My inspiration is successful women in male-dominated industries (like the automotive industry). As a female engineer, I often don't get taken seriously until I proof my knowledge.
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My name is Shareen, and I'm 21 years old. I'm currently studying vehicle engineering and work a part-time job in marketing and administration. On top of that, I'm an Instagram automotive influencer with almost 60k followers. I mainly work with Mercedes-Benz and BMW, but I build a large variety of brand cooperation in the last two years. It all started with my own old Mercedes 190e, which I I adore since I was a little girl. Now I'm shooting for brands regularly but always involved with a driving event or Rallye. I enjoy driving classic cars (especially fast ones) and get to know little special details about the engine and the history of the cars. I love modeling and everything that comes with it, I had opportunities to drive cars that 99% of people will never have the chance to and I'm extremely grateful for that!
Shareen, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
I love engineering and everything that's involved with it. Cars are my passion, and my very own car was the start of my modeling career. A befriended photographer took pictures of me and my car for his blog, an when I started posting them my social media reach exploded. That's when Mercedes-Benz started to notice me and everything came together!
Who is your inspiration in life Shareen? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
My inspiration is successful women in male-dominated industries (like the automotive industry). As a female engineer, I often don't get taken seriously until I proof my knowledge. Strong women in leading positions inspire me because I want to be one of them someday soon.
We all make mistakes Shareen; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I honestly am very happy with everything that came my way and every possible mistake I made, because they all led to where I am now. One thing I would change, though, is being even more disciplined when I was younger, but that was a journey I had to take to get to my level of discipline now.
Shareen, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I always give 110%. I did a lot of unpaid work, in the beginning, to get where I am now, and even then, I delivered an unusually high quality of work. I have the pleasure to be very free with what I want to create for the clients I worked with so far; I enjoy being creative!
Please tell us Shareen, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?
My priorities are straight; family and success always be number one in my priority list. But social life and friends are there to help me be more successful every day, connecting and networking are important factors.
Shareen, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Since I'm working in marketing, I'm very good at convincing people. I have a very strong opinion, which doesn't mean I won't consider any other opinion. I like to discuss things, and most of the time, everybody that's involved learns something from the other. It's not about persuading somebody, but about learning from what they have to say.
Shareen, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
My proudest accomplishment was my first paid road trip outside of My country. We went to Italy to shoot beautiful Mercedes-Benz timers in Tuscany, and I had the time of my life.
Shareen, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Since I'm my manager, I always choose jobs where I can be creative! I enjoy finding ways to make my visions work for a photo; I'm also really lucky to have photographers by my side who know how to fulfill my visions.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I think it's hard to model as a full-time job. You constantly get compared to beautiful people, and it really can get you down sometimes. I'm happy with where I am now as a model, and I'm not dependent on modeling, which makes it easier! I would recommend to try and start to do it part time and see if it works out for you!
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