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I consider myself unique because of my natural strawberry-blonde hair. Some people love it, and some hate it. People act like I am another species just because of my hair, but I have learned to love it. Why would I want to look like everyone else anyway?
Samantha, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion in life is. I also am a nurse and start medical school to become a doctor in a few years. I started modelling when I was walking through our local mall and a woman from Deb store asking if I would walk in their fashion show for prom dresses. I loved the feel of being on that stage and knew from then on what I was meant to do in life.
Who is your inspiration in life Samantha? How do you keep inspired?
I have many inspirations in life. One of my inspirations is a local school teacher that became Miss Ohio recently. She competed for six years until she won the title. I love how she didn't quit the first time she didn't win. She stayed determined and knew one day she would become Miss Ohio. I stayed inspired by all of the girls in my town who believe in me and message me to say how I inspire them. That is what we all live for is to help others and inspire others. I want to prove to those across the world that you don't have to grow up rich or in NY or LA to become a model. No dream is too big. By doing what you love awakens the hearts of others.
We all make mistakes Samantha; 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 had an editor-in-chief and photographer who wanted to travel from PA to my home, and when they arrived, I went outside to greet them. They drove separately even though they were coming from 5+ hours away and was coming from the same town. They were very unprofessional and was yelling at each other in my driveway. They told me they drove separate because they hate each other. I wish I would have just asked them to leave because of how unprofessional they were being. The whole day ended up being a disaster due to their fighting.
Samantha, 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 make sure to make every client know how important their specific job for me is. I make sure to deliver 100% what each client asks of me.
Please tell us, Samantha, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As I was saying earlier about the two people who came from a magazine to photograph me and were fighting, I felt that day I had to get my priorities in line. Even though they were unprofessional doesn't mean I should have been and that's why I stayed professional because I wanted to make sure I was known as a professional, nice, and all around easy to work with the model. I knew the photos they were taking were going to be published in a magazine and I knew they wanted to show people how great of a magazine they were and I wanted to take amazing photos for them. I wanted to make sure I looked like a good model for them and myself in case a potential client would notice me.
Samantha, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I was able to successfully persuade a co-worker to deal with a customer the polite and professional way when the customer was very angry, and my co-worker automatically wanted to react aggressively. I knew if they stayed calm and collected the situation would get better.
Samantha, 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?
My proudest moment was when Gladys Magazine emailed me and asked if I would be apart of their issue where I would be named one of the "25 to watch". They felt as if I was becoming more noticed in the modelling industry and they I was going to become a successful model.
Samantha, 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 asked to be apart of a magazine on time where I was able to decide what outfits and themes I could use. I felt so excited to be able to show people how creative I could be with my modelling look.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
You will be rejected so many times, but that doesn't mean that one day the right person won't notice you that will make your career take off. Remember Tyra Banks was rejected and told she wasn't good enough by multiple model agencies then one-day FORD signed her and look how successful she is now. You could become the next Tyra.
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 would love to be able to work with fashion/beauty like Hollister, Good American, Kittenish, Covergirl, Rue 21, Charlotte Russe, or any fashion lines/makeup/hair products. I also would like to do fashion shows, editorial, and catalogue.
Rana Bartee @barteephotography