Today we’d like to introduce you to Chanell Lee.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Chanell. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was 15, my mom and I came across this Ad in Seventeen magazine for a model contest through Barbizon. My mom loved to be in the spotlight, she loves to dance, sing, and make home videos: growing up, she inspired me to be confident and expressive unapologetically. So I did the Barbizon modeling school and from there It sparked my interest of modeling. I did my first photoshoot when I was 17, I learned more about myself how I loved to be in front of the camera just expressing myself through pose, facial expressions, movement. As I got older the pressure of having a real job came on. I was working at a clinic back at home in Texas, typical 9-5 office job, and honestly I hated it. I was in a cubicle not having any freedom to talk or meet people unless it was on the weekend.
So I saved up about $2000, quit my job, and made the move to LA (first living at an AirBnb).
I lived in a hostel with about 30 people, filled with creatives who came from different states to pursue their dreams..that itself was one for the books! Living with so many artists, I learned so much about different things people did that I honestly never knew existed! Three years later, my outlook on life and creating has changed.
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?
Hell na! Haha excuse my language. I believe that anything and everything in life isn’t a smooth ride. We deal with challenges everyday, meeting different personalities, the self-doubts, the good and bad days..even the weather can affect our mood for the day. I’ve heard so many No’s and very little yes’s, but that has made me into a stronger person and understanding the game of the entertainment world. Sometimes the acting directors already have a vision of who they want to cast..you could be the most talented person in the room but sometimes its not always about that. So we can’t beat ourselves up for hearing a no. Surround yourself with people who are going to keep pushing you to do better and keep you on your game.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
At this chapter in my life, I’m working on a youtube project. I don’t want to speak too much about, but what I can say is that living in LA and the people that I meet have definitely inspired me to do more. So stay tuned for more news 🙂 .
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory…hmmmmm I would say coming home to one of my moms home cooked meal after school. Being an adult is hard, sometimes you wish you can come home after work to a plate ready for you to eat.
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