Model & Singer/Songwriter
Zoe Blaire is a young model and singer/songwriter, based in Dallas, Texas. Having starred in campaigns since the age of four, Zoe has a decade of experience behind her and has her eye set on bigger and better things. We had the chance to catch up with her and ask her questions about her life, work and aspirations for the future. Here's what she had to say...
Solstice: Please could you tell us about your background? Where are you from?
Zoe: I am a 14 year old singer/songwriter, model and owner of a teen skincare line. I was born in Tampa, FL and now live in Dallas, Texas.
Solstice: How did you get into singing?
Zoe: I just love music. I’ve been in and around music my entire life. Both of my parents are super in the music industry, my Dad being a Producer and my Mom being a Talent Manager.
Solstice: When did you start writing songs and how do you go about writing your songs?
Zoe: I crashed one of my Dad’s sessions when everyone was taking a break and recorded over what they were working on with one of my songs. I think I was 7 or 8 maybe... I didn’t even know I was writing. I just wanted to record what was in my head. I didn’t pick up a pen again until recently when I started to take writing seriously. It's important for me to be a part of the writing process, I love collaborating but I don’t want songs written for me. I have a lot in my head and it’s therapeutic to get it on paper. I love creating new and different things.
Solstice: What inspires you?
Zoe: I am inspired by everyone around me. My family, my friends, I think music has incredible power. Being able to touch people through my music inspires me most.
Solstice: Is there any particular brand or person that you would like to work with and why?
Zoe: I am super into high fashion and stuff so if I were to collaborate with a certain brand I would probably collaborate with Christian Dior. I'm in love with their runway shows and looks so much and it would be super cool to collaborate with them on something
Solstice: Your single was produced by P.J. Olsson, what was it like working with a Grammy award winning personality?
Zoe: Working with P.J. is amazing! He's been such an awesome mentor to me this past year i've been working with him.
Solstice: How have you dealt with being a very young star?
Zoe: I don’t really see myself as a star, so maybe that’s how I deal with it. I’m just a normal teenager who has a passion for music and fashion.
Solstice: How do you balance your career and education?
Zoe: I work hard in everything I do. If I am in the studio or on a shoot, I’m there for 12 hours. If I’m in school, I am working on that. Switching gears from one to the other can be difficult, but it also keeps things interesting for me especially now with the pandemic and being stuck in one place mostly it’s nice to switch things up.
Solstice: In what ways would you like to see your modelling career evolve?
Zoe: I see myself modelling for all my favourite brands, maybe even a spread in Solstice. It’s exciting to be the face of a company, a brand, a product. I'm just so in love with fashion and beauty and would love to see where it goes.
Solstice: Ford Models signed you up at the early age of 2 and you’ve worked on many campaigns in your career to date. What has been your favourite one so far?
Zoe: Probably H&M the sets are always amazing, great photogs and just an awesome company to shoot for….oh, the food/snacks are really good too on set.
Solstice: You’ve had a very commercial career so far, would you like to work on more editorial work in the future?
Zoe: I definitely would love to start working on more editorial things in the future! I mentioned this earlier but I love creativity. For me editorial would be that next level and I’d love to get into that world.
Solstice: What would be your ideal modelling job?
Zoe: A destination like Tuscany or New Zealand - that would be amazing. But really I would love any modelling job that involves traveling somewhere new.
Solstice: Describe your fashion style?
Zoe: I have an alternative side but I put my own spin on it. Urban-chic meets grunge and luxe. I also end up switching things up every week. Fashion is fun. It’s creative. I don’t want to be the same all the time. I think that is boring.
Solstice: What are your go-to pieces of clothing?
Zoe: Plaid skirts, fishnets are my favs. Right now it’s all about the layers and putting contradicting styles together.
Solstice: Are you looking into getting into other types of work? Acting, entrepreneurship, philanthropy maybe?
Zoe: Yes, all the above. I just shot a national commercial and I definitely want to start my own fashion line in the future!
Solstice: Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time?
Zoe: I see myself changing the world in the future. I really want to make an impact somehow.
Solstice: Finally, what advice do you have for children/young teens that want to be stars?
Zoe: To never give up on your dreams, no matter how hard it may seem to get, if you stay focused and tune out the haters, you will get there.
Interview by: Declan Rice
Model: Zoe Blaire (@zoeblairemusic)
Photographer: Brian B Hayes (@brianbhayes_photo)
Hair & Make Up: Sara Ajdahim (@saraajdahim)
PR Agency: Publish Pilot (@publishpilot)