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.
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