Seraphina is a model, dance teacher, yoga instructor creating virtual photoshoots in the era of social distancing.
Why did you start modeling?
I started modeling because I wanted to stop catering. I wanted to be able to freelance but in a way that was more lucrative and felt more powerful than existing in the service industry. In comparison, I’ve worked as a head chef on big boats, as a sea kayaking guide; I teach dance and yoga; much of my jobs have to do with connection, either with yourself, someone else, or your environment. To me, modeling is an extension of that idea.
How do you find modeling jobs?
I find work in three ways, through my agency, state management, or websites like Instagram and ModelMayhem. Ironically, it’s pretty challenging to be creepy these days online. You can cross check photographers or a project with the help of other models in the Instagram and ModelMayem communities. It’s pretty awesome.
How has your work changed because of the coronavirus?
Agency work has dried up. In fact, many of my friends have had to fly home to their respective countries like Korea or the Philippines because their agencies were not making enough money to sponsor their visas. I have mostly been freelancing at this point. It is interesting though to consider the way that modeling has changed in the last six months. I have done more virtual shoots and virtual work than ever before in my life. Because we cannot meet up in person, we are being given an opportunity to be creative in a new way.
What is your tattoo? What does it represent?
I have a tattoo of an edelweiss flower on my foot. I got it when I was 20 years old. Edelweiss flowers symbolize courage, and I like the idea of walking with courage. I got it just after I finished living in a castle in the Italian Alps for three months where the edelweiss flowers originates. The edelweiss flower is also an important symbol in The Sound of Music, in which I played the lead in high school.
What is your favorite book?
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It’s a beautiful philosophical fiction book that discusses and challenges the origin story of the United States and everything we know about culture and humanity today.