"Modeling is a VERY serious job. Many people get it twisted and think all we do is just pose in front of camera and walk down a stage and pose and thats it. No. Modeling is a job you are constantly working at. My dream is to be an international commercial model and explore fashion work by working with creative people and achieving dreams together."
When we received Kaitlin's entry, we had no idea she was just 17 years old. Her interview exuded maturity and professionalism that extends beyond her age. The depth of her interview answers are testament to her commitment and dedication that she applies throughout her modelling career so far.
One look at Kaitlin's interview shows the effort she puts into personal branding, and putting her best foot forward. Having a difficult upbringing didn't squash her dreams - instead it fuelled her to make a difference in her own life and others. We really think you will find Kaitlin's interview a great read!
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
Modeling has always been something that has peaked my interest growing up. I would love to watch fashion shows online at only 7 and 8 years old. I would always dream about that being me. It was summer of '15 and I had a friend who was a model. I was talking to her about how badly I wanted to get into it and of course, she helped me. She brought me to my first photoshoot and still to this day, I can still remember the exact feeling I felt as I stepped on-set for the very first time in my life to be in front of the camera. It felt like home. I have spent my childhood finding something I enjoyed and was good at and it was like I finally found it. After the first shoot, I was so eager to continue my work and grow as a model. I would spend hours online reading books, watching videos, reading blogs, anything I could get my hands on to educate myself more.
I have been modeling for a year now, I enjoy every photoshoot and always show my upmost professionalism. I have done one runway and I am about to go to LA to star in my second fashion show. (Keep in mind I have done all of this on my own, no agency help, no help but myself) It's been a wonderful journey and I've enjoyed every second of it. Growing up I have had a horrid childhood. I had to teach myself to overcome the obstacles I was put in, but I did it all by myself, and found my escape, my job, and my passion which is modeling. Through my images, I shoot emotion. I want to show men and women that confidence is beautiful and self-love a necessity, I work to inspire. I work to give the youth some sense of hope in happiness if lost. I'm here to make a difference.
Modeling is a VERY serious job. Many people get it twisted and think all we do is just pose in front of camera and walk down a stage and pose and thats it. No. Modeling is a job you are constantly working at. As far as educating yourself, I did not attend any courses, I knew that I could do it myself. I researched for hours on end almost every night, and still do from time to time. I have this drive to just keep learning and growing, it's like I can't stop.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
Of course, modeling has their standard requirements, physical wise, but in my opinion, you have to be pretty on the inside to be pretty on the outside. Your attitude reflects everything. How you work, How the people around you act, How you act, It affects everything. Nobody is going to enjoy working with a model who's hard to even converse with. Be kind, be happy, and be confident. Hang loose and have fun. Stop taking everything so seriously.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
My goals as a model is to of course make it to the top (become a supermodel) but more than that, I want to inspire like I said in the first box above. I want to teach confidence and originality. I see myself progressing by finding something to do different to try and improve myself after every shoot and of course, practice practice practice.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
I've been studying on the industry. As a model, it's really important that you advertise and market yourself well. It's all about your image. My advice to aspiring models would be to look up information on self marketing and advertisement. Learn a little bit about photography as well. You never know when it could help you.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I obviously communicate in person, but most of my online networking for modeling is done on Facebook. I am involved in many modeling groups on there and it's a great place to just talk with other business professionals. I am very nice and outgoing. I like the person I'm working with to be 100% comfortable and have an experience they would like to have again. In the beginning of your modeling career, You don't have a choice as to how open your requirement are. It's best to try new things and go out of your comfort zone so that you can really understand what you enjoy and where your talent sits best at. I use to be really open to things but ever since things got more serious for me, I found where I fit in best at in the industry and thats high fashion print modeling. I mainly stick to just doing that now, but under circumstance, I will do a different project depending on the benefits.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
Honestly, I don't watch what I eat but I do go to the gym every night. I've always been naturally tiny, so weight was never a problem.
What is your dream role as a model?
My dream role would have to be to make a difference in this world and be a positive role models to those who look up to me.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
When I am approached by somebody new wanting to work with me, I usually have them explain the concept or what they had in mind to shoot and I give my feedback. Just be honest. Speak your mind. If you feel like you have a better concept in mind, try and mention it and see where it takes you. Honesty is the best policy.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
I do currently have a 9-5 day job but 95% of my time off from that is devoted to modeling. I would easily quit my day job to pursue modeling full time which I eventually will get that opportunity. I would love to travel. (I am traveling to LA for my first traveling project in August.
Tell us what's your memorable experience so far.
My most memorable experience so far has been my first fashion show. I had the time of my life. Preparing for it, the photoshoot for it, meeting the designer, working and talking with new people, it was just an amazing experience.