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Growing up I was a trained ballerina from a young age of which has made my style of modeling to be graceful and elegant. I also was an all-star cheerleader who gave me a great background training in flirty facial expressions. I feel that due to my childhood skill sets modeling comes naturally and easily. I feel very comfortable in front of the camera. I have dabbled in modeling on and off since high school, but the past year has made it my main job. I am based out of Baltimore, MD but am a world traveler which opens up me to a job just about anywhere. I recently attended The Meraki Photo Events in Thailand which I feel has taken me to a new level as a model. I had the opportunity to work with very talented and experienced photographers as well as models.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Erin-Nicole. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Something unique about me is that I am left handed, so I have the right side of the brain dominance which controls emotional expression, creativity, spacial awareness, and imagination. I have always been interested in the arts, and have dabbled in theatre arts and photography. As well as makeup and hair and drawing. Modeling is just another form of art, another way of expression. I am passionate about my work.
Erin-Nicole, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion is to continue pursuing my career as a model, and then one day I hope to be on the other side of the camera as a producer/director. I know my career as a model is only beginning. I like to say that "I didn't find modeling, modeling found me." When I say that I refer to that, I only dabbled in modeling for fun until I was asked to model as a job about a year ago in a music video for a rapper friend of a friend. My career rapidly took off afterwards!
Who is your inspiration in life Erin-Nicole? How do you keep inspired?
Whenever I need inspiration, I just think of how far I have come in such a short period and that I have done it all on my own and it makes me proud.
We all make mistakes Erin-Nicole, 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.
My first ever modeling job never gave me a model credit in the YouTube video. One mistake I made is not pursuing that model credit. If the same thing happened to me now, I would not allow that.
Erin-Nicole , 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?
As a model, I prioritize my clients by giving my quality work rather than quantity. As a model, I am my product I am marketing, and I don't accept so large of a workload that I cannot deliver my best. It is not my first rodeo, and I am aware of my limits.
Please tell us Erin-Nicole, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I turned down a few paid assignments the week before and of Meraki Photo Events, which was a learning experience for me. I returned with a new level of skill and confidence in the craft, so I think that I was properly prioritizing my priorities as a model in making that decision.
Erin-Nicole, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
The most recent music video I have modeled in, which will be released on February 14th is a piece of work that I modeled in as well as will receive a co-producers credit. There is a verse in the song that says, "I wish I could buy that kind of love at the store." My partner originally had a clip of me dancing to that line. However, I remembered we had a clip of me opening up the fridge door in a corner store in Manhattan and innocently smiling at the cashier. I suggested we add the store scene into that part, and it made sense, so we were at a common agreement on the matter.
Erin-Nicole, 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 professional accomplishment as a model is something I am unable to disclose yet because it is a publishment that I know about but does not come out for a few months. My past work just doesn't compare, which is why I say that my modeling career has only begun.
Erin-Nicole, 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 am working right now on a project with a director in making a short film with no specific story line. This makes the project both exciting and difficult because you have to make your story line, yet make it something to interpret yourself. It is something that is for entertainment and creativity in the purest form because there are no specific 'lines to colour in'.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I would let aspiring models know to keep working hard and to remember that we all had to start somewhere!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I aspire to model for fashion catalogues and be featured in talent/entertainment strips.
Photographer Gary Miller @gaymillerfoto Photographer J Guccient @jguccient taken @theprivilagehotels, Photographer @inlinephotography, Photographer @chrisheadshots, Photographer @zeptogator at @meraki_photoevents Hair and makeup by @keartistry, and Photographer Scott Church @thescottchurch