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I have a very outgoing personality and am known to be a loud and bubbly person. I love travelling, and therefore meeting new people and learning about the histories of different cultures and cities.
Melissa, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Modelling is a nerve-wracking industry, to begin with as it is a blunt judgement of one's Beauty and while I had always wanted to model, I never had the confidence to put myself out there. I began modelling in 2016 when I won a competition I'd entered with the Photo Studio that I'd forgotten about. When I got the call informing me that I'd been one of the lucky winners to win the photoshoot, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to agree to doing it as I knew that if I didn't take this opportunity, another might not come around so soon and I may not have that little spark of confidence again that I needed to push myself.
Who is your inspiration in life Malissa? How do you keep inspired?
My dad is my biggest inspiration. He constantly reminds me to be the best version of myself despite how negative others may be. Every time I feel a little uninspired, I remind myself of everything he's done for me and think of the little motto he's drilled into me.
We all make mistakes Malissa; 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.
I'd gone to time for print photo shoot with a photographer of whom a friend of mine recommended me to. He had some amazing photos, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to add to my portfolio. He started bitching about my friend when he found out the connection, and I felt it quite weird but decided to put it off and start the shoot. Throughout the shoot, he kept making bitchy comments about my friend (who had shot with him previously), and as I had never dealt with a photographer of that sort, I felt I was put in an extremely unprofessional position and was at a loss for words. At the end of it when I left, I messaged my friend about the entire incident giving her a heads up about the situation. Little did I know she then went on to tell her to make up artist who of course, also happened to be the photographers make up artist. The makeup artist ended up quitting and the photographer began messaging me, harassing me questioning why what and how I could've done that to him. As expected, he then deleted the few photos he sent me, and I never saw the others I was supposed to receive. I guess if I was put in that situation again, I would've been a little more upfront at the shoot that I wasn't there to bitch about my friend and if he had a problem with it, I would happily forfeit the shoot.
Melissa, 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?
Generally, I try to meet everyone's needs to the best of my ability, but at times when it is absolutely hectic, it does get hard so I'd try to speak with the client who contacted me in the first place and see if there's a way to manage it better so that everyone is satisfied.
Please tell us, Malissa, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I guess I'm still trying to meet my top priorities, but when I first started, I began realising I had to have a more toned body which is then made me realise the meaning of self-love. Never having been a sporty person, I began working out, making sure I would make time each day to fit it in. At first, it was hard to get motivated, but once the results start showing, it's enjoyable. Eating the right kinds of food became more important to me and had a mum who studied dietetics and nutrition made it a lot easier to know the right kinds of food to eat.
Melissa, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
The Architecture industry (much like modelling) is extremely competitive and not many people appreciate being told to do something a different way especially by a grad Architect. I had just advised one of the Revit specialists that a task would've been more efficient if done in another way which he immediately disputed. It took a while and a lot of patience of me explaining why it would've been better done another way before he was finally persuaded.
Melissa, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
When I got my first modelling job with Youth Central, for starters, I never thought I'd have a shot at modelling or that people would even think twice about selecting me as I didn't have the typical Australian look of blonde hair and blue eyes. My height wasn't helping me either, but when I was selected, it gave me hope that maybe, in this insanely tough industry, I might have a chance.
Melissa, 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 recently just joined another Architecture firm as part of the design team, and through them, I have been given a lot more responsibility and freedom to come up with design ideas. It's challenging, and I was a little nervous at first as I wasn't entirely sure if they would appreciate my design ideas but working with inspiration from images I found and linking it with my modern style of architecture that I love, I was able to produce something not only I, but my boss was also very happy with.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Never put yourself down and never compare yourself to others. You have to have a thick skin and fully appreciate that you're you and you can only be the best version of you. You shouldn't ever push yourself to the point of exhaustion. As long as you're fit, healthy and happy with who you are, you'll find opportunities being thrown your way.
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 - all fashion talents, brands and creatives.
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