I laughed in Toni Suttie’s face the day we met in person the first time. She said the word “modeling” and I burst out in laughter. She introduced me to people as an “actor, comedian, model”. I was flattered and yet somewhat horrified. But, here I am. Acting. Doing comedy. And now – a bit of modeling. Who knew? Certainly Toni saw that way before I did.
First off, I had little respect for modeling as a profession. I read an article many years ago when a famous supermodel was quoted, “I don’t get out of bed for less than $30,00.” When I think “model” I think skinny, spoiled, diva, ego-maniac. All of that changed the day I met a gorgeous woman named Mary Mackey. Mary has been modeling for a very long time – and STILL is. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Her love of God and people makes her radiant, and it shows through in her work. She did a posing workshop with myself and my fellow Integrity Casting mentees. She was helpful. I was incredibly thankful for her time when my first photo shoot took place 3 months later (pictures featured here on my blog!).
Since that photo shoot, I have responded to other modeling calls. I just had an appointment this past weekend with a wonderful production company. They’re wanting to do a 40’s glamour style ad – and I want to do it so bad! I was pleased with the test shots they took of me, and I hope I am selected for this print work. Additionally – the production team is creative and kind and doing cool stuff. Even if I don’t get this gig, I received amazing compliments from the team about how comfortable & natural I was in front of the camera.
A year ago, I would have NEVER even paid attention to this casting. Once again, if I had waited until I was skinny, had more time, etc., I would have missed out on this unexpected part of the journey. I find myself more and more thankful for folks like Toni Suttie, the Muse Project team, and Mary Mackey.
Each of us has something to offer. Sometimes, we just need to get over ourselves.