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Interview with Jeanette Eng                                     Jeanette Eng's Portfolio

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Why did you want to become a model?
Because I wanted to have my hair and makeup done all the time!

How did you get started in modeling?
I was discovered on Model Mayhem and invited to the Philippines for my first paid modeling gig!

How has your life changed after you involved?
I've built up a beautiful portfolio that I can look back on when I no longer look like this and I've become very good at taking care of myself.

What is your favorite part about being a model?
Getting my hair and makeup done! And seeing the magic of the finished product!

What are your likes and dislikes about modeling?
I love the creativity that modeling requires, but I dislike the insecurities that are unearthed in this industry.

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What types of assignments are you attracted most?
I'm attracted to fun, creative assignments that paint a story.

What was the hardest challenge for you?
Staying in shape was, is, and will always be my biggest challenge.

What are your most memorable modeling experiences? It could be good or bad...
Shooting in a Laundromat at midnight in Brooklyn into the wee hours of the morning. One of my most fun and most creatively collaborative shoots.

What would bring a smile to your face?
Fat paychecks!

What would be your "dream job" in life?
To host my own TV Show and to be featured in a mainstream ad campaign

What projects are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on projects centering around hosting and interviewing for various production companies. I am also developing a television pilot.

What are your future plans ?
I am taking on a position as a pharmaceutical representative while continuing to audition and pursue a career in entertainment. Eventually, I will host my own show and put out a fitness dvd and pursue several other business ventures.

What's the best advice ever given to you?
To persevere; keep it up, keep your head up; acknowledge all of your accomplishments thus far; recognize how many others would love to be in the position that you are in; have the patience to let success come in due time and don't give up too soon, but also be okay to let go gracefully.

What are some Do's and Don'ts in the business that you have learned?

* Put yourself out there and keep networking
* Be fun and personable and outgoing…after all, you are the talent!
* Latch onto talented photographers, makeup artists, stylists, etc…you can learn so much from them and it takes a team!
* Go with your gut and be smart in every decision
* Stay poised and ready to take advantage of an opportunity at a moment's notice
* Ask yourself with each project whether or not your family would be proud of that; it's a strong barometer that has helped me turn down many projects with confidence.

* Do anything that makes you uncomfortable or that compromises your integrity
* Feel obligated to make concessions or feel indebted toward anyone…it's your body and your future
* Be late, cranky, and hard to work with. If you chose the job, see it through and do it well.
* Allow people to decide your worth; the industry is subjective and if you're confident in your product, which is yourself, then not getting the gig simply means that it wasn't the right fit or time, not that you're not good enough.

What sort of tips or advice would you give somebody who is looking to modeling?
Harness the power of the internet and connections to photograph w/ photographers on a barter basis in order to build a portfolio, then shop it around to agents to increase your exposure to opportunities. The rest will take care of itself. Make the most of it and give it 110 percent. But remember that the industry is not for everyone, so if you decide that it's not for you, walk out with a book of killer pictures and some great stories and let go gracefully.

Is there anything else, to say, we did not ask?
"Save encouraging e-mails, tags, IM's, anything that put a smile on your face and reassures you that you're doing what you are meant to do!
Remember words of admiration and affirmation.
These are sometimes your saving grace during the rainy days!"
Thanks newyorksbestmodels!

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