Close-up : Caraz
Caraz just recently turned 25 years old, and has already made a name for herself as a Director.
Her chosen mediums are commercial videos, music videos and, soon enough, short films. She has worked with some well-known companies such as L’Oréal, Lady Speed Stick, Make Up For Ever, Sokoloff Lingerie and June Swimwear. Ambitious and confident, she cannot be held back. Whatever project she puts her mind to, she excels and the finished product is always aesthetically perfect. She has an obsession for beauty and a keen eye for detail. The combo makes for breathtaking imagery.
Recently, Caraz has been working on personal projects to better showcase her style. One could describe it as disturbingly beautiful. She loves to represent women as powerful, seductive beings, without having them look over sexualized. What separates her style from others is the constant sense of nostalgia. Through her images, she shares stories of flawed things – individuals, places, objects – that seem perfect on the outside, but are broken or fragile on the inside. She embraces those flaws and believes that beauty and strength reside in vulnerability, as well as in individuality. One of her future goals is to denounce certain cultural inequalities through short films.
“I have an urgent need to be fulfilled and to unveil myself.”
I am convinced that Caraz was a Greek goddess in another life. Her golden locks, enchanting gaze and luscious pout make it difficult to not be mesmerized by her beauty and charm. What makes her so special is that she radiates from within. Caraz is quirky, always smiling and finds a positive side to every situation. She is kind hearted, generous and patient. She has the ability to make people feel at ease. In her line of work, it’s one of the most important characteristics to have. Actors and models are at their most vulnerable while on camera, but Caraz always finds a way to make them feel comfortable and empowered.
But like many creative people, she has dark days. She sometimes doubts herself and thinks her work isn’t good enough. But it is. I don’t tell her this enough, but she inspires me. Her willingness and determination to succeed in a male-dominated industry is simply admirable. She has so much talent, and I wish her all the best on her journey to the top.
“Bring me your suffering. The rattle roar of broken bones. Bring me the riot in your heart. Angry, wild and raw. Bring it all. I am not afraid of the dark.”
– Mia Hollow
Follow her work on Vimeo and Instagram: @cynthiacaraz