10 reasons why Megan Welsh is the coolest!

Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh

Windermer, FL

@megan_welsh

Agency: NEXT Models

 

1. Where are you from?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I moved to Windermere, FL at four years old and have lived here ever since.

2. What does a typical life of Megan look like?

A typical day in my life is waking up somewhat early to get in a workout before I start my day. During the day I get all of my online school work done, then I usually chill with friends before working at night.

3. How did you end up being scouted as a model?

Initially, a photographer from my hometown referred me to an agency in Tampa, which I worked with for a year. Recently I sent pictures through Instagram to NEXT Miami and was signed to the agency after an interview!

4. What do you like to do on your off days?

I really enjoyed working with Disney and Sea World. They gave me the opportunity to be an extra on the TV show The Middle and shoot an ad for Coca-Cola.

5. You obviously have a rocking bod, any fitness tips to share?

I feel eating healthy is the most important aspect of staying fit. It's also important to mix strength training in with cardio for a leaner body image.

6. Whats your favorite part of being a model?

My favorite part of being a model is traveling and exploring new places. As well as meeting new people and learning about fashion.

Megan Welsh
 
Megan Welsh

7. Whats your top destination to visit and why?

My top destination to visit is the Maldives in South Asia. It's a beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. One of my favorite places in the world to be is at the beach so being able to travel here would be the absolute beach getaway.

8. Who inspires you?

My parents both inspire me to be whatever I want to be. They encourage me and help me find success in all that I do. I look up to them as role models and strive to be as hardworking and successful as them.

9. The best piece of advice you have ever received and from who?

The best piece of advice I received was from my Dad who would tell me, "The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings." This means that I should not just go through life waiting for fate to make things happen but to make them happen for myself.

10. Whats your favorite quote?

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars" - Norman Vincent Peale

This quote means that it's okay to set your goals high because even if you don't achieve it other goals will be achieved along the way and you'll still be somewhat better than where you started.

9. The best piece of advice you have ever received and from who?

The best piece of advice I received was from my Dad who would tell me, "The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings." This means that I should not just go through life waiting for fate to make things happen but to make them happen for myself.

10. Whats your favorite quote?

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars" - Norman Vincent Peale

This quote means that it's okay to set your goals high because even if you don't achieve it other goals will be achieved along the way and you'll still be somewhat better than where you started.

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Victor Quintana

I haven't crossed the Grand Canyon, nor have I climbed Mount Everest. I can't say that I have even ever been to the North Pole. Although I have traveled to many distant destinations, and have produced images for myself and for the public view. Telling a story, creating something out of nothing, and producing documentary films -no matter the format- make my heart and mind connect; sharing all my experience online for the world to see is what really drives my passion. Im fond of dogs, and how they always seem to have a smile on their face. I find humor in unthought of places. I haven't won any awards, but I am persistent. I was hip before it was cool to be hip. I believe that community and networking is key to achieve great collaborations with unique and individual people. Lets get to know one another, in fact how about we go climb Mount Everest.

Katrina Moore is the new face to watch out for this year!

1. Where are you from?

Jacksonville, Florida.

2. What does a typical day look like in the life of Katrina Motes?

I never know what my days are going to look like but one thing is constant: Coffee!

3. How did you end up being scouted?

I was scouted when I was 16 on Instagram by Next Models.

4. What do you like to do on your off days?

Sleep in, goof around with my friends, and binge watch the worst reality TV (my guilty pleasure lol)

5. You obviously have a rocking bod, any fitness tips to share?

Pilates, yoga, walking... anything that doesn't feel like a workout but still gets you moving!

6. Name some items on your bucket list?

Skydiving, moving to New York, and walking in the VS Fashion show 

7. How important of a role do you think Instagram plays in a model's career today?

I think it's a great way to show parts of your everyday life for people to enjoy, but I try not to take it too seriously.

