Jocelyn, of Miami, Florida, has a unique style that is all her own. Jocelyn is a seasoned pro model, working hard to become an household name. GlamModelz Magazine is proud to interview this beautiful talented young lady and give you some of her insights on the world of Glam, from this stunning professional. Jocelyn brings a quiet intensity and sensuality that has to be seen to be believed.
GlamModelz Magazine: How did you get your start in the business? Jocelyn: I was only 15 when I had my first shoot. My father had to drive me and be present to sign the modeling release. Not sure how I originally got the idea into my mind, but I was hooked after that!
GlamModelz Magazine: What excited you the most when you first started modeling? Jocelyn: My favorite part was (and still is in some ways) getting pampered. I love having my hair and makeup done and being the center of attention on set! What girl wouldn’t???
GlamModelz Magazine: What has been your greatest success to date? Jocelyn: I would say I have had several milestones. Moving away from my family and friends to be in the industry was very tough, but enabled me to have this career. My first national tear sheet was a prom photo in Seventeen Magazine. I was so proud to tell my parents to run to the local grocery store and pick up a copy to see me!
GlamModelz Magazine: If you had one thing to tell a model just entering the industry what would that be? Jocelyn: I would tell them that they have to be extremely firm in their morals. I would go as far as to say they need to write out a list of rules for themselves, because you are tested to the limit on a weekly basis in this industry. You are constantly pressured to lose weight, have cosmetic procedures/surgery, do various drugs, sleep with photographers and/or clients, etc.
I am proud to say that I still weigh the same, have never had any cosmetic procedures/surgery, and maintain all of my rules about drugs and sex in the industry.
GlamModelz Magazine: Facial expressions are a big part of a photo session, how and where did you learn this? Jocelyn: I learned that facial expressions were important almost immediately. Both facial and body expressions create the mood of the image, so you must learn to act without words. This comes with time and experience but practicing how to control your muscles in the mirror is helpful. Both contracting and relaxing muscles gives shape to your image.
For example, you may be laying across sharp rocks in a bikini but you must be able to relax muscles in your neck and arms while holding yourself up in order to create the illusion of relaxation and confidence. It’s not easy.
GlamModelz Magazine: Your on-line portfolio is quite stunning and exhibits innovative styling; every single photograph is a work of art. Do you plan the shots that you are adding to your portfolio or just shoot whatever you’re feeling at the time? Jocelyn: I never plan what shots will or won’t go into my portfolio. I do my best to keep track of tear sheets and get images from clients and photographers after collaboration. If the image is at the high level of quality I have in my book (portfolio) and represents a distinct look I feel my clients will appreciate, I add it.
GlamModelz Magazine: When reviewing photographers online portfolios, what grabs your attention? What type of images gets you in the mood to shoot with them? Jocelyn: Well, money over images is what motivates me to book a shoot at this point in my career. However, when you are looking to test (build your portfolio) as a model, the key thing to look for is CONSISTENCY. A photographers portfolio is his/her best images since they started photography. Since their age is not important, there is less enforcement with keeping it updated.
Therefore, if they have one strong beauty shot, one strong swim shot, one strong editorial, etc…it may very well be trial and error. If I need, for example, to update my swim, I would look for someone whose portfolio has many natural light swimwear images that are high quality. If you choose a studio beauty photographer to shoot your swimwear, you’re most likely wasting your time.
GlamModelz Magazine: How do you handle rejection from photographers, agencies and your peers? Jocelyn: Rejection is a daily occurrence. You are very lucky if 10% of your castings become bookings as a professional model. The way to handle this is to be secure with yourself and to maintain the attitude that clients simply have a specific look in mind for their brand image, and you may not be the right fit. It’s a difficult thing to do because as a model, you’re in sales…and your look is your product. So, taking rejection personally is a natural thing.
GlamModelz Magazine: The Modeling reality TV shows have created quite an interest in modeling these days. Can you offer any advice for those interested in getting their big break? Jocelyn: It is unfortunate that these shows have created the illusion of reality, when they are quite the opposite. They have encouraged many girls who do not meet the strict requirements to sustain themselves in the real modeling industry. So many girls are trying that castings that used to take 15 minutes now take an hour and a half.
I got to know one girl who had been on “Americas Next Top Model” and had fared quite well. She asked me to help her take the next steps, so I brought her to an agency. The booker looked at her and asked for her portfolio. We explained that she’d been on the show and they were mailing it to her. “So you’ve had no real experience…besides the show?” he asked. No, was the answer. “Thanks but no thanks”…he replied and walked away.
GlamModelz Magazine: When you’re not working, what can we find you doing with your free time? Jocelyn: In my free time, I enjoy the beach (wearing sunscreen of course), relaxing with my family, and playing with friends. I enjoy life day-by-day and make the most of everything that comes my way!
GlamModelz Magazine: Would you like to tell us about any major campaigns and/or publications you have done? Jocelyn: Venus Swimwear, Playboy, Bud Light, Puma, Mariott, Office Depot, Esquire (Turkey) and much, much more.
(some swimwear provided by Masquenada USA – www.masquenadausa.com)