Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Douglas.
Hi Jessica, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
It all started when I left California to move down to good ol’ North Carolina. Growing up, I had a strong interest in acting and dance but had never considered modeling. My first exposure to modeling was during my junior year in high school when I modeled for a photographer doing high school portraits and other close friends who picked up photography as a hobby. I always saw modeling as a form of silent acting, it’s truly an art form that allows for creative expression. I also was able to incorporate my love of dance into my posing to create fluid movement. Consistency, hard work and a great support system is what honestly has gotten me to a point in my life that I can be proud of. I remember making a list of all my professional and personal goals I wanted to reach by 2020 and then the pandemic hit! As overwhelming as that year was for me initially, it really fueled my creativity and passion to create inspiring art even more. I continued to build my portfolio during that time and collaborate with local creatives. It was a time of growth and getting outside my comfort zone.
I have recently taken on the role of creative director and have partnered with local businesses to create content and put together photoshoots for their platforms. I have an incredible team of photographers, stylists, and makeup artists that I work with on fun editorial projects throughout the Triangle. We’re slowly starting to make a name for ourselves and are connecting with other local artists in the community in need of our services.
Alright, 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?
There have definitely been obstacles that I have learned from that made me better at my craft. I learned early on that a setback is a setup for a comeback and have applied that to everything I do. As a model, I’m aware that I won’t book every job or gig and that’s okay. I always see closed doors as a blessing in disguise. Opportunities that are meant for me are truly meant for me. Looking back, I appreciate all the struggles faced because they have molded me into the person I am today. Being a freelance model is not easy, but I enjoy being my own boss and advocate. I decide what projects I want to take on and am the lead negotiator. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am model, creative director and content creator! I currently work with local business owners in the Triangle to create content that can be used for their social media platforms and websites. One of the most recent projects I helped put together was for Berry Bomb Selfie Spot in Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center where we had a full day shoot with 10+ creatives. The theme was ‘Rich Girls’ and it’s one of my favorite projects to date thanks to my team! I have an amazing team of female creatives that I work with on a variety of projects. This group of talented ladies truly motivate me to grow as a creative and always go the extra mile in their work. What sets me apart from others is my creative vision, amicable nature, and determination. When I really want something, I invest 100% of my time and energy into bringing it to life.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
There have been cases where I have been at the right place at the right time to experience life-changing opportunities. Instead of using the term coincidence, I say it’s a ‘God-incidence’ because He is behind the countless blessings I have received in my life thus far. As with anything, you have to put the work in as well. If I solely relied on luck, I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessica.delovely/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.delovely/
Photos by: Jessica Bratton (https://www.instagram.com/jqbrattonphoto/)
Stylist: Dianne Robinson-Herring (https://www.instagram.com/hautebrowngirl/)
MUA: Emylice Landestoy-Rodriguez (https://www.instagram.com/emyland.mua/) &
Pattie Seelbach (https://www.instagram.com/peachcowgirlbeauty/)
Hair: Misa Pettiway (https://www.instagram.com/majesticstylesbymisa/)