August Model of the Month: Camaree Barr
Camaree Barr, 22-year-old model, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She began modeling at age 15 when she enrolled in the Barbizon School of Acting & Modeling. After graduating from the program, she won the school's Acting/Modeling Competition in 2010. In an effort to pursue academics she went off to Carnegie Mellon University.
While managing her studies, she became involved with different organizations. She was a member of Lunar Gala, a group of models and student designers that put on a fashion show every year for the school. After collaborating with Lunar Gala and other modeling clubs she realized how deep her passion was for the modeling world.
Barr has officially pursued a career in the modeling and fashion industry. She travels frequently and does a variety of runway and print work. She has graced the cover of The G3 Agency Magazine and has also been the face of Fashion Awards MD advertising campaign.
1) What inspired you to be a model?
After doing a few photo shoots, I realized the effect those experiences had on me mentally. Before that, I was over thinking everything I did in life. I was always trying to please others and pushing myself to meet unrealistic expectations. I operated on a basis of fear. Fear of failing, fear of making a mistake, fear of letting someone down... those were my motivators. But in front of the camera, I found solace and freedom. There was no fear, no convoluted thoughts, just me doing whatever comes to mind, whatever fits the role. It's hard to explain, but when you find what you're destined to do...you just know.
2) Do you have a role model or icon that you look up to?
I admire Cara Delevingne. She manages to convey her spirited personality in every shot and even on the runway. I've never seen anyone quite like her. She isn't afraid of who she is and she expresses herself so freely. It's really a beautiful thing to be able to witness. Her social media presence gives an unfiltered look into her life and even her character. I aspire to maintain my identity as I progress in my modeling career in a similar, fearless fashion.
3) Tell me about your first time onset as a model, what was it like?
My first photo shoot was absolutely nerve-wracking in the beginning. I was so excited that it was actually happening, but I was terrified that I might do something wrong. As I was getting my makeup done, Danielle Lewis told me to relax and just try to have fun with it. I was sitting there in front of the camera smiling and staring directly into the lens. The photographer, Jeff Butler, noticed and told me it was okay to look away and that this wasn't like just going to get my picture taken, this was a creative shoot. When he said that I felt something click in my mind. I began to just move freely. It was amazing. For the first time in my life I stopped thinking. My mind was clear and open. I was so in the moment and Jeff was able to capture that. I began to growl and jump and just have fun on set. Once I let go, it was incredible how much easier it became to deliver great photos.
4) What is the best professional advice you have been given?
The best advice I've been given is to stay true to myself. There are certain styles of shooting I've always said I would never do. And I haven't, not even once gone back on my word. I don't want to compromise who I am for anyone or anything. It really helps me set boundaries and make my decisions carefully. I know a lot of girls from my hometown that gave up parts of themselves in order to "get ahead" and it almost never pays off. I have to be a positive role model while pursuing my craft. I want to be an example for not only my siblings, but other people out there with dreams. You should never have to lose your identity to be successful.
5) What has been your hardest obstacles as a model?
I draw my energy from my feet when I pose, so when I'm doing head-shots I prefer to stand up. This is very limiting when a photographer is going for a certain angle or certain lighting and/or it is more convenient for their process if I am sitting down. It's like I feel trapped if I'm forced to sit. I've been working on this more because I have been doing a lot of beauty work lately. I'm finding that certain expressions can be achieved in a seated position and that I don't have to be grounded in order to shoot. It's kind of weird because I sometimes sit for shots that include my entire body and I can find that energy and movement just fine; perhaps because those shots don't rely strictly on facial expression, since the eye is drawn to the other elements.
6) Do you always encompass a character when you are shooting or on set?
I always encompass a character when I'm shooting. I listen to the ideas of the creative team and I interpret them in my own way in order to bring these visions to life. If I am portraying a character I am no longer concerned with how Camaree looks and it makes for a better shot. I'm not worried about making "ugly" or "unbecoming" facial expressions if they portray the correct emotions and vibes.
7) You mentioned that you travel frequently for work, where was your favorite job so far and why?
My favorite job so far was when I went to Lorton, VA with hair stylist Erika Evans. We linked up with photographer Todd Stewart Willis to do a really amazing body paint shoot. I had never done body paint before, but it was so freeing. It's funny how a few layers of paint and glycerin can feel like a full outfit. I had fun doing all sorts of crazy poses and out of this world concepts.
8) How do you stay in shape?
To be honest, I don't really exercise much. I do however, try to eat healthy foods. I even choose the vegetarian quite often when I eat out.
9) What do you enjoy most about modeling?
I enjoy the limitless possibilities of concepts to shoot. Every time I step on set there's a new vision and a fresh idea I have to work with. The fact that every job is different is exciting and makes it impossible to get bored. Also, I meet so many outstanding people with every project.
10) What are your future aspirations?
My near future aspirations are to get signed with a reputable agency so I don't have to search as much for gigs myself. My long term aspirations are to become a household name. I want everyone to know me. If I can build a big enough name for myself I can reach more people. I ultimately want to mentor and groom young talent into marketable models. I want to give them the answers I couldn't find and the opportunities to succeed that they otherwise may not have access to. I want to help others pursue their dreams.