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New Year, Better Attitude

Welcome back! This is the first week of Spring semester- I don’t know about you but I’m pretty torn about going back to school. This is a super unusual feeling for me as I absolutely love going to school. For some reason, last semester felt eight months rolled into four. I also think I hyped up graduation a little too much, as I felt so close last semester and now I feel so far. With just three semesters to go, it feels like a lifetime. Luckily for myself, I have chosen classes this semester that not only compliment my degree but my everyday creative life. 

Taking a full time academic schedule leaves little time for play, but I proved to myself last semester that it was quite possible to create content whilst going to school. That is, anything is possible if you want it bad enough. For me, I’ve always wanted to inspire others through what I post online and the content I create, so that’s what I continue to do. Believe me, chasing this dream has been about twelve years in the making, but hey- better late than never I always say. 

I decided to take the first week off of this month to decompress from my wild New Years celebrations. So, I’m coming to you, the second week of the new year pumping out content. 

This week, I shot on four separate occasions with three different photographers. First, I shot with Jihoon Lee (@7th_instinct), who is a first year Communications student at SFU! He had an assignment to complete for a class that involves photography, so we wandered around the halls of the AQ until we found his desired location. Between Saywell Hall and the AQ Pond, we shot a bunch of different shots that were to accompany his storyline. I was supposed to play a hardworking business woman who was coming home from work. The rose I was holding representing success, and the different ways I gripped the rose were supposed to depict that. I love working with creative concepts because it allows us to tell these meaningful stories through rich photography. 

A few days later, I worked with Isaac Mocharski (@mocharski.films) whom I’ve spoken about on many occasions on this blog. Currently, the weather man has graced us with bucket loads of snow, so Isaac and I decided that we were going to try and make-do with what we were given. From there, a “snow angel” shoot was born and before you ask, yes I was cold. But we had an unbelievably time running around Burnaby Mountain Park for twenty minutes trying to make this concept come to life and I’d say we did a pretty good job!

Lastly, on Saturday I transited my way to Surrey- which believe me is quite a trek. I’m in a group on Facebook called, ‘604 Vancouver Models & Photographers’ where creatives from around metro Vancouver post listings for hired work, TFP (time for print or publications), and hair and makeup artists. I applied for a bridal demo with Sima Shoker (@simvirshoker), who is both a hair and makeup artist. When I arrived I was put into a lovely pink gown and then I sat for two hours getting all dolled up. Since this was only my second time in the chair, the experience is still quite magical to me. I remember when I was eight years old sitting in a similar chair at Walt Disney Worlds, ‘Bibbity Bobbity Boutique’ being transformed into Hannah Montana. Instead of being transformed into someone else, I watched myself get transformed into a lovely blushing bride. 

Right after this, I rushed back home and met Isaac once again for a spontaneous night shoot at Burnaby Mountain Park. Once again working with the elements, we were able to create photos that captured the beauty of what mother nature decided to grace us with.

It’s crazy to think where I was a year ago to where I am now. I always felt like I never had the time to create, but looking at it now, I didn’t want it bad enough. Now I do. I feel as if everything is falling in place, but to be honest that scares me a little bit. I’m a firm believer that life comes with both highs and lows but for right now, in this moment, everything seems to be in complete equilibrium.

Just the Beginning

It’s been a whirlwind of a semester! As I spend more time at SFU, they seem to get shorter and shorter. I remember in my very first class here- which happened to be CMNS 110, Daniel Ahadi said that “it would be Christmas in mere minutes,” and he was right. 

From start to finish, this blog has been a space for me to express how I feel inside and out as I continue to venture farther and farther into Vancouver’s creative industry. I’ve participated in fourteen shoots, created three major Youtube videos, and walked in a local fashion show. In these past thirteen weeks I haven’t thought much about what I’ve been doing as it’s been a regular routine since July. Although I’ve slowed down rapidly since the weather hasn’t been as permitting, I still feel fully engulfed in the creative industry. With that being said, I was able to open up about some of my personal struggles I’ve faced while trying to break into the industry. This platform gave me an open space to talk about how I feel well beyond a photo. When I first started this blog, I didn’t consider myself a model but now I feel like I’ve definitely earned that title. Even though it was never something I wanted to do, I’m out here every other week standing in front of a camera. I am so incredibly thankful for all the wonderful, creative people I’ve met along the way who have pushed me to create content beyond my wildest dreams. As I’ve gotten older, there definitely have been times where I’ve questioned if being a content creative is where I want to invest the rest of my life. There are times when I’ve asked myself if this dream is just a dream. And there are also times where I’ve pushed all those doubtful feelings aside and just done what I’ve always done best, which is to entertain. 

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For a solid couple of weeks, I struggled to pump out content. Especially during the peak season of papers and unpredictable weather, my creative gears have been getting quite locked up. As you may have noticed, I added another menu option to my site. As I started building up a digital portfolio, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was absolutely insane and completely gratifying to see how many different things I’ve been so lucky to be apart of. Not only have I had the pleasure of working with different brands and companies as a model, but I’ve been able to meet and make connections with those on the team who have inspired me to keep creating and do what I love. Sometimes it’s hard to see the impact you’ve made until you finally take a step back to enjoy all you’ve done. 

I understand that yes there are times I push too hard, and there are times when I prioritize my creative life before other important parts of my life, but I’m still learning. Since day one, if I wanted something in life- and I wanted it bad enough, I knew that no matter what it was, I would go to the ends of the Earth to go get it. No matter how much I’ve always wanted to create, I’ve had my doubts- mostly because I wonder if it’s a stable career path, if I’m getting too old, and if I’m relevant enough…The only thing standing in front of me and my creative life is and always will be myself. It’s a personal problem, but what can I say? The first step is admitting. I’ve seen an exponential amount of growth within myself and that has been mirrored in the content I’ve made.

I know I’ve always worried about graduating SFU with all but a piece of paper in my hand- but I know for a fact, that if I actually want this life for myself as much as I say I do- when I walk by the AQ pond and stare down at my reflection, I’ll have far more to my name than just that piece of paper. Most people would think that graduating university would be the end of a chapter, but for me, it’ll just be the beginning.