846. A Day in the Life: What's It Really Like to Be a Supermodel?
“You know there were times that I would work in New York City during the day. And then a driver would come pick me up, bring me to the airport, I’d fly overnight to Paris, go straight to the studio, take a quick shower and work all day there. I’d only do that if both jobs were great, but the travel was pretty tricky.”
Susan Miner is the founder of Beauty From the Inside Out. As a supermodel, Susan graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Self, Bazaar, and more. Some of her beauty campaigns were L’Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, and Nivea. She followed this up by becoming a Professor of Psychology and therapist. Susan’s expertise as a therapist is anxiety reduction and eliminating panic attacks. Her company now combines both of her careers as a model and a therapist. Collaboration with other models is a fun part of her work as she lends her face and intelligence to projects.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“Growing up I hated to get my picture taken and would even hide from the camera, so it was ironic that I became a model. After teammates on my swimming team urged me to become a model, I badgered my mom into sending me to a very small modeling school. I was 17 at the time. She did and very soon I received a contract to be a model for a clothing company and did all their ads. A makeup artist for one of those jobs was also a talent agent from Boston, who signed me with her agency there. The day after I graduated from high school I moved to Boston and my modeling career took off from there.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
There are so many lessons learned over these years as a model.
1. My first challenge was learning how to get around the world! I’d get assignments across the globe and often very close together in time and it took me a while to acclimate myself to the travel distances, time changes, climate differences and much more.
2. Learning to look and be relaxed behind the camera takes a while in one’s early days of modeling for obvious reasons: it’s all so new and there are so many things going on that it’s hard to stay centered and present in the beginning.
3. While many of my modeling friends had difficulty managing their finances, I was lucky that I have always been a saver. Plus, my dad was great with finances and from early on he helped me keep my finances highly organized and carefully managed.
4. When you ask me how I handle difficult people in this high pressure occupation, my answer is I was blessed to be born with the ability to make people feel at ease and to be able to navigate through difficult situations–one key reason I became a therapist.
6. When people are thinking about becoming a model, there are a couple of key things I would encourage them to do:
a. Do plenty of research on the occupation. Of course, there are many positive aspects of modeling, but there are also plenty of difficult and challenging ones, too, depending on your personal goals, values, personality and many other factors.
b. Contact legitimate modeling agencies to pick their brains about the ins and outs of the profession. Again, there are plenty of resources you can Google to separate the legitimate, long-established agencies from the myriad scammers looking to make a quick buck at your expense, while offering no true professional training or contacts.
Connecting With Susan Miner
Subscribe to her YouTube Channel for exercises to build confidence and reduce anxiety. Some of her videos are designed for models but can be used for anyone wanting a model life.
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