Model Spotlight: Jackie Coleman

CJC Photography, Florida photographer, book cover photographer, romance book cover photographerCJC: How did you get your start in modeling?

JC: It actually was pretty random how I got into modeling… a friend I met at an audition messaged me on Facebook. I didn’t know her very well but she was working on a portfolio for an internship in Italy and she asked me if I would be willing to come shoot with her. At the time I definitely did not think I was photogenic at all, but she insisted. I went over her house not really knowing what to expect and she insisted on doing my makeup and making it a whole day event. She was unbelievably kind and super encouraging. We shot together and it felt so normal and easy, she kept saying I was a natural and I would just giggle at the thought of “me” being a natural. After the shoot she asked if I had ever thought about modeling. It wasn’t even on my radar but she was so kind and willing to help that I thought why not! And the rest is history! She has always been such a huge supporter of me and I don’t think I would have gotten into modeling seriously if it wasn’t for her reaching out to me.

CJC: Who/what do you draw inspiration from during a photo shoot?

JC: I do a lot of research before a shoot, looking at how different models hold themselves and what makes their face look beautiful and apply it to me. I know in my experiences I have had amazing photographers to help me along the way with learning my face and how to be professional. I definitely draw from these past experiences. I love how people learn to use their face and body to make art and that is the goal in the long run, making art and loving myself and what I am creating.

CJC: What do you enjoy the most about modeling and what do you find to be the most challenging?

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JC: I enjoy the process the most, creating and brainstorming to get the best form of art we can get. I think the most challenging part for me would have to be showcasing different sides to my look. I have been working more on showing a softer side and trying to get more variety with my look while honing my craft! There is always room for improvement, and it’s hard not to be good at it right away. Something like this takes time and does not come easy so practice is my best friend.

CJC: In one word how would you describe yourself?

JC: Interesting.

CJC: If you could have any costar for a photo shoot, who would it be and why?

JC: This is a hard one, I would want to be with someone that knows what they are doing because every time I do a photoshoot I want to learn something. I would probably have to say Kate Upon, she is such a positive soul and very professional. She is someone I would want to know!

CJC: Do you have any interesting or unique talents?

JC: My day job is pretty interesting; I am a stilt walker! I also do special effects makeup.

CJC: This industry can be harsh; how do you deal with criticism?

JC: Taking criticism is not a bad thing, but only if it is constructive. Criticism is there to help you grow, yes it may not be the easiest thing to hear right at that moment but it makes you step back and relook at what you have done and see how you can improve and shows what you are really made of. I know I take criticism hard but it’s about learning between what is the good kind and what is there just to be hurtful.

CJC: What is something most people don’t know about you?

JC: Usually my fun fact is that I am a stilt walker by day and model by night. But another interesting thing about me is that I went to culinary school. I was so close to going to school to be a pastry chef.

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CJC: To date, what accomplishment are you most proud of?

JC: My proudest accomplishment would probably have to be being published – whether it is on a book cover or being on a national advertisement. Being able to say that I am a published model is an amazing feeling considering I didn’t know if I could actually make it in modeling when I first started.

CJC: What are your goals for the remainder of the year?

JC: To find what I love, I feel like I dropped off of modeling for a little while and I want to get back into it full force. I really love what I do and I don’t want to deprive myself from doing something because it’s not “practical.” So getting back into modeling and booking 3 more book covers!

CJC: What would be the best way for someone to contact you?

JC: The best way is either by email (colemanj13975@yahoo.com) or through Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/jackie_coleman/). I am constantly on my phone because it really is such a good way to get in touch with people and it is always with me!

CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers? 

JC: Do what you love because there is no point in wasting your days. We don’t have very many days on this earth as it is, don’t waste them wondering what it would be like to do blank! Go do it, go travel, go shopping, have fun because you don’t want to miss out on something wonderful! I know it is cliché but DO IT!

See more of my work with the beautiful Jackie here!

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