Authentic Runway

I just LOVE this video of the WEAREGCC X VIENNA FASHION WEEK 2018 performance. (And I need to check if this is really from 2018, but just now going viral!)

Designers make clothes for people to wear. So, I love that this designer selected models who are authentic to the line, and would likely actually be the consumers wearing these garments: real women with real bodies living their authentic life. Life incorporates so much more than walking. I don’t know about you, but I dance in my clothes all the time!

This show looked so fun, and I wish I was there to see it in person. Even more, I wish I could join them!

Bravo to the designers, models, and show producers!

Tell me your thoughts below … 👇🏾

See you on the runway!💋

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I’m on Apple News!!

Y’all!!!!!!! I’m super excited about this! I guess people really do read my Runway Monday posts! LOL

I’d like to give a special thank you to Warith Niallah of FTC Publications for reaching out about posting an article based on my last Runway Monday post, How to Determine Your Model Rate. I’m juiced that this post resonated with him because I think it’s really important for freelance models to take charge of their ability to make money, and I hope that my post can help someone to determine how much they should be charging for their services. Know your worth, models!

So, Warith’s article is on two different platforms, which you can see below. Please check them out! 💋

Apple News

Medium

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Hello, 2017!

At the start of each year, I imagine where I would be on December 31st of that year… who will be in my life? who will no longer be in my life? where will I live? what am I proud of? what did I learn?   2016 had a few bumps in the road, but I made it through, I accomplished, I conquered, and I learned. As 2017 begins, I’m excited for the opportunities to come, and I challenge myself to walk in my strongest confidence, to be unapologetically me, trust my gut, and no longer care what others’ think about me. Those are my big goals for this year, and I expect be that and more! We can do it together! No more fear, stand strong, walk boldly, and take no mess! #STRUT #WalkInLifeLikeOnTheRunway   Check out my vid below. It is a reminder to me of the confidence I exude when I’m walking in my purpose and passion. This is how I will walk through life. 

 

 
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Awesome Runway Workshop! Pics!

Another great two hour Beginner Runway Workshop: LA Fashion Week Edition in Hollywood on Feb 27th. We had a six-model turnout, and one even traveled all the way from New Mexico! They’re already asking about the next one. I love what I do! Congrats to the ladies who attended! Special thanks to NTG Photographer Nick Woods of Angle & Attitude Photography for the photos, and Brandi Allen for assisting with music, etc. Check out pics below!  
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You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

How many of us have judged someone based on what we see? Have you ever assumed someone’s life was so great, or believed that someone was a horrible person just by a glimpse of them? I certainly have. Most of us have. But you never really know what’s going on with another person unless they tell you; everything. You think you know, but you really have no idea.   Are they really as happy as they seem? Do they really have it all together? Are they really as bad of a person that you feel? What’s truly on a person’s mind when you see their face?   I saw this story online, and found it to be so interesting. Please treat people well. Things aren’t always as they seem. You never know a person’s mindset, nor what they’re dealing with outside of what you see. So, before you label, judge, or assume … or  when you make a decision to insult, go off, bully, cuss out, manipulate, use, disrespect, or mistreat someone; think about the story below. Pray for those you love… and even those who hurt you.    ***   “It was a Wednesday afternoon when I walked into Starbucks that day nearly six years ago. I stood at the bar, waiting for my drink, when the barista politely asked me what I was up to that day. As it turns out, I was en route to the airport at that moment…about to catch a flight to Italy with my husband. After a brief minute of chatting, the barista handed me my coffee and wished me a nice trip. ‘But then again’, she said ‘why wouldn’t you…your life is golden!’

I’ll admit…the gold star was nice. But at the same time, the words knocked the wind out of me. She wasn’t being rude. She wasn’t being sarcastic. In fact, she was being totally genuine. And that’s the part that really took my breath away.

