“I really like to do makeup, especially special fx makeup. I also draw and paint. Anything artistic,” says Alissa. Multi-talented doesn’t even begin to describe Alissa. The 22-year-old model has been creating buzz with her one of a kind look that got the attention of Prototype Magazine (Fall 2018 issue). Once you get to know more about Alissa, she’ll quickly become a woman that you admire and respect. It’s Alissa’s world, and we’re all just living in it.
At what point in your life did modeling interest you?
Alissa: My hairdresser (Amanda Lyberger) got me interested when she asked me to model for her.
What steps did you take to get your modeling career started?
Alissa: Amanda actually set me up with my first photo shoot with a photographer that she was friends with. From there I just continued to work with other local photographers through Instagram.
Did you face any criticism or negativity when you started to model?
Alissa: A few friends started seeing my photos on Instagram and would say I was looking for attention by posting them. They are no longer my friends.
How does it feel to see yourself in a magazine or your work being published?
Alissa: It feels like all of the time and work I’ve put in is actually paying off. I’m grateful for the recognition.
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
Alissa: I really like to do makeup, especially special fx makeup. I also draw and paint. Anything artistic.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
Alissa: Whenever I think or say something that I want to happen, I have to knock on wood, so I don’t jinx it.
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Alissa: I have learned that everything happens for a reason. Even if you aren’t happy about it, I believe life just works out the way it should in the end.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Alissa: Some people think I’m relatively calm and relaxed, but I actually have pretty bad anxiety most of the time.
If you could get a message out to millions or billions, what would it be about and why?
Alissa: I would just want people to know that it’s okay to not know everything. Just be yourself. As long as you’re not hurting yourself or someone else, do what makes you happy.
What advice would you give to someone that wants to become a model? What advice should they ignore?
Alissa: Do whatever kind of modeling you want and promote the brands that you actually like. Do not let photographers pressure you into modeling that makes you uncomfortable. A good photographer will make sure you are 100% okay before shooting.
What can people expect to see from you in the future?
Alissa: Hopefully, some cool special fx looks!