by Cris Cardona
Raised in Brazil, Rayssa started her modeling career at the age of 17. Her face has graced fashion campaigns and has been featured in a music video for Nicky Minaj! Rayssa Santos is represented by some of the best agencies in the world as Wilhelmina Models, Ford Models and Louisa Models. For a few minutes we give you the chance to “be in Rayssa’s shoes”, read on and learn great things that will help you in your future as a model!
Model Management: At what age and how did you become a model? Was it something you planned or it came by chance?
Rayssa Santos: I got scouted at the age of 17, as you can imagine it was something I didn’t plan. It all started with some shootings and small fashion shows; a couple of weeks later I moved to Sao Paulo and after that to NYC, from that time on-wards I’ve traveled the world.
MM: What kind of modeling do you mainly do? What does modeling mean to you?
RS: I do mostly lingerie and beachwear. Modeling gives me a lot of great opportunities and the chance to see the world, plus I get paid for that! I just love to be in front of the camera and love my job!
MM: You’ve worked for clients such as Lascana, Teaser Magazine and have been featured in Nicky Minaj’s video! How was the experience to be part of such important shoots?
RS: In the end it’s all about the team, they make the shooting special. I’m glad I never had bad experiences and I’ve always worked with wonderful people.
MM: You’ve been featured in magazines, TV commercials, music videos etc. Which one do you like the most and why?
RS: Everything has its own benefits. I love the arty way of doing editorials, the creativity that flows, but also beachwear shootings brings you into really nice spots. I think motion pictures are the most important thing at the moment, because it’s easy and fast.
MM: We’ve heard stories of models who became photographers. Would you like to try any other professionals besides modeling?
RS: I’m so happy with what I do that I haven’t even thought about doing something different. Let’s see what the future brings : )
MM: You work internationally, represented by top modeling agencies such as Whilemina models in Miami, Louisa Models in Hamburg & Munich and Ford Models in Sao Paulo. What steps does a model have to follow in order to be represented by such famous modeling agencies?
RS: I really don’t know if there’s a right way. Be yourself, be authentic and feel confident with what you do. I think your bookers have to believe in you, at this point I also feel lucky because my booker is the best.
MM: You are mainly working as a swimwear and lingerie model, why is that?
RS: I guess because of my Brazilian body : )
MM: Recently you moved from Brazil to Hamburg, how do you think the modeling scene in Brazil differs from the one in Hamburg?
RS: Hamburg is in the center of all markets such as Milan, Paris and London. I also have some great clients here, and Hamburg is a very beautiful and charming location.
MM: Is it important for a model, aspiring or professional, to be present in the main social networks?
RS: I think so; Instagram and Facebook are very important social media channels which are used by lots of models nowadays. Until not long ago both my accounts we’re private, but I think it’s important to show what you do and promote yourself.
MM: With today’s importance of the internet, do you think a site, such as Modelmanagement.com, can present a useful tool in creating new contacts and increase one’s exposure as a model?
RS: I’m still not an expert on modeling communities such as this one, but I believe in the fact that promoting yourself in platforms where the potential clients are, is the way to improve your modeling career and gain exposure fast.
MM: What are the first steps a model should follow in order to start a career and hopefully one day become the successful model you are nowadays?
RS: Believe in yourself, because you are the only person that can change your life.
MM: Could you share with us some of your future plans?
RS: I have some ideas, but I can’t share them yet 😉 but in general I’m looking forward to continue working in beautiful jobs and locations with the most wonderful people in the industry!
Thank you for this great Interview Rayssa!
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