The Report: In Fashion feat. Zyare Griffin
By TADHI COULTER
Being a new face in this COVID era has been a unique experience for this budding talent. We talk about the benefits tech has had for his mental and vocational growth, his future aspirations, and the value of community.
TC. What has been your greatest “in quarantine” life lesson since the COVID-19 pandemic?
Zyare Griffin. It would definitely be the importance of the decisions we make about those we care about. Dealing with this pandemic, sometimes we have to risk what we want, personally, like checking up on and hanging out with friends and family, and traveling in order to help the greater good. We cannot fight this pandemic individually, so the importance of togetherness and neighboring communities has definitely been the greatest life lesson I’ve learned in this season of my life.
TC. How has your modeling been impacted "in quarantine"?
Zyare Griffin. Being new to the industry I really haven’t gotten the full experience when it comes to modeling. Being in quarantine has definitely been difficult when it comes to getting jobs and getting booked for things. Since travel is limited, it has become difficult for not only models to find jobs but companies to find jobs for models as well.
TC. Has the fashion calendar being affected by the pandemic changed the way you think about booking runway shows, higher-paying campaigns or projects?
Zyare Griffin. Although the fashion calendar has been affected by the pandemic, being new to the industry and not getting the experience before quarantine, I think my views of the Industry hasn’t changed all that much. If anything, they’ve taught me the importance of being patient and trusting that once this blows over, I will have greater opportunities. Yes, everyone would love to be booked for runway shows and campaigns, but there is only so much we can control. I’ve already experienced a lot in the industry and although we are in quarantine, I’m actually more excited to see what comes after it because it’s been great so far.
TC. How has tech such as Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Duo, etcetera played a role in your daily life or casting experiences "in quarantine"?
Zyare Griffin. Technology such as Zoom and FaceTime has become an everyday lifestyle not only for me but for a lot of people my age--all ages really! The ease of talking to family and friends through FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp--you name it-- has helped me mentally. The importance of family and friends, as I mentioned earlier, and making sure they’re okay has been a key priority for me in quarantine. It’s definitely helped. Rather than not having the chance to book a job at all, Zoom and other apps as well have made it easier for castings to actually happen. Like anything new and fresh on the market, it was hard to adapt to the technology at first, but it beats leaving the house and taking the risk of getting sick and putting others at risk.
TC. What have been some of your favorite go-to items to wear or groom yourself “in quarantine”?
Zyare Griffin. Being we have been in quarantine for quite some time now, I would definitely say that some of my favorite items to wear include a lot of winter and sports fashion--a lot of sweat pants, denim and clothes that are a bit warmer for the weather we have had [here in New York]. I love to stay comfortable and cozy, so winter fashion has been big for me lately. Since lockdown, with modeling jobs being less available for me, I’ve had the chance to find some self-care products like CeraVe and products prescribed by my doctor to help my skin, body, etc...This has been an opportunity for me to stay up with myself, so when the time comes for greater work and assignments, I’m ready to go!
TC. What’s on your bucket list, “post quarantine”?
Zyare Griffin. I really just want the opportunity to model for the big brands out there in my industry. I want to just gain the experience and whatever comes with it--I’m more than happy with that!