What happens when we fall off the horse? …We get back on!
If anyone is familiar with the fashion and entertainment biz, you know rejection is inevitable. But you just have to stay focused, don’t take it personally, get back up, brush yourself off and keep at it! I can’t tell you how many times in the past three plus years I’ve been rejected in my career. I’ve tried out twice for America’s Next Top Model…didn’t make it. (Lots of people keep telling me I should try out…been there done that! haha). That’s just one example.
So I literally fell off a horse last month! Lol That blog post is for another day though, sorry! It’s coming soon, so make sure you’re subscribed to my blog!
While I’ve been rejected maybe more than anyone would like to be rejected …every once in a while, those little steps lead towards something pretty cool and worthwhile! Sometimes I feel like I’m not going anywhere in my career, but when I look back to where I was when I started to where I am today, I know I’m on the right path and hopefully I keep reaching new heights!
When I first began modeling back in 2008, my first runway show was during Midwest Fashion Week at the Jazz Kitchen in Indy. I took notice of a local designer’s clothing line. I really hoped I would be able to model for that designer. One of my friends ended up getting to model some of that particular designer’s clothes and I didn’t! I didn’t get picked! I have to admit, I was kind of jealous and thought maybe I just wasn’t good enough.
Fast forward about three years and now I work on a regular basis with this designer, wearing her clothes on the show I host, Nightlights. When I first met with my now clothing sponsor, Nikki Blaine of Nikki Blaine Couture, I didn’t think she would want to sponsor my wardrobe for the show. To my surprise… she seemed on board the moment we sat down. I don’t even think she thought twice about it and was thrilled to provide me with clothing! She has been nothing but fabulous to work with! So moral of the story… it doesn’t hurt to ask! Sometimes things aren’t as impossible as they seem!
I used to think a career in modeling was unobtainable…and I certainly never thought I’d be doing Nightlights. But then one day I think it just hit me. I don’t want to be at the end of my life wondering what I could’ve been…could’ve done. So I decided it would be worth at least trying. Looking back, I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I could. On days I’m feeling discouraged…I try to focus on that idea. If I’ve already accomplished more than I ever thought…what more lies ahead? Just have to keep moving forward…and getting back on the horse.
Video from Nikki Blaine Couture boutique opening on August 6, 2011.
116 N. Main St., Zionsville, IN 46077
*Special thanks to photographer, Miles Fork, for providing photos of me in Nikki Blaine Couture (as shown above).