Sunrise Life - beyond skin deep conversations with freelance nude models

Traveling nude models sharing stories (the fun, the creepy, and the awesome experiences!) and confiding in each other. Everyone - including models- struggles with something; be it social awkwardness, financial hardship, shame, anxiety, toxic relationships etc. The purpose of this podcast is to bring people closer together in understanding, expose our vulnerabilities, and share entertaining escapades. Cover image by Shaun Tia

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Thursday Sep 21, 2023

Keira Grant is such a light hearted and beautiful human! Her first photoshoots were by her friend when she used to socialize at her local nude beach. After being photographed nude and eventually starting a portfolio, Keira entered the world of traveling freelance modeling!
Painting and music are also some of Keira's passions. She is somewhat mysterious about her music in her social media though, she says she likes it that way. 
Hear her story about why she doesn't do body glitter any more! It was pretty funny! Unfortunately, Keira had lost some good friends over her choice to be a nude model. 
Listen to the whole episode to find out more!
Check out Keira Grant on her website: 
And on Instagram!
Cover Image by Glimmermere
This episode is brought to you by Model Society, the best website for figurative fine art nude photography! 

Thursday Sep 14, 2023

Over the course of time I have known Bunny, they have transformed so much into someone who is very self aware and very conscious of what makes them happy. When we first met, Bunny photographed me in a very unique way: double exposures with me as a subject and nature as the second exposure in the image, and this is one of Bunny's specialties! 
Bunny Luna's photography came before their modeling career, and they modeled primarily with photographers who treated them as the unique individual they are, not the kind of photography that has a narrow depiction of humanity or a stereotypical vibe. Bunny was married to a man for many years, and in this episode you get to hear what happened after they separated, and the transformation that occurred after Bunny decided to grab life by the horns and delve into what truly made them fulfilled. 
In recent years, Bunny has created ways to be connected with others who have similar interests, some of these creations are in events for businesses Bunny runs or participates in, you can check out all Bunny Luna's projects in these links!
Bunny on Patreon:
Sol Harmony Fest Sept 22-24:
Info about virtual nude gatherings:
Apply to join a virtual nude gathering:
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Join Bunny's mailing list:

Thursday Sep 07, 2023

Between the crazy stories Dane shared with me, I also felt a bit like she was interviewing me too!! We both got down to the nitty gritty of how we relate to sensuality and to the world, how modeling has affected our lives, how we deal with photoshop, and more!
From her almost getting sacrificed early in her career to her navigating relationships with friends and lovers while being a traveling model, Dane Halo did not hold back on anything! You will thoroughly enjoy this episode! 
Check her out at her website:
And on instagram! 

Thursday Aug 31, 2023

Shaun Tia had been successfully touring as an art model before me, and I always heard about how amazing she was at posing! I finally met her in real life and we became friends. On this podcast episode we talked in depth about what it was like for her to transition from modeling to primarily photography. 
She had some really funny and some rather effed up stories to share! Especially that one photographer who forced her to shave her pubic hair, that was so sad! 
Shaun Tia also went into detail about some of the unfortunate family dynamics she has had to deal with due to her nude modeling, and some people in her current city befriending her then ghosting her after learning about her artistic preferences. 
Check Shaun Tia out on her website:
And on instagram!
Cover image by Evan Romine

Thursday Aug 24, 2023

I learned so many interesting things about Marcus Rasaan that you will surely find fascinating as well! Their career has been a progressive challenge because many photographers want to photograph Marcus in narrow stereotypes - either hyper sexualizing or characterizing them. Though Marcus is a trained dancer and flexible gymnast with a vast range of emotive posing and depth, so many photographers wanted to depict them as a super masculine black man, which is not Marcus' vibe at all!
Marcus Rasaan is no longer modeling, however they have remained active in the creative world. Anime style art is one of Marcus' passions.  Also they are now spearheading a valuable asset for the model photography community: a consent document for photoshoots detailing specific levels of clothing, nudity, comfort zones, and erotic limits. The purpose of this document is so that freelance models and photographers can come to an agreement in writing what specifically is being created together, and to reduce or eliminate coercion and unfair power dynamics at some photo shoots. 
Check out Marcus Rasaan on instagram: 
Also check out their art! 
Also join the Consent and Boundaries Webinar Aug 27, 2023 

