I studied Arts and Humanities and European Cultural Studies at University College London, in the UK.
I started acting and performing professionally, in the theatre, where I was in several off broadway productions, including a few web series' and independent film. I also am a stand up comedienne and have been featured in several shows in NYC.
Soon after, I was discovered as a model at the Winter Film Awards. I have been featured as a spread model in Portfolio Fashion magazine Spring edition, and have walked for several fashion designers based in NYC and Europe including Hillary Flowers and Dean John among other international fashion moguls whereby I modeled sexy but classy lingerie wear, dresses, and swimwear. In addition, I was a promo model for various high end companies through PUSH Models, the Lynne Experience and including Sephora, Phyto, and Wella.
I enjoy modeling because it allows for me as a trained actress to explore the medium of freedom and the space between developing a character and externalizing who I am as myself for me in the scene of the photo.
My imagination is an unlimited force field of magnetic wonder and vulnerability and modeling various clothing styles, makeup, and accessories definitely provides me with that capacity to look within and show those different sides of myself to the world.
As an actress and clinician, passionate about combining the creative and expressive arts for healing and well-being of those affected by trauma, I founded You Are the Shift, a therapeutic drama and creative arts therapies theatre company for youth. I am a professional educator facilitating psychoeducational and drama based workshops using improvisation and role play to help people share their story and at the same time develop new healthy behaviors and pro social emotional skills.
I am a published author, and was featured in the magazine 20 Beautiful Women in 2015, in addition to writing my own plays for different youth populations. I have an authentic social entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for championing innovative ideas using the arts as a tool for healing and strengthening community.
I choose to continue my journey as a model by representing various brands as a brand ambassador for fashion, jewelry, makeup, and any other products that align with who I represent and bring to the world as my vision, a young woman millennial wearing many hats.
The renaissance woman of her time.
Lindsey specializes in
* Print and Fashion modeling (clothes, assessories, and makeup)
* Play Directing
* Branding and Marketing fashion oriented products
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Lindsey. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
In addition to modeling, acting, and promoting, I work with adolescents and young adults involved in the juvenile justice system, with my expertise specifically reaching young men. I also have a multitude of experiences in developing education and personal development workshops for youth and staff of diverse ethnic minority backgrounds both in the US and abroad. I am merging my love for the arts and my passion for healing and creating a business through my vision to heal and support vulnerable youth around the world through the power of arts based healing.
As an emerging leader in the field of drama therapy and creative arts approaches and programming, I am currently contributing to a cutting edge perspective in the field through theatre, restorative, justice and life skills coaching. Abandoning the traditional approach to youth development, I have merged my own personal journey of learning to become “self-aware” and and connecting it with youths’ individual and diverse needs.
Through my unique performance coaching, I have been able to help direct through art and play, some of the hardest to reach young people, cultivate themselves both personally and practically: expanding upon the ways in which they view their own identities and mindset of the world, so that they can build upon the right strategies and skills that will help them connect fully to their passions and ultimately to the success of their futures.
Lindsey, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passions and aspirations include living through the arts and giving people the tools to use them to improve and create social impact globally. I started as a model on Model Mayhem, I did free lance gigs and began working with independent photographers doing photo shoots. I then started modeling for promo modelings companies hair and makeup modeling through PUSH Models and the Lynne Experience. I then began modeling for fashion shows and for marketing and branding companies where I became a brand ambassador modeling various products and fashion.
Who is your inspiration in life Lindsey? How do you keep inspired?
My inspirations come from the people I have met along my journey. Nature and those who support me and my vision inspire me daily to become the greatest fullest extent of myself that I am. I keep inspired by continuing on my path, being resilient, coaching, being open to all that I can imagine, and the encouragement of those who are imporant to me and what I do.
We all make mistakes Lindsey, 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 was cast to be the lead promo model for an event and I did not communicate prior to the event with organizer about arriving early the day before as a team lead. She questioned why I did not contact her as we were to work together in order to ensure ourselves and the other models are on the same page. I wish I handled the situation differently by reaching out to the organizer of the event sooner and being aware of the logistics of time and responsibility. However I learned that managing time and communication with all parties involved is critical to a successful show or event.
Lindsey ,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 prioritize the needs of my clients by making sure I have a clear understanding of the context of the events they are creating, their needs and interests. I also make sure I reach out to them personally via email or phone to ensure I am up to date on all of my responsibilities as they may change according to different factors of the shoot or event. I also make certain that I keep myself flexible and carry out the tasks that are asked of me in a timely manner so that I am able to balance my time and energy with what is expected to make it a successful event.
