GlamModelz Magazine: How did you get your start in the business Trish? TrishDish: My story is a bit unconventional. I signed my first modeling contract at the age of 18, the same year I started college. Education came first so I let my dreams of modeling take a back seat while I pursued a career in television production. Fast forward some years and I’m pleased to say I have built a career of which I am very proud, but the itch to be in front of the camera has never really subsided. So, a few years ago I started trying my hand at reporter/show host jobs. From there I moved onto acting and landed a few bit parts. The acting roles afforded me the opportunity to realize that what I really enjoyed was bringing characters to life through costuming and posing. Plus, I can admit I’m not that good of an actress. Armed with that self-reflection, I started booking Cosplay and Fantasy work eventually making my way into more glamour and fitness inspired photo shoots. One shoot lead to another shoot and on down the line, culminating today were I find myself with a feature in GlamModelz Magazine and I couldn’t be more excited!
GlamModelz Magazine: What are your goals personally and with your modeling career? TrishDish: I try to set goals each year for myself, or bench markers. Last year I achieved my three goals; win an award for one of my photos, get published, and become a brand e-mbassador. This year I have my sights set on signing with an agency, continuing to build brand awareness for the tattoo butter company Ink-finity, and finding my way onto a rock and roll album cover. The album cover has been on my bucket list since childhood.
3GlamModelz Magazine: Posing 101, any suggestions to newer models coming into the business? TrishDish: Practice. We’ve heard it since we were kids, practice makes perfect and it holds true for modeling. Practice your poses in the mirror and try doing so to music. Music helps me find poses that are flattering and natural looking. Also, add yoga to your workout routine. Yoga builds your core and improves your posture.
GlamModelz Magazine: What has been your greatest success to date? TrishDish: Winning my first Emmy was definitely a defining moment in my life and television career. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and validated many of the sacrifices I had made along the way. However, I have to say this feature is a big feather in my cap. I’m humbled and extremely appreciative of this opportunity presented by GlamModelz Magazine.
GlamModels Magazine: What is it your television day job? Would our readers have seen any of your work on television? TrishDish: I work in live sports television production and my title is EVS operator. I’m part of the broadcast technical team that brings you the television coverage of professional sports. During a live sports broadcast, my position is responsible for the instant replays, highlights, and edited packages that you would watch.
GlamModelz Magazine: When working on concepts for upcoming shoots, how much thought or effort do you put into it? Where does your inspiration come from? TrishDish: I put in a ridiculous amount of effort for each and every shoot, a touch of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) mixed with a dash of perfectionism. Every concept shoot I have done or hope to has it’s own section of a notebook. I’m constantly researching, brainstorming and jotting notes. I draw a lot of inspiration from music as well as life experiences and other models’ and photographers’ work. There are many amazingly creative people in the world; it’s easy to find an inspirational launching point.
GlamModelz Magazine: What are your thoughts and issues with implied and nude posing? TrishDish: Implied and nude posing done tastefully can be beautiful and artistic. From my experience it’s crucial that the model and photographer have a mutually respectful relationship. With nude or implied nude posing there’s nothing to hide behind so you better feel comfortable and safe.
GlamModelz Magazine: Have you had the support of family, friends and significant other in regards to your decisions for your modeling career to date? TrishDish: I’m very lucky to have an extremely supportive husband who encourages me to chase my dreams while keeping me grounded and focused. I know he’s always in my corner and always has my back. My parents are incredibly supportive and have been my entire life. They raised me to be fearless and confident. It’s an added bonus that my mother is a custom jewelry designer who designs and creates all of the jewelry I wear in my photos. I have an incredible group of friends who always seem to be there when I need them. I couldn’t manage a demanding career while building a second career without the love and support of my family and friends.
GlamModelz Magazine: What are your thoughts on the whole escort issue? TrishDish: I understand both points of view. As a model you want the security associated with having someone on site with you. The photographer doesn’t necessarily want the distractions that can come with escorts. Personally, unless I’ve previously worked with a photographer I always bring an escort. It all goes back to feeling comfortable and safe.