8. What fashion advice do you have for men?

Flip flops and jeans is not a look, it's a disaster

9. What's the one thing you never want to see a guy wearing?

Camo paired with khakis... actually, camo in general.

10. Tell us an awkward or funny moment from a photoshoot/casting etc that is too good not to share?

Where do I even begin? I'll say this, I think I've tripped at castings more often than I haven't... even when I'm not in heels (oops!)

11. Any major plans for 2018?

No plans, only ideas! Maybe I'll give that whole VS supermodel thing a go...

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Victor Quintana

I haven't crossed the Grand Canyon, nor have I climbed Mount Everest. I can't say that I have even ever been to the North Pole. Although I have traveled to many distant destinations, and have produced images for myself and for the public view. Telling a story, creating something out of nothing, and producing documentary films -no matter the format- make my heart and mind connect; sharing all my experience online for the world to see is what really drives my passion. Im fond of dogs, and how they always seem to have a smile on their face. I find humor in unthought of places. I haven't won any awards, but I am persistent. I was hip before it was cool to be hip. I believe that community and networking is key to achieve great collaborations with unique and individual people. Lets get to know one another, in fact how about we go climb Mount Everest.

Alexis Michaud shows you her Wild side

Alexis Michaud

Alexis Michaud

Centerville, OH

@iamalexismichaud

Agency: DAS Models

1. Where are you from?

I'm from a small town called Centerville Ohio.

2. What does a typical day in the life of Alexis look like?

I don't really have "typical days", I despise routine. Every day is different; new goals, new dreams, new people, new ideas, new challenges. 

 

3. How did you start modeling?

In Ohio modeling isn't really an option. I had to go out and take it myself. I'm thankful for that because it allowed me to learn so much about myself that I didn't know! I learned what I want, what I don't want, never EVER give up and to NEVER take shit from anyone.

4. What has been your favorite project to work on?

I honestly can't say I have a favorite project, not because I don't like my work but because every day is new. ill have a favorite photo or shoot or show one day then the next day have a completely different favorite. Each day I grow, I get better and better, and I have new favorites.

Alexis Mischaud

8. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received and from who?

The best piece of advice I've ever received was when before I moved to India I was debating on it and she looked at me and said, "lex just go". She wanted me to live life to the fullest and chase dreams and see the world, and really try to experience it the way others are too afraid to do. I've used that little phrase in just about every situation of where I was afraid and was unsure about my dreams and choices to traveling and modeling and adventures that I've come across. ill be in my head and think,  "just go". and here I am moving forward staying positive even when things go wrong.  

9. Whats your favorite quote?

My favorite quote.... hmm that's a tough one I have so many but the one I've been focusing on recently is:

 "Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes a spiritual calling." Vincent van Gough  

10. Describe your style?

Whatever my mood is really, haha. I usually live in a bikini but occasionally ill get dressed up. I love fashion but I love unique things. I'm more into that jewelry you get at a little market that was handmade by the mountain man down the street. one day ill feel like jeans and a band tee the next day I'm feeling extra and am in heels and a red dress ready for a good time!

Alexis Michaud

5. You obviously have a rocking bod, any fitness tips?

I can't-do routine so each workout is different. I get bored easily so I like to make sure my workout is a challenge every time. I hate running so you can forget that lol. I do Yoga for days my soul needs it. Pilates for when my body needs it. Boxing for when my temper needs it and weights and some sort of cardio for when I just have to go to the gym to get it done lol. other than that I eat pretty healthily ( most of the time) I have a thing for tacos, whiskey, and homemade pizza. but not in that order haha. so at the end of the day life is about balance. One day ill eat all veggies and drink lots of water and the next day ill order taco bell through post mates and I'm definitely on my third beer (Thanks, Ohio).

