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Although I was born and raised on an island for most of my life, I don't eat anything from the sea nor do I know how to swim.
Nicole, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started modelling because I was always told by people around me that I should be a model specially because of how tall and slim I am. That got me to look further into it at the age of 16 and from there I started working with various photographers to build a portfolio. The more time I spent doing shoots, the more I realized it was the right path for me and I absolutely fell in love with it.A very big goal for me is to be able to make modelling my career - for it to completely take over my life and be my main focus. I want to build a career that I am passionate about. I want to be one of the lucky few that can actually say, "I absolutely love my job"I also want to allow myself to build more confidence with every single project I take on. I want to do things that I've never done before and just continuously keep pushing my comfort level to new heights.
Who is your inspiration in life Nicole? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life has grown tremendously in the past few years of my life, although I was motivated before, certain things in my life made my aspirations go into overdrive. I fell in love with a man that pushed me in every way possible, both good and bad. Creatively he took me to levels I didn't think were possible to reach, he taught me to see things in a new light and push for the things I want. Despite our distance, he, and the drive I have a better life is what keeps me inspired to do better every day.
We all make mistakes Nicole; 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 can't think of ever being a situation that was bad during any of my projects. I did have a difference of opinion with a photographer regarding editing styles. We were collaborating to add to both of our portfolios, and because of that, I felt I had a right to comment. I edited the picture myself and sent it to him in comparison, but I politely asked if it was okay to post that one Instead. He didn't like that I went ahead and did that and asked me not to post. I simply didn't end up using the picture. I realise now, especially since I would like to become a photographer that is messing with someone's work, although I would've never posted it without his permission, could be looked at as a bit disrespectful.
Nicole, 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?
I believe learning to keep organised, and clear communications are all that's needed to be able to juggle many projects at once.
Please tell us, Nicole, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Since I have a full-time job, I have to be strategic to get certain things done. I work an evening shift, and I had a photoshoot set up for the morning time. To be able to make both on time, I had to plan everything down to the minute. I packed my outfits (both for the photoshoot and work), painted my nails and set up an appointment to get my eyebrows done the day before. I woke up early enough that I gave myself one more hour than what I needed to get ready in case anything didn't go according to my plan. This allowed me to make it to my shoot on time and stay for the agreed amount of time. I got ready for work at the studio making it to my work early!
Nicole, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
A good example would be the pictures I'm submitting now. I was going to be standing in front of a pool for this particular picture, and because of that, the photographer wasn't sure if my outfit choice was the best one. I was wearing a denim shirt, and he thought the blue of the shirt and the blue from the pool just wouldn't look as nice, that the shirt wouldn't pop as much. I explained to him that the way I envisioned it would be opposite, the similarity of the colours would make for a more interesting picture. I gave the option of changing into another outfit but asked if he could take a few pictures with that one first just to see how it would look. After a few shots, he was very impressed with how it looked, and we got amazing pictures out it!
Nicole, 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?
One of my proudest moments in modelling was when I was 16 and was doing one of my first photoshoots. It was for the Contessa hair contest, and the hairstylist had cut my hair very short and dyed it both blue and purple! It was a time in which I was just starting out and was not very confident, I was extremely nervous and kept thinking in my mind that I would do a horrible job and I shouldn't have tried to get myself into a shoot that serious. Once everything was set, and the photographer started snapping I just went with it, it ended up feeling so natural. When the pictures came back, I even impressed myself with how amazing they turned out. It was a very proud moment for me, that day I realised that insecurities could only take over if you let them!
Nicole, 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 doing a photoshoot about two months ago for which the photographer and I had coordinated the perfect outfit. I had originally tried it on, but when the time came around to do the shoot, I hadn't noticed I had lost weight. When we were in the studio, I realised they were a little too big, and although I had other options, we already had a vision in our minds that we wanted to execute. I found a few Pins in my bag and was able to place them in a way that could make the pants tighter. It was exciting to see how quickly I was able to come up with the solution to a problem that for a slight second, felt huge. The difficult part was that because I had pins in my pants, I had to be strategic with how I placed myself in front of the camera to avoid them showing in the pictures!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Keep pushing and moving forward despite how many people may say no to you.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm open to any collaborations as long as it can help improve my portfolio and build more experience.
Photographer: Joshua Best - @joshuabestphotography