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I am a freelance model mainly in glamour, beauty and boudoir. I'm also a full-time student currently finishing my psychology degree, minoring in sociology. I just finished my legal office administration diploma with a 94% and on the presidential honours list. I am a mother of a beautiful four-year-old. I love anything outdoors, and some of my hobbies include hiking, skydiving, and spelunking. I also enjoy photography, nature mostly. My partner and I are starting a business in the financial industry; we also invest in new healthy living technology and precious metals as well as in cryptocurrency. I'm a high energetic, and free-spirited woman motivated to helping people and living my life. I am highly adaptable and have a very creative mind. From being a single mother, well even a mother in general, to finding a good man and making that relationship work, making us all a happy and healthy family I have learned so much and grown personally even more. I'm dedicated, committed and hardworking. I have learned how to make a plan and stick to it as well as just wing it. Being a full time student, with a family, a full time job, having many hobbies and adventures to satisfy my soul and thirst for adrenaline as well as entering and succeeding in the modeling industry, I know and appreciate the value of honest hard work and dedication and in the process I have become a master juggler! I have a passion burning bright inside of me. I believe in myself, and I know that my only limits are the ones I set for myself, which are few and far in between.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Christina. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
What makes me unique is I'm always surprising people and doing the unexpected. From skydiving, cliff jumping or spelunking to getting my legal office administrative diploma and finishing on the presidential honors list with a 94% just because I needed somewhat of a legal background. I am never complacent; I am always finding and conquering a new challenge. I'm always setting up a new goal or going out on spontaneous adventures. I love learning and self-growth! What surprises people the most is just how much of an outdoors person I am, throw me in the middle of a forest on the side of a mountain, and I'd thrive! What also makes me unique is that I love to go out and live my life by the way I see fit and that is exactly what I do, I do not get stuck in the daily 9-5 routine or what society tells me I should be doing.
Christina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My biggest passion has always been to help others. Right now I'm finishing up a few more degrees: Psychology and Minoring in Sociology and after that finishing my Social Work degree. My career goal is to work in the Crown Prosecutor's office as a family case worker and a child's advocate. I'm also an entrepreneur who has started a business in the financial industry to help people and families live their life and not work it away. I'm an investor in precious metals and new health and fitness technology. I was working in the bar industry, as it's the most logical job while in school full time, and a few of my friends are models. It was something I hadn't tried yet, so I figured why not? I love trying new things, pushing my boundaries and as for modeling, I love it! I have so much fun at my shoot, and it feels great! I've worked with amazing photographers and have learned so much about photography from them! I enjoy photography, mostly nature. After every shoot, I leave feeling renewed and more confident.
Who is your inspiration in life Christina? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is my beautiful four-year-old son Logan. My pregnancy, his birth, and the months after were extremely hard as I was trapped in an abusive relationship. My son gave me the strength and courage to leave and never look back, and ever since then I've worked every day to give him the life he deserves. Whenever I feel like giving up, I remember who is watching and once again I feel like I can move mountains!
We all make mistakes Christina; 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.
I honestly can say I've been very lucky so far as not to have had any negative altercations or been in any bad situations with any models or photographers. My only real regret is that I went through a little depression and instead of being honest I tried to hide it and I ended up cancelling some shoots. This made me look unreliable and unprofessional, which is the last thing I want and not the person I am; so I contacted the photographers and explained my situation and apologized and I am happy to say I will be shooting with two of them in the next month.
Christina , 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?
I would start by looking at the deadlines and payments. Those who pay and have deadlines to meet take priority. If you pay for a service, you should get 100% of your money's worth, and if you are relying on me to meet a deadline I've previously agreed too, as a person of integrity, I could not let that client down. Being a single mother for three years has taught me how to juggle and just do what it takes to make it work no matter what! If people or in this case clients, are relying on you, letting them down or giving them anything less than 100% is not an option.
Please tell us, Christina, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
One week I had five shoots booked. Which meant five different hair and madeup appointments, five different locations, five different themes, about 100 different outfits all while being a fulltime student and mother. I had to be very strategic and careful with time management. I am a huge fan of lists, so I made a detailed schedule and list for each shoot as well as a list for the day of what I needed to get done. I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom and handled it all with precision. It was almost flawless, except the part where I gave myself a black eye with my car door less than 2 hours before the biggest shoot of the week. A little ibuprofen and ice and a well-done makeup job and I were ready for the shoot! Part of being successful at being strategic is to always expect the unexpected and be prepared for it and if it happens, deal with it.
Christina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
This isn't model related but was when I first started working in the bar industry. I had an idea for a theme night that would help get people in the door, boost our sales all while cutting costs for the bar itself. At first, I was pretty much told this was over my pay grade and dismissed. So I went home and wrote out a proper proposal, picked my moment went in confident but most importantly I was persistent. It paid off, the bar accepted my idea, I got recognition for it, and I ended up making more money in tips. The work place became more fun for the patrons and the staff, so it was a win for everyone. I have the ability to be able to see things from others perspectives; this gives me the ability to use it my advantage to better a situation if needed. I've learned that if you're always respectful and confident that you'll go far and the majority of the time accomplish what you set put to do.
Christina, 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 honestly just working with great photographers and producing great work! I was featured on Model Mania Magazine and on Model Photo Project which was pretty cool. I'm hoping to continue to put out good work and continue to get noticed and publicised. I've also gotten to work with some very renowned photographers early into my modeling career which made me feel very accomplished.
Christina, 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'm a naturally creative person, so I did this one ballet inspired shoot. I am not a dancer (except for three years when I was around four years old), and I went and got the proper ballet slippers with the wood blocks in the toes. During the shoot we did all sorts of different poses than came the difficult part, going up on my toes in the wood slippers. I have such high respect for ballerinas because not only is it a hard bit it is also incredibly painful! So going up on my toes, trying to balance and hold a graceful pose while hiding the pain from my face was a little difficult but ultimately successful! That's one shoot I'm particularly proud of because of what I was able to accomplish on my first try. Another shoot where I got to be very creative was a hair and make up a shoot, it was a galaxy/space theme, and my pose was "powerful" and was so much fun! The girls did an awesome job with my hair and makeup, even though when I got home it freaked my son and boyfriend out lol.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Be confident in yourself and love yourself. Also do not be afraid to say no to a photographer if you are uncomfortable with something and do not be afraid to leave if they cross boundaries or are unprofessional. I hear so many stories from girls who go to a boudoir shoot and leave feeling violated not empowered. Also that you'll have a good shoot and not so good shoots just like you have good days and bad days, don't ever let that discourage you! Some photographers you just won't click with, and that is okay! Also never be afraid to pitch an idea for a shoot, collaborate with photographers!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Like I previously stated, I'm very open-minded and creative! I love to do new things and new concepts. The only thing I always keep in mind is that I have a 4-year-old boy... who will one day be a teen age boy so some lines I will not cross.
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