Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlin Lowry.
Caitlin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I do not own my own business, however, I have created myself as a petite model. I started off in 2016 by applying to different agencies throughout the Houston area. I only heard on a response back for an audition, and I was so excited. I went through the audition phase and a few days later I was informed that I was accepted into the Agency! However, the agency did not help me that much, but I became good friends with their photographer, Jenna, who has invited me to help her with photoshoots. I have helped with doing hair, in exchange for a free photoshoot. This allowed both of us to add to our portfolios!
The day that changed my modeling career was when I met Jacqueline Smooke. She owns her own boutique and was in search of some models. I messaged her, and ever since then I have been in almost every single one of her fashion shows or events. This has allowed me to gain even more connections with other designers and photographers at the fashion shows.
I was planning on attending the University of Arkansas, but a month or so before move-in day, I decided to attend the University of Houston. I came to a realization that I did not want to give up on my modeling career, and I have recently gotten into acting as well. Going to UH will allow me to still have my college experience, but also be able to do modeling or acting events, and even travel if needed! It is truly the best of both worlds for me.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Creating myself as a petite model has not always been a smooth road. Heck, it still is not a smooth road because some agencies and events still require you to be 5’7″ and above. I am only 5’1″, so there is not faking my height. My main struggled were when I was with my first agency. You had to pay money to do their photo shoots, so you’re only losing money, not gaining. However, these pictures do help build your portfolio, so it was the best option at the time. Since I am short, I was not being picked for any modeling events or events that I applied to. It was a huge bummer, so the fact that Jenna, the photographer, let me help her with photoshoots and other projects kept my confidence and hope up.
My advice to you ladies, whether you are building a business or trying to create yourself as something, is to never give up. I know a ton of people says this, but it’s true. I am always searching for events to attend or audition for. Even if you are getting a constant “No”, that just means the world is about to give you something amazing to say “Yes” to. Every one of us has been denied or rejected from something we really wanted, but that should never stop you from going for your dream. One day, when the time is right, everything will fall into place and you will be happy with where you got yourself in life.
What should we know about your business? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a petite model and aspiring actress. I have mostly participated in runway fashion shows like Bridal Extravaganza, The Red Production, and charity events against sex-trafficking. I have done some print on the side, and I am trying to develop more connections, so I can do more of that side of modeling. What sets me apart is my ethnicity. The fact that I am Asian, either draws people into my unique look or it doesn’t. I am proud of myself for deciding what I want in life and switching colleges to chase my dream. A lot of people my age would not do that because it is a scary thing to do. I am extremely happy in my life and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
As a child, I grew up with an older brother who is eleven years older than me. I believe that the fact I hung out with him and his friends, I have become more mature than other people my age. This has helped me in a lot of social situations because I know how to be respectful and talk to others.
I was also adopted at the age of 16 months, so I have had the chance to be raised in such a caring and loving family. Without my parents and brother, I would not have the confidence and support that I do now. The fact that the people I care about the most support me in my life decisions, allows me to fight for my dreams. They make me feel hope, and that I am doing the right thing.
- Phone: 832-282-4548
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lowrymodel/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caitlrea
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