[box type="note"]BARBARA WILL BE ONE OF OUR STAR MODELS AT OUR MUZE MODEL SHOOT TOUR – CLEVELAND. If you are a photographer or model and would like to attend find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/502961226469194/[/box]

Photography by: J.Scott Photography, Bill Lemon, Mark Brosius, Dan Doyle, and Ray Sopczuk

Barbara, tell us a little about where you grew up and how you got into modeling.
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up with a single parent, (my dad). I went to Catholic school until I was in 7th grade, and then I went to public school. I have siblings but they are all about 20 years older than me so I grew up with just me and my dad, so I was considered an only child, even though I really wasn’t! I originally went to school for an Arts Degree, majoring in Theatre. I have always been involved in the arts and they are a big part of my life, and will always be one of the most important things to me. I am a very creative person and I love expressing that through my pictures, acting, drawing, etc. I started modeling professionally a little over a year ago, (last July), when my friend entered me into a calendar contest, I still worked in Theater and had a retail job at the time and I really did not want to compete. I thought I would never be able to model and that was just a dream of mine that would be really hard to achieve. Once I competed and got into the calendar contest a Cleveland photographer contacted me and asked me to shoot. I was so surprised that he wanted to work with me because his work was so good, but we worked together and I realized that maybe, just maybe if I work hard enough I could really do this. I know I still have a lot of work to do but I feel like I have accomplished more than most girls do with really only a year of modeling and I know that is because I try hard every day and I really work for it. I think it will all pay off in a big way for me in the end. I just got to and will keep working!

What about your earlier years do you think influenced your decision to pursue the arts and theater and modeling?
Well I was always in show choir, since I was in Catholic School I would say 4th or 5th grade I started, I had an interest in it and wanted to do it, I can’t really remember why I initially wanted to be involved in Choir since I was so little. Then when I was in 8th grade I got seriously involved in Theatre, it was my whole life. I stayed after school every day working on plays, skits, everything I could. My dad used to sneak me into karaoke bars when I was little and I would sing and people would freak out that I was so little singing up there, people used to pay me money, I loved it. I used to be really obsessed with Jewel when I was younger and I remember I went up on stage in school and sang “Who Will Save Your Soul.” I had this little dance and everything. Needless to say my dad was not happy about the dancing part. All of this really led up to why I studied Theatre so heavily in college, but then once I started modeling I realized that I was able to act through my modeling pictures and it was probably the best I ever felt doing anything. I love being in front of the camera more that singing, being on stage, shopping, anything! I think everyone should do exactly what they want in life and what makes them feel the best, no matter what it is.

Would you say you like to be the center of attention? Are you a performer at heart?
Yes, in my work, most definitely. When I am trying to go out with my friends though or have personal time, I do not want the attention at all, even though that never seems to be the case.

What was it like getting published in Playboy Italia? Did that develop a whole new set of fans overseas for you?
Yes for sure! I am very thankful to have been published in Playboy Italia. It’s a lot different than Playboy U.S. I mean a lot of girls can get into Playboy now and it isn’t the same as it used to be with the Cyber Club stuff and all that. So when I got into Playboy IT it was an awesome accomplishment for me! A lot of my fans are from all different places in the world, Italy being one of them! I have come to realize I have a lot in Portugal and Mexico too! I was recently published in a big Mexico City Newspaper called “El Grafico” and that got me a lot of feedback as well!

We are really happy we are going to be working with you in the Ohio area on a Muze shoot weekend for photographers and models. Do you have any advice for models wanting to break into being published?
Work hard everyday and if you really want it, you can do it, it’s not easy. It’s not easy for me at all. I’m a Virgo and it’s in my nature to want a set a schedule for everything and to worry about things and with modeling especially when you are working with bigger magazines and companies on publications, shoots, etc it’s a lot of waiting and patience, which is hard for me. So you have to be able to work hard and be able to wait to receive the benefits of that work. You get what you put into things and if you really want something you will find a way to make those things happen. What’s that thing people always say? “If you really want something you will find a way, if you don’t you will find an excuse.” Those are words to model and live by! Anyway, I am very happy and excited as well and I cannot wait, again I thank everyone involved and I am very appreciative to be a part of Muze!

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