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Life and Work with Jasmine Kier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Kier.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Last year, I was presented with the opportunity to move to Atlanta to help my sister open a restaurant. After working in a corporate office and dealing with co-workers who where against me for whatever reason, the only thing I wanted more was to start my dream career. An opportunity to move to Atlanta and possibly get one step closer than where I was sounded like an answered prayer from God. I moved to ATL and after a month of living here, I decided to attend a model call with Ei Model Management that I had been planning to attend months prior. Once I arrived, I noticed that there were 300-400 aspiring models waiting to audition and that made my anxiety run through the roof. I constantly tried to find reasons to give up and get out of there. Somehow after almost giving up, a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I felt completely calm. I wanted in to audition with absolutely no experience what so ever. I gave it my best shot and was handed a paper to fill out my contact information. I realized that I’d had to have done something right because no one else got this paper. I filled it out, turned it in, and the next day Elbert Ivory contacted me regarding a contract with Ei Model Management. Something that was once a dream became a reality so fast. A few weeks later, I was attending model training and I got my first booking, which was a campaign gig for a magazine company. I was shocked. I didn’t expect my career to get here so fast especially after everything I went through back home.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It was not an easy road. I struggled with battles with family members, friends, and myself. I struggled with anxiety, suicide thoughts, confidence, and etc. I thought starting my career would boost me up but it actually tore me down. I cried during my first booking because I felt as though I was not worth it. I compared myself to others and lost bonds with family and friends for standing up for myself. If I could give any advice, I would suggest staying true to yourself. Remember that no matter what, you where put on this earth for a reason and we are all destined for greatness. Don’t allow social media to fool you into thinking that mistakes aren’t made or that everything is perfect. We’re all human and all need love; especially from ourselves. Love yourself at all costs. You deserve to be happy, you deserve to succeed, you deserve it all!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with your work– tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a plus-size model and actress for Ei Model Management. I’m proud to be a plus-size model because I can encourage women of all sizes that you don’t have to be a certain way to be beautiful or to be yourself. For so long, I didn’t allow myself to show people how much of a cool person I was because I thought I weighed to much to do that. I used to say, “when I get to the size I wanna be, I’ll let it out”. I was terrified of being bullied on again. I went through it my entire year of middle school and did not want to go back there again. But recently, I’ve been being myself more. My confidence went up and I started to not care about who I was. Who cares if I wear a size 18 is women’s jeans and who cares if my laugh sounds like a hyena. That’s who I am and if you don’t like, see ya!

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
I advise her to prepare herself mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. It was hard for me to try to manage my career and work a fulltime job that would work with my career schedule to keep my bills paid. I went through several jobs because they were too strict. I needed to be able to call out if I had a booking without worrying about losing my only source of consistent income.

It was also hard for me to handle stuff such as losing bookings, seeing celebrities live their life, and etc. My advice is to remember that everything may seem as though it’s perfect on the outside. We never see what’s it looks like on the inside.

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Image Credit:

Agency : Ei Model Management
Photographer : Neville Forbes

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