My journey and life in the modelling world…
From a kid aged 11 I started modelling, not really understanding or realising what it takes to become aÂ model at any age!Â I was taken on by a kids agency Truly Scrumptious and started working pretty quickly. Shooting campaignsÂ for Littlewoods, Debenhams and M&S instantly showed me just what modelling was about and how muchÂ work and time went into every detail of a shoot. As a kid I was quite lost within a very big world of peopleÂ conforming to society and hiding away from their hopes and dreams. As soon as I stepped into my firstÂ studio to take on my first job as a child model I realised that if I didn’t know what my dreams were IÂ definitely do now. At 15 school started to get serious and I decided to put my dreams on the back burner soÂ I could finish school and have a somewhat normal childhood along with the rest of my friends.
During my time away from modelling I tried various things, I was approached to join a band and betweenÂ the ages 16-19 I was signed to an independent record label travelling the UK performing to differentÂ audiences. I also worked as an estate agent in central London part time to earn extra money.Â Something was missing from my life and I couldn’t work out what it was… I’m a very passionate person andÂ I try and bring my passion with me into everything I do, however I knew that the only way I was going toÂ really be fulfilled within my own journey was to stop lying to myself that I’m interested in anything elseÂ besides modelling &Â acting.
At 19 I left my other commitments and decided that the only way I was going to know if my dreams couldÂ become my reality was by giving it my best shot.. After all does one really fail in life if they have tried theirÂ hardest to chase their dreams even if unfortunately they don’t succeed ? No they don’t! I believe failure onlyÂ occurs when you conform to everyÂ ones else’s idea of success and ignore your own dreams and innerÂ voice…
I joined a small commercial agency in London and realised that in order for me to sign to a credible agencyÂ I needed to start at the very bottom and prove to the industry I was worthy of being there. I quickly startedÂ to get jobs under my belt and my portfolio became stronger and stronger.
At the time I had just heard of this fitness only agency in Richmond called WAthletic and knew I wanted toÂ be one of the models on their books.Â From a young age andÂ thanks to my dad sports and fitness was and remains one of my main passions…
Growing up around skateboarding, mountain biking, Quad biking and basically anything that allowed me toÂ step outside my comfort zone and throw myself around I knew I would be good. My dad is also an avid gymÂ goer and I started to train with him from a young age developing my core strength and building theÂ foundations that have allowed me to continuously grow both physically and mentally.Â During my school days i competed for my borough in Track & Field events and ran in the National roadÂ relay championships for Barnet Copthall. I have always had a competitive streak and thats definitely helpedÂ me along the way within this ruthless industry as although Iâ€™ve come close to giving up Iâ€™ve always pushedÂ past that and carried on until Iâ€™ve achieved what I wanted.
After I felt I had gone as far as I could and built my portfolio up as much as possible with the agency thatÂ was representing me before W I approached W and we arranged a meeting and from then on I knew I hadÂ found and Agency that are personal yet professional; friendly and above all – they believed in me andÂ wanted me. I started working pretty quickly with one of my first jobs being for Adidas and that really provedÂ to me that W was the right agency for me.
Being a model is full of ups and downs and learning how to take rejection is one of the key things I thinkÂ necessary in order to have longevity within this industry. I’m 5’10 and that’s pretty small within theÂ modelling world. I’ve had people close the door in my face because of that fact alone but I was determinedÂ to find an agent and agency that could see past my height and was willing to allow me to prove to them IÂ was worthy of being in the industry.
My journey with W is everything I could have wished for and they have believed in me from the get go. ForÂ me it was always about finding an agency that believes in me as much as i believe in myself and havingÂ them give me the opportunity to prove I can do the job I say I can and the rest is down to me.
I’ve worked on some incredible jobs with W including shooting the promotional video for the first Adidas xÂ Y3 gym wear collaboration. continuously working alongside Adidas in various projects. Iâ€™ve featured inÂ music videos for the likes of GFOTY and Zara Larsson. and Iâ€™m currently on my way to Paris to shoot aÂ commercial for SquareSpace.
The thing I love about W is that they don’t just want models. They want real people that can show off theÂ product/brand to its best, People that are understanding towards most situations and people that have aÂ real enthusiasm about everything and anything they do. My future is looking bright with W behind me andÂ Iâ€™m looking forward to every minute of it!