"I knew what I was capable of and now I am putting that energy in motion; making my dreams become a reality. It is moving slowly, but it is moving."
Jamie is an inspirational girl who gave up everything to pursue her dream of becoming an international model. He has a great philosophy and has her heart in the right place. We recommend that you check out Jamie’s photos, and read her detailed interview – she has given some interesting insights into her experience of moving out of her comfort zone to do what she loves.
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One night I had a potential epiphany. I knew I had so much untapped potential built up in my heart, mind, body, and soul. Without a second thought, I booked a flight to Los Angeles, California for a week to begin my modeling career. I flew out by myself, the first time I flew alone and having a fear of flying, and met with some photographers and began networking. Ever since that night I have worked every day to progress in the industry through networking, scheduling shoots, doing my own hair and makeup, traveling, applying to agencies, and much more. I knew what I was capable of and now I am putting that energy in motion; making my dreams become a reality. It is moving slowly, but it is moving.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
I believe modeling education is very important. I am currently in the process of looking and enrolling in courses. I want to be the best I can be and I believe the only way I can do so is through education. I feel privileged that I am able to take classes and not have to worry as much about costs; I wish there were more grants and funding opportunities so any model could be able to enroll without the concern of cost. At some point, I would love to collaborate on a way to make this possible.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
Passion. If someone has the dedication, passion, and drive to do or be something, then anything is possible in any situation. Simple as that.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
As a model, my goals would include: becoming a role model for women of all body types, heights, skin color, and age, to be the best model I can, work with talented photographers, publishers, makeup and hair artists, and other professionals, and most importantly create art and emotion from the images I model for. Photography and modeling is more than pretty pictures; photography and modeling is an art form. An image is supposed to make a statement, highlight product, enhance features, and create feeling through visual senses. I see myself progressing in this field through education, experiences, traveling, collaborating, and staying true to myself and my passion.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
I honestly do not know too much about the advertisement industry or advertising psychology. I have received an Associate of Arts degree and Bachelor of Social Work degree and both degrees required a fair amount of psychology courses, but none were specific to advertising. I would love the opportunity to learn more about each of the subjects. Learning is what allows anyone to develop and progress!
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
Communication is key in any setting. I believe preparation in advance is essential to ensure success. In relation, having patience is a learned skill that displays professionalism. In my experience, nothing wonderful came from a rushed, aggravated situation. I have been working with senior citizens for 5 years and that field of work has allowed me to practice patience almost every day. I feel I have always been a friendly person, but I used to be quite shy. My senior year of high school I was Miss Loveland Valentine of my home town. My duties included visiting various organizations, local schools, senior living facilities, make speeches and deliver them to large groups of community members, and travel to the Denver State Capitol to meet members of the House, Senate, and the Colorado Governor. These experiences forced me to leave my shyness behind and blossom into the friendly, outgoing lady I am.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I am a smoothie lover. I love making smoothies with fresh vegetables and fruits, with added protein powder. I find myself craving a handful of blueberries at work, as opposed to a handful of chips. Knowing I am taking care of my body by eating healthy not only brings peace of mind, but internal, physical peace. I choose to be healthy both externally and internally. In high school I ran track for 2 years, but stopped due to my exercised induced asthma. During college, I made the decision to progressively build my cardio rates and workouts, and now my favorite exercises involve track running. I do what I can do workout every day, even if it is 30 minutes, but I do a more aggressive workout 3-4 days a week.
What is your dream role as a model?
My dream role as a model to be a role model. In the past, I have been told I am not tall enough or skinny enough to be a successful model, and for a brief moment I considered starvation or limited eating to lose weight. I realized I am beautiful exactly how I am; everyone is beautiful exactly how they are. I hope to be a model that breaks the glass ceiling of the modeling industry to really represent petite models as a lovely 5'2" woman. During my Bachelor of Social Work degree education, I worked with a domestic violence shelter; a shelter that housed mostly women and children that experience domestic violence. These women were role models for me because they were the definition of strong. One day, I remember walking in and asking what I could donate to help these women and children, and the answer was new, packaged soap, shampoo and conditioner, razors, unopened toys, and other basic necessities. As a woman, I feel beautiful because I chose to feel beautiful; however, I also feel beautiful when someone does my makeup or after a fresh haircut. As a model, I hope I am able to have the resources to pull together a movement to provide women in these shelters the basic necessities and more luxurious items, such as makeup or whatever makes the women feel confident, and remind these women that they are all beautiful. They are not broken as a result of their harm. Every woman needs to feel that sense of self-confidence.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
I do not shoot nudity. I define my boundaries by clearing stating them to the team I work with (photographer, makeup, hair artists...). If a situation comes up that makes me feel uncomfortable I will politely state it. I believe building rapport, if possible, before the shoot is key. It allows for me, the model, and the photographer to discuss any limitations, get comfortable with one another, and construction the professional boundaries of the shoot.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?
I would travel with 2 weeks’ notice, work both full-time and part time, and any hours.
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