Believe

Amanda, our 2013 Lake Central High School model, wrote for our Chalkboard Series!

Read about what BELIEVE means to her:

Amanda, her chalkboard series word:  BELIEVE

Amanda, her chalkboard series word: BELIEVE

“BELIEVE. The last 10 months for me have been great, exciting, sad, scary, and sometimes frustrating. I had been told many times that I should go into modeling. I didn’t know if I could model because I can be quiet at times. As I got older, I decided to go for it. I started shooting with photographers to build a portfolio. Terra Lynn Photography was one of my earlier shoots, and still one of my favorites. The positive responses to the pictures happened quickly, and then I met the person who would become my manager. He BELIEVED in me, a quiet 17 year old girl, and worked for hours, and days with me. He taught me the right way to tackle this crazy business.

While my friends are sleeping in on the weekends, I am in Chicago shooting early in the morning. I am home around 3pm, so I still have time for friends. It is hard work. What I have done in 10 months can sometimes take 3 years to accomplish. At times I have had to miss fun times with friends. But I still love it. Many people think you just show up, and smile. This is not the case. I’ll write a blog on this later. I have met so many great stylist, makeup artists, designers, & and photographers. I have had frustrations too. Not every modeling agency will like your look and sign you. You have to shake it off if you are turned down, and just keep trying.

I am now with 3 modeling agencies, been published 3 times in print, 1 book, and a calendar. I have done over 35 shoots, The American beauty show, 1 commercial, hair contests, and stand in work. I will be able to do more when I turn 18 in March. I have a great team that I work with. So for my chalkboard shoot with Terra Lynn Photography, I choose the word BELIEVE. I do BELIEVE I can do this. I will go as far as I can with it, and I’m attending college after I graduate.Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”  ~ Amanda

Here at Terra Lynn Photography, I spend time learning about each high school senior I photograph. I use this as an opportunity to find what their passions are, not only photograph them, but inspire and encourage them to believe in themselves. Once this is achieved, others will listen and potentially help towards their goal, just as Amanda’s mentor did for her in her modeling career.

Congratulations Amanda for following your dreams and challenging yourself to new levels!

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