Chelsea Wallace, Model and Health Professional was selected Model of the Month for February. We have interviewed Chelsea. Here is what she shared:
It has been a rewarding experience. GC combines professionalism and patience to produce great results. After my first shoot I was given helpful documents regarding preparing for shoots and other resources that were very beneficial. I'd definitely work with GC again.
I joined Icon Modeling Troupe at ECU back in 2012. This organization taught me how to walk and perform in front of large crowds. I've walked in many fashion shows at different universities in North Carolina. My first photo shoot was in Washington D.C with photographer James Wilson. The results were great. That experience showed me that I have the talent to make modeling a career.
My style is very chic but also classic and urban. I prefer heels over sneakers, specifically 3 inches or higher. My favorite outfit is vintage button ups with high waisted denim shorts. My style is diverse, as I need to fashionably reflect trendiness in different styles.
Seeing the results of accomplishing different looks and concepts. Bringing visions in my head to life. Sometimes not even having a clear vision and still producing beautiful images. I'm currently developing more themed concepts. Modeling gives one the ability to look and feel their absolute best and document that energy.
Prior to any shoot I already have all of my clothes, props and accessories so the main thing when preparing for a shoot is practicing and working out. It's important that I know exactly what I'm doing prior to a shoot so that I don't run out of poses and kill the energy. I drink LOTS of water and avoid junk food. I also create a playlist that fits the mood of the shoot that I'm preparing for.
Yes..I've started out doing my own hair and makeup. Going forward I'll be working with a professional makeup artist.
Modeling has a certain level of confidence that it produces. 9 out of 10 females want to be a model. I'm just fulfilling one of my purposed in life. I love the art behind conceptual photo shoots and I love being in front of the camera! Getting paid is just a plus.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health. My professional interests are to be a licensed health educator and grant writer. I'm currently a program planner. I'll soon be obtaining a Master's Degree in Public Health as well. Modeling is my biggest motivation for working out. I go harder when I focus on the results that I am achieving.
ALOT of places. I buy my jeans from Alloy and H&M. My favorite places to shop are Forever 21, Asos and River Island. I use Amazon and Ali Epxress to get discounted rates for photo shoot attire and accessories.
Very recently modeling has caused me to focus on creating for myself and not for validation. There will always be people who don't like my work so it's pointless to work for the "likes" or satisfaction of others. Modeling has also caused me to connect with other people in the modeling industry. I've met new associates and I'm busier now than I was prior to modeling.
A good model successfully portrays their best features and is always aware of their body movements.
Joan Smalls, Sigail Currie, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Selita E Banks, Jourdan Dunn, Ciara, Katie Hearnfit, Riley Montana, Jessica White
Magazines I read most often are W magazine, Vogue and Essence. Blogs are BeautifulBrownGurl on Tumblr and Micah Gianelli's blog. Websites include trendhunter.com and models.com
I eat a light breakfast and 2 meals a day. I have a balanced diet with no junk food. I currently workout 6 days a week.
I survived 2 near death experiences in the same day.
I love smooth jazz music.
I hate fast food.
I practice Acro Yoga.
I enjoy community service with youth and the elderly.
I love Travis Porter.
Becky Austin, Fitness Model, Teacher, Motivator, and Mom was selected Model of the Month for January. We have interviewed Becky. Here is what she shared:
My experience working with GC Photographers was amazing. Chris was very organized and prepared for the shoot. Throughout the process he was professional and gave productive feedback. We already have future plans of working together in the future on some upcoming projects!
Our first shoot together we combined fashion and fitness to include both our interests. Swimwear, fitness clothes, and heels were all part of the magic. We even tried a new concept with a football theme
My professional interests lie in the fitness world. I hope to inspire women, men, and children to live a healthy active lifestyle. I want to lead by example and show that through fitness modeling along with everyday life choices.
