September 27, 2014

THE AGE OLD QUESTION for ALLMYFRIENDSAREMODELS.COM




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I’m going to be upfront here. I have been in the modeling game for a quite while. My honesty may get me in trouble and quite possibly jeopardize some job options, however I don’t feel I should have to lie about my age anymore. I have worked really hard for over 13 years and in any other job I would have been promoted already, with a significant pay rise. Hell I might even be C.E.O by now! Unfortunately, the profession I love does not follow standard business models; which is great at times, however not so fantastic when one (inevitably) starts to age.


I am 26 years old and yes that is my real age. I was born on December 23rd, 1987. I started modeling at 13 years of age. Of course I understand how young I was - and looking back on this, I sigh with relief. I got lucky. I had the most amazing parents that made me finish school (a very important endeavor to any girls out there considering dropping out) and the most incredible bunch of friends that gave me no choice but to stay grounded. It could have gone totally pear-shaped and I do not suggest anyone starts modeling at this age. To reiterate- finishing school is really important. Not only does it teach you to finish things, there are underlying lessons and developments that occur in that environment that are important when one is flung into a life of somewhat uncertainty.
I was discovered in Perth in a competition with the lengthy name of “Vivien’s Live Perth City Face Modeling Competition”. It was Father’s Day and this year will mark my 13th year in the business. Nicole Trunfio took out the title and I was runner up. Nic is still one of my closest friends and continues to model to this day, as do I.


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Now I am not putting myself in Nicole’s league – remember she won, I was just lucky enough to be on the same podium. You see, I am not your standard ‘model’- at 174cm I am under the recommended height, and I am not naturally waif thin, so this ride hasn’t always been cruisy for me. What I lack in height however I make up for in sheer determination (some may say stubbornness, and they are probably right, but if it’s got me this far, I don’t care what you call it).
Height is not something that can changed, and if you read Anya’s article she will tell you all about that side of the business. Weight can be sorted out with a healthy diet, epic work-out plan, and balanced attitude. Age however I thought would never be an issue…until it started to be.
“How old are you now?” said my Japanese agent. “21” I replied. “Ahhh no….you are 19” he said, looking at me intently. “Oh… I see”….
Apart from finding that crazy miracle potion in “Death Becomes Her” I was fresh out of ideas about how to get around this problem. Ahhh…ageing. At the risk of sounding like a washed up spinster; yes it will happen to you, and no you can’t avoid it (as yet).

Modeling revolves around fashion. Fashion is constantly being updated, redesigned and renewed. So too are the models. Being in fashion is great, however a meteoric rise to fame is sometimes followed by an epic fall from grace once fashion changes, and it does- with every season. So the trick here is to adapt somewhat to the changing surroundings. Changing cities/ markets, hair colour, hairstyle, interests, side professions and even personal style can all slightly reinvent the career of a model. *Failing all of the above, a famous boyfriend has always been a good trick*.
I was lucky enough to get a stable list of clients and friends as I grew up in the industry in Australia, and I can call most of the industry a great big family. They have seen me grow up, mature and develop and I too have seen their talents soar and evolve, but at times, they do want a ‘fresh face’ and it can be hard to take, as there is nothing you can do about it.

What is really great is that I have seen a trend lately towards embracing older models (when I say ‘older’ I mean mid to late 20’s). There is something admirable about a professional, experienced young woman, who knows her body and has a cemented sense of self. Recent case in point; Gemma Ward opening Prada and Lara Stone closing the show- both with children of their own and rocking one of the most influential shows at Milan Fashion Week. And it doesn’t stop there, pretty much the entire ‘icons, new supers and money girls’ list on models.com is made up of girls over 21.
Here’s to hoping this is one trend that sticks around!

September 16, 2014

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

I made an online store for my first exhibition 'ORGANICA' (in collaboration with Mick Bruzzese).

 Please jump online and check it out. More exhibitions coming soon...

http://amy-finlayson.myshopify.com/

September 15, 2014

AMY X LUCI for LUCINDATAFFS.COM



God I have some talented friends! 
I was lucky enough to be shot by Luci one rainy afternoon in Sydney in my back garden. 
See more of her work at http://lucindataffs.com/

