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December 11, 2013
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December 13, 2013

Who is Shaun Tia?

ShaunTiaHeadshotPhoto Credit: Paul Tirado Photography

I have been modeling for four years, and shooting regularly for one. I started modeling right before my 18th birthday in 2009. I had finished my high school classes early, and went to a culinary school full time, so had a ton of extra time on my hands while waiting to walk with all of my friends in our graduation ceremony. If anyone remembers the reality show, “The Surreal Life,” there happened to be a spinoff called “My Fair Brady,” with Adrienne Curry and Christopher Knight. In one episode Adrienne, (the first winner of America’s Next Top Model,) who is quite plain without makeup and hair done, had some artistic images done as a gift to her husband. It was this moment that I decided to try modeling, not for anyone else, but so that I could have art hanging in my house that I made when I’m 80, old and wrinkly.

Images include Shaun Tia as a model and as a photographer.

1. How did you start in the modeling industry?

 

 

I started modeling right before my 18th birthday in 2009. I had finished my high school classes early, and went to a culinary school full time, so had a ton of extra time on my hands while waiting to walk with all of my friends in our graduation ceremony. If anyone remembers the reality show, “The Surreal Life,” there happened to be a spinoff called “My Fair Brady,” with Adrienne Curry and Christopher Knight. In one episode Adrienne, (the first winner of America’s Next Top Model,) who is quite plain without makeup and hair done, had some artistic images done as a gift to her husband. It was this moment that I decided to try modeling, not for anyone else, but so that I could have art hanging in my house that I made when I’m 80, old and wrinkly. 

 

 

2. What do you specialize in?

 

 

I am an accomplished model in all genres besides erotica and porn. I’ve made it a point to be able to make incredible images no matter the concept.

 

 

3. Did you have any formal industry training?

 

 

Before jumping on Model Mayhem, I had no idea modeling schools were a real thing. So no, not one bit of formal training, thank goodness.

 

 

4. What is your daily routine as a freelance artist going on a job?

 

 

Unfortunately, as a freelance artist, every day is a work day. I start my day by answering emails through my various social media and networking sites, I upload new content, make some exclusive and plug my money making sites. From here my schedule would differ depending on if I had a shoot as a model, or photographer. I always confirm with the other party, pack my things, get ready and get to the location 15 minutes early (a.k.a. on time.) After the shoot is concluded, we sign paperwork, exchange the rates, and I go home to finish the online chores or editing that I still have. As well, I have to post more work in the evening peak hours for social media. 

 

 

5. What sets you apart from other artists?

 

 

I believe that my drive, pursuit of perfection and creativity are what sets me apart from other artists. Although, there is no doubt in my mind that I couldn’t be where I am today without my co-creatives teaching me and allowing me to pick their brains. 

 

 

6. What is your advice to aspiring modeling artists?

 

The modeling and photography industry is not a feel good, happy go lucky, bunnies and unicorns kind of atmosphere. The competition is cut throat, you will be called, “fat,” “anorexic,” “short,” “whore,” and undoubtedly receive more such attacks the more popular you become.  

 

Please always remember the following:
You are beautiful.
Model for yourself, and not for someone else.
Always level yourself above those who show immaturity or hate.
Do not allow any set backs, hitches, or haters to change how you think of yourself and how you handle your profession.
You are BEAUTIFUL. 

 

 

7. Being a female model and photographer in the modeling industry, how has that been a challenge in a predominately male photographer based industry?

 

Being a female photographer actually allows me a lot more security. Models are able to feel instantaneously more comfortable and therefore get better results in the photos, faster. I let my work speak for itself, on both sides of the camera. 

 

 

8. How would you describe the process behind the creation of the looks for each look? (Meaning, do the models give creative input or do you send them a description/examples of what you plan to create)?

 

 

Each photoshoot is different, process-wise. Some models lack the creativity to put together a cohesive look, but are able to bring forth some incredible ideas in addition to one I’ve already laid out, while others have an exact look in mind to shoot. I always allow everyone on the team creative freedom, because it is their art too. 

 

 

9. What was your inspiration to become involved in the beauty business?

 

 

Becoming a model was never really an idea for me–I just wanted to have some beautiful art hanging in my house. But once I signed up for Modelmayhem and did some research on incredible models like Holly Flame, I knew that I wanted more than just art for me. 

 

 

10. Any other tips or advice you would give to someone just starting?

 

 

Don’t delve into the drama of this industry, no matter how many attacks you get. I promise you, if you focus on you and bettering your craft, and ignore all of the ugly, you will rise to the top. This is the single most important piece of advice I can give. 

 

 

11. What are your thoughts on social media and posts made by “professionals?”

 

Social media is a necessary evil in this industry. It is how I get paid, find new clients, sell my art, and network. Unfortunately, it is also the cause of a lot of petty drama and unnecessary ugliness. Professionals will utilize these tools without sinking into the pit of drama darkness that most fall prey to.

More of her work can be seen at:

www.shauntia.com

www.shauntia.smugmug.com
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