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I feel my smile and eyes are my unique features. I am a positive, friendly person who enjoys making others smile. I am passionate about weightlifting and fitness. I love to train and eat well. It feels natural to me. I also love the water - surfing, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, triathlon. If it involves water, I will try it. I am a good cook. I enjoy cooking as well as baking. If a friend has a birthday coming up or is having a party, they won't get a bought cake from me. When out I enjoy eating good, tasty food. My friends would say I am a food snob. I love to search for Instagram for quirky, nice places to eat in different cities. Being Irish I can speak Gaelic. I have lived in four different countries have moved away from home at the age of 18. These include Ireland, Scotland, England and America.
Nicola, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
I am passionate about spreading positive vibes and making those around me smile. I am also passionate about helping people live well and live longer through my work in physiotherapy and Pilates. I aspire to be strong and healthy for life as well as being the best version of myself. One day I hope to own a gym and physiotherapy/Pilates studio.
Who is your inspiration in life Nicola? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
I have a few people on Instagram that inspire me to continue to challenge myself in life and as a model. These include Megan Lovegrove, Alina Astilean and Karina Willis. More importantly, I have an amazing support network of family and friends that inspire me and encourage me daily to continue to grow as a person and model.
We all make mistakes Nicola; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Allowing myself to be blinded by love and forgiving someone too many times thinking they would change.
Nicola, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I am positive, friendly and easy to get on with. I am acceptable to criticism and constructive feedback. I have a keen willingness to learn and believe there is something to be learnt from everyone.
Please tell us, Nicola, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
My social life and fitness life tend to merge. I am not a big socialite as I prefer days out hiking, surfing or being outdoors rather than nights out drinking. When at work I focus on work, and when chilling with friends and family I focus on that. I feel it is important to separate the two. I am also a girl who loves a good 'To do list'. I find writing a list of tasks and ticking them off helps me stay on track.
Nicola, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
This is something I face daily working in physiotherapy. I have to persuade clients regularly that engaging in physiotherapy can solve their problem/pain. For example; recently I had a lady come in with knee pain. A week after the first session her pain became significantly worse. She couldn't sit without pain and be limping. I had to reassure her and encourage her that sticking with physiotherapy would be the best thing for her acute flare-up of osteoarthritis. She returned four weeks later walking without a limp, her pain was significantly improved, and she could sit to stand no problem. I believe when trying to persuade a person, it is not about what you but how you say it and how you make them feel.
Nicola, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
My modelling career is very new. The proudest moment to date was getting shortlisted for a photographic shoot with Visual Studios.
Nicola, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Recently I had to pick seven different outfits for a shoot. I had three of my good friends come over and empty my wardrobes. We spent hours mixing and matching clothes to get the best seven. This was a great experience as together they helped me put outfits together that I loved but would have never chosen on my own. It gave me a new outlook.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Take a risk and put yourself forward knowing you are going to have to work hard to get where you want.
Active Stills @active_stills. Visual Studios - The Talent Specialists.