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Meet Chanelle Renee CEO of ModelShop & The Chanelle Renee Project

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chanelle Renee.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Chanelle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a professional model with a passion for helping others interested in the fields of modeling. When I first became involved with modeling, I didn’t have a mentor, or anyone to get business advice, recommendations when it came to modeling. I pretty much had to figure out everything myself, and I made a lot of immature mistakes, which led me to start The Chanelle Renee Project back in my home town of Jackson, MS in 2011. I wanted to be that trusted mentor for people in my area. The CRP started as an advice blog, where I answered all questions about getting started in the modeling industry. It then quickly turned into a full organization that consisted of models (both professional and aspiring), fashion enthusiasts and creatives.

As a model mentor and creative, my biggest goal with The CRP is to create a sense of community. I wanted to create a place where others can collaborate, encourage one another, and get casting opportunities.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road when I first moved to Los Angeles. Like many others, I came with a very strong goal in mind. My goals were to expand what I started back in the South with The Chanelle Renee Project into larger territory. The challenge I faced was I had absolutely no connections in LA. I didn’t know a soul, or how to get the word out about my community that did so well in the South. I started by volunteering at various fashion shows as a model coordinator/runway coach/casting director. The issue I ran in to is that, although I was able to do a lot of great networking, working fashion shows didn’t provide any type of income. That produced an even bigger challenge for me.

I steered away from my goals with The Chanelle Renee Project for a while to concentrate on creating a substantial income so that I can continue to live in Los Angeles. I then focused my attention on one of my talents, graphic design. I worked pretty much full time with creating graphics for various clients. I also picked up a per-event gig working as a Events Coordinator where I had the chance to do my first love more often – fashion show productions, for a little while.

Fast forward to today, I am putting 100% of my focus back into me and my project. I’ve decided to focus now on my personal career as a model, actress – and channel that into being the business mogul I see myself as.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
My business is a modeling/fashion/creatives organization called The Chanelle Renee Project. The CRP hosts premier networking events, meetups, power shoot activities, as well as provides services such as model coaching, fashion show coordination, backstage management, creative direction. The CRP also offers a one-stop-shop for the modeling community by providing products to assist in the development and progression in such career fields.

I specialize in model coaching, runway coaching and creative directing. I have become known as the “Runway Boss” because of my fashion show backstage – serious “boss mode” antics.

I am most proud of my series of Model Bootcamps where I host a full co-ed workshop. The workshops consist of several elements that help a potential model brand herself. I provide model mentorship, pose and runway coaching in the bootcamp.

The thing that sets me apart is that I have so many different facets of what I do. My experience ranges over 9 years both on-camera and behind the scenes. I believe hard work, dedication, and faith can get you very far in life.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is when I truly feel that all of my efforts in producing anything I am involved with is massively well received by others.

My criteria for success is simple… dedication & obsession for your craft. When you are dedicated and obsessed, you will do all things needed to see it through, with absolutely no excuses. With that mind frame, your main goal is to see yourself become the vision you hold in your mind and you will do the necessary work to get to that point.

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Copyright: The Chanelle Renee Project

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