Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas which is located at the very tip of South Texas. My hometown is a a 10min drive to the Mexican border, home to the best taquerias in the world. Haha
How long have you been a model?
I have been modeling on and off since I graduated from Texas State University in 2012. From 2012-2016 I was primarily a live fine arts figures model for various private art schools and artist associations in Austin, Texas. I stopped for a brief period between 2016-2018 because I had moved back home and became a teacher full-time. It was also around this time that I figured out that teaching in a public school system was not the lifestyle I was looking forward to until retirement. After much personal reflecting, I resided from my position then moved out to Bali, Indonesia and have now taken up modeling again since 2018 till now. So in total, I’ve been modeling for approx. 6-7years.
Tell us about your YouTube Channel . What can viewers expect when they watch your videos?
My YouTube channel is still in it’s infant stages. I started it up about a year ago now and currently have about 16 videos on there. I created my YouTube channel with the intention of sharing with others about who I am as a model and a full time visual artist. One of my 2020 goals is actually become way more consistent with documenting my artistic process and share behind the scenes type footage with my art projects and modeling. You can find a little bit of that right now on my channel. 😉
What advice do you have for creatives out there when starting YT Channel? Let it be known that it is definitely a lot of work. Especially if you are starting off your channel solo and with a low budget. But if you’re some who truly enjoys learning new things you’ll have so much fun doing it. You have to make sure you’re mentally and physically ready to put in the time and passion to execute a video project from beginning to end and keep up the pace if you’re looking to build a loyal audience. From the content, to the editing, investing in your equipment, learning video editing software, and all the while making sure you stay true to your genuine self. I’m sure you’ve heard the cliche saying plenty of times before but, “enjoying the process” is accurately the fact of it all. So just love what you’re doing and don’t get discouraged, there will be a learning curve but that isn’t a definitive reason why to to pursue what makes you happy. As long as you’re not being a racist or hurting anyone, lol!
What are some interesting facts about you? Any Hobbies outside of your YT/Modeling
I’ve always had a difficult time answering this question… I guess because most of the things I do as per my professional art career, are types of activities that others may consider “hobbies” but for me it’s just learning new skill for my work. Work, with no negative connotation behind it, my work is my passion. Secondly I think that I may just be a boring person, haha! Or I just may of have never understood the definition of a “hobby”. Things completely unrelated to my career, I love sushi, watching animal documentaries, and enjoy a good Japanese Gin? I try to workout often but I don’t think that’s enough to called a hobby. I feel like I just awkwardly filled out a section to a dating profile, lol. Ummm but interesting facts about me? I am 200 hour certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and I also have my certification in open water scuba diving.
Any person you look up to for inspiration/mentors?
Mother nature is my forever mentor and inspiration there is no greater artist than she. Jessie Reyes, she’s got me hooked right now and Mr. Rogers, because as far as I’m aware that man was a Saint.