My unique quality is my disability and hypermobile joints. I like to empower other disabled women and men alike that they are still beautiful, wheelchair or not, nasal tube or not, deformities or not!
Jennifer-Jane, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started as a model during my college years, helping other photographers who needed models. My passions and aspirations in life are travelling and exploring! I love cultures and countries ways of life & experimenting with new things.
Who is your inspiration in life Jennifer-Jane? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is my grandmother. She fights COPD every day but still smiles, is quick-witted and is the most loving person I will ever know! She has grafted throughout her life to make ends meet, and now in her elderly years, she reaps what she has sown! I've never met a more courageous woman who has such a fantastic outlook on life. Nothing scares her!
We all make mistakes Jennifer-Jane, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you want to you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I remember one shoot with a photographer whom I wanted to work with. On shooting he pushed my levels a lot, and at the time I loved it, I felt empowered aspired but looking back I think I smudged over a few boundaries of my own that I wish I hadn't. I hardly saw any of the final images and regret that I signed a model release form that was so harsh. I've learnt so much about myself and my career since then!
Jennifer-Jane, 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've only worked with one big team; I loved it. I made sure I listened to everyone when they were speaking, made sure I was engaging and encouraging to all the team. I double checked with the photographers about their needs for the day; I was keen to get my makeup done first so I could socialise with the other models and gage a sense of their personality so I could work with the best I could and vibe off their characters!
Please tell us Jennifer-Jane, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I remember one particular shoot where my physical health and strength wasn't in top form, and I had to pace myself very strictly in order to complete the shoot the best I could. It turned out we got some fantastic images from that set, and we were both pleased with the final result! We took regular short breaks to rest my body and joints and spoke through all our ideas at this time.
Jennifer-Jane, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I have been extremely fortunate that I've only ever worked with like-minded people! The only small time I remember was when I worked with a photographer I previously mentioned who pushed my boundaries, he was trying to place a gag on my face and in my mouth, and I said to him I didn't feel comfortable. Luckily he didn't push this, and we went ahead with the shoot.
Jennifer-Jane, 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 battling my inner self-consciousness. I said to this photographer I wanted to shoot nude and backed out at the last minute in the previous shoot! The next time we shot I remembered how gutted I felt that I didn't embrace it and we went ahead and shot nude. I felt relaxed, and we came out with a fantastic set! That will always be the starting point of me feeling entirely at ease with my body and loving the freedom feeling!I've been so fortunate to work closely with a particular photographer who is so careful at not crossing boundaries shooting a nude female. He makes me feel comfortable and at ease, and safe!
Jennifer-Jane, 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 remember before my first ever shoot I came up with a mood board that the photographer and I used to get the feeling of the shoot.We do this between every single shot and ping pong ideas about future slots.My favourite so far has to be the milk bath idea and playing around with different textures in the contrasting bath colour.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
My absolute biggest advice I would give is not to worry. Do not worry about what you think is an imperfection, do not worry about what you think is ugly or attractive because there will be 100 people to love it to everyone who hates it, whatever that may be.Believing in your ability and not doubting yourself would also be good advice - and not knocking it until you've tried it! When it comes to nude or lingerie type shoots taking a chaperone with you to shoots is fantastic advice, the model needs to know what to do to make him or herself safe in an environment with a photographer.Reading on sites like purpleport have fantastic links to keeping yourself safe and signs to look out for!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am not looking for anything specific; I love modelling, whether it's fashion, concept or creative, so I'm open to mostly anything apart from open leg and fetish!I've done next to no fashion compared to nude/lingerie so would love to do more fashion and brands!
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