Silvia Kal Model/Actress/TV Host
Silvia Kal, Actress, TV Host, Writer, and Model from Madrid Spain, is a hidden gem amongst creatives today. Being very humble, Silvia has quietly managed to book some of the best acting and modeling gigs in both Spain and the United States. She is known in the film industry for Goya’s Ghosts, Crypto Game and many more movies and TV series which you can see in her IMDB bio. Her modeling portfolio is packed full of other editorial spreads where she has appeared in various magazines from around the world.
Q: At what age did you first start modeling?
A: I didn’t start until I was 18 because before that I was studying and I never believed I could be a model. My classmates always told me that I should become a professional model, and I had a guy friend who was obsessed with presenting me to Miss Spain, haha. I never tried to enter Miss Spain, but all these people made me believe that maybe I should give it a try. I was fortunate to do my first shoot with a wonderful photographer whose work was beautiful and her attitude was fantastic. First experiences are always so important to determine if you want to keep doing something or not.
Q: Have you been on the cover of any other magazine’s?
A: Yes, I’ve been on the cover of several magazines around the world and have been featured in many others. When I got my first big publication I was so excited and nervous. When it came out, my Facebook was going crazy with so many friend requests!
Q: How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A: I try to stay very positive, honest (sometimes too honest), trustworthy, I stand by my beliefs. I live life like if there was no tomorrow, love traveling, being outdoors, doing different activities, trying new things, love animals, justice, and hate cruel people.
Q: Does modeling leave much time for family and friends?
A: It leaves more time than a 9 to 5 job. It’s more flexible and usually, you don’t work every day. You can take your kid to an audition or if he’s old enough even to a shoot, but you can’t take him to the office… Usually, in this industry people are flexible and open-minded.
Q: What do you look for in a good photographer?
A: I make sure I like his/her previous work. Also, I need to make sure that he knows how to work the lights, posing of the model, angles, the way he retouches the photos. Sometimes you look good in a photo and then a photographer may do a horrible retouch and publish that photo. That’s extremely annoying because they are making you look worse than you do. Once I worked with a photographer who didn’t let me see the images while shooting. That’s bad because you want to be able to see what is flattering for the camera and what’s not so you can change what you are doing. I’m not interested in working with a photographer who isn’t going to allow me to see what’s going on during a photo session.
Q: How do you prepare for a successful modeling photoshoot?
A: Depending on what type of shoot it is. If it’s a bikini shoot, I usually get a spray tan and try to eat light the day before and super light the day of the shoot. I make sure to scrub my face the day before or the same morning.
Q: What other hidden talents do you have?
A: I’m also a dancer. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old. I love it. I’m now trying to get other talents learning different things such as beach volleyball. I play every Sunday and is so addicting. I wouldn’t call it a talent just yet, but I will soon!
Q: What do you think distinguishes a professional model from an inexperienced one?
A: Apart from knowing better how to pose, or what is flattering, etc. a professional model knows better her worth and doesn’t let people take advantage of her.
Q: What do you look for in a good make-up artist?
A: The makeup artist is KEY!! I’ve been in many situations where the makeup artist was so bad, they can destroy your shoot. Many times I prefer to do my own makeup. But a good one can make you look so much better!
Q: What are some places you feel provide good/great shopping experiences?
A: Bloomingdales or Sephora because you have thousands of options and if you change your mind, you can return it without them giving you a hard time. Also, some stores in Abbot Kinney or Melrose because you find unique pieces.
Q: If you could, what would you change about the fashion industry?
A: The things I want to change are already changing. Opportunities for all shapes, colors, ages, and conditions. Another thing I’d change is what is called, “Callback and Avail”. When you go to a casting, the only one in the room is the person who does the casting or the casting director. If they like you most times they call you for a second audition called Callback. In this one, they bring the producers, etc. If they like you, they call you to put you on Avail, which means they are deciding between you and 2 or 3 other girls and they want you to hold certain days and not take any jobs, go out of town, etc. I find this unnecessary and disrespectful. Why can’t the producers come to the first audition? I understand that they are busy, but we are too and going to auditions, getting ready and driving for hours across town takes our whole day. Then they want you to put those days on hold, just in case they want to hire you. Can’t they make up their mind from the begging?? And if there is a reason why they can’t decide yet, then they should pay you if they are asking you to reject other opportunities or put your life on hold. This is something we should all flight for.
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Cover Model Silvia Kal
Actress & TV host from Spain
Photographer: Michel Pinto
Location: Melrose Place, CA
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Designer: Rachel Roy
Designer: Eva Varro
Cover Model Silvia Kal
Actress & TV host from Spain