Interview: Model Dorina Nagy (Hungary) WINNER OF THE MONTH
Can you tell us a little about you?
I came from a small town, from the northen part of Hungary, where I was living with my family until my age of eighteen. Due to my studies I moved to Budapest and started to build my career here, in the capital.
Since during my younger age I got some requests from agencies and also participated on castings therefore it was obvious to step into the model world and seek opportunities on that area that allows me to utilize my capabilities and live my dream. From casting to casting and from successes and fails I became more excited to follow this path and enthusiastic to try out myself in different kind of situations. Hence through modelling I was able to visit different countries like Greece, Austria and France, and work together with great agencies and designers during the fashion weeks like in Paris.
Besides modelling I work with an IT company in Budapest nowadays where I don’t need to give up my model jobs thanks to the open-minded and supportive contribution that this company provides me. This means I am still on the way to build my career further, find new opportunities in the model world and work together with different agencies.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I believe that nobody is perfect, however everyone is good at something. I am aware of my weaknesses and know what are the areas where I need to improve myself.
I used to think too much on the opportunities sometimes, as I like to see what can I get from it now or later during my career. That ‘thinking period’ definitely is the point what I would like to change and reduce. So catch the opportunities at the very beginning, grab it and transform it to benefits of my career.
How did you start modeling?
I got the first opportunity when I was eighteen. I was always dreaming on becoming a model and living this kind of life, however didn’t expect that it can come true due to the lack of opportunities and support that part of the country provided.
After I got an opportunity from a local agency in Budapest, more and more possibilities and contacts became available. This flow meant my first portfolio what I acknowledged as a very proud and success moment. With this book I was able to apply for more challenging jobs both locally and abroad. Through modelling I was able to work in Austria, Greece and France. The top of these I had the pleasure to work with Alexander Mqueen in Paris. So the dream I had during my childhood really came true. There are still no words how I felt and how I am proud of those times.
What do you think of the work as a model?
This is very unique and interesting thing for me. Since I came from a small town, where there was no opportunity to follow this pathway, for me it is truly special to work as a model. So I am able to enjoy all aspect of this work. I felt joy and also disappointment during the years, but I didn’t reach too far yet, and don’t have experience about big breakthrough and big fails that this world contains.
After the experiences through the years this profession became more specific for me. Tons of people have their own opinion and say that this job is easy and you only need to be beatiful, but it is far not true.
This field requires so many details and skills that you can only realize when you go from casting to casting, from an Agent to another one or when you don’t get any response about an invite for a job. You really need to be persistent; find the good people; have open eyes on every opportunity; be brave but considered in order to avoid big fails and frauds; and try to find those dots in your life that you can utilize as motivator to go forward every time.
In addition to all above mentioned concentration and focus are indispensable and you really need sharpen those skills as there are jobs when you can’t stop over ten hours and you need to provide your best.
It may happen you can have success stories at your very young age but after few years you may be without any calls, castings and jobs. Obviously on the other side you can wait years and years while big opportunities are knocking on your doors and you can breakthrough and achieve something special.
It is hard, but these factors are forming this profession as it is. That is why only few of people can step into model world, that is why so many people envious and that is why it is one of the best feeling when you present a special dress one of the famous designer.
What is your beauty regimen?
Joga is one of the key that helps me a lot to find the right balance in my life. It provides me both, the metal and body health that I believe is cruicial to manage these kind of jobs. I also make sure to eat the daily fruit and vitamint consumption.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
One of the best thing is that I really don’t need to follow any diet. I can eat everything from the most delicious Hungarian soup (like the Gulyás) and till the greasy sausages even at the late hours. I really don’t need to worry about my weight and sizes.
On the other hand I’m very positive and try to smile as much as I can that helps me a lot in building relationships. However as I believe in and after many feedbacks that I’ve got my eyes and tempting look is my weapon.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m planning to do further the modelling and work with agencies. I got the pleasure to work with Hungarian Agents and Designers, therefore I would like to make sure to build a long lasting good relationship with them.
As I also get ad-hoc opportunities frequently, therefore I will definitely grab some of them that can serve my career.
I’m still considering to go abroad, maybe back to Paris ( I so loved it) , so looking for the opportunity.
Besides all these I like to build and create someting that able to produce value for me later, therefore I’m really thinking on to start my own business.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I have so many good experiences and but I can truly say I have one which is my favourite.
It happened in 2017, during the Spring Fashion week in Paris. I got call from my Agent that there is an opportunity with Alexander Mqueen. I could not believe it, that a girl from very small town, where there was no opportunity for modelling and she didn’t expect that this world is achievable for her, now such a recognized and famous designer call her to work.Those days were the most memorable period of my life.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Be persistent and brave, do not give up and keep always in your mind if you get an opportunity grab it, utilizie it and acknowledge it that you are already among those few people who have been choosen, so use it as a reinforcement that you are on the right way to experience miracles.
What do you think of the magazine?
I do really think that this can give boost to someone career. Even If you just read through some of the interviewes, you can learn a lot from the experiences of others. You can get useful insights of the beauty and the other sides of model world. It can truly helps in different kind of state of your career, whether you are at the beginning, rising the ladder, falling and disappointing, or even considering to leave this job. It is very effective and I like to surf on that.
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