I study Arts Management with a minor in French at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. I've also interned at the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Therefore, I've been involved more typically in the administration aspects of art, as opposed to being the main focus of art.
With my administration experience, I've worked on marketing and fundraising efforts, press releases, ticket sales, you name it. I've studied marketing, public relations, journalism, business law, as well as core courses and different art forms. My education has been well-rounded in that way. I've also gone on to become a Peace Corps Ambassador and become apart of the student advisory committee for the national It's On Us organization. I've brought It's On Us to a local level, becoming the campus director at my university as well.
Regarding my art forms, I've typically chosen music as my preferred method. I've sung as long as I can remember, played the cello since age 8, and kept adding on more and more instruments as time progressed. However, I wanted something more, something to push my boundaries and comfort zone. That's when I started modelling.
With modeling, I've gained an incredible amount of confidence. I've never felt more in tune with my mind and body. I really delve into my person during photo shoots, throwing my complete self into them. With each one, I like to change it up each time, but I feel it always does a phenomenal job capturing my true essence. I always choose my own outfits and do my own makeup and hair, going with whatever I feel inspired by that day.
It's incredible seeing the progress I've achieved. I am excited to see where this may lead me. Hopefully, I inspire those around me.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Brooke. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have a very wholesome and honest look. I have never sacrificed my style or any other part of myself for a photo shoot. I become so emotionally involved with all the work I have done.
Brooke, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started as a model by chance. One of my close college friends happened to be a photographer with a vast portfolio. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time but lacked the confidence to go through with it. But, I decided to hire her on the day, and the rest is history.
I aspire to make a change and to challenge the status quo. Whether I change one person or millions. I want to inspire others. I want to use the confidence I've gained to help someone else gain theirs.
I want to challenge the barriers and standards women feel like they need to hold. I want every woman to know they are beautiful enough; they are worthy enough. That they don't need to be stick thin to feel comfortable in their skin. They don't need to starve themselves to be a model and beautiful and confident.
Who is your inspiration in life Brooke? How do you keep inspired?
I have more than one inspiration. My first inspiration is my dad. He has always been here to guide me but has never held me down. He pushed me to be my best self. He's my biggest fan.
As for other inspirations, Kesha and Jennifer Lawrence are definitely at the top of the list. They are both incredible women who have stayed true to themselves. They are both strong and independent. They remind me to stay true to me, that it's okay to be goofy, but that it's also okay to not be okay all the time.
I keep inspired in various ways. Sometimes I lay in bed and listen to music or read a good book to feel inspired. Other times I think of my family and the sacrifices they have made to get me to where I am. But, mostly I think of my past self. I think of all the hardships I have lived through. Knowing I've been through so much pushes me to keep working towards my goals and aspirations.
We all make mistakes Brooke; 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.
One of my oldest friends had wanted to do a shoot with me and collaborate. She didn't have a portfolio at the time, and I doubted her. I blew her off and felt extremely rude about it. I felt terrible after it. Going back, I wish I would've given her a chance and saw what she was capable of. She could have had a lot of potentials. This was at a time I had also never done a shoot with another model. I was so used to solo shoots and being the primary focus, and I think part of me was afraid. I shouldn't have let that fear hold me back.
Brooke , 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?
What clients take what priority can always be a bit tricky. I first look at who needs the work done first. Some of my clients have stricter time restraints than others, so the ones with stricter time restraints come first.
From there, I typically take repeat clients over new clients. I like to make repeat clients happy, so they keep coming back.
Then I simply go by appointments from there.
Please tell us, Brooke, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Many times I have to work on things to make sure what I need to get done completed. Being a full-time student, on top of modeling and all my other priorities, it can be hard to balance.
For example, during finals, things can get hectic. I have to make sure I get all my school work completed and handed in by the deadlines, study for my finals, find time for clients, find time for all the other organizations I'm involved with, while still finding time to eat, sleep, and (hopefully) have some sort of social life.
School always comes first for me so; I try to schedule clients for either before or after finals are over. However, when inevitable, I take time to study in between exams and school work. Then once I am done with my exams for the day, I will take schedule clients. It's all about balance.
Brooke, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Not exactly involved with modelling, but when I was interning at the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, we were sending out fundraising letters at this time. I had noticed in the letter head that the wrong season of the orchestra was written. While this may not seem like a big deal, should we have reprinted, this would've been over a $2000 mistake. My supervisor had wanted to reprint all the letters, with the correct season. However, (this will probably sound terrible but) most people don't pay attention to that letter heading. Many even just throw the letters out. I knew the costs just couldn't be justified, is a non-profit organization. So, I had managed to persuade her to send out the letters as they were.
Brooke, 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 accomplishment is the amount of confidence I've gained. My self-esteem has sky rocketed since I've started modelling. While this is more of a personal accomplishment, it has certainly helped me on a professional scale. I become more comfortable with myself every shoot.
Brooke, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
During a boudoir shoot, I had a flexible photographer. She is usually my go-to photographer. We had toyed with the idea of dead flowers, and while topless, I had felt inspired with some of the flowers. We had ended up using my idea of using the flowers as pasties, and they turned out to be some of my best photos. It was exciting being able to toy with new ideas and put them into action.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
For anyone looking to be successful as a model, the best piece of advice I can offer is just being confident in yourself and your work. Just stay true to you, and it can take you so much further than you ever expected.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate with as many as possible. Whether that be fashion talents, different brands, or just creatives in general. I am open to any collaboration that will come my way.
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