ROAD TRIP: AFTER THE TRIP
 
 
 
The Equal was created with the goal to provide aspiring creatives with opportunities to utilize and develop existing skills to jump-start their careers. Working alongside Zuriick, we were able to launch our platform with a truly unique opportunity for one female and one male model – Road Trip: Zuriick Model Open Call. Of the hundreds of applicants, our judges selected Mia Sahurie and Blake McClary to travel to the Unita Mountains in Northern Utah to join the rest of the modeling team and photographer, Steven Stone, to shoot Zuriicks' new winter campaign. Below is a small glimpse into their experiences.
 
 
The Models
 
 
Mia Sahurie
 
Mia Sahurie
 
Age: 18
 
Location: Chino, CA
 
 
Blake Mcclary
 
Blake Mcclary
 
Age: 23
 
Location: Orem, UT
 
 
The Interview
 
 
Mia Sahurie

How did you learn about ROAD TRIP?

I saw the link to contest through a Model Mayhem ad, clicked on it and signed up.

Besides the cash, what attracted you to the opportunity?

I think the opportunity to visit such a beautiful place sold me. I had never been to Utah so it was defenitly an adventure.

Traveling the Unita mountains in a vintage RV must have been quite an experience, how was the food and who was the chef?

It sure was an experience. I saw it snow for the first time. You don’t see snow where I live. As for the chef, his name was David. He is an extraordinary cook!

How were the sleeping accommodations?

Unlike the poor boys, the girls and I got to sleep in the snack filled trailer. I was cozy all night! Poor boys they had to tough it out.

Did the weather pose any problems?

Even though it did snow, I think it just made the shoot that much more fun and interesting. Other than that, it was pretty sunny.

What were some other challenges with working on location?

I think the biggest challenge was using that bathroom. I had never been camping and I had to learn how to tough it out! Haha...

What did you learn from the other models and Steven Stone, the photographer?

I learned so much from all the models. All their styles and personalities where so different, yet they all clicked just right. As for Steven, well let me just tell you the man is a genius. He is so talented and such a sweetheart!

Do you have any advice for up and coming models when doing location shoots?

Just go with it, work with what's around you, don't over think your movements and most of all, have fun.

Outside of the cash and the 3-day experience, what is another outcome you’d like to see as a result from ROAD TRIP?

I’d like the opportunity to see the whole gang again – they're the nicest group of people. Also shoot in Utah again – that would be fun!

 
Blake Mcclary

How did you learn about ROAD TRIP?

I saw the link that Zuriick posted on their Facebook page, clicked on it, and went from there.

Besides the cash, what attracted you to the opportunity?

My life's ambition is not to be a model, but I knew Zuriick was a great brand that I liked and wanted   to be apart of. It seemed to be a unique experience, and it absolutely was.

Traveling the Unita mountains in a vintage RV must have been quite an experience, how was the food and who was the chef?

The food was awesome! One of the other guys with us on the shoot, David, is a professional chef. Needless to say, the food was way better than any other camping trip I've been on. The few times we were around civilization we opted for mom and pop diners, which are always rad.

How were the sleeping accommodations?

So the trailer was awesome. It had heat, a comfortable bed, warm blankets, and babes. I unfortunately, was banished to the inside of the cargo van wrapped in two sleeping bags...

Did the weather pose any problems?

The weather all around was pretty nice. We had some chilly nights in the mountains, but sunny during the day. One our last day of shooting in the mountains some snow came out of nowhere. We had to pack up all the stuff and get out of there!

What were some other challenges with working on location?

In the mountains we had zero reception, so it was sad during some of the down time. We actually had to do something other than check Instagram and Twitter. It wasn't boring by any means, we just had to be a bit more creative for entertainment.

What did you learn from the other models and Steven Stone, the photographer?

What I love about Steven is that he doesn't take himself too seriously. He really is an awesome photographer with a great reputation, but you wouldn’t know it when you're around him. Just an awesome dude who is passionate about what he does and who he’s with. All of the models and crew had a really great chemistry. We didn’t have any problems and got along really well, which is a relief since we were all together for four days. I can imagine how some people get kind of stuck up working in this industry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this gang.

Do you have any advice for up and coming models when doing location shoots?

Just prepare to be surprised. You can never fully prepare yourself for what will happen, so just go with the flow. Be easy-going and you'll have a good time. Might as well have fun, right?

Outside of the cash and the 3-day experience, what is another outcome you’d like to see as a result from ROAD TRIP?

It’d be nice to do some other shoots in the future. I really did have a good time, and would like to see if I can keep going with other opportunities. I'm not expecting to be a professional model, but some more gigs would be cool. Also, the chance to work with Zuriick again in another campaign would be nice, or anything else really.