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A unique trait about myself is my linguistic knowledge in Russian and Spanish. I'm unfortunately still illiterate in Russian, but I'm working on it! I also started ballet unarguably late in life at the ripe age of 18. Arguably it was too late for me ever to succeed professionally
Dawnyale, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion is always to be the best I can be and no matter the situation to always push forward. I started dancing which subsequently got me into modelling after the loss of a child. Dancing helped me cope after everything started falling apart in my life. We I realised I was on the verge of falling apart, dancing is undeniably what held me together.
Who is your inspiration in life Dawnyale? How do you keep inspired?
Honestly, my inspiration in life is my mother and grandmother. The older I got, the more I realised what they had gone through in life and how they didn't allow it to hold them back or define them. I admire and hope to be the same if not better than what they have shown me throughout life.
We all make mistakes Dawnyale; 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 am highly emotional. One of the most emotional creatures in existence. Being over the top of course in the statement haha. When I was younger, I tended to respond more emotionally than logically and level-headedly. I'm much better now of course. I burned a bridge with a friend and a model because of it. I'm not hotheaded or angry, just super emotional and most people don't want to deal with that.. rightfully so of course.
Dawnyale, 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?
It's important to have full understanding of everything being asked of my clients. In making sure, I have full understanding of what I'll see what I can knock out together (similar request that can be done simultaneously) and priority is then listed out by due date and complexity.
Please tell us Dawnyale, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Time management. I think makeup artist, photographers, and other models can all agree with this. Having a list of request/demands and only 24 hours in a day can be complicated! I once had to do two shoots in Maryland for six hours to drive to Virginia four hours away to do another shoot for three hours or so to then return home to immediately go in for work the next day.
Dawnyale, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Compromise is everything. I work retail and in the restaurant industry as I believe every college student does. In these worlds, everything is typically hands off when it comes to upper management and the associates/people under them. It's up to us to govern ourselves. Give and take is something I always abide by and sometimes you have to keep in mind sometimes you have to lose to win again later.
Dawnyale, 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 the ballet set I did with William Roberts with WMR photography and connected with a photographer personally for the first time. We have an unbreakable relationship, and I was proud to realise how much what I do and my working relationships have such an impact on people.
Dawnyale, 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 did volunteer work in Chicago with teaching classical ballet basics to girls who they would move on to a sub-genre of ballet called "Hiplet". This genre is such a controversial thing in the ballet world, but being able to see it first hand gave me such insight I believe the rest of the dance world might be missing. Misty Copeland touched on it when she talked about limited resources and how ballet was very exclusive for a long long time. Honestly until the last ten to fifteen years it's been that way. Breaking premade assumptions I made and stepping out of my comfort zone definitely made me uncomfortable but was totally worth it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Remember success doesn't happen overnight! Keep at it. Heck if you're reading this, that's tremendous because a week ago I wouldn't have even though I've made it far enough to get to this level yet. Remember any good investment will require a lot of time and even your own money for a while. It'll all pay off in the end.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. Any and all. I love love love working with kickstarters and brand new local level brands. Of course, I'd die for a chance to work with Kohl's Apt 9 or Sephora, but working with a new college student who got approved for a loan to start the business of their dreams finally gives me a self-satisfaction I could always pick over money time and time again.
Photographer: @wmrphoto (William Robert's Photography) (Cover 1, photo 1) Photographer: @edgeportraiture (cover 2, photo 2,3,4,5,6,9,10)