Well, as you probably know if you've been a reader of this blog for some time now, I haven't actively been posting like I used to.
But I see it as a blessing in disguise. Think about it: I certainly love sharing all the insight and knowledge I have about the modeling industry with all of you but at the same time what kind of professional model would I be if all I did was blog every day?
If anything, I am happy I posted so much in the early years of this blog. That was mainly due to the fact that I was working in the corporate world at the time, meaning I was a slave to a computer and cubicle 5 days a week. It was easy for me to shoot off a blog post or two (or three) and keep content up regularly.
Once I broke free of the corporate shackles, however, I was finally able to take my entertainment career to the next level and not only continue to build my resume of experience and expand my network, but gain even more knowledge and how-to that I am able to pass on to you, my beloved readers.
That being said, what I can do is promise you that I will keep this blog active with posts. My plan A is to post new content once a week. Plan B is once every other week. Plan C is once a month. My list of topics to cover is extensive so there will be no shortage of things to talk, educate and inform you about in all aspects related to the modeling industry. I'll also continue to answer reader questions on my other blog (http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/).
So in that sense, things will continue as they always have. I do want to thank all of you for sticking around, your patience and wonderful messages that further encourage and motivate me to keep Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary thriving.
For those of you that follow me on social media, you'll know that I've been moving and shaking quite a bit, including wearing more hats and pursuing business opportunities that I've always had on my radar. Timing is everything and because of 2017 I'm even more energized to take things to the next level.
Don't follow me on social media or haven't had a chance to check out the latest on my happenings? Then allow me to catch you up:
THINK POST PRODUCTIONS
|The Think Post Productions Team after the premiere of our first official project, "The Run."|
|Promo Poster Featuring The Cast of "The Run": |
Alex Acosta (Landon), Mike Betancourt (Vince), Rafael Siegel (The Man), Dania Denise (Emily)
I've been fortunate this year to book a number of acting jobs but I'm not only interested in being in front of the camera. I've transitioned to being behind it as well. Along with my other two business partners/creatives, Alex & Rob, we've formed a new company: Think Post Productions.
To work with others who are just as passionate about creating as I am has been so refreshing and we've put together a winning team and have hit the ground running ever since. "The Run" was our first official project, a fun Mafia-style film where I co-star as a bartender named Emily. We had a small premiere screening in the city of Brentwood, CA, where we shot the film on location over the course of 3 days. We had a great turnout and are already in pre-production for our next short, "Monster" (working title), which I wrote and will be starring in.
Throw in weekly production meetings, writing/brainstorming sessions, rehearsals, location scouting and putting together shooting schedules and the hours really add up--not that it feels that way. Living and breathing one's craft is a dream come true and I look forward to each and every project Think Post Productions has lined up.
MISS CALIFORNIA PETITE, USA PETITE & UNIVERSAL PETITE
|Cheesing with my pageant sisters: |
USA Petite Mrs. 2016 Kristine McGoldrick, USA Petite Ms. 2017 Neisha Molina and USA Petite Mrs. 2017 Leah Jensen.
|Being interviewed on TV about California Petite by CBS KPIX Channel 5's Kenny Choi on "Bay Sunday."|
|Photo op with co-host, Mick Ferrari, and this year's winners of Universal Petite: |
Universal Petite Miss 2017 Kathiria Nunez (Puerto Rico) & Universal Petite Teen 2017 Guiliana Pechernicoff (Argentina)
As the State Director for the first ever Miss California Petite Pageant (scheduled for April 13-15, 2018), I've been busy with registering contestants, locking in the venue, working with sponsors, marketing and promoting the event via TV interviews, online article write-ups and social media, as well as continuing to participate in each year's USA Petite and Universal Petite competitions in Florida. I was blessed to serve as assistant to our founder and National Director, Hazely Lopez, during both of these events, as well as co-host/emcee the pageants with my dear friend, Mick Ferrari.
My pageant family of sister queens grew exponentially and not only did we crown some amazing new title holders in Florida this past November, several of them are becoming State Directors within the USA Petite system and will be making an appearance at my pageant in April to show their support.
My vision for bringing State Preliminaries in all 50 states to put USA Petite at the forefront of the pageant industry is one of my life's goals and so far all the signs are pointing in the direction that this is exactly where I'm meant to be and I look forward to continuing to work with and inspire short women to believe that there is no goal too high to reach for as long as you've got the right pair of heels.
HOSTING AT THE 2017 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
|Hanging out on-stage with Will Ferrell. Photo: Will Bucquoy|
|With actor Jim Rash ("Community," "How I Met Your Mother" and tons of other TV and film credits).|
|With actor David Arquette.|
The highlight of the Napa Valley Film Festival was hands down getting to host a special tribute for Will Ferrell. Not only did I get to meet Will, we spent time on-stage together and he even gave me a shout out during the tribute. I'm still tracking down more photos and hopefully any video clips of that once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I'll be participating in the film festival each year and can't wait to see what big names come to visit the Napa Valley in 2018!
MODELING & MENTORING
|Mood board I created for a model mentee's test shoot.|
|Helping on-set for model mentee, Gabriella.|
|BTS of model mentee, Zarie's test shoot.|
|More BTS from model mentee, Zarie's shoot and celebration afterwards.|
Additionally, I had the chance to help other models set up their careers in the form of organizing their test shoots for portfolio building, content creation for social media and even served as their stylist and onsite modeling coach during the shoots. To be able to connect with aspiring models face-to-face is so rewarding and I hope to keep getting hired for such work (to hire me for these services, visit my website: www.daniadee.com). For those I mentor/coach who are far away, Skype sessions and email communications have helped them build the confidence and skills to navigate their way through the modeling industry.
I also have a pretty exciting opportunity on my plate that I can't announce the details of yet until things are confirmed and a contract is in place but it does involve being the face of a new product campaign. Okay, that's all I'll say about that for now. You'll have to be patient and keep checking in for the latest!
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018
That's what we call life: you choose to either hide from it or push past it and make the day given to you a better one, not just for yourself but those around you.
Change cannot be accomplished by one person. I don't aspire to change the world--I aspire to inspire change in the world. And that doesn't take some monumental feat to accomplish.
When you smile at a stranger passing by on the street, when you lend an ear and listen to someone who needs it, when you recognize pain in another person and do what you can to lift the burden, when you stand up for what is right even if it means standing alone--it all means something. It all contributes to a world where we stop becoming so selfish, entitled and close-minded. Whether some people want to admit it or not, we crave connection, meaning, understanding, something to remind us that we are alive--that we're here for a reason.
Find your reason, your passion, your purpose and take that into 2018 with you. I don't have all the answers and don't claim to have all the secrets to success but what I do know is that I refuse to let failure be an option. I know my self worth. I don't need anyone's approval, validation or permission, just my own. When a door closes, I don't go through the open window--I build my own damn door.
I say all this to say that you are responsible for your happiness, your joy and achieving your goals. Get out of your own way and you can accomplish whatever it is you set out to do, whether it's in the modeling world or something else (remember, there is more to the world than modeling).
I want to continue to thank you all for staying on this blogging journey with me and for the love and support. I'm blessed to have been a part of your lives and hearing your life stories and the ups and downs of your experiences have all served to make me a better and more effective mentor, coach, consultant and friend.
Without getting too sappy, I want to wish all of you a safe and prosperous New Year's Eve and remember that tomorrow isn't promised to any of us so when you wake up on New Year's Day, know that 2018 is exactly what you choose to make it. So make it count!