One of my first photo shoots in Miami
The number one question I get in emails is “How do I become a model?” It’s a great question and it’s much better to ask myself or another model rather than a local agency that you don’t know that much about. Why? Because you have no idea if what they’re telling you is the truth or if they have an ulterior motive. I decided to share my story and my advice in two parts so that you can avoid the same mistakes that I made.
When I was 18 I was scouted at the University of Utah campus by ‘Tru Talent Management’ in SLC, Utah. I was naive and dumb enough to go into the agency and sign a contract with them that day. I had told them I wanted to talk to my parents about it and think about things but they had told me that they could get me a job with Billabong (since Billabong frequently signs their models out of Utah… not) if i signed that day. Of course… being naive, young, and dumb, I signed the contract that would make me pay $2,000 over the course of 18 months for a photo shoot that would make me ‘the next big thing in modeling.’ 5 months later I had $0.00 to my name (something that I had never experienced) and had to make an awesome call to my parents for help.
Whenever another baseball season starts I like to reflect on different parts of the ‘off season’. I used to count my ‘seasons’ based on modeling seasons which are different based on each market. However, since baseball is pretty much an ‘all consuming sport’… I don’t really have much of an option. So without further ado… here are some wonderful aspects of my winter months.
I love things that take me back to childhood and nothing says childhood and comfort like Macaroni and Cheese. We were spoiled and my mother (bless her) made it from scratch.
One night, before the wedding, my friend Rebecca came over for a girls comfort/craft night. I was tired of cleansing and needed some serious comfort food. I made Vegan Macaroni and Cheese and we both stood over the pot with spoons in our hand. (more…)
In preparation for the wedding, I planned to do a diet of white fish and asparagus, for Lunch and Dinner one week before the big day. It proved too difficult for a week and I failed. Before I quit, I tried out one of my older favorites, Grilled Tilapia with Ginger Berry Salsa. It’s a recipe from Jillian Michaels ‘Body Revolution’. The original recipe calls for Halibut, but I use Tilapia. Feel free to try it on any white fish! (more…)
Paradise & Island Coconuts.
P.s. Grapefruits are actually green and they taste 10x better that way. xoxo