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Faylin Lynx: Story & Interview

I go by the name of Faylin Lynx. Creativity and the attraction to the arts are what causes me to thrive and grow. I am a professional, freelance, multi-genre model, and photographer. Modeling began for me upon the encouragement of a dear friend who has since then passed. She thought I would make a fantastic model, so to humor her and satisfy my own innate curiosity, I tried it out. Within the first few shots, I was hooked and excited to keep going. Now, I can happily say that I have had the honor of working with many different talented people and have appeared in several publications that are available worldwide. I enjoy working creative shoots, ones that tell stories just by a glance.

Photography has been with me much longer since I was a young child. My great-grandfather was a photographer, and I inherited his passion for it. I started with nature and landscape photography until a friend decided to pursue a makeup artist career and needed images for her portfolio. Again, it was an instant hook. I love working and collaborating with others. I feel that’s how the best images are made. While I work with models and clients for portfolio, engagements, weddings, etc- I always go back to nature when I need to breathe and recharge.

In my off time, I’m often found reading, writing, drawing, or playing online on Tumblr. And then, in the mundane, everyday world- I’m an office assistant.

How would you describe your personal style, Where do you pull your inspiration from? My personal style, outside of shooting, is very relaxed. Because I’m usually on the move or in editing mode, I tend to wear comfortable clothes- typically jeans and a t-shirt, paired with a hoodie. I’m not very high maintenance, but I do love dressing up now and again for myself. However, if I’m shooting, I am all over the place. I love being able to expand my horizons and emulate different styles to fit a shoot. I pull my inspiration from other models, pictures I’ve seen, and dreams.

Can you sum up your style in three words? Relaxed. Casual. Unique.

What’s your most memorable shoot? And What kind of shoots would you like to work on in the future? I’ve had a few memorable shots. For this year, I can say there are two that immediately pop into mind: My shoot with Synthetic Shadows, and then the most recent one with Hellion Photography. For Synthetic- we have been trying to get together to shoot for over a year. The day finally comes where our schedules mesh, and the drive there was insane! I went through hail, to rain, to a snow/rain mix, to a full-on blizzard, then out into the sunshine and blue skies. The shoot itself went fantastically. I can’t give away too much because the images are on their way for publication, but the concepts she came up with! The sneak peeks were enough to have me squealing in excitement. With Hellion, we’ve been planning a concept shoot of a fawn. We- myself, Hellion, and the MUA, Allison of Rogue Republic Cosmetics- trudged out in the woods and snow, tied antlers to my head that I had to balance while trying to not get my coat or the wedding dress I wore too destroyed. Those came out stunning as well!
For future shoots- I’m definitely eager for more concept work

Is modeling an easy job or more strenuous than people realize? Modeling is most definitely more strenuous than people realize. Most people walk into modeling expecting that it’s a piece of cake- be contacted by a photographer, step in front of a camera, shoot some pictures, and end of the story. There’s actually quite a bit more to it than that. Research, self-promotion, reference checks, constant purchasing/updating your closet/makeup/hair products. Traveling. So much traveling whether it’s within your local area/state or outside of it. Constantly keeping your portfolio up to date, and social media networks as well. It’s a lot of work. But it can be very rewarding.

What according to you is the biggest misconception people have about models? There’s either the opinion that models are all anorexic, all divas or all do n**e work. None of which is true in the least bit.

How would you like to be remembered, Supermodel, or as a Good Photographer? I think, in the end, I would rather be remembered for my photography. Because while I thoroughly enjoy modeling, photography was my first passion and it’s my primary creative outlet.

Besides Modelling & Photography, do you have any other interests? Oh, many! Reading, writing, drawing, singing, burlesque, belly dance. I like to run in the woods when weather permits, swim, hang out with my friends and cats and sleep.

Do you have a favorite clothing item, and if so what is it? I would have to say probably my hoodie. I’m pretty much never without it. It’s not only my jacket, but it’s comfortable to wear and comfortable to just be in.

What’s your take on size zero? I don’t really feel I have a take on size zero, except that people need to accept that there is no healthy possible way for everyone to be a size zero. Actually, it’s pretty rare to be a size zero naturally.

Is there anything you avoid eating? Due to medical conditions, I have to try avoiding eating so many carbohydrates and processed foods which is a real challenge, especially since I love pasta.

What’s your favorite healthy treat(s)? Carrots, apples with peanut butter, popcorn.

How do you stay fit? How much you workout? What types of exercises you do? I’m not at my goal weight yet, but I currently attend the gym 3-5 times a week. I mix up my routines but always include cardio. I love doing the 30 Day Challenges, because they offer me something different, and don’t take up too much time, so I can add in a lot of other exercises.

What according to you is the easiest way to be in shape? I don’t think there really is an “easy” way. I would say the best way is to just have the motivation. Don’t just sit in front of your TV or computer get out there and get moving!

How do you enjoy your time off, away from work? What keeps you happy? When I’m not working, I’m usually at home relaxing, or out with a friend. If I’m home, you’re likely to find me in my happy place editing photos, reading, playing on Tumblr, or watching the cooking channel. When the weather warms up, I love walking outside and wandering about in the woods.

Any suggestions would you like to give to those who want to start modeling? If you want to be a model, understand that it’s not as easy or as glamorous as it looks. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But, if you’re serious about it, don’t be afraid. The hard work pays off. Find someone in your area or even not in your area who is a professional model, and ask them questions before you start. Get references for anyone before you work with them, and always trust your gut instinct.

Is there anything you like to add? Just a huge thank you for allowing me to take part and be interviewed, and a thank you to my family, friends, and fans for your constant support.

Your ultimate message for netizens? My ultimate message would have to be, “Be who you are”. Don’t let anyone take away that bright light inside of you.

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