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I hold a background in both the arts and sciences. I received a full scholarship to study biology at Temple University and have participated in marine biological research focusing on deep-sea coral and ocean acidification. I am also a veterinary nurse and have a passion for veterinary medicine. There are many facets to me, and oftentimes I will mention something that I have been heavily involved in that surprises people - I grew up riding horses and am quite good at it, I am self-taught in the art of taxidermy, I am only second generation American and much of my family still lives in Europe, and I have practiced art in a myriad of mediums. I consider myself to be a renaissance woman truly and I wouldn't have it any other way - I find interest and joy in everything.
Carolyn, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I am deeply committed to the philosophy of aesthetics and curating what I believe to be a beautiful existence where the boundary between art and life is nonexistent. I am still entering the world of modelling, but my desire to do so rests on my belief that I can be art myself. I hope to model for interesting stylists, photographers, and curators to engage with this aesthetic dialogue on a larger and more intense scale.
Who is your inspiration in life Carolyn? How do you keep inspired?
My yayo (colloquial Spanish for grandfather) is an enormous inspiration in my life. He was not only a remarkable physicist, mathematician, and optical engineer, but also I believe him to be one of the greatest artists of this era. His encouragement has meant the world to me. Every time I post on Instagram, he likes my photo and occasionally comments the sweetest most encouraging words. This summer when I visited him and my Yaya in their village in Spain he told me that he has fallen in love with me and my art. His belief that I hold something special within me is an enormous inspiration to me, and knowing that I share the same blood as such a remarkable person keeps me inspired when I feel disheartened.
We all make mistakes Carolyn; 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.
As I have stated, I am still entering the modelling industry, so I lack the experience that many others do. I believe that open and honest communication is the best method to avoid sticky situations and hard feelings.
Carolyn, 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
I will, of course, behave with the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm - as someone entering a field, I want to ensure that our interactions are positive, productive, and mutually beneficial.
Please tell us, Carolyn, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Although I have not had to strategise modelling priorities, I have had to manage many different commitments at the same time. At one point I was participating in an internship at the Zoo, holding a regular job as a veterinary nurse, going to classes, and handling two "side gigs" - dog sitting and employment by a bike courier service. Though this time was extremely busy, managing time and knowing what was most important for my long-term goals was paramount in meeting all my top priorities.
Carolyn, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
At one point in my career as a veterinary nurse, a particularly difficult client had sent in an online order for certain needles to administer fluids to her cat. Since her doctor was not present that day and it was not a pressing issue, I had intended to have it wait for her doctor to approve the following morning. The client called demanding that I contact her doctor outside of work to have this approved. I politely declined to state that it was not an emergency and the doctor would get to it first thing the following morning. After hanging up, management called me very upset that I had "mistreated" this client. The story they got from the client was very different and exaggerated from reality. After explaining the situation with management and reciting back to them the calm way in which I dealt with the client, they understood that the client was overreacting and quite frankly was out of line. They apologised for pre-emptively scolding me when in fact it was the client who failed to show respect and professionalism.
Carolyn, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
As a model growing and developing in new ways, it is always a pleasant and proud moment when people message me that they would like to feature me, photograph me, or collaborate with me. It's so great getting that positive feedback!
Carolyn, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Much of the photography of me on my Instagram is self-photographed and self-styled. I love experimenting with makeup and novel looks. It can be frustrating when an idea turns out no good upon execution, or when I try to practice mindful creativity and find myself blocked. That frustration, however, does not take away from the times when something works out, and I'm feeling myself. The feeling of having curated a full look, looking great, and feeling great, is unique and exhilarating.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I would like some of that advice!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. I am looking for collaboration with avant-garde and art-leaning fashion photography as well as colourful and out there minds looking to create something cutting-edge, novel, and beautiful.
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