Everyone told me that I was too short to be a model and I told them that regardless of my height or tattoos I would find photographers that wanted to work with me, and I did.
Nicole, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passions are helping others. Nothing makes me happier than being able to help someone in need or help anybody achieve something that they have been working so hard to do. It's how I started modelling. A new photographer was looking for models as practice, and I told them and that we could work from amateurs to great together.
Who is your inspiration in life Nicole? How do you keep inspired?
My aunt Peggy will always be my inspiration and my hero. Every time I feel like giving up I remember how she refused to and I remind myself that if cancer couldn't stop her, whatever small issue I had to deal with couldn't stop me either.
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.
There was one photographer who agreed to let me have my photos. We did a shoot in early January, and by the end of February, I still hadn't gotten them. When he messaged me in early March I responded with "will I finally be getting my photos" which he thought was very rude and I must admit I wasn't overly happy that he thought so. I was a little ruder than I should have been. It I explained that I had been waiting for two months with nothing. It took nearly another month before I got those photos and I have refused to work with him since for that debate and other reasons.
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 will prioritise photographers who are going to pay, and the higher the pay, the higher the priority much like any photographer would do for models paying them.
Please tell us, Nicole, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Many of times I have become very busy, so I have had to arrange different events to happen in the same day so that I could get dressed and do my make up and leave it for the day for multiple events.
Nicole, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I grew up in a small town surrounded by woods, and I was a gymnast. A lot of times during outdoor shoots I'll start climbing trees or do something that will make a photographer panic a little, and they will ask me not to climb that tree or not stand in that place, and it takes some convincing that it will be worth it but many of the photos those photographers got from me being in those trees were some of their favourites
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 want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I wasn't well known for modelling, but I had posted some of my photos to social media, and then pha photographer messaged me saying that they would love to do a photoshoot with me and it made me feel great about myself that I wasn't going searching for photographers, but they were finding me
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 always try to be creative with my work. I wouldn't say I like doing the same things over and over that has been done multiple times. I like to make silly faces and keep everyone laughing and happy while also using my abilities as an ex-gymnast to add some spark to a photoshoot with new and creative poses.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Never give up. Someone will find your work and believe in you, and it only takes that one person to make a difference.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am open to pretty much any kind of collaborations or advice. I love trying new things, and sometimes you have to meet new people with new ideas to accomplish that.
Photographer Adam O'Brien @adamobriendphotography