of a love hate. I've run some before because of how terribly run some were in Northern California that made me feel like I had to to create a safe space and a better example. Locally to Vegas I love how some of the meetups prompt awesome ideas and self expression but also don't love how half the participants aren't putting in much effort due to it being usually TFP. I also have issues with the drama that often comes when you put too many people together. Modulating the feelings and needs of a dozen or more people is just extremely taxing and leaves little in the tank left for me to create art. 

If there was anything you could change about the modeling industry, what would it be?

I really wish that things were more transparent. So many "agencies" that are cash grabs for monthly website fees and portfolio work to photographers who are "GWC" and booking just to have a power trip.

Any new projects in the works that you are able to talk about? 

 I've got some exciting projects coming up, but I can't spill the beans just yet! Stay tuned!

Any advice for aspiring models?

 For aspiring models, I'd say stay true to yourself, work hard, and never stop learning and growing.

Where can people find & book you online?

Through my Instagram @bassplayerts or through my Model Mayhem account!

Anything else you want to add?

My favorite themes are post apocalyptic, ethereal, and classic cowgirl. If you're looking for a model game for these ideas please hit me up!

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