Photographed by Hakan Akif Celebi in Malibu, Ca
Sometimes it is fun to see the world from a new perspective. Celeste
Thorson is certainly a woman of many talents – and is a living proof
of that. A real Hollywood celebrety she is not just a model, but an
actress and a screenwriter as well. She has featured as a model for fashion and beauty, been on the front cover of famous magazines and she’s done commerial work for big names like Reebok, Yahoo! and Samsung.
Celeste is also well known for her acting in TV action series like
Destination X and The Industry and writing for these shows as well.
I was really excited to get the opportunity to ask her about her
life and carrier.
As a woman of many talents – what drew you into this world
and why did you start modeling?
I’m enamored with the arts and studied at a classical art school in
Mexico. I enjoy creative collaborations so when I discovered the
camera as a medium, I was incredibly inspired. I started collaborating with friends and photographers and before I knew it I had built a portfolio.
Photographed by Nikola Borrisov in Milan, Italy
You’ve done modeling for some of the top photographers in
fashion. Can you tell me about some of them and if there is a
difference in the way they approach you as a model?
I have been blessed to work with some wonderful artists and they all
seem to have their signature style. Some photographers shoot each
look very quickly and in 5-10 minutes they have a great shot. Some
photographers spend more time experimenting and can shoot for an
hour for each look. Some photographers are talkers and coach you
through the shoot frame by frame. Some just let you do your thing
and hardly say a word. I always think it’s adorable when they
demonstrate a pose they want you to do. Everyone has a different
personality and method.
What are some of the challenges you have when working as a
model. I bet you see a lot of strange things happening!
Like most industries, I think the main challenges are collaborating
with individuals with strong egos or attitudes. I always try to work
with people I like, and make an effort to treat everyone
respectfully. Sometimes you come across a bad seed and it can effect
the outcome of the project. I’ve also worked with some pretty
eccentric photographers that have some interesting quirks, but as
long as they are positive I leave a lot of room for eccentricity in
Photographed by Hakan Akif Celebi in Chinatown Los Angeles, Ca
I know this is a hard question – just how do you show true
feelings and personality?
I like letting my personality shine through in many experiences
through random acts of kindness and beauty. Even when I’m doing a
moody photo-shoot I try to retain a little twinkle in my eye. I love
to create images that embody hope or aspiration. Sometimes, makeup and hairstylist can change you into a completely different character and it’s fun to explore that character. I think as long as I’m
having fun the emotions flow freely and organically.
Photographed by Glitter Guru in Santa Clarita, Ca
With agents and Hollywood parties and a tight schedule. What
is the Hollywood lifestyle REALLY like?
I’m grateful for all of the opportunities I have to enjoy the
Hollywood lifestyle, but I also like to stay grounded. Hollywood is
a hustle, there are a lot of really cool people and a lot of nuts.
You always seem to run into megalomaniacs with big egos and
attitudes that believe the world revolves around Hollywood. I love
swanky parties, but sometimes you just have to put things in
perspective. There are way more important things in life, so I think
it’s great to enjoy the moment, but not to let it go to your head.
Photographed by Rachel Stephens in Studio City, Ca
Tell me about some of the funny characters Hollywood is made
That narrows it down, there are quite a few, Hollywood is rich in
wild characters. I love flamboyant personalities when people aren’t
afraid to have fun or be themselves. Some folks that take themselves
too seriously are funny for a different reason. You never know who
you are going to run into, it’s always an adventure.
Photographed by Kim Grisco in Downtown Los Angeles, Ca
You are also working as an author, director and producer of
TV shows. How do you manage to fit that into your life also and what gives you the most joy?
I follow my creative spirit. When there’s a will there’s a way, and
I try to find time to pursue many mediums to express myself
creatively. Writing is definitely one of the most fun and fulfilling
experiences for me because I can slip into an imaginary world almost
anywhere or anytime.
Photographed by Hakan Akif Celebi in Malibu, Ca
What exciting projects are you working on right now?
I just released my latest project YOGAPHILES which is a second
screen series about students from a studio in LA that take life,
love and yoga too seriously. It’s a fun parody on stereotypes and
yoga. It was awesome to work with that cast and crew they are all
such talented and amazing people. You can check that out at
yogaphiles.com. I was also recently attached to Muse Productions’
new feature film Tranzloco, written and directed by Will De Los
Santos who also wrote Spun. That is a drama about brotherhood,
forgiveness and acceptance.
Photographed by Garet Field Sells in West Hollywood, Ca
Can you name some tips for those who want to start in the
fashion/beauty modelling business?
I’d love to, here are some of the things that I’ve found from my
experiences. When you’re just starting out research artists to
collaborate with especially students and people developing their
portfolio so you can get your feet wet and build your book. As you
create more amazing work you will attract more talented
collaborators. Be objective and honest with yourself, and find the
market most suitable for your look. For example I’m best suited for
beauty and commercial photography. Most importantly have a positive attitude and when you encounter negativity, don’t take it personally or internalize it. Transform it into passion and let it fuel your ambition.
Photographed by Mark Wangerin in Corona, Ca
A HUGE thanks to you Celeste Thorson for sharing your
insights into your life and views! I suspect even bigger things are
coming your way 🙂
To see more of her modeling work please check out Celeste’s
website and become a fan on her Facebook page: