This is a very highly requested post. Many people ask me how I started modeling. And truth be told I never dreamed about modeling. I never had aspirations as a little girl to be on a runway or in front of the camera. I was always photogenic but I never saw myself as a model. I was actually more of a tomboy who enjoyed wrestling with my two brothers. Modeling was never my dream job.
The way I decided to start modeling was kind of magical if you want to call it that, more like a blessing to me, but really everything that I have done concerning modeling has not just dropped into my hands. I have had to work, spend LOTS of money and hours catered to modeling. You may see all the beautiful pictures and runway walks but rarely do you see the bags under my eyes that form on weeks I get very little sleep because I am running from one job to the next every day of the week including weekends. You don’t see all the facial remedies I use just to get rid of those same bags before my next gig. You don’t even see how many free gigs I have done before I actually started getting paid for modeling.
Long story short, modeling is not all glamorous as you may think it may be but you didn’t come here to hear all of that, did you? NO! You came to figure out how I started modeling. Nonetheless, I had to tell you all of that because so many people aspire to be a models because of the spotlight that you get when you become a model but there is so much more to it than what meets the eyes. I don’t want you to think that modeling is something that you have to do to be someone in this world because it is not all that serious. You can be just as joyful, if not more, working as an IT tech or as a student. It it is all about what you belief within yourself and who you see within yourself with your gifts, talents and qualities.
Truth be told I only started modeling because a photographer who was looking to build up his portfolio saw me and thought I had potential ( he actually went to high school with my older brother). All I wanted to do was do a photo shoot to help my boyfriends sister because she had a dope clothing line that I wanted to help promote (I lost majority of these photos when someone stole my laptop when I moved in October). I had no real interest in being a model. After we finished the photoshoot we were both amazed by the outcome. I mean your girl could actually model for real, just a little bit at least.
After this photoshoot he encouraged me to keep modeling. I still was not sure about it so I just left the idea where it was. Once I received the official edits back, I began to post the pictures and people where just as shocked I was. I received so many positive responses from people, they just started popping out of woodwork’s. Especially those people who are considered ghost followers because they never respond to your post and you never see their post because either they never post or social media algorithm won’t let you be great. Who knew that I had this talent hidden inside of me!!!
Literally, from that day forward I started my modeling journey. It still took me a month to really sink in that I could do this modeling thing. Once it sunk in, it has been nothing but work ever since. If you have any other questions or comments about my journey I would love to answer any and all! Please comment below and share your thoughts.
Love, Ericka Warnita