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since leaving New York my life has taken a turn for the better! physically, spiritually and mentally!
I was NERVOUS.
If people in Tampa were selective people in new york were going to be hard to tackle. They treated me as if i was a queen! Constant compliments and actual help!..not just from designers, assistants, and press but from the models!
Where in some florida markets. It’s always a competition
After taking on Miami and getting signed at my very first casting for a mother agency I remember what one scout specifically told me, ( GO TO NEW YORK) YOU WILL THRIVE!
Having florida funds and not NYC funds.. I moved north east. ….to ORLANDO
Orlando inspired me to do something more than posing in front of a camera for facebook likes.
Now i'm hosting and coordinating runway shows, apprenticing under bridal designers and scouting models for a local agency
The Grim Reality
The fashion world is very cut throat. I began my modeling career in Dallas. There I learned I was in an “ in demand market” regularly booked for shoots and runways. Three months into seriously modeling I moved to Tampa florida and noticed that the market for someone like me was non existent. I joined several florida modeling networks and realized the models killing the game in this region were shorter unconventional looks . ( not that I have anything against them) but i was flooded with bikinis, sunsets and sand.
My body was not ready for this
I have to work really hard. My body — I have a voluptuous body. I am not one of those skinny girls. I like to enjoy life. I eat in moderation and I take care of myself. Esp considering i'm constantly battling the 60 lbs i lost about three years ago.
For the life of me i was stuck doing TFP shoots. I realized Being Older, Darker, and shapelier that my modeling career may be at a hault. Fueled with angst I decided to begin “branding” myself to prove i was good enough to hang in the florida markets.
Fast forward about 8 months and I started to become really numb to the amount of “nos”. I started getting used to not receiving edits back or people just ignoring me in general.
I could shock you with the amount of discouraging stories throughout my last year but no one likes to read a ridiculously long blog.
It’s no secret that the media has made a big deal out of youth. Think about it: how many people have you heard say, “Gosh, I can’t wait to get wrinkles!” Worldwide, selling the idea of youth has made many companies billions of dollars.
If you plan on being in the fashion and runway field, the younger you are the better. The longevity for this type of modeling is extremely short for the majority of models involved. Agencies sign girls as young as 13 years old and tend to hesitate if a model is over 18.
This topic, like the height issue, is a reality of the industry that you don’t have to agree with but you will have to accept or at least get used to. It’s just a plain fact that agencies and their clients can get more work out of youthful models than those who already show the signs of aging.
When it comes to youth and modeling it doesn’t make sense to invest time and money in signing a model that is, say, 22 or 23. That particular model may only have a good 2-3 years before they start showing signs of aging like crow’s feet or other fine lines. This means more time devoted to Photoshopping and special lighting. No agency wants to deal with that.
persistancy like practice pays off
Some models do work their way into modeling (I have also heard models say that modeling is hard work and all models work their way into the business). These models track down test shoots and put together their comp cards and portfolios. They study and practice being a model by working on their expressions, posing, runway walking, hair styling, makeup, working in front of a camera, and learning how the business works. These models may work freelance or have nonexclusive contracts with a number of modeling agencies.
Remember the story of the three blind men describing an elephant? One man felt the trunk, another felt the tail, and the third felt the leg. Each had a different description of what the elephant was like. The modeling industry is the same way. The modeling industry is big and has many specialty areas. What I've experience will be much different what others experience. but at the end of the day
you have to do what makes you happy!
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