Featured Model: Taylor Tran

"I want to continue living an authentic and intentional life, traveling and doing what I love for a few years!"

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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I'm an international model who is passionate for a lot of things. I love Jesus, writing, hip hop dance, holistic nutrition and creative communication of truth and compassion for people. I've always had a love and talent in the arts, but growing up I often let others (even those who hardly knew what they were talking about themselves) dictate whether or not I was good enough at what I loved to do or wanted to create. This lead me a severe depression for 3 years. When I was healed, I had never felt more present, grateful or in awe of this life. I saved up for 6 months and moved from Boulder, Colorado to LA and immersed myself in an environment I'd always dreamt of experiencing. After months of working hard and pursuing modeling, I signed with my first international agency in Asia and I've been traveling the world doing what I love ever since, so ultimately I'd say I'm passionate about helping others realize that they're capable and worthy of doing whatever it is or going wherever it is God puts in their hearts! What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? I want to continue living an authentic and intentional life, traveling and doing what I love for a few years! I have to remind myself regularly that presence is far greater than perfection. I hope to build and progress all around as well as do more commercial work and get further in to acting. I also want to create a blog soon so I can write more and incorporate the things I love that are important to me! Some longer term goals for me are to do my internship at Mosaic Church in LA as well as get certified as a holistic nutritionist and buy a Tiny House. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I'm always very loving toward others as it's the way I believe we're meant to treat people. I find I place a lot of importance on thorough communication so that there's less miscommunication. I always try to communicate with compassion and empathy toward others, many people have told me they feel comfortable and safe to just be freely which to me is the greatest goal and biggest compliment. I'm always open to clients ideas and often times love to assist in creative direction as well. I'm also a licensed hair and makeup artist! If you had to do it over again, what would you change? There's many things that went considerably "wrong" in my last few years. I struggled with depression, anxiety and eventually an eating disorder as well and as much as many would probably think I wish I never had to go through those things, I'm actually grateful for them the most. No way I would be seeing life the way I do today, be passionate the way I am or have the knowledge and understanding that experience taught me that can and have helped many others. I'm grateful that God let me go through these things to refine me and build me to be stronger. Of course I don't have it all figured out now, theres so much more hardship to come in this life but after everything I've been through, one great thing I've learned is to not just endure hardship but to welcome and embrace it. Not a thing is to great for God to not pull us through, all we're doing is learning. Not falling. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? I think I have far too many to name just one! To name a few - my high school life-leaders from my church who paved the way for my "bumping in to Jesus". They demonstrated just what love, grace and truth can do in the life of anyone when they just come as they are and I'll take that with me for the rest of my life. My grandma for just being the all around courageous, outspoken and authentic person she is and saving the best for last - my mom for always being my one to call on no matter what, having the strength unlike any other and for teaching me things that certainly don't come as naturally to me as they do to her! How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? I think they're important - to an extent and depending on how far you are in to your craft. What's more important is being passionately curious. Loving what you're doing and doing it a lot. Anyone can sign up and take a class and there's nothing wrong with that but in the end, there's a million ways to do something and frankly, I'd trust the passionate person with experience that figured it out on their own more than the person who validated themselves simply because the took a class. Everyone is different, doing things on our own brings more appreciation and love for our craft as well as an undeniable originality. I have taken many creative classes as I used to be a hair and makeup artist, I traveled to New York training under fashion and editorial hairstylists and personally, of course I found some use out of it and learned new stuff from it but overall I wish I didn't waste my time and money. Most of what I walked away from were egotistical "creative"-clones doing the same things who had a one sided view of how things should be done. Definitely killed a little bit of my difference in creativity and passion for something I loved when I was a few years younger. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? When it comes to modeling, be both realistic with yourself from the start at what type of modeling your look works best for and then work at being the best in that, but don't limit yourself, ever, ever, ever! I'm considerably one of the shortest models I know and I was told time and time again by people in this industry that I was too something or not enough of something. Own your uniqueness, it's your edge. Shoot. All the time. Find people to collaborate with! Learn your angles, experiment and take conscious care of your body. Overall, don't forget to stay confident in yourself. Not just outwardly but inwardly. There's a reason why you are where you are and the possibilities are infinite :)

Photo Credits: photo 1: @mikelarremore photo 2: @martin.mlc 3: @jaimechanphoto 4: @mikelarremore 5: @mr.sassychang 6: @jaimechanphoto 7-9: @mistercorti 10: @crystallee_farris Contact Details: Instagram: @taylortran Email: taylormeitran@yahoo.com


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