I am a bodybuilder. What a lot of people don't know is that there are a lot more federations and divisions out there other than "steroid looking huge". I have competed in the smallest, least muscular division which is considered the "bikini" class.
Jasmine, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I don't necessarily want to be famous, but I understand that to make more money, you have to be known. I want to be known well enough to make a lot of money! I do enjoy modelling a lot though, especially more creative ideas and cosplay.
Who is your inspiration in life Jasmine? How do you keep inspired?
Modelling keeps me motivated and in shape. I have a particular body type (fitness) that people contact me for, so as long as I keep modelling, I'll need to stay fit!
We all make mistakes Jasmine; 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 very first shoot was implied nudes, it was very awkward, but I wanted to break in as a model. The photographer and I just had no connection. We didn't click. The photos came out well (I thought) but he never contacted me ever again after that other than to send the photos.
Jasmine, 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 had to leave my job to fit in clients schedules. Not only do I have to fit in for modelling, but I also do personal training, so my schedule is all based on others needs. I just had to learn how to balance out both and prioritise those that have further potential for growth.
Please tell us, Jasmine, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I model for a photography group in which some amateur photographers come to learn photography. There are some nudes involved in these shoots. When I first started, I contacted the group leader constantly to make sure that I would be safe, what sort of regulations were in place, and how they made sure the photographers coming in actually wanted to learn, and were not just pervy dudes with point and shoot cameras.
Jasmine, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way to work successfully.
I have some crazy ideas sometimes, and I mostly do paid shoots, but now and then I'll be interested in a photographer for some TFP shoots. I love post-apocalyptic themed things, so most TFP wants to work with me because I have a good "fit" look. I was able to ask a photographer, "Hey, are you interested in getting some creative shots, instead of the usual, stereotypical fitness shots?" I sent him some pictures online of things I had in mind (gas mask post-apocalyptic gym photos), and luckily, he said yes!
Jasmine, 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 professional accomplishment as a model was when I got my pro card for bodybuilding. The past two shows I did I didn't even place top 5, so to have finally been first at something was an amazing moment.
Jasmine, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The most difficult thing I find about creative works (even though they are my favourite types) is that there is no "standard posing" for different themes. A lot of times, you need to come up with these things on the fly.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
You need to go out there and contact photographers yourself, you cannot expect them to just come to you because you are pretty. Go out there, hustle, do the work, and you will be successful! There is a niche out there for everyone.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
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