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The most important part of my life is my creativity. If I am not creating something, I feel lost. I am constantly trying to improve my skills in makeup, fashion, sewing, designing, and many other aspects of my life not related to my career. I try to always keep an open mind and schedule for new experiences and opportunities. I've always been a leader, never a follower, and in doing what I love I inspire others to do the same. To me, life is a never-ending climb, and I strive to get that altitude higher every single day, cliche as that may sound.
Jacquelynn, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My greatest passion resides in my sewing and designing. I always love seeing the designs in my head come to life in a tangible reality and being able to showcase them on myself is just a greater extension of that. I recently got into modelling for fashion because it was a great way for me to express myself and find people who love the same things I do.
Who is your inspiration in life Jacquelynn? How do you keep inspired?
I first fell in love with Jacqueline Durran when I saw her name in the credits for the recent Beauty and the Beast movie. After finding out that she had done costume designing for so many other movies like Pride and Prejudice and Macbeth(2017) etc. and had also gotten so many awards and nominations she became my absolute favourite. I love her style and the masterpieces she creates.
We all make mistakes Jacquelynn; 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.
There have been times where people have asked for lewd poses during shoots or me to "turn more that way so they can see the buns" which had always been fine to me and I continue to be fine with complying up to a certain point. And I am fairly confident in my body and like to see these comments as approval of all the hard work I put into the gym and making sure I eat correctly. But I guess the only thing regrettable here is ever being doubtful of what I want and letting other people's opinions on how a lady should present herself effect how I feel like I should behave.
Jacquelynn, 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?
Usually, I try to prioritise commissions based on their deadline and the size of the task. Like if I have a simple skirt due in two weeks but twelve dresses due in a month, then I'll try to get at least half the dresses done before working on the skirt. I try to treat all of my clients with the same respect and not to prioritise them based on how important I may think the person is, just because it's impractical and unfair to them to let my personal opinion affect how I work.
Please tell us, Jacquelynn, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Sometimes I have several shoots lined up for a day especially at cosplay events so being able to schedule them correctly with ample time between each shoot has always been important to me. I try to schedule no more than three per day because there are always the random photographers for me to meet and for them to get some photos of me, so an open schedule between shoots is always something I make sure I have.
Jacquelynn, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Usually, people see my way without me having to do much, but whenever they don't understand something or don't agree I try to help by using a lot of analogies that they can relate to and to try to see their side of things to understand better why they don't agree with mine. And if possible, I will use that understanding to help them with understanding mine and to get them to agree.
Jacquelynn, 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 favourite shoot that I had done was the Janna shoot with Riot Games down in LA. It is my favourite cosplay so far because of how much work I put into it and how accurate it was to the character, and it really helped with publicity because it was targeted at the perfect audience. It was also one of the few video shoots I did, which is something I want to do more of in the near future.
Jacquelynn, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Everything about my work is creative, which is what I love about it. But recently I've been finding that my fashion shoots are a more creative outlet for me just because I get to design everything myself instead of following what my client wants or an already set character design for my cosplay.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I would say to look for your strengths and amplify them, and for your weaknesses, work on them. Do everything in your power to be able to answer "nothing" when someone asks you what you would change about yourself. Learn how to take criticism as something to think about. Not something to push you down nor something to be a blueprint for what you should be. Always keep your goals in front of you and don't let anything push it out of your sight.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Of course! I would love to help anyone with any costume they may need, if they need someone to model something for them, or if you need advice on makeup, sewing, modelling, fashion, etc. I strive to be someone people turn to for help and love sharing my work and abilities with others!
Photographers: Kris Ling @blizzardterrak; Christopher Ribay @unknowndpeth225; Ryan Abrigo @zeropaux; Jorge Valdesiga @jorgevaldesiga