Today we’d like to introduce you to Delila Outlaw.
Delila, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My name is Delila Outlaw and I am a Brand Model (Actor and Producer). My interest in representing brands began long before I knew it was a job. Growing up, I faithfully watched commercials! Boring, I know. We live in a time where we fast-forward through commercials, right? Well, not me.
I would watch commercials wishing I had that new toy or even farther wishing that the little girls were me. I wanted to be given new toys to play with and show off–as children say. I remember always being curious about the products and its functions. I would say, “I wonder if that really works.” So, I decided to figure out how to be a product model, how to get free stuff and how to be on TV. At first, I got nowhere. At the age of 15, I began attending college. It was there while obtaining my degree in Business Finance, I learned the notion of “aggressive” networking.
After college, I used my “aggressive” networking skills and connected with someone, in particular, who shared valuable advice, resources and a direct brand referral. I was directly lead into the brand modeling world. That one referral landed my first brand modeling gig with a large commercialized company. Guys, I was a paid brand model for a well-known hummus brand! I was given enough hummus to share with a whole community and some.
It was the start of many paid sponsorship opportunities I was blessed to book. I could not believe I was being paid for my opinion, but I knew I was loving it. Over the years, I represented many brands including SnapChat, Puma, Nike, Cola-cola to name a few of my favorites. I also had the pleasure of hosting various events including BET experience, Complex Con, Cycle for Survival, the Once upon a time in Long Beach music festival and Beauty con. I landed a contract with M&Ms and ended up being a featured model on their social media account.
I had fun shooting print ads for campaigns and being the face for events. I did it. I became a model and was granted free stuff, but at this point, I hadn’t landed on TV. I networked some more. I stumbled upon the best commercial classes in LA and took them all. Not long after, I met a casting director who helped me book a Home Depot spot that was released early this year. More recently, I booked a spot with my dog.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road to obtain bookings was definitely rocky. The biggest struggle after 1. learning how to find commercial opportunities was two. learning the proper resume format. Also constantly providing photos to potential clients can be cumbersome if you don’t implement a plan. In the midst of researching, I would tell myself that modeling was only served as a sample of life. I knew in my heart that I can not only be a good model/influencer but more importantly, I can be a positive example. According to society, modeling was for tall, beautiful and those nearly ‘perfect ladies’. I was always being told how I would not betoken serious as a model because I did not have the fairest skin or possess the cutest smile, in fact.
Despite it all, I kept my open mind, positive attitude, and love for learning in the forefront. Thus, allowing me to meet genuine people. Soon I was getting help with my resume and managed to book my first (hummus) campaign. In order to keep up-to-date with my submissions, I book my shoots strategically. I started going after brands I like and guess what I booked paid gigs.
It is true, models are some times simply gifted with sample products, which I love that aspect. However, I do not like free as much as getting a check. I often hear that being paid to model is a great concern for most models, which is why I starting a model guide. I am currently in the works of putting together a free instructional video guide for other models. For a small fee, I will be releasing a pamphlet that includes everything from direct client referrals to resume help and other industry hacks. I say persistence is key.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
My pamphlet will cover the details on how to thrive in the influencer world (with little to no followers), how to be rewarded with more than free products and how to transition into commercials (with or without the help of an agent). I find that most influencers keep all the good tips for themselves.
Well, I have such a great success rate that I would like to share my secrets. including my client’s contact and I am even offering individualized resume help. Follow my social media for updates. As an entrepreneur, you have to be proud of every moment. I even count my losses as experience gains.
What were you like growing up? personality-wise, interest wise
I have always had an extreme level of optimism and persistence in my personality. Growing up as the oldest of eight, I had to be the creative (producer) backbone in the group. In a single day, I had my siblings making jewelry, creating wardrobe designs, redecorating old clothing and even making toiletry items, which we sold, Our toiletry items would include loofah-scrub infused fragrance soap bars, body cremes with various flavored oils, and lips balms.
I yearned to be creative. I had many interests from crocheting to dance. I remember looking at the ‘Little Rascals’ & ‘Peter Pan’ on TV and saying “where is the building in which I am seeing this take place? Without having much understanding of a VHS or “Hollywood”, all I knew is I wanted to go to that building to live amongst and play with those children.
In elementary school, I had the most most fun when we put on plays and dance performances, as well as, one-person reenactments. I remember, being on stage and feeling in my element. My job in life and as an artist is to encourage people to reflect on themselves. I have learned to share myself via stage, film, and social media serving as a vessel to influence others to look back, forward, & sideways to improve themselves & their everyday interactions in this world. As an adult, I understand that those “one person reenactments” were monologues and how fortunate I am to have been born in the same city where those buildings from TV exists. Honestly, my passion and creativity as an adult was a result of my obsession for the arts as a child.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a great place to be for artist, but it’s not the only place that a person must reside to reap the benefits of the arts.
As a product model, sometimes I get brands who have ‘travel request’. Sometimes traveling for work is fun. and some small perks could include room and board, days off in a fun city, or even per diem. As I continue to pursue acting, I am aware how things are changing and I look forward to traveling to secure my spot.
- Referral Pamphlet- 25.00
- One-on-one help- $75
- Website: www.delilaoutlaw.com
- Phone: 3238614013
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/beautyfuloutlaw
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/yepmissdelilaoutlaw
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/beautyfuloutlaw