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Hello, I'm Tara Byrd, 23 years old, living in Houston, Texas. I have aspired to be in the fashion industry and especially to model for as long as I can remember. After moving to California at the age of 18 to pursue fashion merchandising I came in contact with a few photographer friends that would just play around. It was not until a few shorts months ago, back in Houston, Texas, that I began to chase my dream of becoming a model. In the short time, I have been working at this, I have been able to meet many photographers and models in the area that have given me something to walk away with. I love meeting new people and am constantly trying to learn and better myself.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Tara. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I was a dancer for nearly 15 years, mainly ballet. I have a corgi and an American bulldog, Bear, and Sadie, which are my children. Also, I love working with kids. I nanny and volunteer around my neighborhood!
Tara, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I love helping people and making them smile. I started as a model because I loved being in front of the camera and it seemed like the camera actually liked me back, haha! It has been such a fun adventure to recreate or come up with brand new ideas and make them come to life.
Who is your inspiration in life Tara? How do you keep inspired?
My biggest inspiration has always been my mom. She is the strongest, most stubborn, but also the most caring person I know. No matter what life has thrown at her, she has pulled herself up by the bootstraps and make it work.
We all make mistakes Tara, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
One fault of mine is that I sometimes have trouble saying no because I do not want to hurt someone's feelings. There was a shoot a while ago where the photographer was asking me to do something I wasn't comfortable with and instead of being upfront and communicating my thoughts and feelings I just beat around the bush and made up an excuse. Since then I have reached out to them and explained the situation, as I was new to modeling and I did not want to offend. He was very understanding and nice about it and offered me a piece of advice to always look out for myself and stand my ground in this industry. I have carried that with me since and have had amazing relationships with all the photographers I have shot with since.
Tara, 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?
Scheduling and planning are key. I have 3 calendars on my phone and a physical planner that I carry with my at all times. Having my days planned out very specifically helps not only I stay on track and organized, but better performance for the client.
Please tell us, Tara, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Working a full-time job, going to school full-time, and modeling can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and take up more hours than are in a day. This is where my insane need for scheduling comes in handy though! I am able to figure drive time, get ready time, and everything to plan it down to the minute. I have to leave a little wiggle room for traffic and unforeseen, but more or less I am able to make everything work seamlessly.
Tara, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I am a nanny, which means my job is to take care of and educate the parents just as much as the children I care for. It can be a difficult line to walk because I do not want to cross any boundaries and tell a parent how to raise their child, but it is important to be open to other ideas. I recently had a discussion with the mom I am working with now on sleep training. She says that her lifestyle is not conducive to a rigid sleep schedule, but her 6-month-old is starting to tell us otherwise. I kept a log of her naps for a week and then showed it to her and asked her to follow it for the weekend following too, as it was a long weekend, so then we could see how she did. Low and behold she was a perfect angel and fell asleep on her own, right on schedule.
Tara, 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?
I am a huge advocate for shopping local and handmade, so when a local shop reposted my photo taken inside their store I was thrilled. This led to a new designer reaching out to me to do some fitness work for her website and potentially runway in the near future. We are still close and talk almost every day, but it was an opportunity I am proud of because I was able to help out a fellow Houston-maker.
Tara, 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 love coming up with new ideas to try for shoots! I will spend hours figuring out how to flatten flowers and glue them to my face, or sit in front of a mirror to place jewels just right for the light during that time of day. Every time I shoot, my brain gets flooded with more ideas to act on and it's always very exciting!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I'm still learning myself, but stay humble, grounded, and don't be afraid to speak up.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes! I would love to work with businesses, designers, creatives of any type!
Now for the best part Tara! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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