Thursday Aug 10, 2023

I've been super curious about Alice for quite some time, now I finally got to ask her all the questions I was wondering about! She has been modeling since she was in high school (through Barbazon) and started her Model Mayhem account in 2016. 
Alice has had some traumatic experiences when she was younger, and modeling has become a way for her to express her beauty and interact with other people socially in a safe setting. Safety in the modeling industry is very important to Alice, she even started her own group photo events and model academy to help empower models to learn and work in a positive environment. 
Check out Alice on IG!! 
And her website has more on her too (Including her Moxie Academy)
Photo credit: Robert DeVaul @devaulports

Thursday Aug 03, 2023

Creating photos with intent in mind is certainly important, and my conversation with Roarie brought this into a more obvious space. It's fun to show up and "wing it" but sometimes you nail things better when you set an *intention* for where you want the creativity to be enjoyed.  
We also talked about how modeling has evolved over the past decade, shoot etiquette, and rebelling from norms in modeling! 
I was super happy that Roarie agreed to do this podcast with me! I had been following their work for SO LONG and so I feel like we finally "met" over the call ;) 
Check out Roarie on IG 
Cover image by Eva Zocher 

Thursday Jul 27, 2023

Jay Ban is a nurse as well as a nude model, she juggles both of these lives elegantly! We talked quite a bit about what it was like for her to just love modeling for the joy of creating art, modeling "tfp" (meaning unpaid) for so many years before deciding to take her efforts more seriously. Photographers offered to hire her frequently! So she made the shift into professional freelance modeling. 
My eyes were bugging out of my head when she told the story of the crazy passerby who caught her and another model posing nude for an outdoor photoshoot!! It was so fun and interesting having this conversation. 
Check Jay Ban out on Instagram
She is also on Model Mayhem
Cover image by Jim Hagen

Thursday Jul 20, 2023

In the last decade, models have been privately sharing information with each other in secret invite only groups on FB and in IG group chats etc... Merrique was the sole moderator of a prolific group for traveling freelance models, unfortunately some horrible things outside her control happened within the model community and the backlash of it caused her to close that group down. It has been a few years now, and I wanted to chat with Merrique to see how she is doing since then. 
She has learned to protect her energy by delving into various creative methods - modeling being just one of her many creative passions. Though her thoughts have gone to dark places at times, Merrique has remained true to herself. It was really fantastic to chat with her through the podcast. I am happy to have reconnected and I hope you enjoy listening to us talk about some crazy stuff!
Check Merrique out on Instagram
Also, Merrique manages a Patreon page, check her out! 
Cover image shot by John Patton 

Thursday Jul 13, 2023

Julia is such an inspiring human! Don't let her cute doe eyes fool you, she has way more life experience than you would expect! Julia exposed what it's like becoming a model after she survived life threatening cancer as a young teenager. Now her perspective on life is that everything is a blessing. So many others who have been scarred and maimed have reached out to her about the scar she shows in her modeling images, and so Julia has these unique connections with war survivors and other trauma survivors who see themselves in her modeling work. 
Julia is not defined by her past, despite what she has survived she is extremely hilarious and fun to talk to. Her craziest story about a photographer in an underground bunker just got weirder and weirder as she told it to me! Listen to the episode to find out what happened there...
Check out Julia on her instagram! 
Image credit @emotepro.creative 


The Show Host: Kristy Jessica

Living and breathing nude freelance modeling and all the fun, freaky, and interesting quirks involved drives Kristy to continue finding ways to connect on a deeper level with other humans. 

Before the advent of social media, most traveling freelance models were like lone wolves- battling from shoot to shoot, comparing themselves to others, and trying to weed whack their own path and reinvent the wheel. Now that we can be connected, we are reveling in our similarities and lifting each other up. 

"Sunrise Life" is an expression that references how often we need to be up early to catch that beautiful morning light. For many of us, this lifestyle has made a deep impact. 

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