6. Whats your top destination to visit and why?

My top destination.. hmm as of now (because I don't know where my adventures will take me next) would be India. I moved there after I graduated high school literally right after). and it was the best decision I have ever made. it changed me as a person and for the better. I learned to appreciate the little things in life and I learned my strengths and weaknesses. I learned that life is too short to be negative or doubtful. Everything happens for a reason and to never ever take anything for granted. I learned an entirely new culture and it made me so happy to see others way of life. It was so inspiring!

7.  What are your favorite tunes you are listening to right now?

 I'm m convinced I was born 30 years too late, haha I love old music. ACDC, guns n roses, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, the Eagles, and then I enjoy painting to John Mayer, red hot chili peppers, to goo goo dolls. and occasionally old-school hip-hop. some new songs are ok but I always find myself going back to the meaning of lyrics and not the same mainstream song they play over and over and over again about "getting money" "do you know who I am". just not for me.

Alexis Michaud
 
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Victor Quintana

I haven't crossed the Grand Canyon, nor have I climbed Mount Everest. I can't say that I have even ever been to the North Pole. Although I have traveled to many distant destinations, and have produced images for myself and for the public view. Telling a story, creating something out of nothing, and producing documentary films -no matter the format- make my heart and mind connect; sharing all my experience online for the world to see is what really drives my passion. Im fond of dogs, and how they always seem to have a smile on their face. I find humor in unthought of places. I haven't won any awards, but I am persistent. I was hip before it was cool to be hip. I believe that community and networking is key to achieve great collaborations with unique and individual people. Lets get to know one another, in fact how about we go climb Mount Everest.

Gabrielle Gaillard gets down to the nitty gritty

Gabby Gaillard

Gabby Gaillard

Southeast Iowa

@gaboucoup

Agency: MP Mega Models

1. Where are you from?

I'm from a small Midwest town in southeast Iowa.

2. What does a typical day in the life of Gabby look like?

A typical day for me is yoga & meditation first followed by coffee. Castings, walking around, cruising to thrift shops around Florida. Some days I go to the beach and read or I go to a cafe to do homework. I usually nanny in the evening. 

3. How did you end up being scouted as a model?

I was scouted when I was a senior in high school. My childhood babysitter actually scouted me. 

4. What has been your favorite project to work on?

There have been several projects that have been pretty cool. I did a commercial for Chanel perfume which was this huge set up in California and I had to be there all through the middle of the night. The catered food was awesome ;) 

5. What do you like to do on your off days?

I like to get out of South Beach and go explore other parts of Florida. I like to go out on a boat in the ocean with friends on off days too. 

 
Gabby Gaillard
 

9. What advice would you give to new models?

To not take it too seriously. Have fun and when you aren't having fun anymore, don't push yourself. Stay true to yourself and to your beliefs and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 

10. What are your favorite tunes you are listening to right now?

Currently, I have been listening to all of the old Dixie Chicks albums, PNL(french rap duo) and Earth Wind & Fire. 

11. Describe your style?

I think I have a variety of styles because I'm always in a different mood. I am never without gold hoop earrings. I would say that I mostly resort to blue jean shorts and a t-shirt with converse and maybe a scarf around my neck. My style is super minimal and sometimes I like to wear a lot of colors while sometimes I dress in all black. A lot of what I wear is from thrift stores. I always go for comfort. 

Gabby Gaillard

6. As a model I'm sure you have a rigorous workout plan, any fitness tips to share?

Everyone's body is different so I believe that doing whatever positively influences your health is great. For me personally, I'm a pescatarian, so no meat or dairy besides fish every once in awhile. It works for me as in I have more energy and better gut health because of my diet. Yoga is my stress releaser & Pilates is my power inducer :) Do whatever feels good for you. 

7. Whats your favorite part of being a model?

My favorite part of being a model would have to be meeting a variety of people from around the world. I have made many friends from modeling & also have learned so much from the people I have met in this industry.


