Laura Finley

"I also believe it is important to communicate clearly with all clients as to their expectations and yours, which ensures a pleasurable experience for everyone."

What's your first name?
Laura

What's your last name?
Finley

Nice to meet you, Laura! May we have your email address, please?
lauraleefinley@hotmail.com

What's your Instagram username, Laura? We'd love to check it out!
finley_laura

LauraPlease let us know your website.
http://www.backstage.com/laura.finley

What is your location, Laura?
Country
United States

State / Region
Florida

Firstly Laura, how would you best describe yourself?
Model

Would you like us to recommend you to clients looking for a Model near your area?
Yes

Laura, please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
Flexible. I have worked in live theatre, as an extra, and as a model for print, web, and live art, all which vary.

Laura. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I am a criminology professor who enjoys acting and modelling. I have performed in several South Florida live theatrical productions, in commercials, infomercials, and as an extra. I have also been a hair model, product model, wig model and live art model. I enjoy new challenges and am particularly interested in opportunities to try creative photo shoots or artistic endeavours. 

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).
Yes

Our readers would love to get to know you more Laura. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I teach criminology at Barry University and am a community activist for peace, justice and human rights. I serve on several boards of directors and am actively involved with some organizations, including No More Tears, The Humanity Project, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the Somy Ali Foundation, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and Amnesty International. I am also co-founder and organizer of the College Brides Walk, an annual dating and domestic violence awareness event. I am also the author of nineteen books, numerous book chapters and journal articles, and a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice. Also, I am a lifelong runner and former Division I scholarship athlete, and I currently enjoy spinning, paddleboarding and dragon boating. I love anything related to costumes and wigs, reading, and attending concerts and Miami Heat games.

Laura, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

I have been modelling for two years, after my daughter (now almost 14) introduced me to the theatre and I fell in love. I am passionate about gender equality, peace, and human rights, and try through my involvement as well as how I parent and how I approach my acting and modelling to always promote a more positive and just world.

Who is your inspiration in life Laura? How do you keep inspired?

I admire Emma Watson, whose advocacy on gender equality is passionate but also inclusive. Athletically, I admire my twin sister, who is still terrifically competitive as a runner when age takes a toll on many. I also admire actors like Charlize Theron, who balance being beautiful with being outspoken and who are willing to totally transform themselves into their art.

We all make mistakes Laura; 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 have been fortunate to have largely good experiences. I did go to one shoot, however, without asking enough questions. After driving some distance, I found it was in a home studio, which I should have known to ensure it was safe. It turns out it was, and the photographer was great, but I learned that I should always inquire beforehand.

Laura, 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 have excellent time management skills and, once I take on a project, am fully committed. As a professor, I have a pretty set schedule so know quite well when I am and am not available. I also believe it is important to communicate clearly with all clients as to their expectations and yours, which ensures a pleasurable experience for everyone. I am a good communicator, both in person and in writing, with extensive public speaking and writing experience. 

Please tell us, Laura, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

When schedules get busy, and you want to balance many things, it is essential to determine which are most pressing and will do the most good for the largest amount of people. Clear and regular communication helps. For instance, I had a modelling gig booked but was called for an audition that was available only during a short window of time, and that would have overlapped the gig. I immediately reached out to the photographer, explained the situation, and we were able to reschedule at a mutually convenient time.

Laura, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
As an organizer of the College Brides Walk, which is held annually at Barry University, I convinced my colleagues that adding educational workshops to the walk would enhance the learning experience for attendees. While they resisted at first, since the event was started as a walk in honor of Gladys Ricart, who lost her life when her abusive ex-boyfriend killed her just moments before she was to us another man, I was able to explain why I felt that young attendees needed more information and how we could approach doing that. 

Laura, 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 am perhaps most proud of being selected as a hair model by Pravana in the 2016 Orlando Premier Show. Not because it was the most glamorous or well-paying job, but because I was significantly older than most of the other models and because I was able to experience the creativity that comes when you say you're open to anything! My hair was at least seven different colours, and it was great to showcase the talents of the Pravana stylist who did it. 

Laura, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
In addition to the hair modelling gig described in Question 20, I have enjoyed many creative-themed photo shoots. I really enjoyed a pop art shoot that I did with a local photographer for an exhibit. I also enjoyed being a performance art model at the Scope Art Fair in December 2015, as we were allowed to walk around and talk to people about political issues in a way that was non-threatening.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

Ask questions, be creative, and have fun! And always be sure that you set and maintain the boundaries of your comfort level regarding style, usage, etc.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I love to collaborate for new projects and am open to anything that doesn't promote violence or racism. I would especially love to collaborate on efforts to promote gender equality or that are uniquely themed. 

Now for the best part Laura! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photo 1 is by Robb Radford, HMU Nicole Bruno/All Dolled Up. Photo 2, 4 and 5 are by Danyelle Pennington. Photo 3 is by Max Prism Power/Alicia Nicole T, HMU Nicole Bruno/All Dolled Up. Photo 6 is by Octavian Simms, HMU Nicole Bruno/All Dolled Up, Photo 7 is by Vito Servidio, HMU Nicole Bruno/All Dolled Up, and Photos 8, 9 and 10 are by Alex Manfredini, HMU Sandra Manfredini.

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