Shout out to my buddy Paul who I first met on set shooting for The Children's Place in April, 2013 when we were 9. We've stayed friends over the years, playing games online and running into each other sometimes at auditions. I was so happy to get to celebrate his 14th birthday with him at the paintball range. Paul's friends were very cool and fun to hang out with. Happy birthday, Paul! We definitely have to hang out again soon!
Well, the thing about being an actor and changing your hair is that now e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. needs to be updated! And it all starts with new headshots. As you can see, right now most of my website photos have me looking completely different - a dark-haired kid. I've wanted to wait to see whether I'd like this new look, but actually, I do! Of course, I wouldn't mind changing things up for a cool acting or modeling job, but otherwise, this really is a bit more fun - for now!
I do love working with new photographers to see how they see me. Of course I do have my favorites to work with, but every once in a while I find a very talented photographer who has the magical ability to see me as I see myself - and the photos come out fantastic! I was so happy to work on these with the incredible Natasha Harri - you would never know that it was raining and I was really cold! Thank you so much, Natasha! I can't wait to work you you again!
Sometimes its just fun to shoot with a photographer that you've known for a long time. One of my favorite photographers, Lily Koz, called us up and asked if I would shoot with her for a profile story about my music in La Belle Kids magazine. Of course I said yes! It was great to see her and work with her again, except she hadn't seen me in such a long time that the clothes nearly didn't fit me! They were great outfits by Blumint and I enjoyed shooting with my two favorite guitars, my Breedlove acoustic-electric and my Epiphone electric. The shots came out great! Thank you so much, Lily!
One of the best parts about living in New York is that you have access to so much opportunity and talent, if you know where to look. You'll see over time that I work with several different photographers regularly - I love working with all of them, because each has their own unique style; as a person who needs different kinds of photographs for different reasons, I can utilize each photographer's individual way of presenting me to suit the requirements of different castings.
Here I am shooting with photographer Lena Melnik on a studio roof. I first worked with Lena last summer, a few months after she had moved to New York, as she was recommended to my mom by my agent. Lena is a young photographer and her photos are both honest and moving. She is calm and usually very specific in what she wants from me. Lena and her partner, Nick Kholkin, shot and put together the amazing agency video for Generation which is on my modeling page. I can't wait to see how these new photos come out! Below are two photos from our first session.
Shooting with one of my favorite photographers, Lena Melnik.
Working as a professional means that you always have to keep your look similar to your headshot. Casting directors ask to see you based on your photos, and if you don't look like your photos when you walk into a casting...well....it's unprofessional. You always want to be remembered for good things. SOOO, I've pretty much kept the same basic hairstyle forever...and it was time for a bit of a change. We decided to take some photos I liked to Glen, my hairstylist, to see if he could make it work for me. It worked! I really like my new look, which is much easier to style and suits me better. Afterwards, he showed me the new 3D VR display from Samsung, which was super cool! Thanks so much, Glen!
There's nothing like a last-minute run to Party City for a costume needed for a school project...and then running into yourself - twice! I don't even remember shooting the cape photo, and then I turned a corner and found myself on permanent display in the costume aisle!
Me on the cape package.
My friend Zuzanna is on the package for the gold cape. We shot these pics on the same day.
Me on the yearlong display.
I guess Party City really liked the pictures. We're still finding them in the emails, too.
Since last spring I have been a fit model for Studio Ray, which designs sportswear for winter (like ski jackets) and summer (bathing suits). Fit modeling is a fun job: you are booked for two hours; you go in to the city, up to the designers’ floor; you try on clothes; the designers look at you, and you discuss how the clothes fit and feel. Basically, I got to eat jelly beans and chocolate while complaining about everything wrong with the clothes they had me try on. Not bad work for a kid! Then the designers mark and cut the clothes (while you’re still wearing them!), and then they send their notes and their clothes back to the factory so adjustments to the clothes can be made. When the clothes come back, I try them on again, and hopefully everything fits and is right.
The only thing is, the fit model needs to have certain measurements and be a certain size - when you grow too tall, the company needs to find a new fit model! Unfortunately, my visit to Studio Ray in early December was my last one, as I got too tall for the job, and the clothes they had fit on me over the summer no longer fit right! I was very sad to have to go, as the people were wonderful and the job was so much fun. I miss the great team at Studio Ray, but hopefully I will get another fit model job soon!
With Maxine and Richard from Studio Ray. It was great to work with them! Note I am not letting go of my jelly beans. :)
A few shots from the Studio Ray Lookbook for Gerry boys outerwear, winter 2015.
Models always need to keep their portfolio updated, and that means new photos once or twice a year. As a kid, I’m always growing, sometimes my hair is longer or shorter, or my proportions are different. You need a range of photos showing different looks, in different types of wardrobe.
But wait....actors need new photos too....and acting photos are different from modeling photos.
And theater photos are different too!
What to do?
I find myself taking new photos regularly to meet the different needs of the various types of casting I attend - for print, runway, commercial, theatrical, and theater. Most people don’t need so many different photos, but I do on a regular basis, so I try to keep all these looks up to date. Luckily, most photographers can do some of these different photos for my needs, and sometimes I’m lucky to get a few photos that can meet more than one use. Fortunately there are several photographers I rely on for the various photos I need; you can see some of their work on my modeling page and I look forward to working with them again. Each one has their own look or mood, which gives my portfolio depth and interest.
I really needed some new modeling shots, so we got in touch with Elizabeth Pettey, who is an amazing photographer and also the digital photo editor at Babiekins Magazine. She is upbeat and so much fun to work with, and her photos, perfectly lit and composed, also have a great energy to them. We had fun working together, and the photos came out great!
Shooting with Elizabeth Pettey. This is what my mom saw...