I first started modeling 2 years ago. I paid for my first shoot because I wanted to document how far I had come in my fitness journey. From there I had quite a few people asking me for advice on nutrition and exercise. I also had photographers seek me out from the photos I had posted on social media. The more shoots I did the more I enjoyed doing them and the more people I was able to reach out to. An upcoming shoot can give me motivation but also is something I can keep forever to document my journey.
Ashley Horner is an international fitness model who has helped me through my fitness journey. She is so down to earth yet such a badass. She has taught me about finding beauty in my strength and accepting who I am without being defined by a number on a scale. I also love other fitness models such as Michele Lewin and Paige Hathaway. These women are all extremely strong, but very feminine and beautiful.
My favorite designers fall into the fitness line of clothing. La Bella Mafia and Better Bodies are two of my favorites. Nike will always be top for me though J
I have shot with other photographers such as Sarah Marshall Photography in Panama City Beach, FL, LHGFX in Miami, Fl, and some local photographers such as Mirage images here in Eastern NC. You can view the photos on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/becky.austin.5220 or on my Model Mayhem Portfolio
Lastly, I’m excited to announce that I am modeling for Hang Rite athletics.
I am always active and eat healthy majority of the time. However, when it comes time for a shoot I will kick this up a notch anywhere from a month in advance to a week in advance depending on how much notice is given for the shoot. I really like to stay photo shoot ready so it’s a matter of dialing in to make small changes prior to shooting. I also make sure I get enough sleep and drink a gallon of water each day. Lastly, I do the fun stuff- getting my nails done, spray tanning, hair touch ups, and find a great makeup artist.
I am terrible at being a girl sometimes! I can manage to do my own hair most of the time, unless we have a unique hairstyle planned. Make-up however, I need all the help I can get. I do not wear any make up on a day to day basis so I don’t have much practice putting it on JTherefore,I always have a make-up artist booked in advanced.
I hope to make it in “the big leagues” and be able to model on a large scale like Ashley Horner, Michelle Lewin, and Paige Hathaway. I want to touch and inspire as many lives as possible and hope to be a light for those struggling to find themselves. I believe health and fitness can help anyone who is willing to give it a fair shot. I know how much it has helped me better my life and I only hope that I can pay it forward.
1. I have a tattoo- I used to be against them until I found something very meaningful to me. Whenever I see it, it is a reminder to me. Also, only a few people know what my tattoo actually says/means.
2. I am very Pro 2nd amendment. I grew up in the country and my family survived off of venison and turkey. Although I hated it back then, I now appreciate the tradition and benefits of eating what you hunt. Lastly, I feel a change coming with the government about the ownership of guns. We were built by freedom and it should remain the same way. We should be able to own any firearm we like without stipulations set forth by our leaders.
3. Although I am very social, I am actually very shy at times. Starting off in front of a camera was a crazy, nerve wracking experience that took time to get accustomed to.
4. I am a mom of 2 healthy happy boys and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 11 years.
5. Although I have been an athlete my whole life, I have only been into fitness for the past couple years.
Clothing Designer: https://www.facebook.com/looklaijia
Makeup Artist: https://www.facebook.com/OfficiallyBeatByRene
Hair Stylist: https://www.facebook.com/YamayaAisha
First and Foremost to New Models and Advance Models (with a minimum of 12 photo shoots): Making a Living as a Model Takes Time. Things don't happen overnight, in a month or even in a year. Overall, from 6 months to a year, for some, you can make a big difference in what makes you iconic and valuable to the different markets. Understand this and seriously think about it: if you are modeling or started modeling only for the money, then think very carefully about the reality of making money as a model, especially if you are freelance (not an agency represented professional). You can take anything and do anything because it is available. Truly understand your limitations because there is not a single model out there that is suitable for all kinds of work. Do your research and see. I know many freelance models who make a living modeling. Check out their portfolios and even contact them and see what path they took if they reply. Majority of these models travel for shoots and are able to sustain themselves. When I say sustain, I am referring to traveling with all expenses covered to make a decent profit while traveling to a location accomplishing for than one job so now you are not just a model.
