An interview with... Charlotte Maslin Knight
You have an incredibly busy career! Can you tell us a bit how it all started?
Life has been busy I started modelling in my teens and have combined it with further education which has been great. I’ve also enjoyed working with the Born Free Foundation and Compassion UK as an Ambassador.
How did you get your big break in modelling?
I was taken on by STORM as a teen and that started the ball rolling. They were great and I have huge respect for Sarah Doukas and the team.
And on top of everything, you are releasing your new book ‘Beginners Guide to Modelling’!
Yes, it has been a great experience. I’ve really enjoyed putting it together. So many people have asked me for advice and suggestions that it seemed a logical thing to do.
Our family are lip balm lovers! We carry them everywhere we go. Dr Lipp’s natural colorings are awesome and I love the way they feel as well as how multi purpose they are! Such a great handbag essential.
Can you tell us a bit about the book?
The Beginners Guide to Modelling aims to provide the practical advice you might want to think about when you are starting out as a model or when you are considering modelling. It also focuses on safety issues, setting boundaries, as well as protecting your physical and mental health.
What was the inspiration for the book?
My inspiration for the book was the interest and questions I was asked by people considering modelling or starting out. Many people think being signed by an agency is the hard part. In some ways it is but there are so many other practical issues no one has time to tell you either before or after you are signed. The Beginners Guide to Modelling summaries information which should help prospective models make informed decisions and stay safe.
Did you always want to release a book?
My mother is the author of several books so maybe it’s in my blood!
What has been your best career highlights so far?
It’s hard to say. I have enjoyed working with so many people. It’s a bit like people you love if you name one you could be forgetting another.
Which beauty products can you not live without?
A great lip balm like Dr Lip, a good concealer, mascara and a high SPF moisturizer,
What is an average day like for you?
A bit like it explains in the book. Every day is different but a normal working day starts the evening before around 5 pm when you are told what castings or job you have the following day. If you have a job you need to make sure your bag is ready with everything you will need, you need to make sure you are completely ready, you need to check the location of the shoot and make arrangements to be in the right place at the right time. The shoot will often start early with you being in hair and makeup for some time. The shoot follows and they can be anywhere eg on a set, in a urban location, in a studio, in a forest or where ever. Often there is a rather nice lunch, and the rest of the shoot goes on after that. When you are booked you given an idea of how long the shoot is. It could be a half day it could be 12 hours or it could run over several days. Each day is different. In the book it goes into all the variations of a models life as some days you will be free, some going to castings, some doing publicity, some doing shoots etc.
What’s your best piece of advice for someone looking to take the first step in a new business or career path?
What I have suggested in the book is that you need good quality information and preparation to make an informed decision. You may when you have considered everything decide the path you are thinking of is not for you and that’s OK. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. An example of this in modelling is; you may have all the physical attributes and be photogenic but if you don’t cope well with rejection, modelling could be detrimental to your mental health so it may not be the best choice.
Do you have any tips for balancing such a busy schedule?
Have a good diary system and go with the flow. Make sure you book in time for the people you love.
What do you do in your down time?
As I mentioned I am an Ambassador for the Born Free Foundation and Compassion UK two organisations I am passionate about. I enjoy cooking, entertaining and DIY. I usually host dinner for 12 most weeks. My husband and I are involved in youth work and also lead on a summer youth camp which is an amazing experience.
Can you tell us your best beauty tips?
Getting a good nights sleep and always curling your eyelashes!
What do you feel are the benefits of 100% natural products? Do you use any in your makeup routine?
Just like what I put in my body, knowing the ingredients and what you are putting on your skin is so important. I know this isn’t always practical, but investing is some key products that work well and are good for you is awesome!
What is next for you?
At the moment I am fully occupied on a number of fronts. I plan on expanding my YouTube channel providing additional content for prospective and new models. I am in the middle of a degree on International Business and Management so that may develop further. I remain very committed to youth work and the charities I support.