I am a Vancouver Acting School Graduate and a determined, innovative, and unique individual. I enjoy being in front of the camera and on the stage and love expressing different messages through the images that I help design.
I am a mental health advocate who stresses awareness about eating and body image disorders. In this industry.
I am creative and represented by Panache Management, Lucas Talent, and Leo Management as an actor, voice actor, and model.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Jocelyn. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I take mental health advocacy very seriously and am an ambassador for eating disorders, especially in the fashion and modelling industry. I am an overall performer and love sharing my story and experiences through the images and art that I can create with others. I am also a currently pursuing law as a student at the University of British Columbia.
Jocelyn, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passions and aspirations in life are to live life to the fullest with no regrets and to make a mark on the earth without making a negative mark on any individual. I started out as a model with my passion for film, theatre, and voiceover. Although my experiences lay in performing arts, I found a love for modelling by being able to convey the same emotions and stories from acting pieces into a single framed picture. I love creating meaning and being able to make a picture mean a thousand words.
Who is your inspiration in life Jocelyn? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is myself. Although I have plenty of role models, I am proud of the woman I came to be, and I motivate myself to be better than myself every day.
We all make mistakes Jocelyn; 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 first started modelling, I was very timid and nervous. I did not know modelling code of conduct and the line between inappropriate and appropriate interactions with photographers. One of my first shoots, I booked an underwater shoot with a photographer who had a legitimate and impressive portfolio. During our shoot, however, he took advantage of my greenness and touched me inappropriately. Being a new model, I brushed it off and giggled nervously, although inside, I just wanted to leave. Looking back, I wish I had stood up for myself and let the photographer know that just because I was new in the industry doesn't mean that he could abuse his power and make me feel powerless.
Jocelyn, 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?
When working with a large number of clients, it is important to keep up with your integrity and your dedication to all of them. I prioritise clients needs by staying focused and well prepared. I also ensure to stay within my boundaries and do not bite off more than I can chew. Quality over quantity.
Please tell us, Jocelyn, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As a model who has struggled with eating disorders for a very large portion of her life, I had to strategise by allowing myself to take care of myself mentally while providing services to clients at the same time. By creating extensive lists and consulting experts and my agents, I strategised plans to satisfy my priorities as a model and a human being going through a difficult time.
Jocelyn, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Persuading someone to see a different view than they are accustomed to is quite difficult. Although this example may be quite extreme, when I was a new model, I experienced another photographer who believed that unless I undressed completely, I would not find work. He tried to force my clothes off of me for the photos, but I said that my comfort level and my goals in the industry do not reflect the same as his. By keeping a calm, professional demeanour, I kept my dignity as well as allowed him to see my point of view of how I wanted to succeed as a model. Although I am quite open to artistic nude shoots now, I was not when I was younger. Maturity and comfort take time and cannot be forced.
Jocelyn, 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 with share to everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest accomplishment as a model was when I booked a business ad about a happy lifestyle. In this shoot, I did not have to fake my happiness. I did not feel uncomfortable or out of place at all. I just thought of all the positive and happy things in my life and the fact that I was modelling as a career.
Jocelyn, 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 have done many creative shoots. From gory film makeup to high fashion shoots. Although I am proud of the diversity I have created in my portfolio, my proudest creative moment happened in my last shoot. As I've mentioned, I've struggled immensely with eating disorders growing up. Last year, I was unhealthy and extremely underweight. This summer, I took time to focus on my mental health and gained weight. My last shoot was a budiour shoot that I felt more than comfortable creating artistic and implied nudes because I realised to love my body regardless of the scars, the rolls, and the impurities. I was excited to showcase my confidence in my body, but I was also wary of judgement at first. Currently, these photos are my favourite so far, and I am excited that I took the opportunity to expand farther than my comfort zone and in turn, realised I loved my body more.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Be yourself. Love yourself. Do not let anyone tell you who you are or what you're doing it for. In this world, you can be anything. Just make sure you are true to yourself and that you put yourself above anything and anyone else.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes! I would like to have more fitness collaborations and high fashion collaborations, although I ultimately am receptive to any collaboration!
Now for the best part Jocelyn! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
b: Photographer: Kelsey Guinn @chopp_photography, Hair: Britney Fey @beautybybfey, Make Up: Shauna @mesmerized_makeup
c: Photographer: Melissa Kee Tin, MUAH: Margarita V. Sykes
d: Photographer: AJ Batac
e: Photographer: Kim Bellavance Photography, MUAH: Kaylene Sidley
f: Photographer: James Youngson Reptillionare Photography
g: Photographer: Robert Dearden at Avenue Studio Photography
h: Photographer: James Weekes Productions
i: Photographer: CWB Photography
j: Photographer: Marissa Naylor Photography
k: Photographer: Jess De Vries, MUAH: Nouf Rawi
l: Photographer: MR Images
m: Photographer: Pete Jones Photography