My model career is something I am very grateful for, being a commercial model, means my work is never hard, sometimes I have to work very long hours, or I may be away from home and family for a while if I am booked on a job abroad.
Most people have an impression that modelling is very glamorous, that we are stuck up or that we are leading the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ kinda life!! I can confirm that modelling is far from glamorous!! Waking up at 6am after 4 hrs sleep, having worked 10 plus hours the day before, for live QVC shows. Working 15 hr bookings, or shooting clothing catalogues outdoors in the winter but in summer clothing. Having your make up taken on and off repeatedly in the same day (a very sore face!), smiling so much, again a sore face!, and being so tired that you are nodding off live on air!! Endless castings, often with very random and strange auditions requests… the list goes on!!
What I have experienced in my 22 years of modelling has made me the furthest thing from being stuck up! I am very humbled and blessed to have my model/actress life. It has given me me finical independence. At the age of 17 I paid my own way through art college, studying at the amazing Central St Martins College of art and design to attain a degree in Interior Architecture. I have travelled the world, seen beautiful places, and experienced many wonderful cultures. Have had the most amazing experiences on shoots, met wonderful and talented people in this industry. Every job is unique and never boring!
I have grown in confidence as a woman. I have learned to accept my self, to not be discouraged or feel insecure. Every job that I book is a blessing and for that I am always thankful.
It takes a team to make a job happen and everyone deserves the same respect and kindness, from the runners and makeup artist’s assistants to the head honcho!!
We all have lives beyond what the camera shoots and captures… There is a story behind every face!