Monday, January 11, 2016

Don't doubt yourself!

Don’t doubt yourself.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from modeling, it’s this - Don’t doubt yourself.  I’ve always dreamed of getting this far, but I never actually believed I could do it until the opportunities started showing themselves. Then I started to think…”Wow, this could actually be a reality for me!”

There were things I thought would be impossible to overcome, especially in this industry. For example I knew I was considered a “short” model, at only 5’8”, when most girls are 5’9” and up. What was I supposed to do? Make myself grow? I knew that would prevent me from doing certain jobs and I allowed myself to be put in a box.

Then I did London Fashion Week.

And then I started booking some random magazine editorials. And then it hit me: most of these girls are taller than me, but I’m still booking the same jobs as them, so why did I ever doubt myself because of my height? If I had just believed in the beginning that my height wasn’t a barrier to my success, maybe I would’ve done even more shows, maybe I would have booked even more editorial jobs by now!

So now, that’s the attitude I have. It doesn’t matter that I’m a minority, a darker skinned short girl. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that; I now know that girls like me can work in any part of this industry if they want to. I can break barriers and work hard and make it happen. Instead of doubting myself, I’ve learned to not allow doubt to even enter my mind. This industry is filled with endless opportunity, as is the rest of the world. 

If you don’t book a job, it’s not for you – that’s it, done, on to the next one.

Don’t doubt yourself or your abilities. Maybe if I hadn’t doubted myself earlier on, I’d be further now. This industry has taught me that things can change in the blink of an eye, and if you’re ready, it’ll be for the better. So instead of doubting yourself, set the bar high – you never know, you may even reach beyond it.

Here's a recap..
1. Don't put yourself in a box.
2. Stop doubting by believing.
3. Move on.
4. Set the bar high.

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