Please tell us Lindsey, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I had to be strategic when I was hired to do multiple tasks and make sure that the event ran smoothly. Prior to the show I made sure to call the designer before it started so that I could get in touch with the director of photography and makeup artist in order to clarify what I as a model was prepared to do the event and bring what was expected. Meeting top priorities includes being clear on the communication between all individuals involved, making sure I got the correct information as to what to wear, time location and follow up if needed after the event. Keeping in touch and making sure all involved were content is a part of being strategic in order to continue working for the same agencies and fashion brands.
Lindsey, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was discussing programming and contracts with my supervisor at work, and as I realized in her role as an administrator she sees the programs that we offer, the events that we host and the clients that we serve as strategic offers and efforts to continuing to work in partnership at the sites where I faciliate my workshops. Her priority is on the maintenance of the logistics of program, whereby I convinced her to take an interest in the content of the program and its goals through the program outline I designed for the agency She was intrigued by my perseverance and deliberation in testing out my drama workshops and asked me to send her the content outline so that she can share with her supervisor, who oversees the department of the agency.
Lindsey 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?
The proudest professional accomplishment as a model was getting chosen by a big online media company called Evolve Media to be their chosen cover model and brand ambassador for their magazines but also because I was willing and open to be coached into greatness and not only to model their products but also to be in the space to learn and grow wjth the team. I will not only be able to promote and model their brands and be hired for specific photo shoot projects, but also blog and write for the company about what it's like to be more than a model but a role model and inspire other upcoming and working models to live up to their brand and goals. I feel so much more confident in who I am and what I have yet to achieve because someone recognized me for the value that I bring and the potential that is there for me to continue to excel in a range of opportunities for growth in the arts and entertainment industry.
Lindsey, 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 was able to be creative with my work when I was offered to do a photo shoot in one of the biggest artistic warehouses in NYC. I was tasked with being responsible for making sure that my ideas were in alignment with the theme that was agreed upon among all parties involved, and deisgn the marketing and advertising on social media. I was able to trust myself within and show those different sides of myself through the fashion designs themselves but also the colors tones of both clothing and makeup shades using my own judgement. It was exciting because there were so many different perspectives of how to wear the pieces and that I was able to create for myself a part of the shoot that I could own for myself through my own creative choices but it was challenging because I had to also be patient and open minded to others opinions as to the positioning of the levels of the furniture and how I stood or sat on in those positions. Listening to others points of view in order to allow the project to exist for what it is but also accept and take in the values of others at the same time with still envisioning a creatively wonderfully thrilling and practical shoot was what I kept in mind while experiencing this.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Model?
Do the Dream; And more importantly Be the Dream that lives inside you!
I would say to firstly be aware of the places in which you find yourself, the places you go, who you choose to spend your time with, and why. Find yourself in places where you attract people of greatness, who can be your mentors, or as I call them your guides. Don’t be afraid of taking your gloves off and “getting dirty” in your playground in order to see and feel the truth of the things that you want and value; not just what you feel you need to say or do because of where you’re from or what others may have said to you before, especially from those people who do not actually do what you are looking to do or the experiences of having done it themselves.
Life experience is definitely important when it comes to developing a concrete understanding for whatever it is that you choose to pursue or what may even be your future calling!
Act on your own will and allow the passions that you create and foster within to sail you along the waters of your journey, which you are only beginning to uncover and scratch the surface, so that they can follow you through to the final destiny of your goals.
Remember do not allow anyone to be your anchor in the process.
However, do your best to balance yourself with being open minded and making yourself available at anytime to listen and acknowledge other people you have to work their and their values and perspectives as well during an event, show or any experience you have.
Act on the goals you have set in place for yourself to the highest level you are able with the capacity you have now- Do not try to control them, pursue them victoriously with instinct, yet with careful thought and purposeful deliberation and time for reflection.
Lastly, do what interests you and keep continuing to trust yourself at every step of the journey, especially during those challenging moments, which only the best will be able to overcome with grace, poise, and the flexibility to take it in and use it to their advantage the next time.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I am looking to collaborate with brands and companies who would like to collaborate with me so that I can advocate and promote their branding and model their products as a brand ambassador, but also work with creatives in partnership so that they can work with me to promote me as a brand and my work throughh their desired interests and contribute to the success of their projects and goals.
Now for the best part Lindsey! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Mark Maker