November 30, 2021
Robin Buss with her mother
at B&M's 25th anniversary party
Robin Buss is a 19-year-old (B&M Models) 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 kindly agreed to provide modelresource readers with occassional updates on her experience.
Travel is such a wonderful opportunity for any human being, but for a model it could really be a career-changing experience.
I kept a journal from the first moment I was airborne and on my way to the unknown; that was in August, so long ago it seems. At first I was pretty scared. I focused on what I had left, and felt very unsure about what lay ahead. I felt alone in a new city, and inadequate even, in front of unfamiliar eyes. It took a conscious decision of will to learn how to adapt and enjoy the new circumstances I had purposely jumped into. I had to remember, or relearn how to be confident in my own skin. How to walk into a situation that was strange to me, and rock it. How to adapt to each new obstacle, and have fun with it. That's when I started getting work, and that is when the trip started to really be fun.
Once I was confidant and open, I learned so much! That process is what really gives me more of an edge, I feel, as a model. That understanding of the self, and what is necessary to be successful. Now I feel like I have the tools I need to work toward my goals, in my career as a model, and in all the life ahead of me. I can't wait for the next challenge to see what I can learn, and to show myself and the world how far I've already come.
I definitely want to go back to Hong Kong, but there are so many other markets, too! I can't wait to see what's next! Although, going back to that bustling little island city will be great, because I have established such a connection with the people there. I made so many (stationary) friends, who will greet me with open arms when I return.
Not to mention all the international friends I made! I was so nervous that I would only run into bitchy, catty models who were going to steal my stuff, how far from the truth! I'm sure there are situations where one might end up with a questionable character in a model apartment, but fortunately, all the people I met and stayed close with, are really, really cool. My amazing flat-mate from Korea, my apartment buddies from Argentina, Toronto, and Ukraine. My crew from L.A., Sydney and Toronto! (There ended up being a lot of Canadians, which was really cool. I can't wait to actually see some of these people when they get back!) I miss these friends already.
I learned a little about what it is to be an international model. I learned how to be open and accepting of another culture, that was really amazing. I had no idea what to expect from these people, but now I have a glimpse at what it is to be Chinese. I even learned a little Cantonese and Mandarin! ("Wo bu ste ro" Mandarin for "I don't eat meat") Plus my chopstick skills are infinitely better (if nothing else, travel to Asia for that!)
I have a better understanding of what a model should have in terms of wardrobe. (Make sure you know what the weather will be like when you travel, that makes a big difference! Bringing five winter sweaters to Hong Kong in August was just plane silly!) A female model needs: one nude and one black strapless bra, one pair of black high heel sandals, one mini skirt, one mature outfit, one casual outfit, one young outfit, one sexy outfit, one bikini, one little black dress, and one pair of hot black boots. That's what it came down to for me, everything else was excess. (Necessary excess to some degree, I mean, I did bring three huge suite cases!)
I just gained so much, I really did. I feel more confidant in myself, and I am much more aware of what I am capable of. To be honest, I'm proud of myself for my accomplishments. It was really scary to leave, I knew I was going to go through some big changes, but it was really scary at first. And I did it. I boarded that plane and took off for the adventure of a lifetime.
And now I am back home. I had American thanksgiving with my boyfriend and family in New York, and I had so much to be thankful for! It is really good to be back amongst family and friends.
B&M already has me running to castings, so I should be back in the swing of things in no time. I am so ready for what ever comes my way, I know that I can meet it head on. I know that I can do it! Confidence is so important, and it is still something that I am learning about, but I feel so much stronger. I have it in me, I know that now.
Last night I attended the 25th Anniversary party for B&M at C Lounge, and it was so amazing to see everyone again! Although I kept looking for all the familiar Hong Kong faces, I eventually was able to get my feet back on the ground and reunite with many old friends. It is still a little unreal to be back in this hemisphere, but seeing everyone last night reminded me why this is home.