8. Whats your top destination to visit and why?

France. Anywhere in France, but mostly Paris :) I love this country and the people of France too. I love the language and the overall feeling I get while I'm in France. Although, I have not been everywhere in the world yet ;) 

Gabby Gaillard
 
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Victor Quintana

I haven't crossed the Grand Canyon, nor have I climbed Mount Everest. I can't say that I have even ever been to the North Pole. Although I have traveled to many distant destinations, and have produced images for myself and for the public view. Telling a story, creating something out of nothing, and producing documentary films -no matter the format- make my heart and mind connect; sharing all my experience online for the world to see is what really drives my passion. Im fond of dogs, and how they always seem to have a smile on their face. I find humor in unthought of places. I haven't won any awards, but I am persistent. I was hip before it was cool to be hip. I believe that community and networking is key to achieve great collaborations with unique and individual people. Lets get to know one another, in fact how about we go climb Mount Everest.

A sit down with Emme Martin

Emme Martin

Emme Martin

@emmemartin

Agency: NEXT Models

1. Hey Emme it was awesome shooting with you today and thanks for taking the time to participate in this blog. So lets begin with what a typical day in the life of Emme Martin looks like?

Usually every day is different. But typically my days consist of cuban coffee, boxing class (sometimes), going to a casting or a photo shoot, and then hanging out with my friends at the beach or something.

2. My days usually start with cuban coffee as well. Speaking of castings and photoshoots how was it that you got scouted?

I was scouted when I was fourteen from a local modeling competition in my home town. I won the modeling contest and signed with my first agency.

3. Well that's pretty lucky, not too many models can say that.  Since you started young you’ve probably have had a bunch of fun project you've worked on, what would you say has been your favorite?

My favorite project to work on was probably a cover shoot I did for VIE magazine. It was circus themed and I got to wear retro bikinis while riding a carousel and eating ice cream.

4. That sounds like a pretty fun photoshoot, not too many models can say they’ve had ice cream during a shoot. Besides that shoot though, what are some other moments you’ve enjoyed while modeling?

It sounds cliche but really the people I meet are the best part, everyone in this industry is really creative and unique and it makes life more interesting.

5. Thats so true, this industry is filled with unique creatives which is always great to meet and network with. So being a model I'm sure you have a strict diet and workout schedule, any tips for the readers?

For me, I just try and stay active throughout the day and eat pretty clean. I’m obsessed with weird health foods like green juices, and ginger shots. I also try to go to boxing 3 three times a week. I like to stay healthy 80% of the time so I’m still able to have cheat days because I loveee ice cream.

Emme Martin
Emme Martin
 

6. Dam, going to the gym starting tomorrow. Being a model I'm sure you get to travel to a few cool destination, where is your top destination to visit?

Definitely the British virgin islands in the Caribbean! The beaches there are incredible and it’s so relaxing. I love having a tan and not having to wear makeup or do my hair when I’m on vacation.

7. Ya same, I love not wearing makeup or doing my hair….. *crickets* …… So any advice for new models?

I would say to stay true to yourself and not let someone mold you into something you’re not. So many girls think they have to be a certain way but I always find I do the best when I’m myself and feel comfortable. I would also tell them to sign with an agency that has a vision for you. It’s so important that your agency pushes you and believes in you because then you will too.

8. Great advice, very inspiring! I'm sure having the Agency on your team really helps to propel you forward in your career. Is there anyone specific that inspires you?

The first person that comes to mind is my mom. She the sweetest and funniest person I know. She always tells me to work hard for what I want and to stay true to myself.

9. She sounds like a great Emme cheerleader. Subtly switching subjects here, what are some of your favorite tunes you're listening to these days?

