Today we’d like to introduce you to Ejiroghene.
Ejiroghene, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a model located in Los Angeles, CA and most recently a behind the scenes content creator. I started my career back in 2016, by exploring acting. While exploring the acting space, I was always told I had a nice “commercial” look, so I explored commercial acting.
While acting, in general, proved to be a bit of challenge, I started modeling, as it became easier for me to obtain work in the commercial modeling space. My very first gig came when I landed a fashion modeling opportunity with Kennedy Wealth Management, where I walked for some upcoming fashion designers in Calabasas, CA. It was a wonderful experience which opened the door for other modeling projects.
From there, I signed with a modeling agency in Los Angeles CA, was published in a few fashion magazines, did brand work with fashion clothing companies, and became the face of Ankara Festivals, Los Angeles. I also started hosting different events, and have worked the red carpet as an interviewer for the 2018 and 2019 LA African Dance competition.
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?
Absolutely NOT! If being a model were a smooth ride, EVERYONE would be doing it. It’s a lot of tough work and requires a lot of patience, commitment, perseverance, and dedication.
The biggest struggles for me were hearing the word “no” on multiple occasions. It’s challenging to put in a lot of work and energy into the process of booking a project, only for it to not work out the way you hoped.
After a while though, that word helps you develop a mental toughness that I can’t explain. Instead of seeing “no” as an obstacle, I began to see it as a redirect to the project created specifically for me.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a model and most recently a content creator. I do commercial and fashion modeling for brands and companies. A majority of my fashion work has been in African fashion, but I am slowly transitioning into more types of fashion.
As for commercial modeling, I model for various types of brands and companies depending on the project. As a content creator, I tell stories through film, and most recently created, and produced a film that was selected to screen at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival, called “Story Story: The African Rideshare.”
I am most proud of being able to be true to myself as a Nigerian American woman, while still being able to tell authentic and honest stories through the art of modeling, fashion and film.
What sets me apart from others is my name! How many other Ejiroghene’s do you know in the modeling industry? lol
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory would have to be watching Nollywood (Nigerian film industry) movies with my mom, and trying to emulate the accents I heard from some of my favorite Nigerian actresses.
Clothing: Zari Life and Isoken Enofe