"In Canada I had the honor of being a cover model for Avenue Magazine, Wellness Magazine, and Blush Magazine. As well, I’ve been featured in Georgie Magazine, local news papers, billboards for H & W produce, Edmonton City Center, and Novos bed to list a few. In Los Angeles my first campaign was for Valerie of Beverly Hills Salon. And I got to test out my acting chops with a music video for Dillon Campbell, where I basically just scream and cry. In Mexico I was the covergirl for Prevention Magazine, and nailed my commercial castings for Volkswagon Jetta, Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Avon, Whirlpool, Coca Cola along with tv appearances for luchalibre's Triple AAA wrestling. I've been to Florida through my fitness modelling for WWE tryouts and most recently have had LA publish a fashion spread AND cover for Astound Magazine (photographer Isabelle Ruen). There are times I am not even aware when my image is published if the photos are bought outright. But when I get a chance to share my story and let readers see the girl behind the makeup, a nostalgic feeling overcomes me.
I used to say my goal with modelling was to get 7 publications and once I succeeded I would stop. Now I have lost count and keep changing my dream. It once was 3 commercials, then it was travel to a new country, but when asked what my dream is now, I am at a loss. I suppose it is to be a Guess Girl! OR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED! Do you have any connections Scorpio Jin? Sports Illustrated more often than not has beautiful women with extremely healthy bodies and even muscle tone featured in their magazine. Lending my image to a company associated with athletics could really help keep me on my path of putting out a healthier body image. But really, any platform that gets my image out there to a large mass of people makes me happy. I want to influence other girls to realize their beauty and know you do not have to be 5'10 or a size 0. As far as those things are considered, I am 100% average so sometimes personality and just having that right look with the right luck is all you need. It's important to not let someone change you too drastically. A beautiful photographer once told me not to put myself down because I thought I was too average to do anything in the LA market. She was so quick to stop me from developing that negative attitude and gave me so much extra motivation. I don't even think she realizes how her comments and advice affected me. Thanks Nicky!
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I wish to one day be as proactive to this industry as Coca Rocha has been. I admire her ability to use her platform to help pass the new NY law preventing under aged models from being overworked and taken advantage of in the industry. Sure, this may prevent some designers from using younger models because more paperwork is required, but it also prevents the likelihood of predators being able to take advantage of situations as well. Besides models, I also take inspiration from my partner - Eric. When I am too cynical, he has a way of playing devil’s advocate and puts life in prospective for me. It takes an extremely comfortable, selfless man to remain in a relationship that changes monthly from a traditional relationship to a long distance one, with little time to mentally prepare for the lifestyle adjustment. Eric’s ability to assist me in living my dream makes me want to do the same for others. Since modeling is really all I know (for the past 5 years at least), I was inspired to pay-it-forward with some simple HOW TO videos for beginner models. The first 2-part video was such a hit that I kept up with it and made a few more videos ranging from poses to portfolio development, what to do vs what not to do. Even more surprisingly, websites started asking if they could post my videos! They really aren’t anything too special, but if it helps anyone else then WHY NOT?! My mother spent money to get me started on this dream and we were taught some of those lessons and life mistakes the hard way. Agencies often take advantage of girls, and the industry is already so competitive. What if some helpful model shared her experiences and it spared some girl from losing her life savings or even worse being raped (I am a strong advocate of bringing escorts to photo shoots). I also had photographers thank me for the videos and told me they send it to clients who need simple things like portraits and are uncomfortable. Most recently ModelMayhem.com shared my videos, which is how I originally got started in this business after my first photoshoot. I am grateful for any positive effect I can make in a field that has so much controversy.
Scorpio Jin has been a publication that has rallied behind me in promoting my image while I am home. Well, actually I am writing this from Greece but nevertheless the magazine has shared much of my local work with its readers, so I was humbled when they approached me for a featured article. Besides inquiring about my past endeavors, they asked 'What's in store for the remaining year?' And since I have been away from home so long AND so often, my short-sighted answer is NOTHING! I just want to relax with the man I love, eat candy all night long, and play video games. Not worry about having to pop-in contacts, do my makeup perfect, or be paraded in front of clients and picked apart in another language. However, in reality this will last about a week. I have my LA agency still doing check-ins, asking when my next trip is scheduled and I secretly want to head back to the country that first made me feel like I achieved my dream - MEXICO. It’s a toss-up for me right now, but that is my only plan on the go. After that, who knows? Maybe a permanent move outside of Alberta. I have a couple publications on the go at the moment and a few shoots to finish up once I return back home, but my priority is getting grounded again, having anormal healthy routine, and visiting all my family and friends.
The best advice I can is not to take yourself too serious and approach things with a sense of humor, The original Greek word "model" means "misshapen ball of clay", and I try to think about that every time I go in front of the camera. – Zoolander."