Get to know the cool and funny supermodel Lisa Smith!
Nationality: American -Native
Agencies: 20 Capetown Aperture NYC Anti NYC
Milestones: Vogue publication, L’oreal Campaign, YAZ Campaign, Roberto Cavalli, La Perla Clients
Current location: New York, New York
Tell us about your career as a model. How did you get started?
I started right after graduating college. That same week I moved to NYC. My mother wouldn’t allow me to skip schooling. Thanks mom, lol ️
When did you first sign with an agency and what was that like?
I was in New York and it was a thrill. Honestly, I still get that SAME exact thrill when I have a new casting lol. I really LOVE everything about modeling.
What is one of your favorite photographs from your career so far? Who shot it?
Dan Baza was the published Vogue Foto, also I shot with Frankie Batista in Santa Monica who is also published everywhere. Honestly, the creative process is what I love about modeling. How I am able to connect with the photographer’s mind and become whatever it is that they ask of me. I think that is the real “Art” part about modeling.
What is your best model experience ever?
I cannot sum up my emotions into one specific job. Lol, I’m a big NERD when it comes to modeling it’s like the soft spot in my heart. I’d say that the experience as a whole, from starting in New York and being blessed enough to travel to Japan, Italy, France, and Germany (which I love). I value the struggle and all the hard work EVERYONE involved in our industry. I love working with people who share a devoted passion for fashion commercial print and film. I feel blessed in others presence when we share that reciprocity of devotion and HARD WORK!
What are the main challenges in modeling today?
Uff, LoL, the same challenges of all life. I feel that whatever it is you choose to do, you better be prepared to “go to the mattresses,” with it. Because if you give up, then you didn’t love it enough. Because our industry has such a plethora of individuals trying to be on top, I feel like it’s the ones with strong conviction who eventually get where they always wanted to be. LOADS OF POSITIVITY PATIENCE PRAYER AND UNBREAKABLE FAITH ARE ALL REQUIRED TO WIN.
What do you enjoy most of your profession?
The creation process, going within to pull out characters for acting and the travel as well as the creative process with modeling. The on-location shooting and discovering our beautiful planet.
How would you describe a model life?
HARD WORK. NO PAIN NO GAIN. GO TO THE MATTRESSES. (I love the God Father part 1)
Do you think models are able to find long lasting friendships within the industry today?
With my experience, there can be a competitive feel, but I am grateful for my faith and I have learned to feel comfortable and to be able to work travel and explore alone. People are people so I believe your vibe attracts your tribe. You just gotta be patient to find the right group of model friends who really love and will support your success.
What is your big model dream?
I want to be interpreted as Humble, however, I want to speak what I want, I WANT IT ALL. NO LIMITS. I am willing and ready for all work and travel. I can go non stop for 10 years straight !! That’s how BIG my love and passion is for Modeling.
What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
I love love love nature. In Italy, I planted such a huge garden. So camping working out reading books being with family and friends. Just being grateful for being able to do what I love.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Lisa?
If I am booked then that’s usually for the day. If I have castings I wake up early pray/chant eat and attend castings then hit the gym or go on a long run along the Hudson. I love running.
How do you keep your body in good shape?
I drink about a gallon of water a day. Water is life that is something I cannot live longer than 20 minutes without. Lol, also I am a vegan. So I do not eat ANY animal products. YES EVEN PIZZA! Lol, I know, but I love all animals and I have learn to create a variety of my own yummy dishes in my home. I juice LOTS of fresh seasonal veggies fruits and herbs, take daily vitamins. That guy Socrates was spot on when he stated: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”
What’s your favorite place in the world?
Omg, I cannot decide between Italia Jamacia Africa Germany and Turkey. They all offer so much diversity and beauty. Plus I love the languages from each place.
Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you yet.
I speak fluent Italian/ Spanish basic German and Turkish
I loooooove looove LOVE AND HIP HOP SERIES LOL pls don’t judge.
I AM very loyal and dedicated in my friendships and family life.
I AM a SURVIVOR 🏾of domestic violence
I write poetry and play with my singing voice
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I am still discovering the site, but I feel as though it can provide an international platform to help connect models with their experiences and create deeper value within our industry. Thank you so much
Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?
I am waiting to connect with my “tribe” of goddess warriors in the city. However, FOR SURE I’ll recommend them as soon as we link up! 🧡
Where can we follow you?
@mindfullisasmith Instagram @mindfullisa Twitter