Monday, November 10, 2014

Chicago AMTC photo shoot and goal MEETING

Here's a little update on my journey with Actors, Models and Talent for Christ! I will be showcasing my fitness model and acting skills for 50+ agencies in December...

It's been 2 weeks since I shot at Open Secret Studios in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. What an amazing experience. The AMTC styling team made me look my best and photographers from Atlanta Leo Marshall and Fernando Decillis were amazing and taught me so much!


Open Secret Studio in Chicago..

Before I get into a photo shoot recap, you may wonder WHY we are raising money for our travel...well AMTC asks that all the Talent stay at the same hotel as the Agents that will be attending SHINE in December. What that means is that agents see my pics, they see me on stage AND they see me in the hotel, interacting with others and with my family. They see the REAL me... I am THRILLED too because Silver Model Management will be sending an agent to SHINE.... fingers crossed!  (

Ok, back to my recap--
Saturday was a long day! I got in from an overnight bus trip at 6am, started my day with coffee and Gluten Free pancakes from Lou Mitchel's Restaurant at the historic start of THE Route 66 in downtown! It was a blast from the past... after that I went to Open Secret Studio, dropped my 80 plus pounds of bags off and walked around downtown until my call time at 11:30.

Chicago is LOVELY... I think I could live there...

Then in true model style it was a game of hurry up and wait: Professional hair and make up artists, created a clean look for my fitness shots--Gary my make up artist had worked with Claudia Schiffer, but said I was prettier. (Wha?? Happy dance!)

The Royal treatment!

The outfit the style team picked was perfect, fitted pink pants and my paint splatter BSkinz sports bra! Thank you Bskinz for your support of my journey!

After my fitness shots were done, it was back to hair and make up for Lifestyle shots, here is where I was FEVERISHLY taking notes on all Leo had to say about my posing...all the months of training, walking runways, moving, posing and Leo DOUBLED my knowledge in a 60 min shoot!!

The experience overall was amazing. I had a BIG awesome burger to treat myself before heading home that night on the bus.

THANK YOU to everyone who has been supporting me in this journey, 7 more weeks till the big event...that's a lot of chicken, rice and broccoli and cardio!

Everyone talks about goal setting, but what ABOUT making sure we MEET those goals? Avoid failure and arrive at our destination?

Failure is in the eyes of the beholder. CS Lewis says: "Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success." We try and succeed at finding out what doesn't work, and we travel forward all the while. So set the goals, but take a few simple steps to assure that you MEET the goals also:
Know EXACTLY what you want: Write it out, speak it, visualize it and the more detailed the better. Do it even if you feel silly. It will keep you on track and keep your eyes on the prize. You don't want to sacrifice the good for the great. 

Map out the steps: SEE where you will be: Just like a GPS, you know your destination, map out the path to get there. Careful of detours, of scenic overpasses that will derail or delay you. No matter how beautiful, not every road needs to be taken. I think about my self and goals and its so tempting to do fun photo shoots and events (runway shows), but I am not a runway model, it brings me CLOSER to my goal, to food prep and have meals ready than to do a "fun" project. 

PRAY!! God can bridge the gap of what we do and where he intends to place us, He really is the ONLY way to do that. He can bring supernatural opportunity to you, he can open doors no one else can and he KNOWS the desires of your heart. His path may not look like yours, but its a better way. Pray, seek him ABOVE all, even your goal and you will THRIVE in all you do.

Rethink failure: The road to your goal, may look different than you think it should, it may take longer, be more challenging, it may contain heartache or feel lonely. What is failure? Taking 2 years to travel what you wanted to in one? Seeing small successes that add up instead of one big loud bright success? Is it helping others along the way vs. catapulting to the top alone? When we rethink failure, we will revision success.

Happy Snowy Monday, have a great and successful week!

Rascal confused by our snow this morning!

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