How did you go about landing your first commission?
My first paid job in both photography and modelling was for Adidas. I got the job through being in the Kode With Klossy program, which allowed me to audition for Karlie’s campaign with Adidas. I modelled and shot my materials for the campaign over a three-day period in March 2021 where I received creative direction and feedback through WhatsApp due to the fact that quarantine had just been lifted and we couldn’t shoot with a crew due to social distancing!
The campaign launched in August 2021 and I’d actually consider that my first DIY experience, now that I think back! From then, I continued to learn as much about modelling and photography as I could and I avidly sought out opportunities using social media that I felt would allow me to grow in both arenas.
I look back on that experience with a lot of fondness. It was literally just me on a beach with my camera and tripod, having fun and taking photos of myself.
After that opportunity, I worked on developing a solid portfolio and started pitching myself through emails and job boards! The process included a lot of trial and error, but eventually I got the hang of it based on the responses and feedback I received from the places I applied to.