Bridget Burke


Bridget Burke
United States
State / Region
Chicago, IL

Bridgetplease tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
$50/hr +

Bridget. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
In 2014 I enrolled at Paul Mitchell the School for Cosmetology, and during that time, I found myself in the chair more than behind it. I loved to model for anything we did, and that year I walked in a small show for stylist Stefan Triccoci. I new before I graduated from Cosmetology school that I wanted to be a model one day. 
I love to work! Immediately after leaving school, I was hired as a young talent stylist at one of Chicago's hottest hair salons Civello. At this Aveda salon, I trained for cutting and styling hair. Hair color educator Jen Roskey gave me the opportunity to walk in one of her hair color shows. It was then that I began working on my modeling portfolio.
I knew for a long time that, although I loved the industries that created beautiful things, I wanted to sell them by modeling them. I have a huge respect for every industry that works behind the scenes of photo shoots, runway shows, etc. and I want to work with people who appreciate art in the ways that I do. I want to turn modeling into my full-time career.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Bridget. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I think what's unique about myself is that I never settle for anything. It's important to know your worth, and it took me awhile to realize that I can do and be anything I want. There was a time when I was afraid to tell people that I wanted to be a model because I was afraid that they would think that I just thought I was good looking. Now I take myself to castings, and I collaborate with other artists in other industries and have broken out of my shy shell with modeling. Modeling helped me find myself and identify with others who I am; I want to use modeling encourage people to chase their dreams, never settle for less, and to do what they do with passion. 

Bridget, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

I thought I was passionate in hair styling until I was asked to modeling for a few hair events, and I found my passion. I still love to do hair, but it's not who I am anymore. I believe things happen for a reason and I think my Cosmetology path was supposed to lead me to model. 

Who is your inspiration in life Bridget? How do you keep inspired?

I'm inspired most by the woman I have yet to become. I stay inspired in that way because I never lose focus of what I want to do, who I want to be, and where I want to go. 

We all make mistakes Bridget; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Using my voice. My shoots get better over time because I am learning to have more creative control with photo shoots by doing my own thing, and the photographers love it when I am myself in front of the camera. 

Bridget , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

Every client should feel as though they are the only client. Deliver the best work to everyone.

Please tell us, Bridget, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

Time management is everything! I always arrive early and check train times and traffic reports. A little coffee helps.

Bridget, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I'm never afraid to give suggestions to improve how things can be more effective and take less time, and make more money. I was able to persuade my employer to run facebook ads and use social media to get more people in the door. I became the social media marketer and got an increase in pay!!

Bridget, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment in modeling was posting my first real photo shoot photos to my social media. The responses we're great, but I was mostly proud because it set the stage for my future work in modeling. 

Bridget, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Having complete control of photo shoots is great, I can do, wear, pose however, but a little direction is always nice. I like working with the photographers like we're on a team. I love having a little give and take with how each project runs. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

Don't stop going until you get where you want to be. And then keep going. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I have so many different styles; I want to collaborate with anyone who shares my vision about art in general. I would love to work with designers looking to launch any projects and model their designs to help them succeed with their business. I love brands that do well for a cause as well. I am always looking for people who like to "give back".

Now for the best part Bridget! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographers- Grant Mahoney, Christopher Dougas, Keven Korveil, Kelli Anthony 

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