Today we’d like to introduce you to Roxany Teran.
Roxany, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am from Venezuela, I arrived in this country three and a half years ago, with my family, I am a mother and wife, but about two years ago I started my career as a professional model, of course, this passion has not come from a year ago since my childhood, I did not go through any modeling school, since I was a child I saw all the programs related to models and fashion which I admired, I think that when we discover what we are born for is when we discover what we live for. In a short time, I went to 2 agencies here in Houston, but they asked me for an amount of money that of course, I did not have which was the same amount of money that I brought from Venezuela, it was a very little amount. Then, it all started, Tomas Benítez was the first designer who gave me the opportunity to start, I wrote him many days to let me be one of his models until he called me and gave me the opportunity, I also met an angel who told me I will help you in professional makeup so you can start all your photo sessions every model has a portfolio and you need it these things help view you without knowing you, not everyone is confident in achieving the goal you have fixed in your mind. After so much work, I had the opportunity to travel to the New York Fashion week in New York, difficult yes and very, quite scary but I do not allow fear to take control to get me to my opportunity, there was competition in extreme quantity every day but I learned to understand that I have something special and that everyone has it, I am sure of what I have, when the moment comes someone will discover it, because I will be in the right place at the right time, if you know what you were born for, I think there should be more people fighting for what they love to do, doing everything with respect, responsibility, love and especially with a lot of faith.
I have a common job like any other which I do not like and that is why I am fighting for what I really want to do, I know that it is difficult but when I was 16 years of age, I learned how to be a mom.
Fighting for what I want is not easy but I understood that I have nothing to lose, I have much to gain. My peace flag is to smile at life when life hits you hard without fear of hurting you.
Missing a lot or maybe not but I will arrive until I reach that goal that God wrote in my life that my mother taught me, because of something I am sure and listen to me well faith is the certainty of what is expected, and the conviction of what is not seen. God has the best plans.
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?
I am proud that everything is a challenge, that there are always more and more entrepreneurial people outside who seek to do their best and have a responsibility to shine and strive as a model to support them and promote everything they want, in the same way very day I feel proud of myself for achieving everything I desire, which is very difficult but I can always accomplish everything and find the courage in myself to strive for the greatest outcome. The best advice is to trust yourself and what you have to give to others. never look aside to think they’re better than you, always look in the mirror and trust yourself and what you have.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
First of all, I am a full-time mom of a pre-teen, I am also a wife and I think that these are the most beautiful and strong professions that exist, on the other hand, I am very passionate about what I am currently perusing I am an innate model, I can do and put on everything a designer wants and pose me the way photographer pleases. I specialize in photoshoots for jewelers, boutique and designer catwalk although I have plans to create my own online business I am working on new plans, I love the catwalk I love being in front of the lens I don’t literally sleep from a camera or I do very little (ha ha ha) to dedicate my life to this wonderful profession. I am known for my skin color, I am proudly Latin and am always highlighted by that as well as for my eyes and for my hair and of course is why I always give my all and my effort to do the best I can do at my job! I always say it’s all or nothing!
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Consider that each woman has the power to make her own decisions, to be her own mentor. If it is true , that there are many empowered women , who gives us the best examples of their effort, struggle and courage towards themselves in a society that does not recognize their value However, we all have the tools to change the world, to make our voice heard, to give life to human beings and the largest projects that can exist. We are our own guides and we should only take the example of the great ones, that have given us their contribution for us to follow!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Roxanycteran
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