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Meet Kayla Douglas, Model Actress in Cumming

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Douglas.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kayla. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a child, I’ve always been the creative type and had an interest in performing arts. I grew up a little different than most but my parents did the absolute best they could at giving me a childhood to remember. I’ve faced many personal challenges and obstacles that I’ve had to overcome and the only thing that kept me going through most of these events is performing arts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt like giving up on everything but whenever I would get depressed I would either, dance, or sing or engulf myself in a performance. A little over a year ago, I lost everything. The place I was staying, my car, my job and got some pretty disappointing news about my family. Everything that I felt was substantial was gone in a month span of time. I fell into the worst depression I’ve ever been in. Right when I thought I was going to completely give up on everything forever, I was then at a park on a swing and heard a child laughing and screaming with joy. In that moment, that child gave me the strength to move on and continue with my dream and become an inspiration for so many that think they aren’t good enough for the world. I got a management job, started modeling again and decided that Panama City, FL wasn’t the best place to continue my career in the entertainment industry. I decided to pack up and leave once I saved enough money to buy my own car (by myself) at 19. And move to Atlanta with maybe $200 and my boyfriend’s family. I transferred stores and worked as a manager for 5 months and occasionally every other weekend would do a few photoshoots to add to my portfolio, although, my management job was stable and a constant flow of cash, I took a leap of faith and decided I was going to quit my full time job to work part time as a server and work 3 days of the week on set of TV shows here in Atlanta to build my screen time and 1 day during the weekend, doing photoshoots for different events or vendors including Toni and Guy Hair Studios. Now, I am currently in a competition as Miss JetSet 2018 to win the cover of JetSet Magazine and placing first place at the moment! That would change my life forever and help me pay off all of my debt and buy my grandfather the Harley Davidson 1966 Panhead he’s always wanted so, I’m pretty set on winning and praying everyday I make it to the top.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has not been a smooth road to get where I am today. My parents have always considered me a miracle child (like most parents would) but, I’ve faced a few medical emergencies and issues that only miracles could explain. At 9 months old, I was attacked by a pit bull that crushed my entire skull. My grandmother was watching me and I believe she put me on the couch or the bed or something while she went to the restroom and I managed to get down and crawl on top of the dog while he was sleeping. In the matter of seconds, he snapped at me and locked his jaw and started shaking me and wouldn’t let go. Miraculously, I recovered although the doctors were very worried I wouldn’t make it. I was on television everywhere and prayer groups throughout Florida. It’s amazing what the power of belief will do.

As a baby, I was born with a lazy eye that gave me a lot of backlash growing up. So naturally, I went to the eye doctors often. The doctors noticed something a little off with my vision at age seven and was admitted to several eye hospitals throughout Florida and Alabama. I was then diagnosed with Stargardts disease; a disease that’s supposed to rapidly lose vision until blindness. They told my mother, I would have to be in special schools to learn Braille and around that same time, I had surgery on my lazy eye to fix it cosmetically. I was picked on so bad about my lazy eye that I would beg my mother to please homeschool me. She told me that I had to stick through it, that life is hard but I need these social skills to develop as a well rounded child. I of course, despised that response but little did I know, that little bit of advice would be the base of my drive to do better everyday. My lazy eye didn’t go away until my sophomore year of high school and by that time, I had become a strong individual that didn’t base my self worth off of others opinions. My eyes used to be the least favorite part about myself and they are now the most complimented. I am now 20 years old and thankfully saying, I have near perfect eyesight and achieving my dreams as a model actress.

Kayla Douglas Model – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My work is how I express myself. I never hold back in a photoshoot and I am always looking to better myself with every shoot. My personality and heart shine through my photos and that’s what I’m proud of, not just a pretty girl on the other side of a camera but a strong willed beautiful woman inside and out. That’s what I want to be known for.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
This is going to sound silly but my proudest moment isn’t the competition I’m in currently or the many obstacles I’ve overcome. It actually happened unexpectedly the other day, while I was waiting on a beautiful family at Outback Steakhouse. I told them about my ambitions and dreams and just talking away about the obstacles I’ve been through and their sweet little girl looked at me and said, “I want to be just like you when I grow up.” Let me tell you something, that is exactly what I want out of my life. To inspire young ones to reach for the stars and other struggling individuals that anything is possible.

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Molly Rice Photography, Ashley Pahl Photography, Aaron Moon Photography, Living Colors Photography and Frykman Photography

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