Ever thought about creating your own Youtube channel? Eline Van Haasteren is a fashion model, photographer and videographer and even a model scout, who shares her stories through beautifully curated content, which she shares daily on her Youtube channel and Instagram which together have over 13,000 followers.
Eline has also created her own photography Instagram page called @seenbylien, where she creates engaging story-telling pieces that tell her life’s discoveries and top travel highlights. Inspired by her Dutch heritage, Eline follows various fashion photographers on Instagram who inspire her work and is constantly searching for the latest unique pieces to update her off-duty style. Continue reading to find out more about Eline and enhance your Instagram feed with her industry insight today…
A BIT ABOUT ELINE
MV ASKS: HOW OLD ARE YOU?
WHERE IS YOUR HOMETOWN?
MV ASKS: WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU GET SCOUTED?
The first time I got scouted I was sitting in the tube with some friends and a woman came up to me and asked if I would like to be a model.
A few years later I got scouted a lot in Amsterdam where I was studying, but I was already signed with an agency.
MV ASKS: WHICH DESIGNERS CURRENTLY INSPIRE YOUR OFF-DUTY LOOK?
I am always inspired by multiple designers actually, I like to look at all of them and pick the pieces I feel most comfy with and match them with my look and my identity, this helps me re-create a classic look and define the style with my own off-duty twist.
Currently, I keep an eye on some Dutch designers like:
MV ASKS: HOW HAS INSTAGRAM INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER AS A MODEL?
I never used social media much before my career, but since I started modelling I noticed it’s so important to upload on social media. Instagram has become any models modern portfolio and helps you get discovered so easily by potential clients.
People don’t google your name as much anymore but instead search on Instagram, it’s your online portfolio that can instantly boost your career and so I think it’s really important to have an engaging feed.
I try and post about 5 pictures a week, sometimes even more if I feel like it, it depends where I am, what shoots I’ve done and the mood I’m in… 😜
MV ASKS: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BUILD A YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND HOW DO YOU FIND CONTENT FOR YOUR VIDEOS?
I decided to post videos on my Youtube channel since it was only really ever my friends and family who only heard my stories about castings, shoots and travel stories from all the different countries I’ve travelled to with work. So I decided to use the platform to tell others about my journey, providing other models with industry insight and helpful fashion tips which I also really enjoy producing and editing!
Youtube means that now I can show both my family and friends and others how I spend my days even when I’m on the other side of the world!
MV ASKS: WHICH PHOTOGRAPHERS DO YOU FOLLOW FOR INSPIRATION?
Recently I’ve worked with a Dutch photographer: Vivian Hoorn, who is stunning in front of the lens and also really talented behind it!
MV ASKS: WHERE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL LOCATION FOR WORK?
Definitely, Sydney, Palm Springs but also Marrakech as it has something so special as well!
So I actually can’t choose just one favourite location 🙈 I love travelling around the world and constantly exploring different cultures and thanks to modelling I’ve had this amazing chance to work abroad and discover such places as these.
MV ASKS: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTO-EDITING APPS THAT YOU USE ON INSTAGRAM?
I always use different apps to edit my pictures, and I also really like to try out new ones but most of the time its; VSCO, Afterlight or Snapspeed!
MV ASKS: WHAT WOULD BE YOUR 3 MAIN TIPS TO SUGGEST TO OTHER MODELS WHO ARE WANTING TO BUILD ON THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE?
1. BE YOU! You can get inspired by others but it’s important to post/ edit things that YOU really like! You will be always one step behind if you copy others.. so create your own style.
2. A good mix of work, friends, family and your passions always works!
3. Be careful with the things you post, it can also be used against you.
MV ASKS: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT YOU HAVE WORKED ON SO FAR FOR YOUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA?
The pictures I share on my second Instagram account @seenbylien!
I started the page as I am currently learning to work as a photographer and the projects I share on that account are my faves as I think they capture such a unique angle and perspective of the world around me.
MV ASKS: TELL US HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED IN SCOUTING?
I recently started scouting, since I travel a lot and work in the industry as a model myself I am always walking past gorgeous fresh faces which I think should be signed and so I wanted to help give them advice. The first girl I’ve scouted so far actually even got signed with an agency straight away and started working a lot, so it was cool to see how she’s grown from a little girl into a woman in this industry.
MV ASKS: WHAT OTHER PASSIONS/ HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE IN LIFE?
I have a big passion for dancing and singing!
Since I was little I always loved to perform and entertain people, later I finished my study on a dance academy and I started working as a fulltime model, because of all the travelling I stopped taking classes. But now, I’m ready to get back on track and work on my career as an artist! So lots of practice, auditions, training and more..!!
But hey, its worth it if you want to make your dreams reality!
MV ASKS: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MODEL VILLAGE?
I have been apart of the MV family for a while now, and as both mine and their journeys have grown, I have always noted their kindness and support of not just my career but also the other models they work with! ❤️