“My name is Lanette Sok. I’ve been modeling close to 5 years now. I started out as a freelance model based here in Dallas, TX. Just recently I’ve signed with a local dallas agency, Grogan Management. I am a part time student and I also work a part time job while still trying to squeeze in shoots. I was born in Dallas but I do travel a lot. I am Cambodian and my dad still lives in Cambodia, growing up I would visit him during the summer. My goal is to branch out to different states in the United States and then to branch out to different countries around the world. I love doing creative shoots, things that are totally out of the box. I would definitely say my book is more edgy editorial though I am open to trying almost anything. Since I go to school and work, modeling is my outlet to do whatever I want. Going to school and working a boring job is so straining. I get to have fun in front of a camera even if it’s a super high fashion no messing around kind of shoot. I enjoy having the makeup on and getting dressed up in something unusual.”
Interview with Lanette Sok
When was your first photo shoot?
My first shoot ever was when I was 17, this was back in 2013! My dad’s friend is a dress marker in Cambodia and annually they do a catalog for the shop and my dad asked if I could be a a part of it. My first shoot was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do my entire life. I was so awkward! They kept coaching me into poses and when I still wouldn’t do them right someone would walk over and move my body into that pose. When I think back to it, I cringe at myself.
What inspired you to get in front of the camera?
I’ve always wanted to model. My childhood best friend and I would binge watch seasons of America’s Next Top Model and we swore to each other that someday we would be modeling together. We were so young and we didn’t know where to start so my mom bought me a camera and we would take turns taking pictures of each other.
Do you have any pre shoot rituals?
Does praying that I don’t make it to shoots late count? I was once 40 mins late to a shoot and technically it wasn’t my fault but I got yelled at so badly for it that I’ve learned to manage my time better and make it to shoots promptly.
Do you have any tips for being prepared at a shoot?
My top three tips are: One, make sure you look up where the meet up location is at, at least a day ahead so you have your ride situation is all ready to go. Two, even though sometimes certain shoots already has wardrobe ready for you I would still recommend bringing black high heel shoes and most importantly your model bag. This bag should include: spare nude/black undergarments, pasties, wardrobe tape, safety pins, unscented body lotion, and whatever else you are asked to bring to the shoot. These items are crucial especially if it’s a shoot with multiple models! Usually shoots with multiple models get so busy, YOU have to make sure you’re good and ready to shoot. Last tip, is eat or bring snacks to shoots. Most shoots are long and so make sure you’re hydrated and your hunger has been satisfied .
Were you naughty or nice this year?
I would like to say I’ve been nice this year. I’ve been focused on school and working. I
had no time to be naughty!
Interview with Lanette Sok Contd…
Any modeling plans for 2018 we should be excited about?
I’ve recently signed with Grogan Management so I am super excited to see what they
have in store for me!
What do you do to stay in such great shape?
I’m a part time student and I also work part time and both of those things keep me on my toes! I don’t really have time to hit the gym but it is something I do want to add to my schedule.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far, as a model?
I think it would have to be all the networking I’ve done in Dallas. I don’t get to shoot as often as I like but I still try to connect with people and let them know that if they need me I could be available for them. It helps knowing all these people and I can talk to them and see what they’re really about because people do ask for recommendations from me alot and from net working I’m able to help out and say “oh hey I know this mua you could use for a shoot…” and stuff like that. Because a model is just one characteristic that I have I want to be able to offer so much more.
Who are your biggest supporters?
My best friend Victor and my mom, at first my mom wasn’t so happy that her 17 year old daughter was wandering off alone to shoots but she has grown on it a lot more.
Who are your role models?
My role models are my friends and my family. Every day I see them work so hard for everything that they have. It makes me want to work hard on a better future for myself. There’s not glitz or any glamour to it. It’s the harsh reality. If you want it, you gotta work for it.
What do you have to say to the haters out there?
Honestly…I don’t say anything. I’m not going to waste my time telling them anything
because they don’t deserve any of my time.