Today we’d like to introduce you to LeeAnna Veasey.
LeeAnna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started modeling in January 2018 back in Metro Detroit, Michigan where I am originally from. After graduating from Central Michigan University in May 2017, I moved back in with my parents and started working a 9-5 job in corporate America. Everything was working out really well for me, but I still felt unfulfilled. I realized that my creative energy wasn’t being expressed and I needed an outlet for it. I was a classically trained dancer for over 11 years, so I knew that performing was my way of expressing my creativity. Modeling caught my interest because it is a performing art in a different light. I began to pursue modeling to let my creative energy out, and I started to feel a lot better. My modeling took off a lot faster than I thought it would, and I began to see myself hitting a ceiling in the Metro Detroit area. Not only did I want to experience different things, but I also wanted to meet new people and grow as an artist and model. I decided that I wanted to move to LA because of the great vibes and energy I always received when visiting, and I felt like there was a better market for what I am trying to achieve. The weather change was also a plus, haha.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. There are always obstacles to any journey. My main struggles were not letting what other people thought or felt about me or what I was doing affect my progress and growth. I look at modeling as an art, and in that industry, you work with a lot of other artists like makeup artists, hairstylists, photographers, etc. Art is very subjective, so a lot of people have personal opinions on how things should look or what is “good” and what is “bad”. Often times, people do not have filters and if you let them, they can really affect your outlook on yourself and what you have planned for yourself. My advice is to focus on your energy and making sure that your peace, energy, and mindset are always protected. This ensures a positive mind and outlook, which helps with continuing to be confident in yourself and your decisions. You have to stay true to yourself, what you believe in, and how you want to live your life no matter what path you take, and it all starts with your energy and mindset. Don’t let others can’t mess up what you have going on.
What else should we know about your work?
I am a model. My specialty and favorite genre to shoot are fashion and beauty. As a brand and service provider, I am most proud of my professionalism, the quality of work I produce, and the time and preparation that I put into my work. I think these things set me apart from others in addition to how I am always willing to help other aspiring models with questions they may have or advice they may need. I remember what it was like first starting out and not knowing exactly what to do in different situations, so I like to be a helping hand for other models that may need it.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
I think as women sometimes we have to make our own opportunities because the odds are so stacked against us. Even though it is a harder route to make opportunities for your self and other women, we are really good at it. One of the artists I look up to is Mali Magic. Not only is she a woman, but she is an African American woman, and not only is she an African American woman, but she is also a total BOSS! Her story is absolutely amazing and inspiring. She made her art and her craft into a business from the ground up, and she uses her business to create opportunities for other women like myself. There are other women I look up to like Melissa Butler and Meagan Ward who literally make opportunities for themselves and other women out of thin air and it is so beautiful and inspiring. So, to answer the question, I think the opportunities that women are particularly well-positioned for are the ones we create ourselves and the ones that other women create for us.
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