Do you remember your age when you decided that you wanted to enter the world of modeling? Was there a defining moment that led you or encouraged you to try your chances in the world of modeling?
Reins Mika: I had never considered being a model before, and I had no idea how it worked. To be honest, I never thought of myself as attractive or ‘model-worthy’ until I when was scouted by a senior model of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and she invited me to cast when I was 15 years old. However, since I was still studying, I just went to VTRs and cast calls whenever I had free time. I became serious about modeling between the ages of 16 and 17; that’s when I started booking a lot of commercials. During high school, I fell in love with this profession, and I made it a point to attend castings and go-sees. I believe that my dedication helped me to branch out into other types of modeling, such as runway and editorial. In my first two years of college, I avoided going out to parties after classes and didn’t have time to even hang out with my block mates. I paid greater attention to balancing my modeling work and studies. Immediately after school, I generally rush to my car and head straight to a casting or photo shoot. If I don’t have any plans, I’ll simply head home and rest.