Because here’s the thing…

This lovely girl saw me for all of five minutes a day. Usually all dressed up on the way to my full-time job at one of the country’s most prestigious art galleries. Or with my camera in hand to photograph two people in love. Or, yes, on my way to Italy for ten days to celebrate my anniversary. This is what she saw. Therefore, this is what she knew.

And truth be told, there is darkness in this kind of knowledge. Especially now, when so many of our connections happen only five minutes at a time…fully filtered and perfectly hash tagged. In our defense though, it’s not entirely our fault. That battle we’re fighting…those rough days were having…they don’t tend to translate very well when you have twenty people in line behind you for coffee or a hundred and forty characters to spell out your day. Honestly, what was I going to tell my barista? ‘Yes, we’re flying to Europe. I just miscarried our baby…we had a terrifying health scare…I’m suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder…and we’re feeling pretty far from God right now. So, yeah, going to Italy seemed as good a place as any to just run away from our life and justifiably eat gelato twelve times a day.’ No. I wasn’t going to tell her this. Because shocking total strangers into oblivion is a bit harsh and cruel. Especially when she’s the girl in charge of making your coffee every day. But I did spend the entirety of that flight wondering; about our sense of authenticity…our collective vulnerability…our polished identity. And it made me feel like a total fraud. Because I’m not any of those things that this girl sees on the other side of her coffee bar. If I showed up one morning, wearing my most ragged and scarred self…it would be a very different girl staring back at her [and she would likely feel inclined to serve me alcohol instead of coffee!]… Because I was bullied a lot as a teenager. I’m afraid of thunderstorms. I spend an absurd amount of time worrying about what other people think of me. My biggest challenge in life is letting go of people. Even if they hurt me. I hide behind my humor for fear that people won’t accept me without it. I feel like I have failed as a daughter. I try to avoid big groups so that I won’t feel like the invisible one among it. I’m insanely self-conscious of my smile. I feel like I’m an easy person to walk away from in life…and it haunts me on a daily basis. I almost always operate under the assumption that I care more about everyone else than they do about me. I unfollow people on Instagram if their life seems too perfect because it makes me feel inadequate. I feel like a terrible mother pretty much all the time. I hate emptying the dishwasher. Every day, I’m afraid that my husband is going to wake up and finally realize how much crazy he married. I thank God for every day that he doesn’t! I don’t like to try new foods…so I travel with my own jar of peanut butter. I want to write a book so badly that it hurts. But I’m afraid of people telling me that my life was never worth telling. I struggle, every single day, with feeling like I’m enough. Skinny enough. Funny enough. Good enough. And I cry. A lot. I highly doubt I would get a gold star for any of this. But, now, six years later, I do know one thing for sure; that even with all of my frailty…all of my fears…and all my faults…none of those things make my life any less golden.

Scars tell stories. Scars mean survival. Scars mean you showed up for the fight instead of running from it.

And we’ve all got them…even the sweet girl serving my coffee. She’s fighting her own battle…defending her own front line…struggling in her own way.

And maybe it’s not about collecting gold stars for the perceived reality we give the world on Facebook…but it’s about the purple hearts we get for living bravely among the real one.

Because life requires guts…it requires bravery…and it requires vulnerability.

So, buy your coffee…wear your scars proudly…and carry on, dear soldier…

You’re not in this battle alone.”

Story courtesy of Genevieve V Georget

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You Ask Why I’m Single. Here’s Why…

She has walls because she’s been stabbed before, those walls have built higher standards. She’s looking for a man that won’t crumble when he hears the word commitment or consistency. She finally realized that all of those sorrys should have been goodbyes, and that she was only holding on because she still felt it. What she felt was pain & pain isn’t validation that he deserves a spot in her life anymore. She was tired of being ‘used to’ that. She doesn’t want someone perfect, because love isn’t perfect. She wants [someone] worth it & a man that won’t force her to prove her own worth. She’s ready to give love a second chance because the cheap love of her past doesn’t define her as a woman. She realized that her past of what she’s been through has made her ready & capable to meet someone who stays. That the heartbreaks & damage was a test so she didn’t settle for cheap. Words mean nothing [from] a man that can’t follow with action. She’s not willing to make the same mistakes anymore. – @Pinelopis  

You Deserve...

