At the age of 14 I left home to pursue ballet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Just a few weeks after graduating high school in 2015 I started my professional career with the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia. I recently moved to Rochester, NY to continue to dance professionally and I happened upon WMA. I went to their open call and was pleasantly surprised that they wanted to sign me. I have taken photo movement, acting, and business classes with WMA. I am loving learning a new craft and I can't wait to see where modeling can go for me.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Katherine. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I think that dancing professionally gives me a unique sense of purpose and direction. It takes a lot of drive and dedication and leaving home at a young age to follow that dream made me independent and responsible.
Katherine, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My aspiration in life is to be happy. If you do what you love you never work a day in your life. My dream is to be able to do what I love with people I love around me. I started modeling through dance. I was asked to do multiple shoots through the school for banners and their website. I always had an interest in modeling and like most young girls I grew up watching "America's Next Top Model", but I realized that I might be good at it when I had the opportunity to participate in dance shoots.
Who is your inspiration in life Katherine? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration comes from a lot of places. My family is a big one, fellow dancers, teachers, but I also get a lot of my inspiration from a very special place. My last two years of high school I had the opportunity to travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There we visited an orphanage. What I found was that those kids were so happy, grateful and loving. Every time I'm having a bad day I think about them and how grateful they were and I think about how I get to do what I love everyday.
We all make mistakes Katherine, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I am very new to the modeling world, but from what I learned it is very similar to dance. There have been a few times that I find myself angry or confused about casting and I end up asking "Why did that person get to do that?". I've learned that dance and modeling are so subjective and that instead of asking why, I should ask myself what I can do better next time.
Katherine ,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 love to work with people who are excited by a project. I get inspired by inspired people. Usually I prioritize the project that means the most to the client or by clients who are most excited to work with me.
Please tell us Katherine, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As a dancer, part time college student, and model I have to be very strategic with my time. On the night before a shoot I have to make time to wash and blow dry my hair, take care of my skin, iron my clothes, and get to bed at a reasonable time. This means that maybe homework waits until the next night. Everything gets done and everything gets appropriate amount of time, but it is a balance.
Katherine, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I am fortunate to work with some amazing people, but everything comes with compromise. When I work at the studio I have to work with fellow company members to find what count works the best or which body position works the best for everyone to be precisely together. When working with a partner on a piece we had to change the way we came out of a lift to work better for us. We talked it through and made it safer and more reliable.
Katherine 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 to everyone. What is it and why?
One of my proudest moments as a UNCSA alumni was seeing the two story high poster of my photo hanging from the new building. It was so much fun to get photos from my friends in front of it and from new students underneath it who wanted that to be them someday.
Katherine, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
WMA had a photoshoot that was held at "Great Lakes Classic Cars" and it was fifties inspired. I was the last model of the day so I had a lot of time to look up photos of models to get inspired. In the last minute of the shoot the photographer asked if I had any ideas I wanted to try. I showed him one of the photos I saved of a model laying upside down on the hood of the car. I tried it and had to be creative with how I positioned my dress. Luckily, my dance background made it easy for me to hold the extreme pose. It ended up being their favorite pose, and photo of the day.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Model?
Be flexible. Be open to direction and ideas. Be on time, have a great attitude, and be respectful. Like the dance world, the modeling world is small, so make a great impression on everyone you meet.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
As a dancer I would love to work with athletic brands. I think I would be a good fit to model their lines because ballet has toned my muscles and I am able to create new and creative poses. I would also like to bring ballet posing to high fashion. Ballet is elegant just like the art form of high fashion.
Photographer: Jeb McConnell (Cover Photo 1,2, photo 1, 2,7,8,9) Photo 3: Camden Courier Photographer: Ballerina Project (photo 4) Photographer: Rachel Neville (Photo 5, 6,10)
Cover Photo 1