Hmm. Where to start. This could take a while, I waffle.
I'll begin at the point where Lenore came to being. It's not my real name as I'm sure most of you will have already assumed. A photographer, Andy Belladonna, a lovely chap, saw me in a local goth club in my hometown of Norwich, took some pictures of me and pointed me in the right direction to get into 'alternative modeling' (no, not porn). He said I needed a modeling name. I asked why? He said to make you stand out. I chose SadieSin. Then I discovered another model called Sadiecakes (?) so I changed it to Lenore. Partly in homage to the little dead girl comic, which is in itself an homage to EA Poe. Both of whom are awesome.
I did some photoshoots, stood in a graveyard or two, and applied to host a new music TV channel (random I know) called Redemption (changed to Rockworld TV a while later) around 2006 (I'm terrible with dates). I'd done some acting as a kid, so I memorised three pieces to camera, put on my best Lip Service suit and got on the train to London. After my audition I had an overpriced cuppa with my mum and went home. I got the job. I went on to audition for the job as 'Face Of The Channel'. Got that too. It was all a bit strange and not at all what I had planned to do after Uni and travelling. I interviewed bands, fans and Hells Angels. I spoke to big names on the Metal Hammer red carpet. It was all a bit surreal. And a lot less glamourous than anyone ever thinks. Also a lot less money.
After the channel faded and I got re-runned (something they don't pay you for), I started writing, mostly because I quite liked being part of the scene and didn't really want to go back to a normal job full time. But it took a long time before writing paid (see my future article on 'How To Be A Writer' or 'How To Be Disapoointed In People And Make No Money'). The first time I got paid it was because I turned down unpaid work, a gamble that paid off. Now I rarely do stuff pro bono ('for free'), mainly because I find it hard to get motivated. Lame but true.
That's it in a nutshell. I write reviews and interviews for Gothic Beauty Magazine currently. They are organised and pay for every contribution I make, which is nice. They also always reply to my messages. I also contribute to my local listings magazine Outline. They gave me my first writing job in exchange for gig tickets, CDs and hob nobs. I still write for them, they're lovely and support the Norwich scene. You can see my latest stuff for them here.
I have no burning desire to be a top alternative model, I figure it would have happened by now if I had the right look or was willing to pose nude (which I'm not). I do, however, want to be a recognised name in the alternative world, as a writer, commentator on weird stuff and music and things. Probably not based on the quality of this 'piece' though. We'll see what happens....