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Right now, I'm a student studying Marketing. However, once I graduate, I would love to move overseas and travel the world. I've done a lot of volunteer work overseas and love it. I greatly enjoy outdoor sports as well.
While traveling and doing outdoor sports, I have so much fun capturing the moment and coming up with pictures to take. When at home, I've worked with a photographer who comes up with shoots, and I love working with him on poses and angles to create the best picture.
I use to be signed by a local agency called Helen Wells. I auditioned for commercials most of the time since I was in the age range for that. I did a commercial for Papa Johns as well as an appearance at a various place as Ms Chiquita Banana. I ended up quitting the agency because I became very involved in school and work.
All of this to say that my ultimate goal is to become a travel writer/blogger who photographs around the world. I am already trying to start by taking pictures with the photographer, taking pictures on my own, and becoming a brand ambassador for an outdoor company called Madera.
I would love to be considered for really any shoot. Since I am new to all of this, I do not mind doing shoots for free! I love traveling, going on adventures, being outdoors, and taking pictures so I think this would be well suited for me.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Danielle. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
My mom is Mexican, and my dad is Italian. I've grown up with two different cultures and love being mixed. I feel like this makes me a more well-rounded individual.
I also LOVE to travel. So far, this has mostly been done in the form of volunteer work overseas. I lived in Hungary for a month working at a camp, lived in Australia for three months, and then was in India and Myanmar doing volunteer work as well.
I am also an incredibly adventurous person. I will try any new experience (except for sky diving!). Last year, I went snowboarding in New Zealand, scuba dived the great barrier with sharks and jellyfish, and stayed at a farm in Myanmar working with little kids.
Danielle, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion in life is traveling and helping others. When I was younger, I enjoyed taking pictures of friends (and myself :) ) and also loved to act in local theater. This directed me to join a talent agency for awhile. Now, I combine all of those interests and love to take pictures at home as well as when traveling overseas. However, when I travel overseas, I do not have a professional photographer, so my pictures are limited to showing poses off Pinterest to my sister and shooting with her.
Who is your inspiration in life Danielle? How do you keep inspired?
My greatest inspiration in life wants to live it to the fullest. I do not want to look back on my life and realize that I wasted it all by not taking advantage of the opportunities because they were too risky.
Another inspiration is helping others. Since I've done a lot of volunteer work overseas, it's opened my eyes to how hard other people have it around the world. Meeting people in these 3rd worlds has also become an inspiration. It has inspired me to live my life in such a way that I can also help others.
We all make mistakes Danielle; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being an Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
When I was 17 years old, I worked in an event marketing department. In that department, I was bullied by two older women. I cried a lot in my car over my lunch breaks and hated going to work.
Right before I left, I told my boss all the things that they had put mine through. They then interviewed the two women, and they got in trouble with the company. It was a learning lesson for all of us.
Looking back, I wish I had stood up for myself and talked to these women. I also wish I had gotten my boss involved if that did not work. I let them walk all over me, and I wish I had just confronted them on the issue. I think it would have been better for all involved had I done that.
Danielle, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As an Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
While I was with Helen Wells, it was easy to deliver. I had to balance it with work, but I made it work until I had to go to college.
The only other experience I've had with balancing lots of things is in school. Although it's hard, I've found that I've been able to meet all my deadlines for all the various organizations I have been involved with. I also enjoy being busy so it's fun for me to try and balance it all.
Please tell us Danielle, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Two strategies stand out to me. Right now, since I am trying to build my portfolio, I had to be strategic and strike a deal with someone else that was building their portfolio. Even though it was free work, I was able to still benefit from it.
Another strategy was figuring out how to balance school and work around my appearances as Ms. Chiquita Banana. However, since I enjoy being busy, I just relied on my calendar to prioritize everything that was important to me.
Danielle, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Most recently, I walked as front desk at a spa. While there, I had to have a conversation with my director and operations manager about why I deserved a pay raise even though I had just received one a few months prior. I presented my case by going through everything I did for the spa, how I went above and beyond, and how I had improved in my time there. Because of how well I argued my case, both of them were completely on board with me receiving a raise. Before going into it, my operations manager was unsure, but at the end, she complimented me on how I had given my reasons as well as how evident I had made it that I deserved a raise.
Danielle, 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?
My proudest moment was when I was hired as an intern for a national company and left as a Human Resources Coordinator. I had created my position by being motivated and taking on every task I could. When I left, they had to find someone to take over my job since I had created an entire position for the department even though I came in as an intern.
Danielle, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
While at the same company listed above, I recognized a need to update our systems. I ended up working with each department and spear heading meetings with high-level execs as a 17-year-old. I brainstormed with them to come up with new ideas to improve upon the current system. It was incredibly exciting to do, but also nerve-wracking to be working at such a high level.
Additionally, working with a photographer presented a chance for me to be creative. I talked to him about ideas I had on poses. It was difficult to tell a photographer that maybe we should try something different, but it ended up working out because he loved the ideas and they turned out so well.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
I am still working on being successful. Since I am in the process, I have found that taking advantage of every opportunity no matter how big or small helps so much. Even leaping to apply for model citizen mag. I am not sure if I will qualify, but there's no reason why I shouldn't try!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for any collaboration! I love taking advantage of any opportunity I can and hardly say no. Whatever model citizen mag finds might suit me, I would be so happy to take!
Now for the best part Danielle! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
A) cover photo 1, photo 4,5,6,8 : @earltreecrab @nwpfilmss
B) photo 2,3 : Helen Wells Agency comp card photos shot by Jason Gaskins: @jasongaskins
C) cover photo 2, photo 7: friend
D) photo 1: @kieraphoto
E) photo 8,9,10 : friend of Nine Zero One salon competition