Latresa Baker & Ocie Clelland

Latresa, an actress and model in New York City, recently found Ocie through FStop – here’s what they created. Learn more about Latresa below and check out Ocie’s interview here.

Say hello to Latresa:

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

Where are you from?  Where have you been?

I was born in York, PA and spent my early childhood there, but grew up in Harrisburg, PA. I’ve traveled to Costa Rica, Florence, Amsterdam, Puerto Rico and various states within the US.

What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?

On the film side, I’m currently acting in and producing a web series and a short film. As for modeling, so far I have been the solo subject in my shoots – I would love to work with another model. In general, I enjoy bringing to life ideas that inspire, empower, provoke positive action and showcase diversity.

What sparked your interest in modeling and acting? How did you get started?

Acting was the only thing I had ever been passionate about pursuing as a career. I started off acting in plays at church as a child and then took my first acting class when I was 12 years old. Modeling is something I enjoy because it gives me another avenue of artistic expression.

How does acting influence your modeling and vice versa?

Acting hugely influences my modeling. Depending on the shoot, I have the opportunity to create a character, explore emotions, and live in the moment, which are all components of acting. Modeling helps my acting because I can never get enough of being in front of the camera (haha), and I’m always seeing different personas of myself in the way the camera captures my essence.

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

Who are your top three favorite film directors you would love to collaborate with?

My three favorite film directors currently are Ava Duvernay, Ryan Coogler, and Issa Rae.

What’s been the most challenging aspect of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry?

Transitioning from “survival job” to full-time self-employment/freelance artist. Knowing your worth and putting a price tag on your time and talent.

What’s one of your biggest fears?

Fear…what’s that? 😉

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

What advice would you like to offer to aspiring models/actors?

Bring your “A” game and develop your business sense.

Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

I see myself traveling the world for work, being in a film playing in theaters, having a series recurring role, and my work being published by a magazine.

What’s been your most life-changing event?

Leaving the restaurant industry after seven years to pursue my career full-time. It was so freeing and terrifying at the same time, but it was totally worth it and necessary to be able to achieve the level of success I see for my career.

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

Tell us about the premise of the shoot with Ocie.

The premise of the shoot with Ocie was, everyday woman at home. We were going for a very relatable look and feel. We wanted everything about the shoot to be comfortable and simplistic.

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

What’s the best way for a photographer to bring out your personality?

My personality is usually always out, haha – part of being an actor I guess, but if the photographer is confident, knowledgeable, likes to explore creatively and our energies mesh, it makes the shoot more enjoyable for me.

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

What factors play into deciding upon working with a photographer?

First, the photographer’s work has to be appealing to me and the image I’m looking for at the time. After that, the photographer should be easy to contact, responsive, personable,  professional, and return photos from the shoot in a timely fashion.

Photographer: Ocie Clelland

What’s something nobody knows about you that you’d like to share?

I’ve recently adopted the Vegan lifestyle – going on one week and strong so far!

Who do you want to give a shoutout to?

Yes! These are all wonderful and talented artists that I’ve had the pleasure of working with and/or respect their work ethic, drive, and passion.

Photographers on Instagram: @soulphocusphotos (Ocie Clelland) | @austingreennyc | @bigdayone | @wesleyvolcy

MUA on Instagram: @akaitaiyo | @valley_girl31 | @angelicaliannr | @ashleyldalton_ | @721honee | @styledbyjeannie

Fashion Designers on Instagram: @jademanmarqe | @alinefashiondesigns | @shannon_shenone

Hair Stylists on Instagram: @hairgirlreginapearl | @_forever_royale | @getjazzee

Models on Instagram: @iamjasminemonet | @christinaspringle | @mrsdimples1987

For anyone who wants to get in touch with Latresa, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile


Instagram: @latresabaker

For anyone that wants to get in touch with Ocie, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @soulphocusphotos and @oc_in_nyc

Latresa and Ocie, thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us! So happy you guys connected over FStop! 🙂

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Also, remember to download the FStop app for iPhone here!

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