January 4, 2021
Robin Buss (center) celebrates New Years with friends
I happen to be reading "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden, and I find the story very striking. So much of what the main character goes through bears a similarity to what we go through as models, I find I can really relate. What with all the preparation of shoes and hair and make-up and clothes, practising the runway, practising poses in front of the mirror... the laugh, the smile, the "sexy" look, the "I-don't-care" look. My goodness, its enough to make me think my whole life is about preparation!
Or at least it was. As I have mentioned before, it has been slow in Toronto over the holidays, which regretfully, is to be expected. With emails from friends still working in Hong Kong about the buzz of activity, I had become itchy with restlessness. Then something wonderful happened: the Holidays.
There's nothing like the realization of incomplete holiday shopping to get you moving! I was happy to pore over wrapping, rush in the last minute to get everything in place, and then finally be able to sit down and enjoy the festivities as they finally took their cue centre stage.
I celebrated a Mexican-style Christmas at my mom's house (Tacos instead of turkey... tequila instead of eggnog) Does anyone else do this or am I the only one with a wonderfully eccentric family? Somehow I doubt I'm alone. Hanukkah was spent with my boyfriend, Josh's family. He is the oldest of six, so there was far more going on than I was prepared for (as I am originally an only child now with one wicked step-sister, and by wicked I mean she's the coolest thing since whole wheat bread!) We had a great time. His family welcomes me with open arms... although I did receive a Shabbat Candle set...oy!
I had a lovely three days at Josh's family chalet. Between going snowboarding, taking a trip into Montreal, and watching the Princess Bride with his dosing grandfather, I had a great time. New Years was then spent with my closest friends, and ended up being just the easy going house gathering I was looking for. (Plus any of you who read my blogs from Hong Kong will understand how good it was to taste champagne again!!)
I am happy to report that not once during the break did I wish I was somewhere else. While before I may have longed to portal back to the magical land of Asian islands, I now feel calm and at ease with being here, home at last.
And now I am able to look ahead. In the coming weeks, Toronto will slowly but surely grind back into gear and provide the work I have been waiting for. I happily await the first phone call from my beloved agency, informing me that it is time to strap on those heals, sister! Paint your face white and throw on your kimono! Its time to go to work!
And it never felt so good.
Robin Buss (B&M Models) is a 19-year-old who recently travelled to Hong Kong to start her international career. The 176 cm (5'9") model was in Asia for the first time in her life and shared her experience with modelresource readers. Those stories can be found here.