An Interview with Actor and Model Kian Barazandeh

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Kian Barazandeh

Kian Barazandeh (born February 26, 1998) is an Iranian actor and fashion model who first started his career in Tehran, gaining fame as a 16-year-old. He became a star in so many fields.

Hi Kian! Tell us about who you are and where you are from?

Hi, first of all, thanks for having me! My name is Kian Barazandeh. I'm an Iranian-Emirati international actor and fashion model. I signed with one of the best agencies in the world, "Independet Mgmt," based in Milan, Italy.

How did you get your start in the industry and what do you currently do? How long have you been in the industry?

Basically, I never planned to become a model or actor during my younger years. I was scouted over a decade ago by a daring agent that believed in my talent and “the look.” Following my initial modeling scouting, my career took off at a pace that most other models never witness during their climb to fame. In just one to two years, I achieved being named IMTA’s "Model of the Year." I used my momentum to win some of the biggest modeling partnerships in the world.

What decisions influenced why you chose to pursue a career in the industry?

I grew up involved in pageantry, so I got a taste of posing, wearing great clothes, acting, and winning awards. I love the thrill of internal competition.

How do you master the art of posing?

Posing is difficult at first. Everyone starts out looking at themselves in the mirror or taking selfies, but the best advice I can give is to get experience. Get friends or photographers that you know to shoot you and ask for feedback. Always get feedback.

When you first sign with an agency, they’ll help you. Many agencies have bootcamps, and the bookers will critique and give you techniques or references to practice from. Learn your angles and learn your shortfalls, so you can correct them. If you are consistently being told to arch your back more, then learn to arch your back without being told. It takes time to develop, just like anything. It’s muscle memory.

One of the biggest areas of importance is the face. Learn different facial expressions. If you only ever make the same expression, you won’t go far. The job of the model is to fit the narrative of the project, but also to portray expressions through your body. And, for this, the face extremely important. Try expressions in the mirror or play around with test shoots. There are many ways to get experience, but once you got it, you’re golden.

What are some of your goals for the future?

KEEP UPDATING MY PORTFOLIO.

IMPROVE MY PERSONAL SKILLS.

READ MORE BOOKS.

AND, KEEP MY WORKOUT ROUTINE IN DAILY BASIS.

What skills do you have that led you to be able to succeed in the industry?

Gaining extensive inside knowledge about the fashion and modeling industry; how successful photo shoots are prepared and executed helped me a lot to became an even more successful model.

Do you have any role models or influences that have guided your journey?

A few actors that I admire as role models are Daniel Day Lewis, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Leo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, etc.…but, the actor that I admire the most is James Franco. This guy is a chameleon. Not just in the sense that he disappears into the role that he takes on, but also in that he can take up almost any kind of role, and he wouldn’t seem out of place in it.

What words of advice would you have for people who aspire for a career in the industry?

Modeling requires hard work, determination, the ability to follow directions quickly and efficiently, and posing in particular ways or recreating looks for hours at a time. You will need to have a variety of poses in your arsenal for the type of modeling that you are pursuing. You’ll also need to know how to angle your face and body for the camera to convey the right image. If you want to become a runway model, you will need to establish and practice your signature walk.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you from a business perspective?

Jobs have dried up as advertising budgets have been slashed, runway shows have been canceled, and traditional photo shoots have become impossible under social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

Who is your favorite designer, and which model inspires you and why?

Alexander McQueen full stop, hands down, no freakin’ contest. I sobbed like a little child when I found out about his suicide. The man was an absolute genius. Every single show - from his debut to his untimely death - was breathtakingly and left me awestruck.

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