Saturday, March 6, 2010

being a model is like building a small business around yourself


I received this message on Facebook and it made my day.

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that you are amazing. I'm glad that someone is finally breaking through this height barrier in the fashion industry. I can only hope to be as successful as you in the future. :)

Awe, thanks girl, you know, you know it really takes work, and a lot of it. Modeling and the word work go together. Many girls give up, stop trying, settle. It takes a certain mindset and confidence and belief to work as a model in this day and age. Especially if you are not giraffe tall.

I used to be a very competitive track runner, and it gave me that athletic mindset to apply to modeling and my pursuits all around. Modeling to me is like being an athlete. Competing in a competitive world. Practicing, training, preparing., proving, putting myself out there, giving myself a chance and most important, believing in myself.

It has taken me days, months, years, it has been a real journey, every little success along the way has been through trial and error, a lot of trying, not giving up, not accepting no, trying to find my way, overcoming mistakes, trying to prove it is possible, trying again. And thinking like a marketer. Focusing on bringing the best of me forward.

Through my own process of striving as a model I have also seen the media hype around models grow, I started pursuing in 2001, when the Internet had just become something all families and people were using…and now it is normal for everyone to have an email, and use social sites, but when I first started being curious about modeling I was entrapped by model-sites, and made A LOT of mistakes. The media has inspired more girls to want to be models, to want to call themselves one, and I wrote about it in my memoir about my own struggles because I made a lot of mistakes ,encountered a lot of assholes at the early stages of my pursuits, but each one taught me something ,and more about what I don't want and what I do want.

I now advocate in hopes girls can skip the scams. The media and Internet age, reality TV shows talk a lot about models, modeling, and make it sound so easy, just be hot and call your self a model, but it takes more than a photo, than a comp card and even more than one agency to book modeling jobs. It takes a real marketing mindset, and the more work you do the better for your goals.
It is a lot of time and investment.

I think trying to be a model, work with agencies, be professional is like building a small business around yourself. The moment you think someone else will do it and care more than you, discover you, make it happen for you, you’re done.... things won't happen unless you make it happen. Modeling has really taught me about loving what I do have, noticing what I do have and not dwell on what I don’t. Use what I can, bring it forward, market it, make it work. Thanks for your words, Isobella

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