Featured Model: Ariel Argyilan

"My biggest tip to newcomers is to network as much as you can."

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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. Modeling was never a dream of mine until a friend insisted I volunteer my time to do a fashion show for local brands. The show opened up new opportunities with new photographers and from that day on I can't stop shooting. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? Beginning only 5'3 with a healthy weight and skin issues I want to be able to portray healthy beauty standards to young girls everywhere. I believe the fashion industry is changing for the better to help portray that we and our flaws are beautiful and I want to be apart of that change. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? When I first started my modeling journey I had all the time in the world. I took online high school courses and was unemployed. Now that I am graduating high school with a full time job my time is limited. The little free time that I do have I make the best out of to ensure quality over quantity. I am understanding and patient with my clients and keep communication to ensure everything goes smoothly. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? If I had to do it over again I would put the standard "quality over quantity" first. I wish I would have put the time and effort into all my previous shoots like I do to my current shoots. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? My hero is Sophia Amoruso (NASTY Gal founder.) I've never heard or shopped at nasty gal until I was visiting my sister in LA. Walking into nasty gal was a new fashion experience for me. Women were able to truly express themselves and I fell in love with the originality of it all. I hope to one day build my own empire from the ground up like Sophia has with nasty gal. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? Being an online student I was never given the opportunity for creative education courses. If I was given the opportunity I would take a photography course to learn more in depth about the science of photography, and apply that knowledge to my shoots. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? My biggest tip to newcomers is to network as much as you can. Networking helps you meet so many new people who can offer new opportunities for you to help you grow in this industry.

Photo Credits: Kathryn Damschen @kathryndamschen Taylor Coloka @Taylorcolokaphotography @chrisgphoto611 Parmveer Masuta @parmmasuta Hannah Katelynn Evans @hannahkatelynnevans @annie.fugere @yezmene_fullilovephoto Contact Details: Instagram: @Arielargyilan Email: arielargyilan@gmail.com


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