Say hello to Haley :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I am from Edmonton, Alberta, but I grew up in the country, outside of a small town called Stony Plain. I moved into the city of Edmonton in 2008 and have lived here ever since.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
I don’t know if I can pick only one of the destinations that I’ve been to as my favorite, because I love them all for different reasons. I believe the most amazing place I’ve ever been to is Portugal because my father was born there. It was really special for me to go to the country that my dad was originally from, and it is so incredibly beautiful. The food, history, and beaches are to die for!
Phoenix, AZ is my most frequent travel spot because I literally love everything about it! The short flight, the weather, the views, the food, and the lakes… it’s all awesome. I go there two to three times each year because it’s one of those places where I still feel at home. I can carry on with my routine without feeling homesick or out of my element. For hikes, we like going to Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale. I’ve done horseback riding in the desert at Apache Junction which was awesome. I rode a horse named Guinness. For a fun daytime party spot, there’s a really fun rooftop pool at the W Hotel in Scottsdale. If you have a vehicle, it’s a MUST to drive to Canyon Lake. It’s absolutely stunning and you can rent boats or pontoons too if you want to explore the canyons more. Great place to eat for a nice dinner is Olive & Ivy, so then you can go out in old town Scottsdale afterward. My favorite bars are Bottled Blonde and Whiskey Row. For hangover Sundays, if you want bottomless mimosas, we like R&R in old town Scottsdale – it’s got a cool patio and music. If you want to go on a road trip to a cool place, go to Jerome (it’s an old haunted mining town that is built into the side of a mountain – so cool!), then from there, go to Sedona, and just a few min past Sedona, go to Sliderock. It’s absolutely stunning!
I have been to Mexico twice. the first time was to Cancun and the second was to Riviera Maya. Cancun was fun, but it’s very wild and a little bit too much like Vegas for my liking. I definitely recommend that everyone goes to Coco Bongo at least once though, it’s an incredible experience!
I liked Riviera Maya more because I felt like I was actually in Mexico, and I could have stayed there for another week! Every morning I worked out at the resort gym and had fun in the sun during the day. Highlights of the trip were renting jet skis for an hour on the ocean. On the last day, we did the jungle Maya tour where we got to rappel 40 feet down and swim in Yaxmuul, a natural underground pond with pristine waters and beautiful rock formations. We flew over the forest on zip-lines, and one of them had a water-landing. Then we went to Nohoch Nah Chiich, the world’s longest underwater river. Lastly, we snorkeled in crystal clear waters surrounded by awesome rock formations.
For a fun winter trip, I highly recommend Breckenridge and Vail Colorado! I absolutely loved the towns, they were so adorable. We rented Ski Doos, went snowboarding a few times, checked out the shops, had amazing food, and enjoyed the beautiful home we rented. I could go on all day raving about some of the places I’ve been, because each experience has been a new, exciting adventure!
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
Honestly, I have a very entrepreneurial mindset. I think of new ideas to expand my business every single day, among other business opportunities. My mind never stops and neither do my ideas, which can be a good and a bad thing. The good thing is that I have drive, and with drive comes success. However, it can be a negative in the sense that I have a hard time focusing on one idea at a time because I just want to do it all! I can’t tell you my bucket list, but you’ll see soon.
In addition to modeling, you are an established personal trainer – tell us more about this aspect of your career.
I am a personal trainer in every sense of the word. I train one-on-one here in my local city, I coach clients from all over the world on my very detailed training site, I provide customized meal plans, I provide meal plan eBooks that are less customized as a cheaper option, I create workout videos, and I post recipes on my website. I do it all!
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
I was a licensed hair stylist in a salon, but I had a passion for fitness outside of that. I started sharing my tips on Instagram and people started to notice me. I came into contact with Freddy, the owner of BodyRock.TV. I had emailed Freddy some professional fitness photos, he then asked me to make my own workout video to put on YouTube. I had a friend of mine, who was a talented videographer, come over right away. She shot the ab routine I created, edited it with upbeat music, and uploaded it onto YouTube for me. Freddy was really impressed by it and wanted me to fly to Kingston, Ontario to be in BodyRock.TV videos. He said that if their following liked me, I would become an official host. Which I did. Due to issues I had with their direction and contract, I chose to leave the company. I really didn’t want to stop what I was doing. So, I started my own company, which was a lot of work, but I’m happy I did it. I quit doing hair a couple years ago and have focused 100% of my time on XNRGFIT.
What’s your favorite picture of yourself?
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
What some people might not know about me is that I do everything. Literally, if I do not know how to do it, I’ll figure it out. I don’t like to ask for help, even when I need it, and that forces me to learn a lot of new things. I love all that is construction and power tools! I love renovating and building furniture.
What was the moment you decided to get into modeling?
I probably wanted to model when I turned 15. I went to an agency, they wanted to sign me and handed the contract to me. But, my parents were worried with how it would affect my schooling. We also thought that the expectations of my weight were unhealthy. I weighed about 100 lbs and was 5’7″ and they were basically telling me not to gain a single pound. So that made me change my mind and I never totally pursued it. I’ve done a couple shows and photoshoots, but nothing huge.
