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I wasn't very confident when I was younger. My cousin is a makeup artist and she would always practice looks on me. After a while, it became a daily thing. We'd get dressed up and went out just to take pictures. I started my Instagram account earlier this year and I started to receive a lot of positive feedback from friends, modelling agencies and when I go out I get offers from agents, It helped to boost my self-esteem. Taking pictures for me is a daily job. It's something that I never get tired of and put in a lot of time for. At first, it was a past time in a hobby but I've started taking it more seriously and am looking to further my career.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Maricelys. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am very comfortable with my surroundings when doing a shoot. I feel more in touch with my inner self when I'm in front of the camera, kind of like I'm looking into a mirror and there's no else around. Most people might feel conceited when they take too many pictures of themselves but I think that it is rather exhilarating and empowering. And when I take a look back at the pictures it's interesting to see the way that others see me versus the way I view myself. I also like to be very unpredictable with the shoots that I take. When it comes to preparing for a shoot I like to include variety, and by that I mean I like to switch up the makeup, hair, and clothes that are showcased. That way, I keep my audience interested in what I post and keep them coming for more. And it is also very fun for me because I get very playful with my work. I like to do a play on cultural and modern styles. I like to take bits and pieces of latest trends and vintage fashion.
Maricelys, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I am very goal orientated so I have a very realistic drive. I do as much as I can with what little I have. It takes more time to prepare for a shoot than the actual shoot itself. It is all about the dedication and time. I never felt that at any point in my career that it was an actual job because I like doing it so much, and even the parts that were supposed to be a hassle were never a bother because I always knew what all the work was heading towards. So I worked hard through the preparation because it was a motivation for me to get to the exciting part. It always feels like it's worth the wait.
Who is your inspiration in life Maricelys? How do you keep inspired?
My mother is my everyday inspiration. My mother passed away five years ago but has never stopped motivating me since. She adopted me at the age of 7 and passed when I was 14 at the beginning of my freshman year. When my mother passed I thought like a large part of me was missing and for the rest of my high school experience, I felt lost. When I reached my junior year I begin taking pictures with my cousin just for fun. I felt as though it was the only time I was ever at ease or truly felt happy. I never knew exactly what it was about the moment that made me forget about everything else, but I always knew that it was just what I was supposed to do. Meanwhile modelling, I didn't just find myself, I created myself into the person I've always wanted to be. A whole new version of myself one that I could be proud of. A woman I know my mom would be proud to see.
We all make mistakes Maricelys, 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.
There was one instance or year ago, where I completely cancelled a shoot because I let outside factors influence my work. But by doing that I didn't realize all the people I had let down who put so much work into the shoot and were depending on me to be there. I wish I had not let something so small determine my entire day because if this was my passion it should've motivated me to push on.
Maricelys, 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?
As a model, I try to put myself in my audience shoes and see things from their point of you. I try to think about what they like to see in my future posts. I like taking into consideration the things that they like to see because it helps me reach out to a wider audience. I like to be relatable and unique.
Please tell us Maricelys, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I started taking close note of when my audience was most active in my feed. I consistently and actively update/upload 2 to 3 times a week and around the times I know they are most active. And this is been a smart move for me to make to receive the utmost exposure.
Maricelys, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Usually, my photographer has The entire shoot envisioned in her head. So the entire day is practically planned out for me. I like for there to be a little originality and my photos so I can feel a little of me in them. So I try to communicate with her in order to get across what I'm envisioning a picture to look like. I will try to persuade her in a very elaborate way so that she can better accommodate my wishes.
Maricelys 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?
It might be a very obvious moment for most people, but my proudest moment of my career was the very first time I was recognized by scouts/agencies and photographers.
Maricelys, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
One day we were supposed to do a shoot at a carnival, and I was excited to finally turn a vision into reality but the difficult aspect of it was making sure it was exactly how I envisioned it. It was an expectation versus reality case. So I was very upset when I did not have my ideal outcome.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Step out of your comfort zone.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am open to any and all collaborations but I am mainly interested in brand collaborations.
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Photographer: Shamellie Chinea