Every now and then we like to stop and marvel at some of the incredible things our models and actors get up to when they’re not busy looking fabulous in front of a camera. We thought we’d start sharing some of them with you to prove that the SR Family are far more than just a bunch of pretty faces!
This week: Carmen Obied.
In addition to modelling I am… an Underwater Archeologist and Magazine Editor!
It’s fair to say most of our readers won’t be familiar with the day to day in the life of an underwater archaeologist – would you be able to give us a brief overview of what the job looks like?
With underwater archaeology you rarely know where you will end up next, but that is part of the thrill of the job. I love the unpredictability of it all; a day at work is rarely the same. You’ll often find yourself in different locations, with different teams, exploring different archaeological contexts – and so much of it is dependent on environmental and cultural factors. My work as an archaeologist has taken me to Mediterranean coasts, Eastern deserts and tropical jungles! Of course it’s not all out-in-the-field type action – it also involves a lot of meticulous research, long hours in the lab or library, applying for permits/grants, and the preservation and publication of the findings. Both sides are important and exciting, as they collectively help you decipher the past!
The worlds of modelling and archaeology don’t tend to have a lot of over-lap; how did you find yourself succeeding in both fields?
I do lead somewhat of a double life! I am lucky that both pursuits quench my thirst for travel and adventure. Although worlds apart in a sense, I enjoy bridging between the scientific and creative worlds, as they both challenge me in different ways. They are also pursuits where I am able to use the many languages I’ve learnt, explore different cultures and travel to many countries! I’m passionate about both, and I think that plays a big part in why I am so proactive about them. As with archaeology, a day at work in modelling is always different. I’ve also experienced the more adventurous side of modelling, from modelling underwater to Icelandic ice caves! You also get opportunities to model for a strong cause, raising awareness and funds, such as the A21 Freedom Campaign I did for anti-human trafficking.
Can you tell us a little more about Fashion Shift and how you came to be involved with the magazine?
I initially got involved with Fashion Shift Magazine when the talented founder/editor-in-chief, Magdalena Bieth, asked me to be the face of the launch issue! We had worked together before and hit it off from the very beginning! We were very like-minded and I shared her vision for the magazine and wanted to help as much as possible with the launch. I got involved with also promoting the magazine, reaching out to potential contributors, proofreading submissions, and writing creative articles, through which I was then appointed as the Features Editor. I have a great admiration for the work Magdalena does and the person she is. It is a wonderful magazine with beautiful aesthetics, a range of content and a great team, so we’re very excited to keep seeing it grow internationally.
Would it be accurate to say archaeology and magazine editing are fairly time-consuming vocations? How on Earth do you find time to fit both around a modelling career?
I have a lot of energy! And I love to explore different avenues and work in a multidisciplinary environment, where I can combine different skills and perspectives, which makes it really interesting and dynamic. I find that the combination of these different pursuits strengthens my abilities in each and helps me think outside the box. The main thing is to always be open to challenges and change. Be proactive and continually seek a balance. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
If you don’t mind me saying so; ‘Underwater Archaeologist & International Model’ sounds a lot like the resume of a James Bond character – do you still get a kick out of explaining what you do to new people?
It never gets old! I do enjoy seeing people’s surprised reactions and perceptions. People often throw associations to ‘Indiana Jones’, ‘Tomb Raider’ or ‘James Bond’. Both jobs are tough and thrilling in their own way, and filled with ambitious and inspiring people. I’m very passionate about both and grateful for all the unexpected doors they open.
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