Follow The Dream
Arriving in New York City to chase my dreams, I was admittedly not camera-ready. It was fabulous that I'd gotten a few agencies to agree to meet with me after seeing my photos, but I had quite a long way to go before anyone would even consider calling me a model.
Cue That Tiger Tenacity
In spite of the booker's disdain, I begged him to just send me on a couple of castings so I could make back the money I owed the agency for my international flight. I believed in myself, even though no one else did. It's okay if at times you're the only one lending yourself a helping hand or being your own cheerleader. The important thing is to be confident, and remember that soon others will catch on.
Fake It & You'll Make It
You might not have it all together yet, but you just have to take that leap. Commit to the future you desire. At castings, I wasn’t always the prettiest, the tallest, or the skinniest. I didn’t have the clearest skin or the best body. I did have lots of determination and —more often than not — faux confidence. I’m a firm believer of fake it till you make it because you will make it. Did I always get the job? Nope. But, no matter how many times I was rejected, I held my head high, moved on, and focused on the next opportunity.
Design Your Own Route
The road less traveled is the more bumpy one for sure, but when you arrive, you'll know that the journey was worth it. Let the rejections you'll face along the way wash over you; smile graciously in spite of your desire to curl up in a ball and cry, and then move on.
Demonstrate Grace & Gratitude
My Mama taught me to always be gracious and grateful. It is an easy mantra to practice when you are winning but harder to execute when things don't go your way. That's where I believe the real inner beauty and growth lies. Don't let anything or anyone break you down. You are solely in charge of your power and self-worth. No boss, significant other, friend or family member is in control of who you are and what you're to become.