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Monday, February 26, 2007

How I Got Started

After reading my posts, you're probably wondering who I am and how I got started in this whole modeling thing. So I figured it was time for an introduction.

I've been modeling and acting since I was 15. I got a flyer in the mail for an open casting call in San Francisco. I went with a snapshot of myself and got a callback. My parents paid money upfront and I took on-camera training classes for tv/film acting. You're probably wondering how I can advise people to not pay for agency representation when I did it...the thing is, we got scammed.

The company that held the casting call pocketed the money and my parents never got a dime back. However, I was lucky enough that everything else, including the panel of agents that I auditioned for--was legit and I got signed with an agent out of San Jose.

 I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was in myself that I allowed my parents to spend that kind of money without being able to get it back. This is why I'm so adamant about telling models that they don't have to pay for agency representation. I've been there and done that, and I got lucky. But so many others don't.

After doing a couple of photo shoots and commercials in the Bay Area, I decided to switch to a different agent and sent out my headshot and resume to different agencies in San Francisco. I got a callback from the agency that I'm currently signed with and it's been smooth sailing with my representation ever since.

When I turned 18, I knew that I wanted to pursue modeling hard and needed to get myself work aside from what my agent was getting me, so that's how I began freelancing. As a result, I was able to snag gigs such as being JET Magazine's "Beauty of the Week", Break.com's "Girl of the Day" and a score of other great projects I had the pleasure to be a part of.

Now that I'm older and done with college, I'm really able to take my modeling career to new heights. Being that I am a commercial/print model, I know that I won't be walking down a runway very often if at all, but there are a bunch of other opportunities that suit my type of modeling just fine. I'm currently planning my next couple of shoots and am experimenting with edgier looks and poses to expand my portfolio.

I actively use Craigslist as a source for these jobs and while they've been hit or miss, the ones I do get add to my resume. I believe in being "classy, not trashy" and while the type of modeling I have been doing lately is very sexy, I do not do nude or adult work of any kind. I believe in being able to be sexy without showing a lot of skin.

As my career evolves and I get to network with more people, I hope to make my name a household one and show that no matter what height, shape, size or ethnicity you are, you can make it in this industry. I want to be a living, breathing example and I hope others will do the same.

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