Meet Holly – model, future actor and Spanish tutor! We love Holly’s attitude towards life, wanting to live in the present and to truly be happy, something we can all learn from especially during 2020. Holly has worked for brands like Landrover and Benefit Cosmetics and continues to pursue her career in acting, along side being a model.
We interviewed Holly to learn a little more about how she got into modelling, how growing up in Spain shaped her as a person today and some of her favourite words of wisdom!
How did you get into modelling?
I met a girl whilst on set as an extra who was a model and she gave me a bit of advice about getting into the modelling industry- the weird thing was we had actually done a shoot together (which I got quite randomly) so i already had a taste of it. After that I decided to get some photos taken professionally and pursue it further.
Where are your roots and how does this affect you as a model?
I was born and bred in the England (in croydon) but at the age of 13 I moved to Spain with my parents- where I finished my education. I then returned to the UK for college and university. I am well travelled and I guess although I’m a South londoner I am very cultured. Having lived abroad for such a long period of time, it has taught me how to adjust in a new environment – it was so tough and I was horribly bullied but it’s made me who I am today.
What was your favourite photoshoot?
Shooting in Dubai for Landrover and in London for Benefit cosmetics.
Do you have an idol and if so why this person?
I can’t say I do, I respect and admire a few people in the public eye but there isn’t anyone off the top of my head who springs to mind.
How do you use social media and has it been helpful in your modelling career?
I use my personal instagram now more professionally to post my work, and I have a highlight with my portfolio on, so I guess it is helpful because I tend to direct people to my instagram page for work opportunities.I do post the odd selfie and ‘normal’ pic as I like to show that outside of modelling and acting I am just the average human with a normal life. I sometimes worry that to people that know me, my profile comes across as self absorbed and I am anything but that… it’s just a job isn’t it.
What do you do when you’re not modeling? Any special hobbies, passions or untapped talents?
Get ready for it…I fit model (I am basically a human mannequin) for a few fashion labels. I tutor Spanish (mainly to children) and during the pandemic I have become more of an online tutor working remotely. I am training in on screen acting, which is really what I want to pursue more so than modelling, but at the moment I guess it is just a hobby as I am yet to be successful in booking anything- but never say never! The competition is rife but you’ve got to be in it to win it.
What is your life motto and how do you apply it to these trying times?
I have a tattoo that reads: don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain… it’s actually in Spanish: No esperes a que pase la tormenta, aprende a bailar bajo la lluvia. I think it’s quite relevant to what is currently going on in the world. You can’t wait for a sunny day, (a good day) you have to get out there and carry on with your life (despite these trying times) despite the fact that there’s a storm out there – and let’s be honest 2020 has been a storm!
What are your dreams for the future?
I dream to become really good at my craft – acting. I am trying to rid myself of any anxiety and learn to be more present and in the moment.The main dream for the future though I think, regardless of work and ambition, is that my nearest and dearest are healthy and happy. Happiness is key – and this year has shown me that the best things in life are the simple things!
Any advice or quotes that inspire you, that you would like to share with fellow models and readers?
Apart from the tattoo that I have sprawled across my ribs I also love the quote: ‘Be yourself everyone else is taken’ and Fail, fail again, fail better’ To be honest there are so many quotes that I love and that inspire me. I love a good quote, who doesn’t!? My advice to fellow models and readers would be exactly that: ‘Be yourself everyone else is taken’ I think that’s a solid bit of advice in this industry – and come to think of it, in this day and age too.