My interview for Cosmopolitan Japan is now up on their website, featuring the new “isei Beat,” a smartphone with superior sound quality and camera. Since the interview is in Japanese only, I decided to translate it into English myself for all my English-speaking readers. 日本語のインタビューはこちらで読んで下さい!

Q: You’re always known for your very mode and cool look. Are there any items that you deem noteworthy at the moment Samantha?

A: Sock boots are really trendy at the moment, and I recently stocked up on 2 pairs. A pair of black ones that can never go wrong, and a pair of burgundy ones. I plan on pairing them with different prints (like my leopard print coat) and even simple monotone outfits to create chic looks. In terms of makeup, I’m all about liquid lipsticks that won’t smear or come off no matter how much you eat or drink. Today, I’m wearing one of my favorite shades from “Colourpop Cosmetics,” and I just love the matte texture. Dark reds and browns are my favorite shades this season.

Q: When do you feel you can relax the most, Samantha?

A: When I’m at home reading, or mindlessly watching TV… even listening to relaxing music while taking a bath. My grandmother on my father’s side always played her Elvis Presley when I was growing up, and my mother instilled in me her love for The Beatles and The Carpenters as well. I love listening to all kinds of music, regardless of genre or age. When I’m relaxing at home, I especially love listening to nostalgic, mellow tunes.

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Q: Speaking of music, you studied classical piano at university. What made you decide on majoring in piano performance?

A: From the age of 8 to 17, I studied with the same piano teacher, and right around the time I had to decide what I wanted to study in college, I realized I wanted to continue study in the musical and performing arts. At the beginning of my senior year in high school, my teacher introduced me to a piano professor from UCLA, and I had a couple of lessons with him… This is when I also realized I still had a lot of learning and practicing to do… For one thing, I didn’t have enough technique, and these lessons were the trigger for my wanting to study classical piano with the professor. This is why I applied to a university with a strong musical program. I wanted to further indulge myself in music.

Q: Because of your background in music, are you particular when it comes to sound quality?

A: I tend to spend more money on better-quality earphones or headphones, I think. I even recently got a pair of wireless earphones as well. Whenever I listen to classical piano music, I’m very particular about how well the bass, or lower notes, sound- the deeper, the better. I think it’s also because whenever my piano teacher and I would listen to piano works at her home, her sound system picked up the deeper notes so that they sounded rich. I think my ears are now accustomed to it.

Q: Right now, “high res” is a big key word in the music industry. There are smartphones now that are particular about sound quality – what are your thoughts on listening to classical music on au’s “isei Beat?”

A: I actually never listen to classical music with earphones. It’s always too loud when I’m commuting by train, and I can’t hear the smaller details that can be so important to a classical piece. Classical music is almost always recorded live, so the sound is much smaller than a piece of music made with musical software. But with the “isei Beat,” I can hear a lot of the details I normally wouldn’t be able to hear on a different device. The intricate details of the piano, and even the orchestra- I’m amazed I can hear it all! I actually want this phone!

Q: As a model, you must be very particular when it comes to what you upload on your SNS. What did you think of the camera?

A: I love how this phone includes both normal lens and wide lens. The wider lens is especially useful since it’s wide enough to take an OOTD selfie from head to toe without using a selfie stick! I probably won’t be able to use my own smartphone after using this… (laughs). With other kinds of smartphones, the colors aren’t bright enough so I always have my digital camera on me. I’m truly amazed at the camera quality on this phone. I can’t stand it when my photos are of low quality… but the photos taken on “isei Beat” are so beautiful! My skin looks flawless, and the photos look like they already have a filter on it.

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Q: Also, do you have any advice on taking photos or selfies?

A: I’m actually really bad at taking selfies (laughs). When I do take selfies, I make sure the sunlight is facing me to get the best natural light possible. Another important thing is angles. If I need to focus on my makeup, for example, then I’ll angle my face to show off that particular point. Next is the filter.

Apart from selfies, when I have to take photos with a model in it, I try not to zoom in too much because there will be a limit to how much you can edit later one. Also, instead of always having the model in the middle of the frame, having him/her to the right or left of the frame can add a nice balance to the photo. It’s important to try different angles and balance it out with the backdrop. I say take as many photo as you want, because you can always edit them later (laughs).

Q: What are some things you consider when uploading photos on Instagram?

A: The most important thing for me is how all the photos look “symmetrical” side by side, meaning if the colors and filters are similar. I’m a California girl now living in Tokyo, so understanding both cultures and being able to post about them is great. There are people who haven’t been to Japan, but want to know more about its unique culture. That’s why I try to upload photos that feature the beauty of Japan whenever possible.

 

 

41 comments

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Love this Post Darling:)
Very Nice:)
And still in love with your Coat:)
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Awesome interview. The phone sounds great! I have to invest in a good lipstick that doesn’t come off so easily. Yours sound great. I love that you have an appreciation for classical music. I love hearing all the parts as well.

