Haani Ochalla

Haani Ochalla






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The unique thing about me I'll say is never giving up. I believe I have a supernatural power that makes me not to give up even when many obstacles come my way. I always tell myself a brighter future is waiting for you.

Haani, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

I started as a model when I was done with my high school. The holidays were so long that I had to find something to do, I turned to the model. At first, I began it to keep myself busy, but it later turned out to be one of the best things I could do. My passion is in the arts industry be it modelling, fashion, music or artistry. My ambitions are that one day and perhaps my time is now, I'll be out there shining and being an inspiration to many people.

Who is your inspiration in life Haani? How do you keep inspired?

I'd say, my mom. This is a woman who has inspired me for so long teaching me to follow my dreams no matter how big they might seem and that I should never ever give up. I feel inspired to do what it takes to make it because every time i look at my mom I feel like this is a woman I should never ever disappoint and the only way to do that is by being myself.

We all make mistakes Haani; 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 actually I was with my colleagues, and we went for this auditions for a television fashion show. For sure we got the gig, and we were so happy and beside ourselves as we had beaten so many people. The show organisers apparently haven't contacted us ever since yet we qualified. So yeah that taught me never to be excited until something really happens.

Haani, 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 always take my time in such situations. Everything I have to do I ensure I do it excellently within the speculated time and promptly follow the client's instructions.

Please tell us Haani, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

I was at some auditions, and as fate would have it, all the models had the same capabilities, and the organisers were left stranded on who to pick. All the models were called in to speak on their behalf on why they should be picked. I simply said I'm the best and that I believed everyone else wouldn't do what is required as much as I would. The organisers believed me as I was so passionate. I was picked.

Haani, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.

I was having a shoot, and the photographer was so strict. He, however, didn't produce the photos to the standards required. I went out of my way and convinced him to focus on my melanin skin more and highlight it's beauty. The client loved it.

Haani, 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 has to be when I did a commercial print shoot for a top model here. The results were so spectacular, and many people had the opportunity to see it.

Haani, 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 decided to do an artistic shoot where I'd put on women earrings. It sounded absurd at first, but then it turned out to be a great idea. The difficult thing to do was trying to convince the client that it'll be great.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

I'd tell anyone who wants to be a model to be themselves in everything. Don't do something you feel isn't right just because the client wants that. Don't overdo yourself and don't underperform either

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. The kind of collaboration I'm looking for is where I'll be able to advertise for brands and showcase their products and services to people and perhaps to be a brand ambassador.

Photo Credits:

@buoart photography