Thursday, November 28, 2013

"On The Grind” - Essie Golden

When I think of a model hustler I think of this young lady. She demonstrates many of my characteristic when I first started modeling. 

Our next "On The Grind” model is Ms. Essie Golden.

Christina: Have you always wanted to be a Plus Size Model? 

Essie Golden: Yes, I had seen a advertisement with Mia Amber; I wanted to be her. I had never seen a woman with a similar body type look so beautiful. She inspired me so much growing up.

Christina: Do you want to be signed? If so, have you contacted any agencies?

Essie Golden: Yes and no. Agencies have the connections with major brands that I don't have. They can also handle more of the business side and they make sure the models receive the money they're suppose to. On the down side, a lot of signed models don't get any work. They get over looked by their agency and have to find work just like me. In some cases the agency will take a percentage of that money for jobs that you got yourself. 

Christina: How did you feel when you received that first agency NO? 

Essie Golden: You know what, I've never heard no. I just never heard back. I keep pushing and I keep going. 

Christina: Has anyone ever made you feel less of a model because you didn't have an agent? 

Essie Golden: Yes, all the time. I try not to focus on that. I get paid work and that's a blessing. I work hard at trying to be the best model I can be. I'm grateful for the brands who've taken a chance on me. 

Christina: What are some of the brands you have worked with?

Essie Golden: Rue 107, Nakimuli, Essence Magazine,  Tikedi, Lucky 21, Ose Uh-seh, Out of the Corner online boutique and a few others.

Christina: How do you get most of your jobs?  

Essie Golden: I submit my photos to them and ask if they're looking for models or they contact me. 

Christina: Do you model full time? 
If no, what is your other hustle?

Essie Golden: I work a 9-5. I look forward to the day were I am making good money from my dreams.

Christina: If you could use 3 words to describe your “modeling hustle” what would it be?

Essie Golden: Creative, social media savvy (I know more than 3 words), ambitious 

Christina: Who are your model inspirations? 

Essie Golden: Mia Amber, Tara Lynn, Christina Mendez, Denise Bidot, Fluvia Lacerda, Jeanie Ferguson, Liris Crosse, Toccara, and Christina Mendez

Christina: In 5 years where would you like to be? 

Essie Golden: I would love to have a few major campaigns under my belt, commercials, graphic t-shirt line and a successful body positive movement of my own helping women of all shapes and sizes. 

Christina: Any final thoughts for our fellow aspiring and professional model on the grind? 

Essie Golden: Don't be afraid of the word no and don't get scared from those stagnant moments. The work will come stay focused, positive and pray as much as you can.

Learn more about Essie and follow her hustle:
Instagram: Goldenlady25
Twitter: Goldenlady_25
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Shut the hell up!!!!


The title is harsh but in this industry you need to learn to keep your mouth shut and most of the time your opinions to yourself.

I been in the industry for over 8 years and I must say my mouth has cause me friendships, gigs and tarnish relationships. Like they say you learn from your mistakes and I hope you learn from mines too. Below are some examples;

  • This has happen to me a lot. When at a shoot or fashion show the designer or the stylist could be clueless on what looks good on your body type and insist on pairing you with a dress that makes you look like Sponge Bob Square Pants. As much as you want to tell him or her to please quit their job and seek another profession you need to politely smile and sell that muumuu to the world. IF they ask, I suggest you to steer lightly and either say "yes" or if you feel their like they can take it you can say "I usually wear something to show my waist...because it make me look skinner BUT if you like it I LOVE it." Remember designers are very very sensitive about their pieces so I rather just say YES to avoid a designer meltdown. A job is a job and we won't like them all. Simply give it your all and do the best you can.

  • In this industry you will find a handful of models that will act like your friends and truly genuine about that. Be very very careful what you say and who you say it too. I have fail in this department many times. Some folks will trash talk someone with you and then repeat the story to them minus their comments. As cool as you might think they are say less and smile more.  Keep industry friend conversation away from industry topics.

  • I am strong believer that what is meant for you is for you but I have notice that I have tweeted, Facebook or IG about a new potential client and other models are quick to jump on my job and at times sweep the gig right out of my hand. I know it's the nature of the business so from now on I only talk about it if I am on set or if I have a signed contract. I share potential gigs and clients with many models but taking a gig before I shoot it is cold blooded and happens more then you think so be careful ladies.

  • Acting biter or posting stuff on social media sites about not booking a gig or losing a client is very unprofessional. In this industry you will get 96% NO and 4% YES so acting like a 2yr old child will turn off potential clients. For every gig you don't get God has lined up many more. Change your attitude and keep it moving. 

Your journey is based on every accomplishment, every success, every mistake, and every lesson so have no worries, dust yourself off and keep on working.