Right now I’m listening to lots of Hip hop haha it’s my fav. My roommates and I love Travis Scott, 2chainz, and 6lack. My favorite song right now is What I might do by Ben Pearce though. :)

10. Well, I honestly did not expect that haha. So last question, whats your favorite quote?

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” ;)

 
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Victor Quintana

I haven't crossed the Grand Canyon, nor have I climbed Mount Everest. I can't say that I have even ever been to the North Pole. Although I have traveled to many distant destinations, and have produced images for myself and for the public view. Telling a story, creating something out of nothing, and producing documentary films -no matter the format- make my heart and mind connect; sharing all my experience online for the world to see is what really drives my passion. Im fond of dogs, and how they always seem to have a smile on their face. I find humor in unthought of places. I haven't won any awards, but I am persistent. I was hip before it was cool to be hip. I believe that community and networking is key to achieve great collaborations with unique and individual people. Lets get to know one another, in fact how about we go climb Mount Everest.

Alexa Ferrer gets Personal

Hey Alexa, it was a pleasure working with you the other day. And thanks for participating in the blog. So lets start off with an easy one. Where are you from?

I am a Cuban American, born and raised in Miami with a little bit of Syrian descent.

Well thats pretty cool, can't say I've met someone with that combination before. So then tell me what a typical day in the life of Alexa like?

Well, there is no such thing as a typical day for me. I'm always all over the place. i spend close to 8 months out of the year in Gainesville studying at the University of Florida and the rest of the time running around Miami like a lunatic. Currently, a typical day for me is waking up around 8:30am to go to the non profit I volunteer at, then depending on the rest of the day going to castings, making sure I get a workout in (currently obsessed with pilates), and looking forward to each meal to get me through the day.

 

 

Sounds like you're on your feet all day, but in a good way! How did you end up being scouted as a model anyway?

Last summer I was interning at an insurance agency and quickly realized I'd rather be doing almost anything else rather than sitting in the cubicle so I submitted some photos to a few agencies form my phone and a couple hours later I was contacted by one of them and signed a few weeks later!

Thats awesome how just one decision can change your life completely. Since you've been modeling has there been a project or campaign you would say is your favorite?

So far my favorite project has been a shoot I ddi with Nat Rosenfeld and photographer Fro Rojas. I got to wear the Gigi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger red track suit in an indoor skate park and pose in a Poke Bar with free salmon poke, my absolute favorite! It was such a fun day I felt like Penny Lane from Almost famous.

 

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I love his work, also such a great movie. So tell us, what sort of things do you like to do on your off days?

I love to spend time with my family, friends, pets, and my boyfriend. Whether it's checking out a new restaurant, going to the old favorites, or just hanging out at home as long as I'm surrounded by the people I love it's a good off day. Of course sometimes I just want to be a sloth and hide in bed and watch crappy tv all day, but that's everyone once in a while. 

LOL, those Netflix and chill days are always necessary once in a while. Being a model I'm sure you work out a ton, any tips for the readers out there?

Abs are made in the kitchen!!! Working out can only get you so far, it's drinking water and eating clean that makes all the difference. As for actual workouts, I'm currently switching between Pilates, Yoga, and Spinning. 

I hear ya, I really do, and you're an inspiration for sticking to it, but every weekend I just end up craving pizza!! Speaking of inspiration, who would you say inspires you?

My best friend Lauren inspires me. She has been working since she was 15 when she went to X Factor and has been part of Fifth Harmony every since. She traded in her high school/ college years to work non stop for herself and her family. She uses her platform to shed light on tough issues such as human rights, politics, and LGBT issues. We're both extremely passionate about all the same things and I would like to use my platform as I work on it and build my brand for similar causes.

 

What are some items on your Bucket list?

  • Land a campaign that gets shown in Time Square
  • Travel the USA and visit towns I don't even know exist
  • Buy my mom a beautiful condo wherever she wants
  • Be a voice for Cuban-Americans and witness Cuba gain the freedom so many have fought for

Those all sound great! Ok well its been great hanging with you Alexa, but let me just ask you one more question, whats your favorite quote?

"Diversity is inviting people to the party. Inclusion is asking them to dance. Diversity and inclusion is teaching someone your dance, while learning their dance." 

Styling for this Shoot.

