Friday, July 29, 2016

"Mini Model Bootcamp" Presented by Ashley Stewart and Mixed Chicks

This brief 30 minute workshop provides tips and resource to jump start your dreams of becoming a Plus Size Model.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Some Things Take Time....

I started modeling in 2008 and since then I started creating a yearly list of clients, brands, & magazines that I want to work with. I keep my eye on the list and work hard to reach my goals. Some clients have been on the list since 2008 and others were achieved early in my career.

Plus Model Mag was on the list since 2008 and this month I proudly crossed it off my list. From the gorgeous models, layouts and extraordinary covers & editorials, they are the Vogue of the curvy community. I was truly honored and thrilled to grace the August issue of Plus Model Mag.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Recap "+Size Modeling: It’s A Business" Workshop

This weekend I completed my first two webinars on plus size modeling. I was excited to share my wisdom and experiences with these lovely ladies and I am confident that I provided them all the tools they need to follow their dreams with or without the help of an agency. My attendees hailed from all over the US and Puerto Rico….#CurvesAreIn.

Interested in joining the next one? Make sure to subscribe to my blog & like me on Facebook for dates and promo codes.
“I just wanted to thank you for an amazing workshop. Just when I thought there was nothing new to learn about this industry you blow my mind. One of the reasons I decided to do this workshop was because of your willingness to share your knowledge on your blog and panels for other people, I knew your own workshop would be good. I started my journey this year just wanting to be in full figure fashion week because that's all I knew. Fashion shows are great but from what I've learned this year I really want to do commercial print. The advice you gave us today made me see the areas I could improve in. New IG page and a website for me. I have a test shoot with --- in December but in the meantime I have been working with a nutritionist and started a relationship with Gym to tighten up.
This was amazing and I will be recommending this workshop to my model friends. Lastly I have so much respect for you because you are model, have a fulltime job and have 2 kids to take care of. I start my protect management program next week and have work..... so if Christina can do all she does then I can do it! Thank you thank you again!”
I just want to THANK YOU for putting on your "+Size Modeling: It's a Business" webinar this past Saturday! I learned more in your session then I have learned in any other plus modeling class or session. After hearing about your experiences, though I assumed I needed an agency to secure big gigs, I realize that I can totally do it without an agency...and because I have so much going on in my life right now (work/school) I believe it would be best for me to remain an independent model.
Words cannot truly express how grateful I am of you to share this information for such a small fee. This is an investment I'm SOOO glad I made! Just having the knowledge is empowering. And THANK YOU for also sharing the attachments.”
“The webinar was great! Thank you again so much. The information you provided was invaluable." 

"Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the webinar. I took a lot of notes and learned a lot. I'm going to give it a try even if it's as part time at first."


Monday, June 23, 2014

What Modeling Means To Me

It's more then just money and fame to's my ME time. You see I am a proud single mother of 2. One is an autistic teenager and the other is a sassy toddler so you can imagine all the action around my house. Besides modeling I do several other jobs from my home while I care for my kids. Any stay at home working mother will tell you that a full day with kids is not a easy task and at times the stress levels are unbearable but being a mom is one of my favorite titles.

When I get booked for a job it brings me joy to just get out the house. Nothing like a break from it all. Over 8 years ago modeling helped me get out a time of depression and it always seems to boast my spirits when I am down. I am always a giver and barely do for myself so modeling pushes me to stop and enjoy myself if only for a few hours. Some folks are good at doing that on their own BUT I need a push and God introduced me to this field to assure I celebrate myself. For those that personally know me I am super low key and not the typical "self centered model" people expect. I have insecurities like the rest of the ladies and through the support of complete strangers I have learn to love those flaws that haunt me for many years.

In my 8+ years of modeling I never had a close friends, family or even a ex-boyfriend attend ANY of my shows or events. At times that makes me very sad especially when time and time again I come and leave alone to events while other models are greeted by love ones but God reminds me that this is ALL about me anyways and the times on set or on stage are the ME break I need in my life to stay positive through the storms.

I doubt that I will do this forever but for now I am truly enjoying the journey and the many lessons learned. The times spent on set or backstage are usually filled with joy, good energy and laughter...we can all use a dose of that in our lives.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Thoughts On Non-Paid Gigs

As a freelance model you are responsible for declining and accepting assignments. When I first started I worked many gigs for free or low rates because I feel some experiences are priceless. As a new model you will see improvement after every shoot and fashion show so I recommend accepting some low/no budget opportunities to master your craft. In addition, after time you will learn to negotiate a rate which I will discuss on a future post.

Print Assignments:
Here are some things to consider before accepting non-paid print assignments. Is this gig going to provide quality pictures? There is no worst feeling then seeing a crappy picture of you ALL over the Internet and to add to your misery you didn't even get paid for this awful gig. When they tell you it's a non paid assignment you should ask who will be doing hair and makeup and who will be taking the pictures. Then use Google to check on their work and the brand. Let common sense and your gut feeling lead you to the decision. I strongly suggest waiting at least 24 hours to let it soak in before your make a decision. You might be new but pictures last FOREVER so be very careful. If you don't feel good about it...politely decline and tell them to consider you for the next one (they might step up their game).

