Everything. My background is very diverse, and with that, Iâ€™ve experienced many contradictory situations. I have been ignored or shot down as much as I have been appreciated and encouraged, and I am one of the most resilient people I know. When I find something I love to do, I find a way to make it happen; regardless of being knocked down, I get back up and climb. I am confident, yet shy; both charming and awkward. I love making others smile, laugh, or feel good about themselves. My hair and preferred style of clothing are everchanging, and yet just-so. Iâ€™m also obsessed with the colour blue. Half of my wardrobe is blue, and I plan on colouring my hair back to blue when it grows out again.
Jada, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Photography and modelling have been my biggest passions in life. I loved watching America's Next Top Model and finding props/accessories to strut around the house with when I was young. I love seeing them travel the world, meet many new people, get all glammed up, by the best styling and makeup teams, and learn so much more than they knew. Iâ€™ve also been practising my photography skills since I was young. Capturing a moment with so many potential meanings/ messages/feelings, through a lens, in a split second- that is riveting to me. My life wasnâ€™t the most simple growing up, as I know it isnâ€™t for many, but I found my way back to modelling as a teenager, and it is something that has been a great experience for me thus far. I modelled for a friendâ€™s online company on-and-off for several years. I now freelance and collaborate with new photographers, in hopes of building my portfolio and potentially being scouted. I was an avid reader growing up, which I believe increased the span of my imagination and ability to never stop dreaming. I wish to continue learning myself and the world and growing, through modelling.
Who is your inspiration in life Jada? How do you keep inspired?
Everyone! I find inspiration every day; family and friends, at work, in people walking down the street, etc. Thereâ€™s so much to be inspired by. For me, itâ€™s about keeping my energy up so that I can use the inspiration to go out and create. I stay inspired by taking care of myself, making sure Iâ€™m happy and healthy and energised enough to absorb and express creative ideas. Everything else falls into place.
We all make mistakes Jada; 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 was a time I wish I had spoken on an opportunity sooner, or perhaps it had been the issue of mixing business with friendship. I was collaborating with a photographer for several years, and they mentioned having connections to potential opportunities - but that they were stingy with their models. I got a brief and mumbled explanation when I inquired about the meaning of this. We had been doing TFP shoots, and our contribution was equal. I had begun helping to market their social media posts and offered to teach them my methods so that they could achieve their goal without my assistance.Then, our friendship got in the way. They hadn't taken my offer to learn for themselves, hadn't reached out to their connections about opportunities for me but continued to call and ask for assistance- often during personal/late hours. As a friend, I had explained a situation with someone that went negatively due to the other person's actions, and soon after he collaborated with that person on a photoshoot. Then called me, late one evening, asking for my assistance in marketing the photos. After about three weeks of not speaking to them (other than them contacting me when they needed something), they had found a new model, submitted their photos to an online magazine, and gotten her AND themselves published. I definitely should have spoken to them more directly and been persistent about potential opportunities for myself! I allowed a friendship to get in the way of a potential career move, and I'm working very hard not to have that happen again.
Jada, 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?
Honestly, I'm broke. I love to collaborate with the most passionate, creative people that I come across. However, I have to keep in mind that my part-time job pays the bills, and the shoots that I am doing right now - they aren't supporting me financially. I try to schedule shoots with photographers who are nearest by, those with the best credentials/portfolios. Photographers who offer compensation are a priority, as well as new projects I've never tried. As a model, you have to stand out to be noticed/selected. I feel that way about the photographers as well.
Please tell us, Jada, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I have had to reschedule photoshoots, recently in fact, due to illness. Some photographers are only in the area for a limited amount of time, so I try my best to attend those- even at my worst- and give my best self. If I can't make it, I stay in contact with potential photographers so we can discuss collaborating in the future!
Jada, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I work in a retail clothing store, where style is everything. Visual appeal draws customers in, and I'm very good at arranging displays in a manner that showcases the best items and attracts a customer's eye.
Jada, 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?
I am a freelance model, so Iâ€™m not sure if I could say I have professional modelling experience, let alone a professional accomplishment! I would love to work with H&M. Maybe one day, hopefully soon.
Jada, 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 a task team member at work, meaning I mostly stock the shelves, tables, racks, etc. for a store that's part of a large retail chain. I get to be creative at work with the placement of items on display. If I feel the blue version of a top would look better displayed in front of the yellow version of the same top, that's how I arrange the rack.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Definitely to just be yourself and let your unique attributes shine. You are the only you out there, so be the best you that you can be and you'll gain great experience in anything you do.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes! I would love to collaborate with H&M, Charlotte Russe, Rue21, PacSun... the stores I grew up shopping in (or, wanting to shop in lol). The photos I see in those stores and on their social media accounts always catches my eye, and I think... They're just so casually fabulous. That could be me. One day, one day...
Photographers: ImpulseByA, DeadSparrow Photography, RHKPhotography, Hannah McIntyre Photography, MSchobergPhotography, Jim Doyle Photography, Shane Bock.