Model: Joell Grace Perry
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
I'm a 14 year old, and at age 5 I realized I always wanted to be in front of the camera. As I got older I started making my own videos, acting, and pretending I was a fashion model. I live in the country in Iowa, so there aren't many opportunities for acting or modelling. My parents enrolled me in a small Musical Theater Production Company and my acting coach encouraged me to spread my wings. I told my parents I wanted to act and learn more and go on auditions. In 2014 I auditioned for AMTC (Actors Models, & Talent for Christ). I got in the program however all my classes would be held in Chicago about 4 1/2 hours away. My parents knew this was what I really wanted to do so they made the commitment to drive me to my classes ever other week. Towards the end of my program I grew, and one month before my graduation from ATMC I was told I should enter the Fashion Modeling divisions as well. In January 2016 I graduated from the program and received many call backs from various modelling and acting agencies. After much prayer my parents signed me with Brita Jackson from Arquette Talents in Minneapolis.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
I have attending modeling course through AMTC and Arquettes. I'm home schooled and 14 years old, but I'm ahead on my studies. I continue my acting classes as well. By August 2016 I have completed 3 weeks Acting for Film from the New York Film and Academy, where I received a scholaship. My parents have taught me this industry is a marathon and not a race. I always want to and will continue to learn about modeling/acting.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
I have learned that modeling is hard work. Before I started I just thought it was all about "just being in front of the camera." My agent has taught me eating properly, regular exercise, and a positive frame of mind is what I need to have. Since I also act I have been able to use my acting skills during a photo shoot when the photographer is asking for a certain kind of emotion. Improv also helps with modeling. I believe someone fit to be a model must have all the skills as I talked about. But, most of all I have learned to never compare myself to other models. God made each of us different with different beauties and different talents.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
My goal is continue to learn, continue to grow, and continue to be open minded to improvement. Of course my goal is to be success but I do realize and know I'm just starting off and it will take a lot of hard work. I have learned that for every yes I get for a booking, I have received 100 no's. But I keep persevering and not let that get me down.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
I'm 14 years old and I'm still learning about all of it. I know I represent the product I'm modeling for so its important I set a good example. I don't know much about advertising psychology but I'm willing to learn and I have learned a lot from the different photographers I have worked with.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I have been told I'm very easy going and I take direction really well. When I'm on a shoot I love to talk to the make up artist, stylist, and photographers and learn about them. I believe it's important to build friendships and relationships in the industry.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
Yes, I eat very good. I live on a hobby farm and we have a huge garden. I help my mom can and freeze all of our veggies for the winter. I also have a lot of chores on the hobby farm. We raise our own laying hens, so we have fresh eggs all the time. Plus I help with other chores. I exercise with my mom daily.
What is your dream role as a model?
My dream as a model is to set the example as you don't have to show your body off to be beautiful. I have a lot of 9-10 year old girls who follow me on Instagram and I feel I need to encourage and let them see that you can be clothed and beautiful all at the same time. Never lower your standards and beliefs just for money. I have turned down opportunities because I did not feel comfortable with the job and I don't want myself seen like that. I want to represent the pure and young.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
I will not shoot nude or anything that is provocative for my age. I will not shoot with another girl in a sexual way either. My agent knows this and has been very good at honoring my request. My parents have taught me that times are changing but it is important that I represent my self as they call it "the old school way".
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
I'm home schooled, my flexibility is open and yes I would travel.
Tell us what's your memorable experience so far.
My most memorable experience is when I won VIP Choice Award 2016 for Fashion Model at my AMTC graduation January 2016.
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