We were honored to learn more about our first ever Model of the Month, Jesse!
Name: Jesse Syswerda
TM: Do you have any hobbies/interests?
JS: Designing clothing, learning how to be more sustainable, traveling, photographing with my SLR, etc., etc…
TM: What are your career goals?
JS: I’m working on launching a sustainable women’s wear line, so building that into a stable business, continuing to fit and staying open to anything and everything.
TM: Are you involved in any charities?:
JS: Not at the moment, but I would love to get involved with an animal shelter. I’ve rescued a few birds with broken wings in the city (a pigeon and a baby owl!) and was blown away by the responsiveness of the shelters that rescued them as well as all of the other critters that need help (dogs, cats, etc.).
TM: What fitness routine helps you to stay in shape?
JS: I work out with The People’s Bootcamp twice a week (a high intensity body-weight interval workout) and try to make it to a vinyasa class or go for a run a few times a week. Sometimes long fittings are a workout in themselves.
TM: What is your favorite healthy dish?
JS: My brother’s fish stew. He makes it creamy with cauliflower instead of heavy cream and it’s so delicious and hearty. He makes it on the fly and by taste, but it’s essentially cauliflower, onion, spices, white fish, shrimp and optional bacon.
TM: What about your favorite guilty pleasure?
JS: A mint chocolate chip ice cream cone in the summertime and homemade pumpkin pie in the winter. Mast Brothers Maine Sea Salt dark chocolate is up there too. My lovely grandmother blessed me with a massive sweet tooth.
TM: What is something most people don’t know about you?
JS: I’m certified to skipper a 50-foot sailboat. I have yet to learn how this skill will loop back into my life.
TM: How did you get started in modeling?
JS: I did a bunch of print modeling in college, but stopped once I moved to NYC. While studying design at Parsons a few years ago and interning with designers, I was often asked if I could fill in for their fit models. I had no idea what fit modeling even was at first, but figured if they kept asking me, maybe it was something I could actually do. I signed with TRUE and was booked the first day!
TM: What tip would you give to someone starting out in modeling?
JS: Educate yourself. Fit modeling is it’s own little world. Understand basic garment construction, know fit modeling terminology, memorize your body specs and learn how to constructively comment on a garment you’re wearing. A lot of this is learned by fitting, but knowing the basics will give you credibility.
TM: What is the most important thing to remember as a fit model?
JS: To bring a full fit kit to your fittings – flats, high heels, an assortment of bras (t-shirt bra, padded, strapless, etc.), jeans, leggings, a tank and a hair tie. And to smile 🙂
TM: Is there any schooling you recommend?
JS: Knowing how garments are constructed has helped me tremendously as a fit model because I can speak technically during fittings. I have an Associates Degree in Fashion Design from Parsons, but FIT offers great (and cheap) night classes. Even a basic pattern-making class would probably do wonders for a fit model.
TM: What one thing do you always make sure you have when attending a go-see?
JS: A good attitude. Be present, act professionally, smile and crack a joke if appropriate. Designers are often working in high stress environments, so bringing a charming attitude to a go-see (as well as fittings) is always appreciated.
TM: What is your favorite type of garment to fit?
JS: Dresses! I’m a bit of a tomboy style-wise, so it’s fun to see how cuts that I wouldn’t normally try on look and feel on my body. And people can’t help but smile around pretty dresses.
TM: We hear you have a new clothing line! Where can we find your company online? What inspired you to start designing?
JS: I do! It’s a sustainable women’s wear line called EENVOUD. It’s very much still in the works, but you can check out my website at www.eenvoudny.com or on Instagram at eenvoudny. I’m inspired by the pieces in people’s wardrobes that have become an extension of themselves – the pieces that you don’t think about while wearing them because they’re so you. The garments that you keep fixing. My goal is to create sustainably-made ‘you’ pieces.
TM: Why do you like working with TRUE?:
JS: Although TRUE represents a lot of models, it’s very much a family environment. We go to events together, have dinner parties and all support each other.
TM: Any goals for 2014?:
JS: To take an acting class, even if only to push my personal boundaries.