Back in October, teachers recall missing 30% of their students for almost the entire month. Some students would typically miss the entire week and come back reporting they had to get breathing treatments from their doctors because of “upper respiratory infections”. Still, they returned with rough coughs, fevers and tiredness. Being a middle school, these symptoms would transfer from kiddo to kiddo. Was this Covid-19 in its earliest stages that was never detected?
I’m a middle teacher in the Los Angeles County area. Not sure if anyone is aware of it, but middle school students typically share their time sharing saliva, food, drinks, not washing their hands and intentionally being disgusting. As much as we love them, as teachers we prefer to keep our distance.
I recall having several conversations with students who reported being on breathing machines because they had a “flu”. Yes, a flu that kept them out for a week, them returning still ill coughing, and being out again sick. This was a flu that I never witnessed until I experienced it myself. I didn’t Eem to have a fever, but light chills, no cough or sneezing but I developed a cough from somewhere unknown. After about a week I beat it out and wondered why I never experienced sneezing and a runny nose. Oh well, back to the classroom.
California cities received the high travel traffic from Asia, the continent where this virus erupted from. California also has the highest Asian population of all states. Let’s also make this clear, this is not Asian Americans’ fault that this virus is here. The virus could have been easily brought over by any type of American. The fact remains, it’s here, mkay likely been here for a while, possibly since the fall of 2019, and we must practice social distancing to get beat it!
Sitting on the panel for a designer, I was given these directions: “I’m not looking for your typical runway model, I’m looking for the typical person that you would see on the streets. Not only were we stunned as judges, but we asked questions as we seek understanding. Modeling has become a revolving door for those of all genders, races and ages. If you think deeply about it, the typical person that you see in the mall or on the streets is usually the consumer. Truthfully, most consumers aren’t tall, blonde and slim. They’re shirt, tall, plus size, skinny, dark, light and of multiple races! So why appeal only to the runway fashion model audience? In addition to making sense of this, it only right to have castings correspond to those of variety.
This is good, really good. This reopens and reconnects the industry to allow those to achieve their dreams who aren’t lengthy and proportionally gifted. It inspires those who have been told that they are not model material, too short, too old, too heavy or too dark to chase dreams that were once unreachable. Not only is the job market expanding, designers are also seeking an increase in sales and creativity because of this.
What to do next? Get out there and give things a shot! Aspiring model, this is “your time”!! The barriers have been broken and the walls have been destroyed! Get out to your next casting call and give it all you have. The industry is open to everyone and designers are looking for all types of models! If you have style and a sense of fashion, anything can happen!!!
HOW TO JUMP START YOUR MODELING AND FASHION CAREER
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Whether it’s modeling, blogging, designing or influencing, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. You have to establish a sense of confidence but not arrogance. Believing in yourself allows the opportunity to persevere and achieve what you could possibly give up on. If you don’t believe in yourself, people will notice, and it will be hard for them to believe in you. You have to be okay with failing, as long as you gave it your all. If your modeling, you have to believe that you’re beautiful and nothing defines beauty but the beholder. Someone is looking for those few extra pounds to shoot, that small gap in your tooth that makes you feel insecure and even that height that height that's under 5’6 because you are beautiful!
If you’re designing or writing, you have to be content with outing all of your creativity into your craft. Focus less on what your competitors are doing and use your creativity to take your talents to the next level. The most creative people are those who followed their own paths and not others. Your work is art and you’re creative for a reason. If a route you’re currently taking continues to end in road blocks, try different route, but NEVER surrender to failure.
Being outgoing and social is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you struggle with social anxiety or are used to isolating yourself. Just remember, your talents will never be discovered, if you don’t exploit them! Start by attending mixers, joining meet-up groups with those similar to yourself, FB groups with people similar to yourself and taking on the randomness of attending venues that spontaneously. Study shows that most opportunities are developed from building professional relationships with likeminded people. Always remember, your talents are meant to share with the world so unfold your potential!