Siri Sinclaire splits her time between a tireless and often thankless routine of casting calls, rap video shoots, and slinging liquor shots at an upscale nightclub in Gwinnett County. (If youve ever seen Coyote Ugly where the girls have the tubes [filled with liquor], Im that girl, she says.) Shes hoping that her work as a video model will open doors to other, more high-profile and lucrative opportunities.
I grew up in Springfield, Mass. Its a small city where everybody knows everyone. Just by looking at someones car, you could say, Oh, thats Josh over there. It gets old after a while, seeing the same people not doing nothing with themselves. I went to a private school, and it was just me and my mom growing up. My mom got married when I was about 10. Siri is my real name; Sinclaire is a nickname that my friends made up in high school because I have Irish in me. So one day I decided to throw it on Facebook, and it stuck.
I moved to Atlanta in November 2008. I love Atlanta, because it is such a huge city and there are so many different types of people, and there are a lot of black people here. Where Im from, there are so many white people; its definitely a drastic change.
I didnt expect the whole modeling thing to happen at all, it kind of just took flight on its own. So far, its been good. Ive done four videos and two magazines. Ive been in Jet magazines Beauty of the Week, and Im going to be in the September issue of Sweets. Ive done videos for Gorilla Zoe and Yung Joc. I got started doing videos when I got casted for Gorilla Zoes video. I was the main girl in that video, and it wasnt too bad. The castings are a little frustrating, I would say. But being in front of the camera is really fun. Doing videos is something I just take for what it is. Im going to ride it as long as I can, but acting is more my thing. I like comedy or a romantic comedy. I dont know about a scary movie; Im not too good at screaming.
When you go to the casting, they have a million girls, and theyll say, We want this one, this one, and this one. Then when you go to the shoot, theyll say, OK, we dont want those girls anymore. We want different girls. I dont complain, because I usually end up being a feature [girl], so its not too bad. But it is a little frustrating when they say youre going to be the lead, and then you get there and other girls are the lead.
The last video I did wasnt too bad. I got paid and I got my camera time, and I was the main girl in that one. Its not good money at all. Lately its been low-budget videos, so they dont pay. Youll be lucky if you get $100 for a whole day of work. They dont usually end until 2 oclock in the morning and they start at 12 in the afternoon. So its definitely an all-day process, just sitting there. There isnt always food, but some video shoots will feed you. It depends on how nice they are.
The artists are cool. Ive never met a cocky artist. The girls are usually pretty cool, but there is always that one person whos always trying to steal the attention. Theres just that one girl whos over there dancing, and shes like, making her own video, all the time. It never fails.
My main motivation is that I love to be in front of the camera, but as far as being an urban model, I dont plan to go too far with it. Im actually getting more into fashion modeling now you know, more clothes on. I dont think they value video girls as much as they used to, unless your name is really big. Thats why we get treated the way we do at video shoots, because were not Melyssa Ford or big names like that, so they dont really give a damn. Ive heard a lot of negative things about myself, like Im sleeping with the rappers just because Im on a video set, or Im sleeping with the photographer just because Im getting naked in front of the camera, and its not like that at all. People will leave ignorant comments on MySpace and Facebook and theyll comment on my pictures saying nasty things, but I just brush it off. It doesnt bother me at all. I mean, I have a nice body, so if I want to show it off Ill show it off.
My friends support me. My mom, shes still adjusting, because, you know, me being half-naked shes still adjusting. Shell get over it one way or another.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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