Dear Ms. Model,
How did you get discovered and become a model?
Thanks for the question. When I was a small child being toted along on shopping trips by my mother several photographers–who also acted as local model scouts–approached her to request that I do photoshoots with them and visit the agencies they were associated with. My story is one of discovery and rediscovery as I modeled as a small child, teen, and adult leaving the field in-between for other pursuits and interests.
I was too young to recall the first time my mother was approached regarding me becoming a child model. In 4 th grade a teacher suggested to my parents that modeling and acting might help to counteract my boredom in school. This teacher connected me with an opportunity to have a speaking role in an infomercial for Sea World that featured Jonathan Taylor Thomas from the popular television series Home Improvement. I was not all that interested in modeling or acting as a career at that time except as a means to be allowed excused absences from school.
Then my mother and I were shopping at the Central Florida Mall when I was in late elementary school and we were approached by several local photographers and a scout from the local John Casablanca and Elite. I ended up being in local fashion shows for either JC Penny or Sears, I do not remember which, and a window mannequin model for 579 in both the Central Florida Mall and Fashion Square Mall.
Next a Model’s Inc. scout approached us and arranged a photoshoot leading to my first portfolio book and local jobs for photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists. I did hair shows even though I was under 16, these were lucrative. I did not desire to move to New York to pursue modeling as a full time career, instead I enrolled in Junior College at 16 years old and pursued a business degree. I was contacted to enter the Miss Florida contest; however, I was married and thus ineligible to enter.
While earning my Bachelor’s degree, I was approached by a photographer for an artistic series. Then I was selected for World Wide Wednesday Woman of the Week. Following this, I worked with local South Beach photographers and signed with Ultra Model Management. I experienced a lot of conflict with scheduling modeling casting calls, modeling assignments, and college courses. One of my professors said that if I did a photoshoot in the Bahamas missing a few days of class, he would fail me so I decided to focus on college. Following graduation, I worked for the government and then as a teacher.
After I had my second child, a close friend and employer introduced me to photographer Ryder Gledhill who moved to our area to be closer to his parents. Once again I was back into modeling, accidentally, for mainly jewelry and exercise assignments. My daughter also began modeling with me for family-oriented assignments and individually. Then I relocated from Florida to Texas. I had no intention of modeling in Texas; however, both my daughter and I have continued to have opportunities and assignments.