I modeled in high school and college.
I feel really weird sharing this with you guys. It’s been kind of this secret for so many years and now to share it with the entire internet is just a little odd. But well… I decided it was time. Mostly because I wanted to talk to you guys about this weekend, but having the back story makes it make more sense.
When I was in high school I lived in China. While there, both my sister (Abby) and I were in several newspapers as well as on television multiple times. I was even filmed in an episode of a game show where I was the host. So I was no stranger to the media. At 16 I had my first real modeling job for a clothing company which resulted in my face being in magazines, in malls, and on billboards across China. My sophomore year of college (at age 18) was my last official photo shoot until this past weekend.
You see, I never go looking for stuff like this. It just kind of finds me. I did briefly consider going into full time modeling when I got ready to graduate college, but decided that it really just wasn’t an industry I wanted to be in every day. However, a couple of months ago when Camp Wyldewood’s director asked if I would help him out with a project promoting camp, I just couldn’t say no.
This is where a well known fact about me comes into play… I love Camp Wyldewood. I attended there as a camper from 1998 to 2004 and then I was a counselor in 2005 and 2006. It is where I really got to know Jesus in a very personal way. Where I committed my life to God. Where I met some of my best friends. I would literally have a countdown from the last day of camp until the first day the following year (“Only 355 days left until camp next year…” haha).
As you can see, I love Wyldewood. So I was all about helping them out this weekend. Turns out, not only was I needed for photographs, but also for a series of videos. And also as it turns out… I am much better at being photographed than being videoed, haha! There is just something so awkward about being in a video by yourself with a giant green screen behind you. No script. Just showing different emotions on your face. Probably just because I’m not used to it. But it was still fun and I was honored to be chosen for the project! 🙂
And while on this same note… I did some work for a local dentist as well (both photos and videos). The dentist is a guy I knew from camp and is now on the board of directors. He is a solid guy with a good reputation. 🙂
And on top of the official modeling, there has been plenty of unofficial as well… like, how my face was plastered on banners all across my college’s campus. And then they used a photo from our wedding in Spring Sing last year. And of course there are several photos of both Christopher and I in both the Harding Heritage house and the grand entrance of Harding. What can I say? Harding loves us. 😀
So why has the modeling thing been a secret? Well, when I was in high school I didn’t tell anyone about the modeling other than my best friends for three reasons: (1) I didn’t want to come across as bragging about it. (2) I didn’t want anyone to seek friendship with me because of the modeling stuff. (3) There are lots of stereotypes associated with models/modeling that I didn’t want assumed about me. And when I came to college, I continued to keep quiet about it for the same reasons. Now, I’m so far removed from it that it seems weird to just bring it up randomly… “Oh by the way, when I was sixteen, I was a model…” haha! Anyway, so with the modeling from this past weekend I finally decided it was time to share!