For this specific shoot with Alexa Ferrer we got to use a couple of different swimsuits from a couple different brands. The banana leaf suit is from Greenlee Swim, I love their suits because they are made from recycled materials. Climate change is real people and we all have to do our part. The pink and blue suits are from one of my favorite swimwear designers, Jypsea Local Swim. They are based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you are ever in the area make sure to look them up. The owner Stefani is one of the nicest people you'll meet, also they have a bunch of fun and cute accessories in the store 

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Victor Quintana

I haven't crossed the Grand Canyon, nor have I climbed Mount Everest. I can't say that I have even ever been to the North Pole. Although I have traveled to many distant destinations, and have produced images for myself and for the public view. Telling a story, creating something out of nothing, and producing documentary films -no matter the format- make my heart and mind connect; sharing all my experience online for the world to see is what really drives my passion. Im fond of dogs, and how they always seem to have a smile on their face. I find humor in unthought of places. I haven't won any awards, but I am persistent. I was hip before it was cool to be hip. I believe that community and networking is key to achieve great collaborations with unique and individual people. Lets get to know one another, in fact how about we go climb Mount Everest.

11 Things you probably didn't know about Vaeda Mann

  • Name: Airaby Vaeda Mann 
  • Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS 
  • Instagram: @livinlavaedaloca
  • Occupation: Model 

It was a pleasure working with you Vaeda, and now that we finished our session I would love to get to know you a little better and give my readers some insights into the life of Airaby Vaeda Mann.

So picture me what the typical life looks like for you.

If I'm feeling strong and capable, I usually kick things off with a morning workout before breakfast. But if I'm feelin a little more like taking it slow and easy, I'll start my day drinking warm lemon water (life changer), loads of coffee, and throwing on some music while I make a big, beautiful breakfast. The good and sometimes crazy thing about modeling is you never really know what each day will hold. Sometimes you have to be on set by 6 A.M, sometimes you get an email and have to be ready for three different castings in two hours, and some days you have absolutely nothing on the agenda, so you take a nap and contemplate your existence. No day is ever really your typical 9-5, and for that I'm very thankful. But I can guarantee each of my days typically involve lots of coffee, roasting veggies, and a little bit of Gilmore Girls on the treadmill 🤘🏼

Sounds like a pretty sweet life to have. So how was it that you ended up being scouted?

I was hired for my very first job when I was 16 years old. I had been working sales at the prom dress store Susans Shoppe throughout all of high school, and one of the sales reps for the dress designer Tony Bowls saw my picture, spoke with Tony, and I was on a plane to Little Rock, Arkansas, to shoot his fall collection a few weeks later! I had been freelance modeling ever since, and then 3 years later that same beautiful sales rep and friend introduced me to a scout with Next Models. I finally took the leap in February, flew straight to Miami after finishing a job in Fort Myers, Florida, and signed with Next Models Miami. The last few months have been a dream come true. :) 

Whats been your favorite project you've worked on so far?

Man that's hard, there's always something unique and beautiful about each one! But one of my favorite locations so far was this tricked out gypsy school bus on a farm near Athens, Georgia. We were shooting for a store there, and this bus was covered in all of these different textured curtains and pillows and even had a tiny library in the corner and beads and dream catchers everywhere. It was the coolest dream bus I had ever seen and plus there were free roaming fainting goats all over the farm- that was such a great day 😂

That sounds pretty awesome, I'm not going to lie. But besides hanging out in cozy buses and strutting around in prom dresses what do you enjoy doing on your off days?

I'm pretty bad at off days honestly, I always feel like I need to be doing something. But while I was in miami, I did become a sucker for afternoon naps on the beach while the sun was going down. Or finding a cool local cafe, bringing my book and journal, and hanging out and decompressing for a while.  

Well with all that work and lounging, how do you have time to stay in such badass shape?

