Interview with Terrorcat
Model Terrorcat (Clarissa Bilke) was born in July, 1993 in Elsterwerda, Germany. She began modeling at 16 as an Cybergothic model and her work has continued to expand since then to include gothic, fetish and alternative modeling. She is known as a very expressive and versatile model who is friendly and easy to work with.
Along with her modeling she is an accomplished makeup artist and stylist. She specializes in complex makeup and setups and works closely with the photographer to create aesthetic, artful pictures. She loves assembling hairfalls and dressing wigs.
There are two sides to Terrorcat. One, the public persona which most see. Some people may think she is arrogant or pretentious because of her photos but nothing could be further from the truth. As Clara, she is a normal person and those who know her say she is a “nice and crazy woman who treats everyone as equals.”
When you were a child growing up in Germany did you think of growing up and modeling? What were you interested in when you were young?
No, when i was young, I had admired all models and it seemed to me, as I would never reach something like this… It was only a dream for me. My interests were very early: Doing make-up, hairdressing and fashion. As a teenager, these 3 things were the most important things for me *smile* But of course not in the style that I represent today.
You have written that you “have a black soul” and that you think gothic is beautiful. Were you a goth girl when you were a teenager?
Oh yes, but I not only was, I am still a gothic girl. Because of the awesome music, the attitude towards life, the wonderful style, etc… The gothic-scene fascinates and inspires me so much. Furthermore I like black very much
How did you first get started as a model? Do you remember your first assignment?
I had my first photoshooting with Markus Konetzka (Cre-A-Team Fotodesign) when I was 16 years old. I remember that day very well. I was nervous because I had never stood in front of a camera before in a professional studio *laugh* The pictures were a great success. Even today they go around the world. I had worn an elaborate neon green-black cyber-gothic outfit. I think, this was my most successful shooting of the cyber-gothic series.
How did you choose the name, Terrorcat?
It was spontaneous! I love cats because they are so beautiful and graceful. Specifically I like that they move so gracious and I love their eyes. The “Terror” stands a lil bit for my personality. I can be very impulsive
You started out as a Cybergoth model and have expanded your modeling work into other styles. Can you tell us a little about the differences in the different types of modeling you do?
There are no really big differences except that the styling looks different. Extensive are all types. The Cybergothic-style is more colorful, spacey and shrilly. The Gothic-Style is more dark, you wearing predominantly black and its often imaginative. The Fetish-Style (wearing latex or pvc-clothing) is very sexy, alluring and demands expressiveness from a model.
Which types of modeling do you like best?
As far as fetish modeling is concerned, how do you like the style? Do you enjoy wearing latex and what kinds of reactions do you get from your fans?
The wearing of latex is a very great feeling. But not only that – It also looks damn good! And I must admit that it has become my favorite fetish. My fans were split. There were people who were fully in favor of the cybergoth-style. “Fans of past” I called them They didn’t particularly like it but most found it very sexy and liked my change into the fetish-section. Many of them praised my expression, my body, my posings & my styling but sometimes they got carried away with their compliments. I’m only doing my job and it gives me pleasure.
Are there any brands that you model for that you can tell us about?
Yes I am pleased to model for Mad Duck Latex Designs (http://www.facebook.com/madduckdesignslatex) The designer, Thomas Hrabak, is a very creative & dedicated man. His creations & the quality of his catsuits are amazing! In future I want to model for labels like Westward Bound & Shitake Latexcouture too.
Tell us how you began working as a makeup artist and hair stylist. I understand you have won awards for your work.
Well, in 2009 when I was 16 years old, I started my 3 years of training to become a hairdresser. Along the way I’ve learned a lot about Styling & Make-Up and how to be creative with it. I participated in the Bavarian championships (in the section for make-up artists) for every year of my apprenticeship. In 2010 I won third place. In 2011 I was the winner of the Bavarian Championships so I ended my training a few months later satisfied! It gives me great pleasure to perform this job.
When you work on a photo assignment with a photographer how closely do you collaborate with them. Are they usually open to ideas from you?
It depends who the photographer is With a few of my photographers I have an emotional or friendship connection. I work very closely with them and they’re open to my ideas everytime because they know that I will not dissapoint them with my creations. However there are also photographers (no, I will not mention any names) who only trust their own opinions. You get instructions about how your hair has to be styled etc. When you cannot express your own ideas it is not particularly great to work with them.
Photographers, I really like to work with are
Julius Krämer: https://www.facebook.com/fetishfotos.de
Markus Konetzka: https://www.facebook.com/creAteamFotodesign
Tell us about how you create hairfalls. What are they made of? Are they like wigs?
Oh it’s a long work when I make dreadhairfalls. I must spin and tease every single strand of hair to become one dread. I need minimum 40 dreads for one good hairfall and I need 2 falls per head. In addition I make cyberloxhairfalls. Here, I only must cut the single cyberlox (it’s bulk stock) to the right length and bind them together to a fluffy, voluminous hairfall. I need 2 of these falls for one head too. My hairfalls are made of tubular crin (cyberlox) or kanekalon (dreads). People can tie them on her own braids and style them individually. Sometimes I use the raw kanekalon to pimp up wigs. A few of my hairfalls you can see in my modeling photos.
Are there any photographers, models or makeup artists that you admire or inspire you?
No specific. I get my inspiration from everywhere … and from my own head
What do you do when you have free time? What kind of movies, television, music and activities do you like?
I like horror movies, comedies, romantic comedies & all fantasy movies. On television I mostly only watch the news, because I’m not a big fan of television My favourite music is EBM, Dark-Electro, Darkwave, Death Metal etc. I like to go out with friends, have a nice time with my partner, go to gothic-festivals & enjoy the life with all its facets.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
You can go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Model-TERRORCAT/218711701499602. Here you can see my latest photos, activities and achievements.
Or you visit my Deviantart-account to see my photos in highter resolution: http://theterrorcat.deviantart.com/
More photos of Terrorcat!!!