Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly
Instagram: Samanthakellyofficial
France, Paris

I'm a Californian girl from Santa Barbara, modelling in Paris and living between the US and France. Modelling has allowed me to travel the world doing what I love

What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Samantha?
My favourite experiences have been walking for Paris fashion week and attending the Cannes Film Festival annually for my birthday - I would like to continue doing more runway shows throughout France and other countries in the immediate future. I recently completed my bachelor's degree at the University of California Santa Barbara, and in the distant future my goal is to launch my startup with a few of my friends I have met in the fashion world

How do you communicate with people Samantha? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I'm not sure how accurately anyone can answer this for themselves haha - from my perspective, I treat modelling work as any other job and communicating professionally and in a friendly way with clients is an essential part of any social job, so that is what I would say I try to come across as. The industry is built on interpersonal communication and relationships, so representing yourself well is crucial.

If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
Getting started on my goals even earlier!

Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
My hero is my mother, and over the years she's guided me to Sahar I would consider a fulfilling and happy adulthood. Cheers mom 

How important are creative education courses Samantha? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
I'm not sure what creative education is in this context, but I'll take a stab at it - I'm assuming this may mean courses in the arts, like theatre, drawing, creative writing, etc.? I have done about 10 years of musical theater in my life, and it has helped me flourish in a myriad of ways from public speaking, dancing, and singing to working as a team, managing others, self-discipline and so many other components of life that can be used in so many other ways. Creative education allows room for the development of life skills that may not be present in other straightforward courses in math and science fields, and I believe anyone can find them beneficial in some way.

Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Network early, make friends, stay the course, and you get out of this as much as you put into it. At the same time, don't sacrifice your education, there are ways to maintain both as you will invariably outlive your modelling career as we all one day will, and you'll need to have a plan when that day comes

Photographer (red dresses) Laurent Theovenin