I am a wife and a mother of 2 beautiful children. I live in a part of us that is very closed minded, yet I seem to continue to break the mould as a tattooed model. People make exceptions to their "no tattoo" rule when hiring models with me- because my art is beautiful. And art or not, my passion shows in my photos.
Jess, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
When I was 13 I, was 5'9". I was an absolute beanpole. As most tall girls people pushed my parents to get me into modelling. I am so thankful; they sent me to the top workshops and training seminars. I worked with internationally published models and photographers and learned from them. My passion for acting and modelling is just real. It's genuine. It's incredible. I feel like I can be my true self when I'm performing.
Who is your inspiration in life Jess? How do you keep inspired?
My husband and my children are my inspiration. They are so incredible and so beautiful. Everything they do creates inspiration for new art or adventures.
We all make mistakes Jess; 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.
When I was younger, I was asked to go to a "fitting" for a local dress shop with a model friend of mine. When we arrived, it was not as professional as I was told it would be. And I was uncomfortable. I ended up not doing the shoot because I was so out of my element.
Jess, 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?
The trick is, not to get frazzled. And never let them see you sweat. To be a professional, one must present themselves as a professional. I have seen girls cry at fashion shows because they take everything personally and get stressed. And that isn't acceptable. Pull it together and do your job. No emotions are necessary.
Please tell us, Jess, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
My strategy is to find out what the client is looking to achieve before the shoot. That way I can try to hit all my shots as quickly as possible.
Jess, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way to work successfully.
I don't shoot fully nude. That's not my jam. And I have had a lot of photographers make exceptions and shoot other things with me. It's just not something I find artistic, and I don't want to do it.
Jess, 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 as a model was a fashion show on my 22nd birthday. My whole family showed up and surprised me. It was so wonderful.
Jess, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Because of my home location, a lot of my shoots are created by me. So I come up with what I'm going for and collaborate with my photographer. So hair and makeup are also, call me, so I get to choose my direction and execution with shoots like that. It's difficult because if you have too many ideas in one shoot, it throws the image off, you have to pick one and go with it. "There's always next time" is what I tell myself when I have that flow of ideas.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
The best advice I can think of is imagining every shoot as a new role. You're playing a character. You're not just changing clothes, but your face, body language, and persona. Go big. Play the role.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate with more stylists and photographers. I want to help execute their artistic visions. Fashion is great, but I'm about making those "once in a lifetime" shots happen for people.
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