GlamModelz Magazine: What gets you motivated everyday to stay in shape and look your best at all times? TrishDish: For me, there is no better motivator than having a shoot on the books.
GlamModelz Magazine: How do you handle the inappropriate offers and sometimes rude individuals when they contact you for a session together? TrishDish: I ignore them and delete any correspondence or contact information. I treat people with respect and expect the same treatment. This is a business and I am a professional, unless you have a similar mindset we have no reason for further communications.
GlamModelz Magazine: Your thoughts on TFP or TFCD sessions in general? TrishDish: I found TFP or TFCD sessions to be an invaluable tool for developing my skill set. I gained a great deal of experience and education from each shoot. They are a wonderful outlet for experimentation and creativity.
GlamModelz Magazine: Do you have any thoughts or suggestions to models about wardrobe? Such as what to have and where to find deals? TrishDish: I’m constantly adding to my wardrobe, especially shoes. I’m a fan of thrift shops, friends’ closets, clearance racks and I do a lot of shopping on line. Start with the staples of a wardrobe, like the little black dress, and build from there.
GlamModelz Magazine: What excited you the most when you first started modeling? TrishDish: Initially it was fun to see myself as a character, someone outside myself. Lately, it’s been exciting to watch my physique and overall appearance change as I concentrate on glamour and fitness. Seeing the gym time and dedication pay off helps push me through the next workout towards the next shoot.
GlamModelz Magazine: Facial expressions are a big part of a photo session, how and where did you learn this? TrishDish: I’m still learning and constantly trying to develop this skill. Good facial expressions are essential to great images. One tip passed along to me by a photographer is to mouth the vowels, AEIOU!
GlamModelz Magazine: Do you feel that flexibility and diversity are important to a model’s portfolio? TrishDish: I believe flexibility and diversity are very important to a model’s portfolio and to the model. Shooting different themes and concepts helps you find your niche.
GlamModelz Magazine: How do you handle rejection from photographers, agencies and your peers? TrishDish: Rub some dirt on it and move on!
GlamModelz Magazine: How do you handle imperfections? How important do you feel professional make up is to a model? TrishDish: Photoshop is a wonderful thing but can only do so much. Professional makeup is an investment in yourself and craft. Whether you do your own make up or you’re fortunate to have a makeup artist working with you, quality is key.
GlamModelz Magazine: If you had one thing to tell a model just entering the industry what would that be? TrishDish: Trust your gut; listen to the little voice inside your head.
GlamModelz Magazine: We have noticed you seem to be branching out into other areas in your modeling. Do you have a style or category you really enjoy shooting? TrishDish: I really enjoy character and themed shoots. The inner child in me still loves to play dress up and my artistic side excels at the challenge.
GlamModelz Magazine: Your complexion always looks so flawless. Will you share your beauty secrets you use to keep it that way? TrishDish: Thank you. I try to avoid caffeine, limit exposure to the sun, and sunscreen is my best friend. I also have the help of a wonderful esthetician/make up artist, Kelly Nicole. Kelly was the makeup artist for this feature shoot and she did an amazing job.
GlamModelz Magazine: The Modeling reality TV shows have created quite an interest in modeling these days. Can you offer any advice for those interested in getting their big break? Any Tips for models wishing to do it sooner rather than later? TrishDish: I will tell you it’s never too late to chase your dreams. If people tell you otherwise, prove them wrong! The drive and dedication has to come from with in, no one can do this for you.
GlamModelz Magazine: I have noticed you spend a great deal of time maintaining your portfolio on Instagram @dishaslive. Do you feel this is an important factor to your success as a model? TrishDish: Yes. As a freelance model it is pertinent that I promote and market my brand, Me. Instagram @dishaslive enables me to do so while interacting with models and photographers all over the world. It is an invaluable tool that has definitely contributed to my success. Plus, it’s crazy to know people halfway around the world enjoy my photos and take an active interest in the work I’ve done. I have the best followers and I’m thankful for each and every one of them.