My name is Danny Daniels. I am a model born and raised in Brooklyn NYC. I have been actively modelling for one year, and I have been published within that year as well. I am currently working with the mentally challenged population, which I am in love with. I love to take care of the total care of the human being. I am also a food injustice activist. I am also an environmentalist; I volunteer at several NYC neighbourhood farms, where I assist in educating the community on the ideals of plant-based nutrition. Through my modelling, I have tried my best to teach as well as a model. I am interested in creating bright modelling career, being a role model for my community and bring light to the food injustice which plagues most of our city communities.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Danny. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
One of my unique characteristics is that most people are shocked to find out that I am shy, and warm in person. Most people assume that I am wild and flirty. However, I am quiet and introverted. I had a coworker who asked me if I was "human". I said why would ask that?! She said you are always happy in the morning, how can this be?! I am proud to say that I have begun to master myself and emotions. I want to reflect love onto into anything and everyone I meet. That's what makes me different from most people; I learned to be genuinely and completely interested in people. Deeply. To me, that is true unconditional love, showing deep, profound interest in something.
Danny, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion in life is to become more loving and more spiritual. I want to be globally compatible with as many cultures and walks of life. I aspire to teach loving-kindness; I aspire to inspire people both adults and children to love themselves and believe that they are enough. Enough to do anything they want to achieve. I began my modelling career after a spiritual shift in my life. I noticed where all the areas where I was cheating myself. I changed those things, and took a camera and fell in love with that change. Now I'm showing it off to the world so someone else may experience their liberation!
Who is your inspiration in life Danny? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is my mother, Laura Lee Daniels. She has sacrificed her life for myself and my family. I want to climb my highest goals with her in mind. I owe so much to my mother. I love her and want to give her back what she's given her family and me.
We all make mistakes Danny; 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.
Well, this happened very recently. I was with a photographer and picking put a few looks in a rush (i was late as well, wish that was avoided 😀), but the attendee helping me in the store kept telling me how bad my selection of outfits was. Everything I tried to put together he was saying something rude or completely anti. I did not get upset, but I had to remind him kindly that I needed his service, and that he was not helping me by telling me how terrible my styling skills were. I gave it to him with kind words, but I wish the photographer weren't around! Still, however, we managed some great looks, and that photo did get published! I am grateful!
Danny, 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 learned to ask many questions. Ask what type of delivery they are expecting. I also look to see previous work and inspirations the client have been putting effort into. I've learned to ask as many direct questions so that my performance is adequate and the content is desired.
Please tell us, Danny, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
When I began modelling, I did not have any deadlines. I think you can say I was freelancing. As I became published, and friends of businesses began to contact me my biggest problem was agreeing to projects, many of them at once. I quickly learned never to take more work than I can deliver. I learned to manage my time much more efficiently. When I was published in Volume 14 of TajiMagazine, I had three business editorial photo shoots and a few other assignments in a two weeks span. I do not recall much sleep, but I maintained all projects well by having an assistant carry outlooks and phone calls for me and keeping me on track with all scheduled appointments meetings, follow-ups. It was all about time management and asking for help, and not to mention Delegate anything you can!
Danny, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Time at work when I had to get people to see things my way was in a job setting where I was managing a residence with mentally challenged adults. The problem I saw was that my staff were too complacent. They were very comfortable, and I needed them to become more versatile in their work. My boss did not agree with a massive overhaul of the staff and the logistical staff changes. So in short words, my boss and my staff agreed that no change was necessary. I expressed that change was necessary for progress because the clients were not being given the best service under the staffing conditions. I proposed we try a schedule change, where the staff were allowed to select days where they can work with their specified coworkers to make a more balanced stable environment. After three weeks at the next staff meeting, everyone was in smiles. I was happy to show them that change is not always painful. You have to allow and let sometimes go of what used to work.
Danny, 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 most accomplished moment, of course, was being published for the first time. It felt so empowering and soul strengthening to see my hard work paying off. I was not aiming to be published; it was something that just happened to me unexpectedly. It was the opener of bigger ideas and hopes. When I became a published model, it closed out the idea and thought of "could I do this" it made me a firm believer in myself and my work.
Danny, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
There are some photographers that in their ways of carrying themselves make me feel at home behind their lens. These are the creatives I love working with. The particular photographer told me, Danny, you are natural just taken these 4 hours and have a blast. Thankfully that shoot was being shot at The World Trade Center Occulus landmark. The excitement came from all the tourist and people who witnessed the shoot. They were so interested and smiled at me! They gave thumbs up and had me in smiles for the camera. I took some iconic shots, and I believe those were some of my favourite artistic portraits. I love when there's a crowd witnessing. It becomes more energetic and magical for me. I love when the photographer gives that freedom to just BE!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
My advice to any model is not to be attached to your work/pictures. Look at them and learn from them. Do not be attached to any particular work, because you are here to evolve and change. Better yourself! Don't obsess over past victories, become addicted to creating more victories💚
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 to work with creatives, designers, runway. One of my primary goals in modelling is to become the face of a brand. Originally it was J. Crew. I want to be the face of that magazine. That is a highlighted goal!
Now for the best part Danny! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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