Samantha is a model who has been in the industry for about four years and counting. Kind, humble, and confident, read about how a small town gal made her way to where she is today. Check out her story below.
Say hello to Samantha:
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I’m from a small town in CT that not many have heard of. I’ve been all over…from Germany to Texas (Dallas, Houston) and most often in New York. Other places include California (LA, San Diego, San Francisco); Las Vegas, NV; Boston; Maine; New Hampshire; Florida (Miami, Tampa); Rhode Island; Vermont; Denver, CO; and, Scottsdale, AZ. There’s a bunch more that I’m forgetting but I want to see so so so much more. I had never traveled growing up and I’m blessed that that’s a huge piece of my job now.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
San Diego, any part of it. I went for the first time in April and I’m obsessed. I also love Berlin – and I’d be perfectly happy with relocating to either!
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
I have lots upcoming that I’m super proud of! But y’all will just have to wait and see!
What was your most embarrassing situation while modeling?
I honestly have no answer for this one, haha. I’m constantly falling or laughing till I cry, I’m so so clumsy. But I’m never really embarrassed. It’s just kind of my personality.
Modeling is very competitive. How do you stand out?
Honestly, I just remain myself. It’s really easy to get swooped up and to forget who you are. But I’m a weird human. I fall, I laugh at inappropriate times, I love food, I talk too much. I like to think I’ve remained humble and true to myself since day one. I know myself, I know my worth. My look is somewhat unique, but there are a million and one blonde girls with big eyes and curves out there trying to do what I do. So you can never just rely on your looks – you have to stay kind. You have to stay humble and true to where you came from. I tell this to girls just starting out all the time.
Who has had the biggest influence on your modeling career?
One of my best friends, Chris Fulcher. He’s LA-based now but we grew up in the middle-of-nowhere type of towns (close to each other) where photography and modeling weren’t really popular. No one really did what we did. He was one of the first people to shoot me and I was one of the first models that he shot. Since then we’ve shot so so many times. If he needed advice, I was there. If I needed criticism, he had my back. We’re still in touch and I see him when he’s here or I’m in LA. Honestly…besides being a great friend and mentor, Chris is a creative genius. He’s continuously amazing me, I’m so proud of the person he is and the work that he’s accomplished. I deeply appreciate so many people that I’ve been blessed to work with, but every time people ask me this question, I never miss a beat – hands down, Chris was the game changer for me. I owe him a ton, and I’ll always credit him for being one of the biggest pushes in my career.
What is the best thing a photographer can do to bring out your personality?
Make me laugh. Or put on music. I do the most awkward in-between-shot shimmies ever! But honestly, there are very few times where I’m not comfortable. I’m really friendly and get along with almost anyone.
What do you like most about modeling?
Freedom of expression.
What’s a deal breaker for you when deciding to do a shoot?
If someone reaches out and wants to “hang out and maybe shoot some photos” – no. Absolutely not. That might sound cold and abrasive, but this is my job. I’m not trying to make friends, I’m not going to entertain you. If we become friends through working together – awesome. Different story. But people will send messages and say “hey, we should kick it sometime, I’d love to test shoot you and have a few drinks after.” 1. I don’t “kick it”, I take naps. 2. I don’t mix alcohol and work. 3. I feel like this is almost offensive – like you’re not taking my time seriously and it just irks me.
What are the top 3 tips you have for aspiring models?
Oh god. Can I give more? Haha.
- Get a mentor and/or use a waiver, ALWAYS.
- Stay humble.
- Work and work and work and work and never let 99 “Nos” make you stop – that one “Yes” you’ve been working for could make your career. Keep going if you want this.
If you could model anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Australia. I need warmth. I’ve always wanted to go and I’d leave in a heartbeat.
Who’s your biggest hero in your life?
My mom. Because she’s put up with me for 24 years…..and that’s huge. She’s just a great human in general. We are complete opposites….she’s a reserved, quiet, and conservative person – and I’m not, haha. But she’s always in my corner and I love her tons.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
Unstable heights (like a wobbly Ferris wheel, or rickety stairs).
Who do you want to give a shoutout to?
I’m the worst with these questions because I have so much love for so many people. I’ve already ranted about Chris Fulcher! Recently, I worked with this incredible MUA – obsessed with her. She’s about to blow up, mark my words. Asime (@dollfacedladies) – love her. Josh Paul is one of my favorite photographers for sure. Absolutely adore him. Brionna Rose, Joey K, Alx Guzman, Jose Cartagena (@photodepotbyjoe) – you can see a bunch of their stuff that I’ve recently posted on my Instagram. There are so many people – and it’s not just based off of their work ethic. These people are freaking incredible and I only associate myself with good vibes. Finally, my best friend, Joe, for standing by me for years through the great and the awful – even when I’m at my lowest and when I was still struggling. One of the only people who has been there since day one. I so appreciate him. He’s single, ladies, so reach out to let me set him up!
What fashion trend do you wish would come back?
Overalls! Are they back? Kind of?!
Which current fashion trend do you wish was gone forever?
Uggs ( – but I’m guilty of wearing them on lazy fall days to be totally honest, haha).
What do you think is your best feature?
Eyes, hair, and hips.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
This is rough because I like this about myself but….I trust people who I probably shouldn’t. Too soon. Too deeply. Friendships, relationships, people I work with. I grew up thinking that everyone was honest and pure and kind and I think it’s both a blessing and a curse to believe that everyone has the same heart as you do. They don’t. Not everyone has good intentions, but I believe in general that we as humans are good. In general. And that doesn’t always help me…because sometimes, people are not good, and don’t have good intentions. So I’m working on that, finding the right balance between realism and optimism.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Underwater shoots. Honestly, it’s just never been brought to the table for me! But hey, if you’re reading this and you want to book me for underwater, let’s do it!
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Samantha, thank you so much for sharing your story!