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Robin Buss

September 20, 2021

Robin Buss is a 19-year-old (B&M Models) who recently arrived in Hong Kong to start her international career. The 176 cm (5'9") model is in Asia for the first time in her life and has kindly agreed to provide modelresource readers with occassional updates on her experience.

I had a dream that I was back in Toronto. I was in the basement of a friend's house and I started to cry to her that it was only September, and it was too early to be back. I remember distinctly yelling "I want to go back to Hong Kong!"

When I woke up a found myself in my sunny little room, with the hum of the a/c above me and the bustle of the market below. I love Hong Kong more and more every day! I am so happy to be here!!

Last week I had a number of castings, as well as my first job. Two castings were for jewellery shows, which I have not done before. In the casting I found it very important to talk to the client about what they wanted to see, since I was unfamiliar with the work. The first time I walked I did my fashion strut, but she wanted to see me use my hands a lot more, on my hip, placed gently across my collar bone, and by my face. Since I was not afraid to ask, I ended up learning to do just what the client wanted and I booked that and the other jewellery job. It is essential for a model to be confident enough to ask if you have performed as the client wanted, because if you didn't they'll let you know and give you a chance to try again. This, to me, gives you a much better chance of booking the job, plus, you learn! And isn't this job such a learning process?

The first job I had here was for a Hair Salon shoot. Just as in Toronto, there was a whole crew of people crucial to the success of the shoot. I had a very sweet little make-up artist, the hair stylists were from the Salon that the shoot was for, there was Cozy, the creative director (and stylist) as well as the client who booked all the various people for the job. I was almost expecting it to be totally different than how things are done in T.O., but its not. It really is a small world!

The shots that they were looking for all had big hair, smokey make-up and either graceful or edgy poses. They used a camera that produced Polaroids, some of which I got to keep at the end. The shots were cool, and since I figured out how essential it is to be confident, I know I performed well. Communication is sooo important! Talk to the photographer "is this what you want?" talk to the client "is this working for you?" and any feedback you get try and use as much as possible. Of course be strong in yourself and your poses, but it is so satisfying to walk off a shoot knowing you rocked it!

This weekend was a holiday for the mid-autumn festival, so on Monday I headed to Victoria Park to see the lantern displays. The Holiday is about celebrating when the gates of hell (which have been open for the past month according to tradition) are finally closed, and this always happens on the full moon. Also, moon cakes are eaten, which are weird little cakes of thick, heavy semi-sweet dough, usually with nuts or egg yolks inside. Not what I'm used to at all, but it was tons of fun to take part of the festivities!

As I said earlier, Hong Kong is great. It is such a dream to be here, so far away from everything I'm familiar with... especially when I realize that it's not all that different. I see families and kids on their way home from school, I see young Asian couples and busy shop keepers, police, parks, birds sing here in the mornings too, and the moon still comes out at night. It warms my heart that even though feel like I'm a million miles away, that I am still on this wonderful planet of ours, living a wonderful life!

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