Perrie Kapernaros is an international
fashion model and actress currently in Mumbai, India. Perrie Started modelling
in her late teens and in 2013 she was a finalist in Miss International Australia.
Having modeled in Australia and Asia Perrie has gained some pretty extensive
experience in the fashion world and has also acted in a couple of Australian TV
series and a feature film. We recently had the opportunity to interview Perrie.
IM: Can you tell us a bit about how you started modeling?
Perrie: I began modelling
once I finished high school. I had a basic understanding of how the whole
industry operated, everything I knew was from magazines and watching movies,
but I never really thought of it as being something for me to do. I began
working as a promotional model on weekends, handing out flyers and working at
booths at conventions, when I was approached by a small agency to work with
them. After many test shoots and lots of difficult jobs, I finally had a book
that I felt was strong enough to show proper modelling agencies. I saw maybe 6
different agencies before one offered to take me on board.
you always interested in Fashion?
was never really enamored by the fashion industry, I think I was more drawn to
it for its creative side. I still love the idea that a group of people come
together to create a piece of artwork because after all, that’s all advertising
is. It’s persuasive artwork.
IM: And how did acting
come along? Perrie: I’ve always been a very loud and extroverted person,
and I think when I was younger my mother got so sick of me forcing her to sit
down and watch my homemade performances that she enrolled me in theatre school.
I absolutely loved being able to “play-dress ups” and pretend to be someone
else. Now, I am very fortunate that I am able to do it for a living. As I got
older, I continued studying acting wherever I could andwas lucky enough to work on different TV shows
and on feature films. I am beginning my masters of acting next year so I am
really excited to be able to study what I love.
IM: Do you find that it’s a
natural shift going from modeling to acting? Perrie: I believe that it is a common trait amongst models as
we get the creative bug and seek more challenging and dynamic ways of creating
art. As an added bonus, modelling helps you to become familiar with being in front
of a camera and working on sets. Many models often believe that acting is
similar to modelling and begin acting believing that they will naturally excel
without any work. I believe that acting involves acompletely different skill set, and I think the
best way to become a better actor is to study and learn as much as you can.
IM: Do you ever get
nervous before a shoot? Perrie: Of course, especially before a really important job.
I have gotten less nervous over the years, but every now and again I get little
butterflies in my tummy and I have to tell myself to calm down. It’s also important
to remember that everyone on set wants you to be comfortable, and also that
other models are just as nervous as you are. It can be easy to get caught up in
the idea that every mistake you make is significant which definitely not the
case is. I remember once I had an audition that I completely screwed up because
I was so scared. I was fumbling with the scripts and shaking like a leaf, after
I got in a taxi to go home I cried with embarrassment. I realize now that there
isnothing to be embarrassed about, the casting
director doesn’t think any less of you for your nerves and no one is laughing
at your mistakes. Just take a deep breath and go for it.
IM: How would you describe your personal style? Perrie: I am very much a jeans and sneakers sort of girl. For
castings and jobs I always have a pair of high heels in my bag, however when I
have my heels, book, makeup, and other bits and bobs, I use a big backpack so
my back doesn’t get too sore from carrying everything. I wish I could learn to
travel light but so far I still feel the need to bringeverything but the kitchen sink around with me. IM: What’s your routine for staying in shape? Perrie: I’ve always enjoyed running and since moving to India
I have become a bit of a yoga bunny. I think the madness of modelling work and
the general chaos of India means that you have to find your own way to find peace.
I was never really a runner up until a few years ago. I started off with
smaller distances and truly found it very boring. Now I run a lot and find that
the pleasure is more in the mental games you play with yourself to keep going. IM: What has been the
most fun shoot that you have been a part of? Perrie: I worked on set for an Abof.com  TVC my first week
in India, and it has still been my favourite to date. The hours were very long,
almost 17 hours, but the energy on set was electric and everyone was so happy
to be there. We had superb catering including a pancake chef, and the TVC involved
a lot of dancing so everyone was having a good time. I am a terrible dancer but
still managed to bust a few moves with the help of the choreographer. I’m
excited to see the finished product when it launches.
have been modeling across Australia and Asia, What’s has beenyou favorite city to work in? Perrie: My favourite city to work in is probably Hong Kong. I
went to high school there and my parents are still living there so it is my
home, but I find that there is a great sense of community amongst the models there.
Everyone looks out for one another and becomes like family. Also the food is
fantastic, although food in Mumbai is quickly becoming my absolute favourite.
do you thing are the most important qualities that a fashion model should
possess? Perrie: Patience. People tend to believe that photoshoots and
castings happen quite quickly, but most of the time you will be sitting around
waiting for something to happen. There’s a saying about the industry, which is “get
ready to wait”. There will be times that you will be sleepy, hungry, or just
plain fed up with how slowly things are moving along.Take a book to read or find something to
distract you so you don’t get frustrated.
you could change one habit of fashion photographers, what would it be? Perrie: It is always important for photographers to remember
that models are people as well. Ask us if we need anything, if we are too hot
or too cold, and what our experiences in modelling are. You never know, you might
be getting frustrated with a model that isn’t performing very well to only find
out it is her first shoot. Alternatively, you may be stumped with a photo not
looking as you expected, so always ask the model for what they think could be a
solution as they may know what to do. Photographers and models need to work
together to get the best photo they can, and the only way to do this is through
advice would you give to someone who is planning to start modeling? Perrie: I always say that if you plan to get into modelling,
make sure you are gettinginto it for the right reasons. I am personally in modelling
so that I can experience new cultures and express my creativity. Establish why
you want to work as a model and ensure that modelling doesn’t feed into
Finally what are your plans for the future? Perrie: I don’t really have any concrete plans for the future,
other than completing my masters. I believe that who you are now and who you
are in the future are two different people, and shaping your present decisions by
your future expectations doesn’t always work out for the best. In other words,
what makes you happy now might not make you happy 5 years from now.