Fashion Shows:
I love fashion shows. My career started at shows. Every fashion show allows you an opportunity to meet at least 4 or more new designers and the audience is full of bloggers and industry experts which help increase your exposure in the industry. The best way to maximize your non paid fashion show gig is to remove the "fun times" backstage and instead use it to network. Every designer, hair and makeup artist backstage should have your comp card or business card and you should have there info too. Be nice to everyone...including the models never know when you guys might cross paths again. The industry is smaller then you think and many times I been on set and the designer or production team might ask me "Do you have any model friend who is a size 14....". So again play nice with everyone backstage BUT remember to do your rounds do not stay around only the girls you know or be zoned out with a iPhone in a corner. Your goal at every non-paid fashion show is to secure some good leads on paid gigs in the near future. 

I actually met Qristyl Frazier at a show over 7 years ago and I been her muse ever since. I thank that non-paid community center fashion show for getting me on Project Runway, Rip The Runway, FFFW and numerous TV segments for Qristyl Frazier Designs. I gave her my comp card the day of the show and sent her a follow-up thank you email the next day....the rest is history.

The question I always get is when should I start declining non-paid gigs? I believe this is a per-project basis and every situation is different. I personally no longer do non paid fashion shows because I been blessed to add some great shows to my resume and I feel I have perfected my personal walk. Now I network at fashion shows while sitting in the audience ;-). When it comes to other projects as you become more seasoned you will be able to compare new opportunities to the ones you have accomplished to see if this will help you work on a skill you want to practice on or fill an area in your resume/portfolio that your lacking. Maybe you need some swimsuit confidence or maybe you want to work on your commercial looks (big smiles). Never rule out non-paid assignments because if done correctly as a result you will get some awesome paid assignments.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life Of A Freelance Model

Before modeling I managed multi-million dollar projects for Fortune 500 companies so when it comes to my modeling career I applied my corporate ethics and business management skills to succeed.

My days consist in sending and replying to emails, seeking leads on potential new clients, creating or following up on invoices, running all my social media sites and the best part WORKING. Freelancing is not easy and it's not built for everyone but it works for me. I have invested a lot of years in this industry and met a lot of amazing people that believed in me and helped me along the way. Now this blog is meant to help you in your journey.

As a freelance model I also work with a few agencies that occasionally find me gigs and collect 20% off the rate for their services. Clearly agencies have more leads then me and partnering with a few good agents allows me the opportunity to work with folks that might be hesitant of using a freelance model.

I personally never met an agent that LOVED me or made me their "Favorite" and that is OK because I continue to swim against the current and book amazing and loyal clients independently. Again it is not an easy task but until you find an agent who believes in you I strongly suggest you to try this method because the only person responsible for seeing you shine is God and if this is in His plans He will equip you with all the tools, leads and strength needed to see your dream a reality. 

Read all the past post on this blog and you will be on the right track. Good luck and be great ladies!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What is a cattle call?

Cattle calls is a mass audition in which a large number of models try out. These castings are filled with models of all sizes, ethnicity, background and experience. This is one of the hardest to book.

Wait times are long and space is limited inside the audition location. Here are some tips to survive a cattle call.

1. Travel lite. Bring ONLY the essentials. But don't forget to pack a small makeup bag to touchup as you approach the front of the line. No matter how long you've been waiting you should look fresh once you approach the front. See post What's in your model bag?

2. Be alert. Usually announcements are done and you might miss something if you too focus on chatting with your friends on line. Remember this is a job interview so leave the "hanging out" until after the audition.

3. Think of packing a pair of flats. It's never cool to stand in heels for a long time. Your feet should be relaxed before your audition.

4. Consider bringing a light snack and a bottle of water. Maybe some nuts or dry fruits. Wait time can exceed over an hours and if you are anything like me I have a hard time doing anything when I am hungry.

5. Get to know the person in front and behind you incase you need a bathroom break.

6. Don't feed into negative thoughts or conversations online or in the waiting room. If you hear it, ignore it or walk away if possible. Worst thing before an audition is a negative or defeated spirit. Sample of negative conversation that I have heard in the past are
  • They already have their favorites.
  • They want tall girls.
  • They want bigger/smaller girls.
Get an invisible ear plug and drain all that BS. Give it your best and God will do the rest. See post Shut the hell up!!!!

7. Once you are approaching the front of the line take out your portfolio book and comp card and put on your heels so you will have the essential ready to be seen by the casting team (unless otherwise noted).

8. Although many casting directors allow regular snap shots I assure you that a comp card is preferred and will set you apart from the amateurs. Be prepared and invest in your craft. See post Photoshoot Time!

9. Be patient and wait for their decision...never ever contact them. This can take sometime or be very quickly. Regardless of the outcome please note that modeling involves more NOs then YESs.

And on to the next one we go.