Whats up all!
Josh from #DWYD here! Today, we have a interview with one of best and hardest working independent models in the game. Here name is Evie and she is a beast. She is more than just a pretty face, she puts emotion into her photos. I didn’t ask her the typical questions, “what do you look for in a guy”, I asked her what inspires her to live the DO WHAT YOU DESIRE life. I asked her what drives her. The negative and the positives. So, sit back and get ready to learn what goes on in the mind of Evie. #DWYD
(Photo credit: Brianna Doby)
So, lets jump right in, if someone came up to you on the street and asked, what do you do? What would you say to them?
If someone came up to me and asked me what I do, I would first and fore mostly tell them that I am independent. I work for myself, I am my own boss. That doesn’t mean I don’t have backup plans, I have two college degree’s for a reason. But I enjoy being able to set my own hours, work with who I want to work with, I really don’t think it gets any better than that. I model, I have been blessed enough to do this job, and when I set my heart on something I like it catch fire and burn bright. It is my passion, my job, my hobby, it keeps me sane. What do I do? I hustle, I work hard, I pay the bills, I take care of my family, but most importantly I am loving every minute of my life, and am blessed to have so many people who support what I do.
How did you get into the modeling industry? Its cliche’, but everyone has their own story. So tell us yours…
I actually never thought about modeling as a career choice, growing up I was kind of awkward and to myself, always had anxiety problems. I was always asked by strangers if they could take my picture, (on subways, and trains, when I was traveling) and never really thought anything of it. I knew I looked different, but never knew that would take me where it has now. The first photo shoot I ever agreed to do was for a friend of mine, and it blew up over night. I decided I loved it, and it just took off from there. I would encourage women that find their passion to chase it whole heatedly. And not just women, but anyone for that matter, if you want it, go get it.
(Photo credit: Derek Ace)
You do some “edgy” shoots/art, what inspires you when you do them? Take us into your mind when you are freezing and half naked. Or in a latex body suit in 100 degree weather?
I have done a LOT of crazy shoots! I have done implied shoots in 0 degree weather, I have done shoots in full latex in 100 degree weather. The important thing to remember is to take breaks! Stay hydrated, know your limits. Passing out on a shoot is never a good thing. The last shoot I had, I was changing in an abandoned hospital that was absolutely freezing cold, I remember thinking to myself “why do I do this stuff”, can’t feel my toes anymore, or my fingers, shaking like I am dancing. But you just do it, you get through it, people around you warm you up, and you bring supplies that keep you alive! And then you see the photos and you know EXACTLY why you did it, they always look amazing. And that is what keeps you going. The passion you have for what you do.
Who are some of your inspirations? Who are some of the models and artists that you have worked with? Desire to work with?
Honestly I am inspired by candid shots, I always have been. There are a lot of people in the industry who are big names, and I try not to watch what they do, I let my inspiration come from people who don’t even know they are being captured. There is nothing more interesting and inspiring than that. Take for instance, the ballerina- so beautiful, is she a model? No, but the way she moves inspires me to move with more grace, or the candid woman smiling- she is having a moment, but it is true, that is what inspires me! I have been privileged enough to work with some very talented people, who have brought out my artistic side, it’s never the same. I love people who push me to my limits, I love feeling like I’ve worked for something, achieving optimal results. If you don’t hurt after the day, you aren’t doing it right, push yourself harder.
(Photo credit: Chris Moehr)
I think of modeling as an art form. Some people truly don’t realize that it is work. Not to just “pretty” but to convey a message, an emotion. Can you tell us your thoughts about this?
A lot of people don’t realize how hard it is to be a model, when I pose for a picture I make absolutely sure my face, and my hands, and the way my body sits are telling a story. I never want to just be standing there staring into the camera. I want you to be able to look at me and feel something deeper than what is on the outside. “You are so pretty” is nice to hear, but when you get those comments like “you look like you are in pain, going through heartbreak”, or “I can really feel you in this capture”, that’s when it really starts coming together. When you can wear your emotions on the outside. Now does that mean I can never be in a JCPenny catalog? Maybe… but I am okay with that. My entire life has been devoted to art, without it I would feel so empty.
You are big into awareness about domestic violence and woman being abused sexually and emotionally and physically. What has drawn you to that cause that you feel more people need to be aware about?
I went through a very abusive relationship myself that lasted about ten years. I hated myself during that time. I always thought I wasn’t good enough or that everything was my fault. What I didn’t realize at that time was that I am worth more than that. Every single person on this earth deserves respect, and to be loved, and to be treated like a human. I have dedicated years of my life to fight domestic abuse as well, it has been a passion of mine to help women escape the violence they experience at home. To help women who are afraid to help themselves, the silent screamers. I know the nightmare, and you can wake up, you can get away. I currently have two college degrees that pertain to helping victims of domestic abuse, and I will always be passionate about the cause, my fight may be over, but I will continue to fight for those who can’t stand up long enough to fight for themselves. Life is beautiful, children are beautiful, it shouldn’t have to be looked at through shattered glass constantly. Please, if you see someone struggling with this, if you know this is happening to someone you love or know, I encourage you to be their voice, help them, they need it more than you know.
(Photo credit: Simon Wolak)
We have a mantra, “Do What You Desire” or #DWYD. What does that mean to you and your daily hustle?
I am ALL ABOUT that #DWYD life, and the boys who made that logo.
(Photo credit: Simon Wolak)
Where can we find out about more of your work? Have you been published?
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Model Mayhem, Wix, Surreal beauty magazine, Xpressions magazine, Gorgeous girls magazine, gothic beauty magazine,Obscurae Magazine (January issue) , Hopeless Jack Handsome Devil music video (Hopeless love), you can see me in the Reveal the Facade short film (Paradise Lost: Fallen- short film). I am always traveling as well, so maybe you’ll see me in your home state. 😉 I have bookings in Hollywood in December and March, so catch me out there as well!
Any special shout outs you’d like to give?
I want to give a huge shout out to the boys in Amerikas Addiction, as they have been a huge support system for me. I want to give a shout out to my little sister Lauren McNeil in Hollywood California chasing her dreams of becoming a recording artist. You can check her out on YouTube and iTunes and also on Soundcloud (Lauren McNeill). Shout out to my family who help me become a better person on the daily and all people I have had the honor of working in my modeling ventures! You all mean the world to me. Rock N’ Roll!
(Photo credit: Brian Huth)