What was your most embarrassing situation while modeling?
I don’t have any.
Modeling is very competitive. How do you stand out?
I don’t consider myself a model, but I do think I have a different look. Agencies always loved my freckles and beauty marks with olive skin. They said it was rare to see tanned skin with freckles.
Who has had the biggest influence on your modeling career and why?
I don’t have a career in modeling, but like most girls, I think Victoria’s Secret models were my inspiration years ago.
What’s been the most challenging part of modeling, and how did you overcome those challenges?
It’s always frustrated me that I’d have to be stick thin to pursue high fashion, because it’s not healthy to be that underweight. That’s why I’m more interested in swimsuit or fitness modeling. I’ve overcome those expectations by aiming for a style that is more geared towards how I want to look.
What is the best thing a photographer can do to bring out your personality?
Tell me what to do and joke with me. I’m a little shy at first, so humor always brings me out and relaxes me.
What was your most memorable photoshoot?
I wouldn’t say that any are more memorable than others. But I did love shooting with Britta Kokemor in Calgary. The photoshoot was to get some fitness style images for my website. Her site is www.jager&ko.com.
I also loved having one of my close friends, Ali Mathiesen, photograph me somewhat nude. It was just fun and I felt comfortable in front of her. I don’t think I could have done that shoot with anyone else! Her site is www.blondyphotography.com.
What do you like most about modeling?
I think seeing the photos afterwards, because you sort of see yourself in a different light.
What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great model?
I don’t think I have a philosophy because I doubt I’m a great model!
What’s a deal breaker for you when deciding to do a shoot?
Someone being rude to me or making me feel uncomfortable by being inappropriate. Professionalism is very important to me.
What are the top 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?
- Be professional.
- Make it fun.
- Give direction.
What are the top 3 tips you have for aspiring models?
- Stick to your guns.
- Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with.
- Have fun.
What do you want people to remember about you after a shoot?
That they had fun with me.
If you could model anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
Greece or Italy, because they’re my style. I just love that European vibe!
What advice about modeling do you wish you had when you first started?
I’m not really an experienced model in the sense of it being my career, so I don’t have advice.
Who’s your biggest hero in your life and why?
I don’t have a specific hero because I’ve been impacted by so many people for different reasons. Anyone in the world who has accomplished their goals and followed their dreams is a hero in my opinion.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
Not accomplishing enough.
What’s something nobody knows about you that you’d like to share?
I wouldn’t say that nobody knows this, because the people that are very close to me know who I am. A lot of people think they know who I am, but they don’t.
I have been through a lot in my life, and for that reason I am very independent. I want people in my life, but I don’t need them. I love my alone time and I’m not afraid of silence, in fact, I embrace it. I feel at peace cooking, cleaning, and working out. I am an introvert and I don’t see that as a negative thing. I think it’s a great thing to be an introvert as long as you can find balance. My alone time is where my batteries get to recharge. Once they have I am very fun, energetic, and conversational with groups of people, and will often be one of the last to go to bed. This is where people that don’t know me will assume that I’m the life of the party and very extroverted, but it’s only because I was charged up. I can’t be around people all day every day, because then I feel that I lose touch with myself. I am also a complete computer nerd, which a lot of people wouldn’t guess. I know more about computer programs then a lot of people who took legitimate courses do. I am obsessed with hands on knowledge, I can and will figure anything out without asking for help.
What fashion trend do you wish would come back?
I am actually not a huge trend follower. I do a little bit but not too much. I am pretty simple and timeless with my fashion I think.
Which current fashion trend do you wish was gone forever?
The majority of what Justin Bieber wears.
What do you think is your best feature?
From what people say, my eyes.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Probably my resting b*tch face. I hate that I can look angry when I don’t smile, especially because I’m usually not.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
I’ve always wanted to get my bike license and buy a Harley. I will one day!
What are some struggles you’ve overcome?
Running a company is hard because it’s not a set and steady income. You constantly have to work at it, and it is something that can be affected by the economy. The independence is worth it though, in my opinion.
What is the most life-changing event that you’ve experienced?
I have yet to experience it.
What’s your greatest failure, and how did you overcome it?
Some words I live by: “I don’t believe in failure, because simply by saying you’ve failed, you’ve admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.”
What’s your greatest achievement, and how has it shaped you?
Running my own company is my biggest achievement because it’s made me stronger in every single way. Every decision or struggle I have to face in the future, I’ll feel capable of getting through.
What was the happiest day of your life?
Not to be corny, but it was probably my first date with my boyfriend. I saw him for the first time when I was 17 and never stopped wondering about him. He’s the only guy that has ever fully caught my attention in that way. Years later, timing worked out and we’ve been together for over 4 years now. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have enough of a balance in my life because I’d be all work and no play. He’s brought me some adventure, and I’ve balanced him out as well.
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