  I’m ready to open my heart again, with new qualifications…
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TWO Runway Workshops Feb 2016 – LAFW Edition

It’s that time of year again! LA Fashion Week (LAFW) is coming back in March. What better way to prepare for LAFW auditions than with one of these two workshops coming up on February 27th in Hollywood, CA:  

Workshops Feb 2016

ADVANCED Runway Refresher, 12-1p Perfect your runway walk at this ADVANCED Runway Refresher, and return to STRUT STATUS just days before LAFW auditions begin. This fast-paced, one-hour coaching session is NOT for beginners. Refresh your audition technique, tip skills, and correct walk blunders all in the same time it will take to watch one episode of Scandal!   BEGINNER Runway Workshop, 1-3p Sign up for the Beginner Runway Workshop with Nikol Davis, days before LA Fashion Week auditions begin! Learn how to walk with confidence, get great action photos, and have astrong runway presence through specific techniques only taught here!   Space is limited, don’t wait… Register here!
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Thank God for McDonald’s!

Why do I thank God for McDonald’s? There are many reasons…
  1. I LOVE McDonald’s! The food is delicious (and I’m not just talking about the fries!) If I didn’t feel a societal (and personal) pressure to maintain a healthy diet, I’d probably eat there every day.
  2. McDonald’s is there for me when I don’t have a lot of money to spend. I’m a sucker for a Mini Meal!
  3. McDonald’s is EVERYWHERE! International! Plus, we’ve all been on a roadtrip in the middle of nowhere, and can always find a McDonald’s not too far away.
But there’s another BIG reason why I thank God for McDonald’s. When I signed with my first commercial agent back in 2007, my number one goal was to book a McDonald’s commercial. It took until I joined the SAG-AFTRA union before I was able to even get in the door for a McDonald’s audition, but I was always excited and ready for the opportunity. I just felt like I belonged in a McDonald’s commercial! Over the last 3 or so years, I’ve auditioned for McDonald’s a number of times. Sometimes I’d get called back. I was even on avail (meaning I have to keep all of my days available for booking because I’m in the last stage) once last year. But nothing… This past July, I was on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, one of the US Virigin Islands with some other beautiful ladies for Fashionista Now Boarding. During some down time, I made mention of my love for McDonald’s and my goal of booking a McDonald’s commercial. And the result is this…

Island shenanigans! Special thanks to Erin, Des, Ontwanet, Tico, and of course, our camera man, Junie! Little did I know that less than 4 months later, I’d be a principal actor in an actual McDonald’s commercial (now airing)…   So, this is why I say: Thank God for McDonald’s!! Dream come true! Not only did I speak it into existence, I showed God I was serious by creating my own.   (It’s the small things that make me happy!)
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Success!! Runway Workshop LAFW Edition!

It’s been nearly a year since my last Runway Workshop, and it was well overdue! …not to mention, just in time for LA Fashion Week auditions!! With two auditions down, and many auditions to come, the February 28th workshop came right before the madness of March auditions, fittings, and shows! The threat of rain didn’t stop the models from coming out, one even flying down to Los Angeles from San Jose, California just to attend!   The models were attentive, and followed instruction well! Now, with some new audition technique, correction of their individual walk, and a few new options of what to do at the tip of the runway, they feel much stronger about fashion week auditions!! Break a leg, Ladies!!   Special thanks to Louis Cuthbert for providing the venue, Jennifer Chen of The Fashion Hub for covering the event, and our very own NTG photographer, Nick Woods, for capturing the photos & videos! Check out a few pics below (videos coming soon!):  
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