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Meet Crystal Bascon of internationalmami_

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Bascon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up art was always being introduced to me by my dad, my godparents were photographers and would love taking photos of my twin and me. I was always told that I should be a model, that I had the height and look. At one point in my life, I was working at Dixieline Lumber in National City at the age of 19, I was constantly asked by the elders what I was doing working at a place like Dixieline when I had the potential to be a model.

And well slowly I just decided to collaborate with local artist and soon enough I found myself doing fun photo shoots for friends and local brands here in San Diego. That opened up doors for me and I started to do some shoots up in Los Angeles.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think anything worth working towards will ever be smooth per say, there were been many bumps along this road, I am a full-time student at Southwestern College as an Art History major also working weekends at a legal cannabis shop as a cannabis consultant, all these are my passion and of course modeling when I have the time. Time is what gets difficult, I am still learning to manage my time for everything and mentally it can be draining especially having to keep up with my physical looks, like brushing my teeth twice a day, and washing my face daily and that typical routine we all create for ourselves.

Modeling can be a little tough, I did have a moment when I had to ask myself, “What am I doing this for? ” and as much as the fame seems to be real, it was becoming to be a lot of pressure, I had realized that I actually wanted to do it because I believe it is a different form of performance art, I have fun creating a scene or playing a character outside of myself, and of course meeting people that have the same interests as me. My friends gas me up all the time and give me great feedback so I also gotta thank them for being there for me.

Please tell us about internationalmami_.
I have an androgynous look and that is something I’ve noticed that sets me apart from others. I love that I feel comfortable in any look that I have to portray from classy to a badass look haha. Honestly, as an artist, in general, I have fun creating with others and so I feel like I’m easy to work with which makes certain projects so fun and valuable. I’ve worked with Bellus Academy a few times and one project I had the pleasure of working with the amazing Reno Prezio who is an educator at Bellus and with Natasha Gerschon a photographer, the photos we took were for the Naha 2018 and we actually made it to the finals!

I recently went up to Los Angles for a casting for Cast Partner, that was a booster for me. I also recently came out on Flanelle Magazine in The Transparency Issue in April, directed by the amazing Ariana Velazquez a local artist of San Diego.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have sent more photos to agencies and gone to more casting calls, I mean I can still do that, so I guess I can say I am pretty happy with how things have been going for me with the modeling world.

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Image Credit:

Natasha Gerschon, Brian Gahan, Moises Galvan, Anthony Ray Quisay

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