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I enjoyed reading your interview! It’s so cool. 🙂

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so proud of you, sisterr <3 keep shining <3

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Wow congratulations on this amazing feature! Thank you for translating it for us. I love hearing about the people behind the blogs and Instagram photos. I knew you were creative just based on your photos but had no idea that you were such a talented pianist as well. Thanks for sharing this article and about these amazing smartphone. Xoxo, Christine
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This is so cool! Congratulations on the interview. I love the Beatles too! We grew up listening to music loudly at home, so I love that feeling those old songs give me.
xx Jenelle
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Great advice! Quality is always better than quantity. Wishing to see more of your musical talent on the blog.

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totally cool.. enjoy reading this post..

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Well, here’s one Swedish guy who is really interested in Japan, Japanese culture, history, tradition, food, you name it and I’m so happy to be able to take part of all that through your blog and Instagram! I’m also very proud of the fact that you got interviewed by Cosmopolitan. Like seriously, how cool isn’t that? 😀 Thank you for translating the interview for us non Japanese readers! 🙂
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Such a nice interview! I’ve learned a little bit more about you which is really fun! I’m also so bad at selfies I try to avoid them as much as I can haha! Thanks for the tips though!

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Such a great interview! It’s always great to get to know someone and find out how their background has helped them with their career!

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This was so much fun to read. Thank you for sharing it in English as well! It’s exciting that you got to interview with Cosmo Japan, and you had so many great thoughts on the new phone that would make me seriously want to try it out!

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So cool! )

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This is a very cool interview, especially by Cosmopolitan which is like my favorite magazine to read during my free time. Several members of my family play piano and my sister in-law is actually a piano teacher. Thank you so much for translating this interview and sharing with us. Great read!

xo,
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Congrats love, great interview and you look pretty as always! Love that you upload images of Japan so people like me who have never been can enjoy some of its beauty as we plan a trip to the country in the future 🙂
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you are so inspiring this is aweomse! Love the pics too
francesca
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Wow great interview! I also hate taking selfies. I need a wide lens on my camera phone – this one sounds great!
XO
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Congrats on this awesome interview!! We’re both music majors turned in to fashion bloggers. Where did you get your undergrad? Maybe we can collab sometime!!

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I love carpenters music too! How I wish to visit Japan someday to see the cherry blossom. so pretty and interesting culture

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Omg how amazing you got this interview! Congrats babe! You gave such great advice and I am loving your outfit too xo, sharon

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Hah I sure every selfie you take is a good one! ♥

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what a gorgeous coat!!!
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Amazing outfit!
Have a nice week-end!
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Lovely interview! Congratulations on the feature 🙂 Loving the coat 🙂

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Whoow so proud of you, how cool is this! I also love to listen to music, do it all the time. Especially on the go,
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Congratulations babe on your awesome interview with Cosmopolitan Japan! So glad you translated it in English! I really enjoyed reading it and now I want that phone for myself too hahaha. I love your Grandmother’s taste in music 🙂

xo, Jo
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Amazing interview and great pictures! XX, Gina

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Such an awesome interview sam!!!!

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Wow congrats on getting this interview! Thank you for sharing this with us! Such an amazing post! I definitely love the phone and want one myself!

Linh
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congrats on this babe! great post!

xo, Samira

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Thank you for this translation so I could read it for myself! Congrats on this opportunity xx

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Love the interview babe and love that you have come from such a musical background! Congrats on the interview feature girl!

Helen xx
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YOu’re so cute babe! thanks for sharing 😉

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I really appreciate you translating your Cosmo interview. It made me learn more about you. Congrats on the feature girl. That is a huge accomplishment 🙂

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Aw an interview with cosmo Japan must’ve been so fun and exciting! Thank you for taking the time to translate and share it with us 🙂 I’m a huge fan of liquid lippies too hehe! Although I’m not a huge musical person, I do share an appreciation for all the little sounds that create melodies. I’d love to try isei Beat someday !

XO Jenn
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Love reading this girl, you’re so cool and beautiful. And this whole look is on point. Love the coat??

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I learned so much about you. I had no idea that you played the piano. I have a friend who trained as a pianist growing up and I’m always in awe of her talents. I bet I’d be of yours too! Not similar at all, but I played clarinet in school for a couple of years in band class and it taught me to really appreciate all instruments in the orchestra. I love being able to hear all the sounds to a piece so the isei beat sounds great!

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Wow so so cool. Congrats on the interview.
xoxo, Rachel Vogt

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That’s so exciting that you were featured in Cosmopolitan Japan dear. That’s such a huge stepping stone for your model career and I wish you the best of luck in your success at modeling in Tokyo. 🙂 I also enjoyed reading tidbits of your interview and how you have a strong musical background. I’d love to hear you play piano in a video or something one day.

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WOW babe such a cool interview and been feature in Cosmo japan!!! Congratulations you are an inspiration. please keep the great work!!
xo
Marcy

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Such an awesome opportunity and interview Sam!! It was a great read and congrats to you on being a part of it!
Jordan xx
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