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I'm going to school to be an Undertaker, how much more unique can I get? have been fascinated with death and dying from an early age. After attending my first funeral I, knew I needed to know more about it. Growing up in a small community with the opportunity to work in our towns funeral home has given me the chance to answer all of my questions about the embalming and funeral process. Each aspect requires a certain type of professionalism while remaining dependable, sympathetic, confidential and compassionate.I feel I show a sense of confidence that allows a grieving family to feel comfortable in my presence. I can feel when and where words are needed, as well as when silence may be preferred. I have great communication skills that allow me to ensure conversation with families about their loved ones.
Nicolle, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
As a young woman and a future funeral director; my goal is to open my own funeral home. As a model, I would love to be in a magazine and on billboards. When I was a little girl, I would constantly be asking my family and friends to take my photo as I would pose around the yard or house. I've always admired the girls in the magazines and online- hoping that one day that girl would be me.
Who is your inspiration in life Nicolle? How do you keep inspired?
I grew up in a big family. I have two sisters and a brother. My parents are still happily married and are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. I am constantly surrounded by friends and family that are pushing me to be my best self. When your life is surrounded by beautiful souls, its hard not to be inspired every day.
We all make mistakes Nicolle; 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.
When I first began modelling, I worked with a friend who was also beginning his photography career. Upon receiving the photos, I wasn't happy with them because I didn't look like myself. Instead of understanding the photographer's creative ideas of the photos- I questioned him. Looking back now I would have appreciated the work we created and understand that each photographer has a different outlook, edit and end goal with their photos.
Nicolle, 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?
After going to school and working two jobs, prioritising needs and wants is extremely important to me and a skill I have been trying to master for years. It is important to me to have excellent time management skills and be on time with enthusiasm to everything I commit to. I carry a planner with me everywhere I go to ensure I do not double-book or miss anything.
Please tell us, Nicolle, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Because I am such a busy person, I always manage my time efficiently. There are 24 hours in a day, and I like to take full advantage of each of them. There are days where I would begin classes at 830am, finish in the afternoon and run straight to a shoot until the late evening. My goals don't quit, and neither do I.
Nicolle, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
During a disagreement, it is often just a matter of each person calmly explaining their side of the situation or their opinion. Its more about each person taking into account the others past experiences and how they could play an important part in their reasoning- than it is about who is right and who is wrong.
Nicolle pl, ease 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?
Last winter I shot a commercial for a clothing store called Goldcoast Fashions. A few months later I saw myself on a Youtube video online. It felt surreal to see myself online in an advertisement.
Nicolle, 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 had been working with the same photographer for several months; he became inspired after hearing that I was interested in different aspects and gore of death. He ran to me with the idea of a zombie shoot which I was ecstatic about. It was exciting to hear that he made the shoot into a photography class for several people to attend and learn. Therefore, I had the opportunity to be a teaching tool for multiple photographers.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Never quit. I have always aspired to be a model, but it wasn't until about two years ago that I started working towards that goal. When your heart wants something, work until your dreams become a reality.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate with all aspects of fashion and brands; with artists, videographers and photographers.
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