As part of our ten years of Photosymbols celebrations, Pete catches up with some of our models to find out what they’ve been up to and what’s it like being a Photosymbols model. Our first guest is Lauren who took part in our very first photoshoots. Location? Lauren’s favourite trendy cafe in the heart of Bristol.
Lauren: Hi Pete, I remember my model name. It’s Lauren Stevens. I can’t remember the first shoot we did though.
Pete: I think it was the one where you were acting being unconscious on the floor. Or it might have been at the police station? Do you remember you pretended to cry when the policeman was interviewing you? He stopped and was worried he’d upset you. You replied “I’m not crying, I’m an actor. I’m acting."
Lauren: Did you think that was funny?
Pete: Yes, you fooled him, and he interviews people all the time.
Lauren: I do remember the shoot in a big supermarket. That was fun.
Pete: Has anyone ever recognised you from Photosymbols?
Lauren: Yes, quite a few people have. Some of them were from Canada. I’ve also seen pictures of me in colleges.
Pete: How do you feel when you see them?
Lauren: I think… there’s my twin! *laughs*
Pete: So what are you doing at the moment?
Lauren: I’m still writing plays. I’m performing in a play at college. It’s a play that I’m writing. I’ve also been recording soundtracks. I learn the lines from a film and then record it into the film.
Pete: So you learn the lines and record it so it sounds like you’re speaking in the film. How long does that take to do?
Lauren: It takes about an hour and a half. I do it in one take.
Pete: I know you do a lot of different art projects. What do you like the best?
Lauren: Acting. I was in a play about Henry VIII at Hampton Court. I drop into a group, act with them and then do something else. I like to see what comes along.
Pete: What would you say to someone who was thinking about being a Photosymbols model?
Lauren: It depends upon the person. I think if you don’t like seeing yourself in photos it’s probably not a good idea. I know I enjoy the work and want to do some more.
Pete: I enjoy working with you too. Thanks a lot. I’m looking forward to working together again soon.