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I consider myself to be "The Happy Warrior" I wear many hats in my daily life and I know that overall I do it well! I take pride in finding a balance between work, my home/family life, my education goals and my career goals. Being able to keep balance and be a diligent warrior princess with a peaceful state of mind allows my spirit to thrive and stand out above all others!
Jaimie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My 1st modelling opportunity was in Riverside, Ca at the historical Mission Inn hotel. We modelled for a local boutique and has runway practice four days a week. It was awkward, it was unorganised, and it was the day I fell in love with the runway. I aspire to be a spokesmodel for a brand that I can be proud of and to inspire young girls from these inner cities to push forward towards their dreams until they have a firm grasp! Modelling is the ultimate goal! Not acting, not dancing, not singing. Modelling. It is my natural gift, and it is what brings me the most joy.
Who is your inspiration in life Jaimie? How do you keep inspired?
I am inspired by women like Oprah Winfrey who didn't allow her past to define her present! I am inspired by Tyra Banks who pushed and pushed until she became more than just the artificial supermodel. Heidi Klum who made it sexy to be a mommy model. I get my drive from within myself! I am the only one who Can push my inner being to go towards the things I want and the vision I have for my life
We all make mistakes Jaimie; 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'm very good at adapting to my surroundings. I get along good with my colleagues. The only situation I would say I could have handled differently was at a runway show for fall fashion week in LA... I had the worst headache and could hardly open my eyes, but I still hit that runway life nothing was wrong! I just wish I would have brought an aspirin or two! Haa!
Jaimie, 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?
Well in the modelling industry it is usually 1st come, 1st serve. I listen to my client in those times when they think no one is listening. That's the best way to understand the client and their specific needs. I recall going to a fitting, and the designer talked about each piece I tried on. "This piece is HOT!" "Oooh, this piece just makes me feel so happy!" And as I walked the runway in the days following I made that garment come to life-based off of those simple words the designer mentioned about their garment. It sounds too simple, but it works so perfectly for me.
Please tell us, Jaimie, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Well as I mentioned earlier, I do wear many hats! I recall one day having to go to school, work on a flash mob runway project, going to a fitting and also a networking event all in the same day. Timing is everything! Walking up earlier than usual to put some ideas together for a runway flash mob before going to class, and staying up late after a networking event to finish homework. My priorities are the things with set times and dates such as runway fittings and my class schedule. Other things that allow meme move a bit more freely are the things that I schedule around. Waking up earlier and going to bed later. It's tiring, but it is worth it!
Jaimie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I had an opportunity to be the event coordinator for a photoshoot in San Diego. Well, I wasn't supposed to be the event coordinator ðŸ˜ I was only supposed to get a couple of model buddies of mine to meet with the media team and create some promotional calendars. Well upon speaking to the head of the media department for Loyal Citie Media I may have asked one too many questions (I like knowing every small detail) the department manager said "you seem to know all the right questions to ask. I know you are supposed to model for this event but would you like to coordinate this event? It was a new avenue for me! Excited and anxious I gladly accepted. Within a few days, I had gathered together a team complete with photographer, models, HMUA, body painter, transportation, craft services, and location details. The vision I was only to be a small part of became my vision! The management team showed trust in my decisions and were in awe of the raw finished production!
Jaimie, 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 moment would be my appearance on season 7 of America's Next Top Model. It was a life-changing experience for me for three main reasons. 1. I was able to pose nude on the top of a building and create tasteful art; that allowed me a freedom I had never experienced before. 2. During my stay, some of us models were taken to get our chakras aligned. At the time I had no clue what that was, but I still remember the feeling of peace over me after and knowing what I know now, that was a life-changing experience as well. 3. Out of all those girls standing outside of the CBS studio the 1st day of auditions, the line that was wrapped around two buildings, and knowing that this was the case at many other locations across the country, I was chosen as one of the top 21. And although I didn't make it all the way, that let me know that my potential is real and pure and with purpose
Jaimie, 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 enjoy those jobs helping photographers build their portfolio. They usually choose a location and leave wardrobe and other creative styling up to me! It allows me to express myself and play with the ideas that swirl around in my head. It can be difficult because although I'm thinking of my creative style, I still wish the photographer's vision to come alive as well. Most often I can do that without direction.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Don't stop pushing towards your ultimate goal! There are times when it may never seem obtainable, or when an obstacle pops up to block your path or slow your momentum. There may be people who think your crazy or you are wasting your time. But when seed or vision is planted in your mind it, will not go away until you reach your goal
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking to collaborate with designers for a photoshoot and runway shows. Ultimately I would love to become a spokesmodel for a respectable brand! In that, I am ultimately looking to work with agents and company brands in helping to diversify and promote to the clients they already have as well as bringing in and welcoming new clients.