September 8, 2014

'POP-UP GALLERIES REVITALIZE ART BUYING' for YOUONLYLIVEONCE.COM


It’s a digital age. Commercial galleries are feeling the pinch and retail is, well… have you been to Oxford Street lately?
So where to turn for art lovers? Appreciating the tangible aesthetics of a piece of art when galleries are shutting shop left, right and centre can be a difficult endeavour, and buying a piece sight unseen can be risky if you are spending big money. However there is a (relatively) new trend that’s here to help: the pop-up!
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Art Basel in Switzerland, Freize Art Fair in London and even Australia’s own Art Fair in Melbourne (being “one of Australasia’s leading contemporary art events”) have all received critical acclaim. Art fairs have been around for a while — we’re talking now about underground pop-ups and smaller, temporary stores that offer the customer new and exciting works — without the massive overheads for the artist and owner. Usually they’re only around for a short period of time and then the works are offered via social media or online shop sites.
Usually at these larger art fairs, galleries have booths in which they show a selection of works from their stable of represented artists. But what happens when you aren’t repped by a gallery and want to show works? Well, that’s where the pop-up comes in.
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I just did a pop up art event at Luxe Studios with collaborator Mick Bruzzese. Neither of us is represented by a gallery — we simply wanted to show works in an exciting, gallery-style space. A short event, it was hung the day of the opening night and taken down two days later.
As this was a pop-up style show, no harm could come to venue (similar to Burning Man in a way — built up and torn down with no harm to the area) so drilling and hanging framed works on the wall the old fashioned way was out. If you’re doing a pop up you have to be inventive, so the works were suspended from the cable tray on the ceiling with wires that were hooked onto the pieces with bulldog clips.
Orders were taken on a ‘quick list’ with names and numbers written under a small image of the work purchased.
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A lot of favours were called in for this show, and after my 12 years in the modelling game and Mick’s 15 years taking photos, we had a few people they could call on. From the amazing guys at Bruce Leaves salad bar, to the wonderful crew at Luxe Studios, lots of people went into making this short show a success.
And we’re doing it all again at the Manly Art Festival! Part of the calendar, our small show will pop up for a few days at Wild Things Gallery on Condamine Street. You’re more than welcome to come along, have a (free!) drink and buy some work. Mick and I will both be there on the opening night to answer any questions you have about showing works and would love a lively discussion about the art market.
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Manly Art Festival runs from 19-28 September.
Capital B and Belgrave Cartel present ‘ORGANICA’. Model Amy Finlayson and Photographer Mick Bruzzese have collaborated creatively to create an exhibition of artistic images that hope to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination.
Wild Things Gallery, Second floor, 18b/259 Condamine Street, Manly Vale
28 Sept – 4 Oct, Opening night Wed 25 September 6-8pm
For purchase inquiries please visit Organica on Instagram or organica.opening@gmail.com
Words: Amy Finlayson

THE WEIGHT DEBATE for ALLMYFRIENDSAREMODELS.COM

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By Amy Finlayson
I remember the first time I was told to loose weight. I was 15 and I was walking with some friends, leaving school and heading to the shops. My agency rang me for a chat. Obviously being so young, the conversation wasn’t too direct; instead she suggested I stop drinking milk. “Milk has a day’s worth of fat” I remember her saying. I still to this day don’t drink full cream milk. 
Telling a girl to loose weight is a touchy endeavor. Telling a teenage girl to loose weight can affect her for life. This is the difficult thing about modeling- young girls with changing bodies and turbulent hormones are thrust into an industry where thin is in, and they have to adjust to that. Just like actors alter their bodies for film roles and athletes train for competition, models must also look after their asset. 
The issue here is, there are so many girls going about weight loss in the wrong way. 
I have lived in many a model apartments and quick fixes to be svelte were rife. Cotton buds soaked in orange juice, binging on ice cream and clogging to toilet with vomit, laxative addiction, a steady diet of coffee and cigarettes. This is no way to maintain your appearance however. Hair starts to fall out, your skin looks ruddy and grey and a host of health issues rear their ugly head- like acne- and not the cool kind in a pink box. This is the ugly side of modeling. This job has a short life span and if you don’t lean out in time, there will be another girl ready and waiting in the wings to take your job. 
The instability of modeling and fashions desire and insatiable thirst for youth can breed serious insecurity- especially in young women. But that’s the ironic thing I suppose, now I am older and comfortable with my body, I am considered too old. At 26, I have figured out my body, I know my exercise routine now and what I can and can’t eat. I am healthy and happy- sure we all have times we overindulge, where we don’t eat because we are stressed or sad, but I think ultimately finding a balance in an ever-changing world is the key. Stability in an unstable world; hard to find, hard to hold onto but fantastic once achieved. I hope the recent turn towards healthy diets and fit models sticks around because as role models for a new generation of girls, healthy and lean is where it should be- not skinny and sad. 

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