Staying active is important, but I believe it's so much more about what you put IN to your body. I try to stick to whole, natural foods as much as possible- Mama Nature is looking out for us. Eat pure, eat the rainbow, and your mind and body will thank you :) 

Might need to make a trip to the farmers market this weekend now. Since you travel so much for work do you have a certain destination you wish to visit some day?

There are so many places I want to go, but I'd really love to spend time in Australia one day. The coasts, the food, the sunshine, the animals, the accents! 

I've never been to Australia myself, but can definitely agree with you that its on my bucket list. Speaking of what are some other things on your list?

  • To one day be on set for a job, taking photos with huge, beautiful, exotic cats and animals... Cuddled with baby cheetahs, lions, tigers, wolves... I would be in absolute heaven on earth.
  • To one day open my own breakfast and brunch cafe 
  • To explore Montana, Oregon, and make my way back to Colorado
  • To one day be on Wheel of Fortune 
  • I add something new to my bucket list everyday though, these are just a few!

Definitely some good ones, and I can attest to exploring Montana. I lived there briefly and its an amazing area with the kindest people. With all this exploring you'll need some good playlists to keep you company, any recommendations?

My music taste is all over the place depending on my mood. I'm loving Sylvan Esso's new album- Coffee will always be one of my #1's. A little ashamed of how much I love Despacito, too. Rayland Baxter, whose a good friend. But I'm usually listening to any classic rock or Willie Nelson or any music by my daddio Mark Mann, especially when I'm on the road and feeling homesick ❤️

So it seems like you've lived more than most. Has there been anyone in your life that has given you some great advice to keep you going?

It may not have been said to me personally (if only) but in Jimi Hendrix's book Starting at Zero, he wrote a letter to a fan and said "regardless of what other people think about you, just so long as you have your freedom of mind and freedom of speech and thought, don't let nobody turn you on your own thoughts and dreams. Love you forever."

Certain pieces of advice impact us in different ways at certain moments of our lives, and that letter really spoke to me- especially after choosing to move and start working instead of going straight to school. We only have this one life :) 

Thats an amazing piece of advise, definitely something to keep in mind. Besides the late great Jimi Hendrix, who else would you say inspire you?

Most definitely my mom- every single day. She's been a social worker for 11 years, and her heart for helping people is seriously incredible. As I get older, my admiration for her grows and grows. She's taught me the importance and magic of simply being kind to everyone you encounter ever since day one, and I'm so thankful that she has. 

Thats sweet, I'm sure she's equally proud of you. Well its been a treat chit chatting with you and thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life. I'll let you get on with your day, but just want to ask one final questions. Whats your favorite quote?

So many favorites, but I'll always love "if you can be anything at all, be kind." 

Forever 21 Styling

For this shoot I took Vaeda around south beach, Miami. We strolled down a few ally ways and then headed over to South Point to catch the sunset. She was an incredible model to work with, inside and out. She will definitely bring light and laughter to any shoot. The direction of this shoot was a casual summer day out. I decided to go with pieces from Forever 21. They always have such a variety which is amazing when picking up pieces for my photoshoots. As for her hair and makeup we teamed up with Bri Soffa. She's incredible at what she does and always brings an upbeat attitude to shoots. Theres never been a moment where she's not making everyone on set laugh, truly a joy to work with. 

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Victor Quintana

I haven't crossed the Grand Canyon, nor have I climbed Mount Everest. I can't say that I have even ever been to the North Pole. Although I have traveled to many distant destinations, and have produced images for myself and for the public view. Telling a story, creating something out of nothing, and producing documentary films -no matter the format- make my heart and mind connect; sharing all my experience online for the world to see is what really drives my passion. Im fond of dogs, and how they always seem to have a smile on their face. I find humor in unthought of places. I haven't won any awards, but I am persistent. I was hip before it was cool to be hip. I believe that community and networking is key to achieve great collaborations with unique and individual people. Lets get to know one another, in fact how about we go climb Mount Everest.