The Unplanned It’s amazing how the unplanned things you decide to do can end up showing you who you are meant to be. Modeling was never something I thought about nor was it something others urged me to do. As a matter of fact, I loved music and design. My plan was to become an architect, which I’m still working toward. My secondary goal was entertainment or music production. Yet, the door to modeling opened and I’m so glad I walked through. It all started with a video I was required to put together for an academic scholarship. The video had to show me in my daily element. Basically, what I did, where I hung out, and how I spent my time on campus. It was in producing that video that my interest in acting and modeling was piqued. At first, I talked myself out of it. I thought pursing acting or modeling would never work, it would never materialize. But for some strange reason, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I began researching agents in San Antonio and worked with my videography and photography friends to put a portfolio together. I sent the portfolios out, and to my surprise, three agencies called me. I began with Calliope Model and Talent to focus on acting. I booked a few commercials and even had a very, very minor part in an Al Pacino movie. But then, I stepped out even further from my comfort zone and began modeling, but only slightly. Then one day, I was working on my car. I don’t quite remember how the conversation began. All I can recall is that while I was under the hood of my car, a friend told me about a modeling agency at Wonderland of the Americas mall. She finished the conversation with, “Check it out. I think you would do well.” And the rest is history. I joined Lari Nelson agency and have never looked back. As I finished my first class at the Nelson agency, I was hooked. I knew this was where I should be and that modeling was what I should do. A week after joining the agency, I was off to the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas and the opportunities continued. I have learned so much since my first modeling class. I’ve learned to walk, pose, spin, and all the others nuances of the modeling industry, and I’m continuing to learn. But more than anything, I’ve learned to become comfortable with who I am as a person. I have gained confidence in myself and I actually now like the way I look. Now, don’t get me wrong. The modeling process in no way has been easy. I have wrestled with doubt every step of the way, and thought about quitting several times, especially when the jobs slowed down and the interest in me seemed to wane. But I’ve come to realize that perseverance is everything in this business, and in life in general. I’ve also learned that the process is just that – it’s a process. It’s means there will be growth but for that to occur I have to keep pushing forward. I have to remember that’s it’s Ok to step out of my comfort zone and that stepping into unknown areas will be uncomfortable in the beginning but is needed to continue perfecting my craft. I have grown to understand that nothing worth anything in life will be easy. You just have to remember why you are doing what you are doing and that you can never give up, even though giving up feels normal. I’ve never been one to talk about myself. In fact, I never talk about myself. But if I can help others push through to turn their dreams into reality or step through an open door, then talking about what I’ve experienced is worth it. I’ve always known that I wanted difference in my life. The normality of going to work, going home, going to sleep and then repeating that cycle the next day never appealed to me. That’s why I liked architecture and will continue my studies until I finish that degree. But modeling and acting have given me a new definition of what my normal is, and that’s what makes embracing the unplanned so exciting.
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