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I didn’t expect to end up a nude model, but I fell in love when I first discovered the genre. (While touring the Vatican, no less!)
The creation of art became my coming of age story. I remember seeing the images from my first nude shoot and wanting so desperately to feel like the confident, strong woman I saw in them.
At 18 I quit my 9-5 to pose full time before I ever took my first paid gig. I wanted to feel that powerful all the time.
I ended up living on ramen a lot for the next two and a half years. I’d book a bunch of shoots and make some money, then have nothing for two months. Looking back, I probably should have waited to be making money as a model before quitting my job, but I can’t really say I regret it.
What I do regret is not spending that time working my ass off to figure out how to make money as a freelance model. I mostly just sat there and wondered why more photographers weren’t showing up to book me. (I blamed my portfolio.)
It wasn’t until I realized I’d have to start making money consistently as a model or return to a 9-5 that I actually buckled down and figured shit out. Within three months I was making a consistent $2,400 a month and climbing - while in school full time.
Making enough money didn’t mean the end of my career issues though - that was just the first hurdle models have to get past. Over time, I learned how to raise my rates, how to balance work and life, how to choose clients who treat me great and hire me repeatedly, and how to get paid to create the style of art I want to be making.
Now I want to help you do the same.
I’m engaged to be married to a wonderful man in September. *happydances* We met in a fencing class.
My nifty new chest scar is a result of the 2014 car accident that led to my decision to no longer model full time.
For fun I read, write, hike, climb trees, and design and play board games. I also just started playing with encaustic wax and am totally hooked.
The day job I quit to become a nude model? Case assistant to an attorney. Before that I interned at a hospital, but I found both medicine and law unfulfilling.
After graduating high school at 16 I wanted to go to college for photography, but my parents talked me out of it.
I geek out over loose leaf tea, rocks and minerals, chocolate, honey, and candles. (Especially locally made soy candles. Yummy!)
Due to a birth defect, one of my breasts never developed. The right breast is an implant, and the other has a scar from reduction. Photographers still love to rave about how natural they are.
I used to avoid shaving until I had to for a shoot. Nowadays I pretty much just don’t shave, period. I haven't lost as many bookings as I expected. (And I love it!)
Another thing I try to avoid unless I have a shoot or special event? Putting on makeup. I enjoy looking fancy, but hate the process - and how it feels on my face.
I am an extremely liberal, pansexual, neurodivergent spoonie. I’m also a huge nerd and more than a bit of a dork.