As some of you might know, I have recently been getting more and more into modeling — it is something I had always wanted to try, but I was so busy with other projects, I never gave it a shot.
If you prefer hearing my story on YouTube, here’s the video! If not, read on 😀
How it all started…
Back in 2014, when I started my ballet Instagram account, I got approached by different dancewear brands to model for them. I remember being super excited cause I loved dancing, and being a dance model doesn’t require as much of “beauty shots”, meaning I didn’t have to stress too much about my face in every photo since the focus was on the dance moves and the items being sold.
After doing it for a while, I starting thinking of applying to agencies but the timing wasn’t good for me, so once again, I waited.
Signing with an agency in Barbados
When I moved to Barbados last year, an agency there scouted me and I quickly signed with them. It was my first time doing “fashion” shoots and contrary to what I thought, I actually liked it more than dance modeling. At first, I was super nervous and felt a bit uncomfortable… but with practice, it became easier. I shot for swimwear companies, hotels, restaurants and more. When I moved backed to Canada, I had to quit the agency in Barbados, but I didn’t want things to end there. I decided I wanted to give modeling a real shot and so I signed up for the Coco Rocha Model Camp in New York.
Travelling to New York for a Model Camp
Since I had never done editorial work yet and knew very well that I didn’t have a commercial look, I wanted to learn from the best. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these terms, editorial is anything high fashion (think of Chanel, Gucci, etc.) and commercial is any brand selling a product that isn’t designer (think of fast fashion houses like Zara, H&M, or companies like Air Canada, Coca Cola, etc.).
Coco Rocha is known for being the “Queen of Pose”. I therefore knew that by attending her model camp, I’d be gaining a lot of valuable knowledge that I could put to use in Toronto. I attended her 4 day camp with 13 other models and 2 student photographers and it was truly amazing. Not only did I gain new skills, I also learned a lot about the industry itself. If you’re interested in hearing more about the camp, let me know and I’ll do a separate post on it!
Signing an agency in Toronto
Just a week after getting back from camp, I signed with an agency in Toronto. I am now in the process of re-building my portfolio since most of my images were more commercial (swimsuit, beachwear, etc.). Once my portfolio is ready, I’ll be going to castings and go-sees and I’m hoping to get an international placement this summer!
As you guys know, I’ve attempted blogging multiple times already and same with YouTube. Every time, I end up getting lost in my thoughts and I don’t feel like my blog has a purpose. With that being said, I want to use this platform to help other aspiring models in their journey. There is so little information online about things like building a portfolio, what to wear at castings, open calls, etc., which is why I want to share my experiences with all of you.
Feel free to DM me on Instagram if you have personal questions or blog post ideas (@sunsetsandbellinis).
I will also be releasing YouTube videos very soon, so if you prefer that format, make sure to follow me on Instagram to find out when new videos are out!
Love you all so so so much,