Rebecca  Tabor

United States    

I've been an artist since the beginning of middle school. I would take graphic designing, photography, theatre, and art classes. I have recently become a model, about a year ago. I've worked in all different areas and with different people in my modelling career.  So, when it comes to artistry like photography and fashion, I see it in a different perspective and try to think outside the box. With the interactions with different artists, I've become more open-minded with different views of artistry and appreciated more about the art of fashion. 

I've also built better connections with models because of their advice and help to make myself become a better artist. 

Because of this career path, I'm good at working with different people and taking great direction from photographers and stylists. 

Our readers would love to get to know you more. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

The first thing that comes to mind about unique traits about myself is that I'm ambitious and passionate. There was a metaphor that my mother once told me; "Putting your foot through the door can get you so far, but ambition can invite you in." 

After that, it changed who I was. I began to believe that certain talents can get you far enough to a certain door that you want open, but ambition and passion can help you inside. Hard working, goal-orientated, and persistence are character traits that fall under my ambition personality. 

For example, when times begin to go down hill, and my hope is hanging on the last string, some energy inside me tells me to keep going and keep persisting. 

What are your passion and aspiration in life? How did your career?

My passion and aspiration in my life are to be a huge role model to someone! I want someone to be able to count on me and rely on me when things begin to toughen. This is because I've always looked up to artists like Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway. I would read all about them and read the advice about this industry. I wish to be role models like them for people who are struggling, who are seeking guidance, and who are needing a friend. 

And I want to do this, like them, as a model. I want people to see that models like me can be achievable for other people! With this idea in mind, I started to model. I started to take my artistry to another level and began to challenge myself. It was an adventurous ride, and I'm looking forward beyond the limit. 

Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?

My inspiration is Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway! These two women are passionate and ambitions women with respectable values and goals. They love to help society and try their best to be the best role models, even if they have faults and errors. 

Because of them, I've been able to dream and become inspired to be a better person. Even not about being a model, but as a person, they have inspired me to always help society and be a shoulder to lean on. They've helped me have values and goals to stick with. 

We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

I think the time I made a mistake as a model was the beginning of my career. It was an accidental mistake, but a mistake that showed how unprofessionally I was. I was booked for a shoot, and on the very same day I hadn't shown up. I didn't call the photographer in advance to cancel our session. It was embarrassing and humiliating on my side. I was thankful that the photographer was understanding and generous to let this slide and reschedule. 

If I could tell myself then to call ahead and to be more professional, because this is a professional business, I think I would leave a better impression and start this career on a better hand.  

When you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?

As a model, the best ways I can do about prioritising my clients' needs is what are the clients' interests and what are their dislikes. I do a lot of research about the clients and see their history. With this strategy, I'll have a base knowledge about what they like and dislike and what they like to work with. 

Please tell about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.

As a model, the best ways I can do about prioritising my clients' needs is what are the clients' interests and what are their dislikes. I do a lot of research about the clients and see their history. With this strategy, I'll have a base knowledge about what they like and dislike and what they like to work with. 

With this too, I would use a planner. When scheduling days for jobs, I would use a planner to help prioritise my time and be able to know that a certain photographer is more of a dramatic editor than another who loves to work with nature. With these references, I will know what to expect and how to deliver.  

I use a planner to strategize to meet all my top priorities as a model. With my planner, I write important jobs on dates with times and locations. And under those dates, there will be space to write certain information - here I will write the client and what I need to do the job. 

Another important thing I do, with my planner, is set reminders on my phone. These reminders will be to check my e-mails and be notifications about the dates. 

These two things are very important when it comes to being a model. Always know how to manage your time with a planner and use reminders to help guide you through the days.

Please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.

Artistry can be a teamwork exercise. Collaboration with artists needs teamwork and leadership skills. When it comes to direction from a photographer, I will listen; however, suggesting further ideas to theirs can do wonders! 

When I was working with a well-known denim brand, I would ask questions about the Creative Director's idea for the shoot and what sort of theme he was going for. It was interesting to hear the concept behind his work. When he asked me if I had any ideas, I would tell him multiple suggestions to broaden his idea with my own experience from modelling with other creatives. In the end, it turned out great and the director was pleased with the result. 

So, with experience as a model, it helped me with collaborating with other talents and creatives. 

Please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment.

I think the proudest accomplishment I received as a model is when I got to work with Hollister for their denim jeans! When I was younger, I would always pass the store and see their models on the posters and see their ads. It was one of the many reasons why I wanted to become a model because the dream of seeing myself on one of those ads. I would think, "It would be cool to be like them." And, many years later, I gotten a job with them and flown to Los Angeles and shot two full days with the Hollister team. 

To this day, I'm still not able to wrap my head around it. I'm so grateful for that opportunity. 

Please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

The last time I was able to be creative with my work was before I wanted to pursue my dream to be an artist. I was in high school, and I was a digital artist and editor. I would edit photographs that I would take of my friends or nature. When I started to do my portraits, I would edit them and use them for competitions in my school. 

My digital art teacher thought that my editing skills were great, but he loved the abstract poses that were in the photos. He thought I looked like a model in those "Vogue-like magazines". 

It wasn't hard or easy, but something that I enjoyed doing. I never was able to make it through the competitions, but I built a portfolio of these old surreal photos that sort of gave me a pathway to what I wanted to do. 

After that, I sorted of humoured myself and pursued the idea to be those models that will one day be in those "Vogue-like magazines". 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful in this field?

To those who are wanting to be a model, I would say that you can do it! It will not be a simple ride, or it will be a simple ride. For a lot of people, each of those individuals in this industry goes through different experiences. One may become more successful quicker compared to another. However, comparing yourself to other models or talent will shoot you down then bring you up. Just keep working hard, be ambitious, and don't give up. If it is a great dream of yours, then I think you should work hard for it. Envision yourself and know the sky is only the limit for you! 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes! I'm looking for any artist wanting to experiment with their art. I do a lot of commercial work to so working with brands will be a lot of fun! Also, I would love to work with other fashion talents and creative artists.
Photo Credits:

Cover Photo: Khoi Dao @koidphoto Photo 1: Khoi Dao @koidphoto Photo 2: Eugene Drake @eugene_drake Photo 3: Vlad Busuioc @vlad_shoots Photo 4: Nicole Dinh @nicoldinh Photo 5: Mary Hjung @maryhjung Photo 6: Khoi Dao @koidphoto Photo 7: Nicole Dinh @nicoldinh Photo 8: Mary Hjung @maryhjung