Rinda Pfister-Tottress


Rinda Pfister-Tottress
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Rinda. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I am a freelance model in Tulsa, OK. I am also a mother, full-time student and full-time employee. I will be earning my MBA in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource management next month. I earned a BS in Organization Management in 2016. 

I am all about life, love and laughing. I aim to be positive and happy, inspiring and loving to all. I work well with people, and I LIVE TO LAUGH. 

Modeling has always been a dream of mine, and one day I got tired of dreaming and decided to chase and achieve those DREAMS. I've come a long way through life and my modeling career alongside being a parent and a student. My biggest goal is to simply be better than I was yesterday and to inspire everyone to follow their dreams; they're only impossible if you don't try. 

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

I am unique and I, hear it often. My vibe, my smile, my mindset, even my name. It's all unique. Unlike those around me. I'm like no one else, and that's what makes me special. Unique is one of a kind, and I truly am. I have no desire to be like anyone else; I simply want to be me. 

Rinda, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

I started off as a model when I was much younger. I always envisioned lights, camera, the red carpet, and my face on magazine covers. My mother took me to various modeling schools to discuss modeling options; we just did not have the money for it. I discarded the dream for a while, but the thoughts of it never left. I grew older, achieving other dreams along the way, but there was always the feeling of it not being enough, that I wasn't focusing on my dream and the fact I had just quit trying allowing money to be my reasoning. I would watch others following dreams and "wished" I were like them, and so, one day, I got tired. I got tired of dreaming. I got tired of watching others living life, chasing dreams, and achieving their goals, as I stood still. One day I stopped dreaming and decided to push forward. No matter the goal, I decided with myself that the only way it WASN'T possible was if I didn't try. I began looking into local modeling runway shows. I slowly advanced this into more and more shows, meeting designers, other models, production teams and grew my networking connections. Today, I am a freelance model that has become published and done things like attended New York fashion week, and simply put, I want to continue to follow my dreams in hopes of one day becoming an international supermodel. 

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

God is my biggest inspiration. He gives me the strength and mind to believe, to hope, and to achieve. He also blessed me with a young son who inspires me to do better each and every day, with the hopes and goal to teach him to do so as well. 

We all make mistakes Rinda; 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.
We've all said, and done things we wish we hadn't or that we wish we had handled differently. However, I don't dwell on these things, and I don't regret, I use these situations as life lessons and choose to grown and develop from them. 

Rinda , 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?

To prioritize my client's needs I have learned communication key. Communicating with clients is the best way to understand their needs. Without communication, things can become unclear and very confusing. As a model, it is important to remain calm and learn to efficiently communicate. Becoming frazzled or upset will show whether on stage, camera, or video, and let's be honest, clients don't NEED that. 

Please tell us Rinda, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

Being a model, student, parent, and employee, I am constantly prioritizing. To meet the needs of everyone I work with I must keep a schedule. In some cases, I simply cannot book everything that I want to because in the end I know I won't be able to satisfy the needs (time frames, designs, etc.) necessary. I must be very particular about knowing as many details as I can. I'm an over thinker so ensuring I have all the details I will need helps me better understand what is going to be needed of me and how my priorities will lay out. I must use critical thinking, and strong decision-making skills to be most strategic in meeting all priorities. 

Rinda, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I've had to persuade individuals to see things my way in varying situations. I've learned throughout my course of life that communication is a great factor. Providing all necessary details can help in the persuasion area. I treat others how I want to be treated, no matter the outcome I provide details, aim to diminish any and all confusion and find that building rapport is a great to persuade someone alongside being genuine. 

Rinda, 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?
My proudest professional accomplishment as a model thus far has to be having been published in a local magazine. I've always been into print modeling and had dreams of being in a magazine I was ecstatic upon this happening. 

Rinda, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Creativity is not my strong point, so being creative is both an exciting and difficult task for me at times. I simply put one foot forward and do what needs to be done to achieve the goal at hand. I had to learn to be creative with my runway walk, which took some time to master to my liking, but with practice, dedication and hard work I feel I've gotten to the point of being pleased with the creativity of my walk. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

Don't give up. Follow your dreams and NETWORK. 

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 am always looking for new talents, brands and creatives to work with. I am interested in all forms of modeling excluding nudity. 

Now for the best part Rinda! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographer: Michael Cyphers @michaelcyphers
Photographer: Kevin Camp @kcampphoto
Photographer: Sikander Lodhi @picsbylodhi
Photographer: Terry Fry @shotbyfry
Photographer: Kenneth Allen @kennethallenphotographer

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