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Senior Alexandra Drechsler Models for Charity

Alexandra Drechsler

Alexandra Drechsler

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The Voice: What’s it really like being a model?

AD: It’s fun but it’s definitely not as glamorous as people think.  It’s a lot of waiting and sometimes really uncomfortable clothes but then you get such an adrenaline rush when you’re on the runway that makes it worth it.  Also it’s very rewarding because I like to do charity fashion shows and it’s great to know that you are doing something for an amazing cause.  For example, I just did a show with Philippine International Aid where proceeds went to educating children and helping typhoon survivors.

The Voice: How much time do you spend prepping, traveling, etc.?

AD: Well, for time I spend prepping it’s kind of difficult to say.  It’s kind of a lifestyle because sometimes shows are last minute and you don’t have time to get everything ready, so you always need to be prepared.  It’s also a lot of time [spent] traveling.  Sometimes I feel like I live in my car.  Although most of the shows are in the Bay Area, there is still a lot of traffic which is a pain.  It also takes a toll on my family because they always travel with me.

The Voice: How expensive can it get? (in terms of photoshoots, outfits, travelling)

AD: I think I spend the most on gas.  If I do a photo-shoot for my portfolio, I try to use what I already have in my closet or they provide clothes for me.  But I do work so I pay for it myself, I don’t expect my parents to pay for it all—they already spend a lot on tuition.

The Voice: How do you balance your school activities with your modeling?

AD: It’s definitely hard and I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices.  There are times I regret not hanging out with my friends to do a show instead but in the long run I hope it will pay off.  I wake up really early and try to do homework before school and during lunch.  It’s the only way if I want to sleep at night.

The Voice: Do you plan to make it your career?

AD: Never.  Models are a dime a dozen and there are so many people out there who want to be America’s Next Top Model.  Models have such a short shelf life unless you are Heidi Klum or Tyra Banks, but for most models you are considered old at [age] 24.  But one important thing is that the people you meet and the connections you make will last a lifetime and can help later on in a career.

The Voice: Has modeling affected your own personal fashion style? If so, how?

AD: I don’t think it has affected my personal fashion style too much.  I still love wearing sweats but I know when I need to look more “put-together.”  I think from almost four years of modeling I can do my make-up and hair really well when necessary.  I think it has affected my personality in a way that I always want to look presentable when I go out.  I don’t always wear full makeup or heels, but I definitely don’t want to look like a hot mess, especially when I go places I know I might see a familiar face.

The Voice: Is there a name for the type/kind of modeling that you do?

AD: I do runway and print.  Runway modeling is the ramp or catwalk and print is a photo shoot.

The Voice: Are there any specific agencies or shows that you typically do?

AD: When I was a freshman, I used to be with a modeling school and then signed with an agency but I don’t work with them anymore.  They actually helped to find me my first fashion show, Bay Area Fashion Week.  From that show, I made a lot of connections and found my own jobs from there on.  I have been looking at signing with an agency but I want to finish high school first because it’s hard with school.

The Voice: How much money do you make on the average photo shoot or runway show?

AD: It depends on the show and length of time.  I recently did a promo for a company and for the 2-hour shoot I got $200.  But then there are shows where you get products, clothes, and store credit, which is really nice.  Lastly, there are charity shows that I, personally, love because they are very laid back and the proceeds always go to a great cause.  Within the last three weeks, I have done four fashion shows to benefit Typhoon Haiyan.  I think that I have the best of both worlds because I get to do what I love, modeling, and it goes to absolutely amazing and worthy causes.

 

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