Many of you want to be known fast or make money right away. If you approached to me or any other professional empty handed or with minimal experience proposing monetary compensation, you would not get a reply. you would It takes a long time to build a reputation that can allow you to charge enough for your modeling to make a living at it. Making a living as a full-time freelance model requires a lot of hard work, dedication, a look that people are willing to pay for, and sometimes the willingness to lower your limits when it comes to nudity and the types of shoots you are willing to accept. Discipline to be a marketable product. This includes fitness, practice, eating right, proper communication, and negotiable. Some models charge anywhere up to $150/hour to $800 for a day. Many wouldn't get this especially in no major cities. If you price between $25-$100/hour for shoots, sometimes you will get more, sometimes get less. This opens the opportunity for more paid work from the same person or new professionals.
Aviva H, a successful [freelance] model for 2 years and track athlete for 6 years. She lives in Victoria, BC, and specializes in fitness, promotional, bikini, lingerie, and commercial modeling. She is also a blogger and a has a Bachelor of Commerce Program. She's originally from Russia. She shares some knowledge:
6 Things to Consider When Setting Your Modeling Rates So, how much do you charge for modeling? How do you know how much you should charge? Should you charge? 1. Your Portfolio When you are starting, focus on building a good portfolio that focuses on the areas of modeling that are most suited for your look, and your interests. Understand that if you are 5’4″ and 140 lbs, you probably will not make money as a fashion or commercial model. Therefore, stick with genres that suit your body type. And, unless you have a fairly strong portfolio, it may be unreasonable to expect getting paid at all. You might be better off doing some trade/collaboration (TF*) work or even hiring a photographer or two. A really good photographer would likely provide valuable images that help you build a portfolio. 2. The Photographer’s Portfolio When deciding upon an offer you received, assess the person’s portfolio and decide for yourself if the amount of money they are offering you is worth being associated with that photographer and their work. Yes, they are paying you, but understand that those pictures will be on the Internet forever. Look at the person’s worst picture, and realize that their next worst one could be of you. Are you okay with that? One bad picture can cost you money or your future career—especially if you want to be a public figure. 3. Your Look How you look is probably the most important factor when it comes to setting your rates. If your look is in demand, you can charge higher rates for your modeling because people would be willing to pay you more. To be able to make money as a model, realize that maintaining your looks is important, which means taking care of your skin, eating right and going to the gym, among other things. 4. The Competition The number of models who can do what you do is also an important factor in whether or not you can charge, and how much. If you see that, in your area, there are many models that do amazing standard glamour shots, and you want to also be a glamour model, understand that you are up against some stiff competition. When supply is high, simple economics say that the price would therefore be low. If you have a unique skill (such as posing) that few of the models in your area possess, use it to your advantage. Anything that is rare is usually more valuable. When deciding how much to charge, check out what the models in your area (that are similar to you in looks, body type and genre) are charging. Because you are new, charge a little bit less than the average, when starting out. If you see that, at your current rate, you are getting more offers than you have time for, you then raise your rates a little bit. If you are not getting any offers, then lower your rates. If, you are not getting any offers, even after you have lowered your rates, it is time to go back to square one and re-assess your own portfolio, your look, the market and your goals. 5. Nude Modeling Due to the supply and demand principle, models willing to pose nude will be able to charge more and will likely get more work. That is because there are many beautiful girls who are willing to pose clothed for free/little money, but it is more difficult to find good models who pose nude. With that being said, carefully consider the consequences of posing nude and whether or not the money is worth it for you. You are the only one to make that decision. 6. What Do You Offer That Is Worth Paying For? Consider that you are also competing against many models that would do the same thing that you do but for free. Make a list of all the things that you can offer to the person “hiring” that those who model for free can’t or don’t do. In other words, what can you do/what do you have that makes you worth paying for?