Interview: Tondra

How long have you been modeling?

Since I was about 14 or 15. I’ve known a lot of photographers, so I got into it that way.

Do you remember your semi-pro or pro first shoot?

I was about 18, and I actually came up with the concept for the shoot myself. I was inspired by an Herb Ritts cover, where there was a sultry seductive girl smoking. I wanted to replicate that… The photographer ended up winning first place at the Erotic Art Festival. It also sold immediately!

What work of yours are you most proud of?

I really like the Brandon Sullivan shoot that I did about 5 years ago; I just love the mood. I feel that really proved to me that I could take photography to another level. Also, becoming an actress in the photos to effectively create specific feelings and looks was very enjoyable!

What type of work do you enjoy most?

I love the opportunity to assume the role of an actress in any medium. Anything that will allow me to bring out a certain theme is my favorite. I’ve done photography, life drawing, and music videos.

Do you have a favorite model?

I’ve been inspired by a diverse range of models, so it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one.

Name an eccentricity of yours. What do you feel sets you apart from other models?

I’ m immediately comfortable in most settings and have always had the ability to have fun and enjoy myself on even the most serious or demanding projects. I believe this helps to produce a fertile environment for creativity. I’ve also been told that my eyes are able to convey a wide range of moods, tones and emotions.

Do you have any other hidden talents, and what are they?

I have so many hobbies, it’s unbelievable. I put feeling into everything I do. I don’t like to do anything half ass. I am working with a vocal coach right now and have also been. I’m focused on graphic design. I make flyers for my friends, promoting their art. I also enjoy directing images myself.

What is your next big project modeling or otherwise?

I’m actually currently studying “Meisner” acting. I’m also working on my voice, as I mentioned previously. In addition to all that, I’m finishing my communications degree at ASU; I’ve got about a year and a half to go. I want to do many things with my life. I’m attracted to natural medicine and herbology. I am also interested in directing and producing music videos. Though I remain humble, I’m an ideas person with a great deal of confidence.


Tondra on Model Mayhem