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I'm a Hispanic model, and I believe in diversity. Diversity is important in this industry since you don't see many women of color being represented. I would love to make a difference
Brianna, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
I started modeling about a year ago. It was at a modeling competition audition called CMTC. I remember being very nervous since it was my first modeling related thing I've ever done. My passion is modeling and putting diversity at the forefront of this industry.
Who is your inspiration in life Brianna? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
My inspiration is my mother and Naomi Campbell. They're both strong woman of color who I look up to. Naomi faced a lot of criticism and racism in the modeling industry since there wasn't a lot of colored woman in the '80s and '90s
We all make mistakes Brianna; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Probably my audition for the Toronto Fashion Show. I let my fears get to me and messed up my runway walk audition. However, this taught me a valuable lesson of confidence and to never underestimate yourself. Having confidence is essential in this industry since it's so competitive.
Brianna, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I love to meet new people and to work with them. I bring positive energy when I'm on set, and I'm open to different ideas. I'm very enthusiastic, and I work well with others. I also appreciate the hard work everyone puts in for the production of a shoot.
Please tell us, Brianna, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?
Time management! It's so important to use schedule and make time for yourself, modeling, family, friends, and your social life. I use my calendar to make time for everything because it's very helpful for me.
Brianna, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I was a summer camp staff at my taekwondo studio, and I worked with a couple of other people. I remember one week when we had to plan out a schedule for the kids for the entire week. I thought it was best to make the kids do school work in the morning and take a field trip in the afternoon, followed by a taekwondo class. The other staff wanted the schedule to be vice versa. I persuaded them to use my schedule because it was best for the kids and us. If the kids had a field trip first thing in the morning, they'd be too exhausted to do work in the afternoon. In the end, we went with my schedule since it made the most sense.
Brianna, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
When I was scouted at a modeling completion by my dream agency IMG models, I got scouted with only ten months of modeling experience. I felt like I had so much potential and that I should keep pursuing my dreams.
Brianna, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I had a fashion and beauty shoot where I had to change my poses and facial expressions for each shot. This was very different from what I usually do for shoots since I wasn't modeling jewelry or for any brand. The focus was on me, rather than something I was modeling, so it was both exciting and difficult.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Never give up! It sounds so clichÍ© but follows your heart and dreams, see where it takes you. If your passion makes you cry, never leave it, never give up on it.
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