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I have modelled for a boutique for the past two years which has allowed me to work with so many talented creatives in collaboration with the boutique and also outside of it. Meeting new people who have like-minded interests and want to create art is such a pleasure of mine. I'm always looking forward to the next project and to see what wonderful opportunities are to come!
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Jennifer. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
A favourite past time of mine that is not very common among peers my age nowadays is reading! I adore it. The more books are the better! One day I aspire to have my little library in my home (with a rolling ladder of course!)
Jennifer, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion in life is to make an impact. Whether this means making a one on one connection with an individual and being able to dive deep into their hopes and desires and fears through a conversation which hopefully leaves them with some peace and clarity or by working with a company and or creating my own business in which I can ensure that I am making a positive impact in someone's life (such as though speech therapy, which is what I am attending school for!) As previously stated, I started as a model when I got contacted by this boutique a couple of years ago, and I've been modeling ever since!
Who is your inspiration in life Jennifer? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is myself! Lol. Although that may seem a bit odd, I am my biggest motivator and competition. I always strive to be better than I was yesterday. A month ago. Even a year ago! There is always room for progress and a chance to become the best version of yourself which is what I aspire to be. I stay inspired by despite struggles that I may have faced in my life; I can acknowledge how far I have come. I have blossomed into a person that I am proud of, and I am continuing to grow and evolve into the best version of myself which is an unbelievably awesome thing!
We all make mistakes Jennifer; 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.
Hmm, when thinking about this question I seem to remember myself working with other models and dealing with some insecurities. I would work alongside with gorgeous ladies (inside + out) and find myself comparing my appearance and success and life to theirs. The comparison is not the way to go people! Doing this disallowed me from fully enjoying a shoot and engaging with others in a way that I normally do because I was too busy comparing myself and my worth to other models. I 10/10 don't recommend this. Self-love is a process and doesn't just happen overnight. However, you can choose to start accepting yourself and all of your unique and beautiful flaws today. It is indeed a process, but a very rewarding one.
Jennifer, 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I do my best to listen and adjust. Whether it is regarding posing, travelling to a location for a shoot and working with new models, I think communication is always the most important factor. As long as everyone is open and honest about the situation and their thoughts, things usually work out in everyone's favour.
Please tell us, Jennifer, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I feel as if I always have to be strategic to meet my top priorities. Creating lists is something that I find myself often doing. Occasionally with pen and paper (which I prefer) but quite often I got things that I need to get done on my phone. I can't tell you how good it feels to cross a task off of a list once it has been accomplished! I like to always have at least a week's notice before a shoot so that I can plan accordingly and make sure that I am delivering optimal quality service. This means physically prepping for the shoot and mentally. Modeling can be extremely fun, but also draining! I always want to make sure that I am going into a situation with a positive attitude and the determination to have a successful shoot. Nobody is perfect, and some days we need a little more reassurance to put a pep in our step and remember that every day is another chance to choose to be happy and view things in a positive light.
Jennifer, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I will just speak my mind about a situation that I find important. I don't try to twist words or ideas in any way because that will get you nowhere in the long run. Being honest about your thoughts is extremely important, and it is easy for people to see when you are passionate about something in the way that you speak about it. If I am truly adamant about something and think highly of it, I have no problem discussing my thoughts and if a person wants to allow me to speak my mind to them, they will hopefully be understanding and possibly change their viewpoint from what they originally thought.
Jennifer, 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?
I think about the very first time I was featured on the home page of the boutique's website. That was such a cool moment for me. I remember logging on one day and just seeing my face right there, front and centre. I screenshotted it immediately and sent it to my mom (because let's be honest, mom's always know how to boost us), and she was just as ecstatic. She then proceeded to post it on her Facebook and share it with all of our family in Europe, and they were so proud of me as well. It was nice to be the home page, but it was an even greater feeling to see how many people supported me and were happy to see how well I was doing. That is what made it so memorable.
Jennifer, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Working with photographers outside of the relationship I had with the boutique was fun, but out of my norm. I was used to the same girly style with standard poses. When I started collaborating with other photographers who wanted more of a serious, grungy vibe and facial expressions from me it was out of my comfort zone, but extremely fun. This lead me to start practising new poses and expressions at home in my bathroom mirror (which definitely would have looked weird if my sister walked in and saw me doing this). However, it helped me out!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Remember that although you may be your worst critic, you can also be your biggest supporter. Remember to love yourself and acknowledge all of the accomplishments you make, no matter how small they may be. Loving and appreciating yourself is going to get you so far.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm open to exploring any opportunities that come my way. Communication with brands and creatives will be on a one-on-one basis regarding the details of shoots and what I am and am not comfortable with.
Now for the best part Jennifer! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Kevin Suarez Photography (1-3,9)
Evan Hammerman Photography (4)
Hey Pretty Baby Photography (6-8)
Angel Garcia Photography (10)