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Meet Lauren Carter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Carter.

Hi Lauren, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started as a young mom coming from Seattle, I wanted to move back to my hometown in San Diego, freshly out of college and looking to grow in my career as a marketing professional. While working, I was sent a link to a modeling search with Torrid, drove to LA for the open casting call for new models, and ended up making it all the way to the final four of the model search. After the model search, I signed to an agent and moved on to growing my career in modeling and marketing, finding this sweet connection and confidence between the two worlds that intertwine seamlessly between one another. Once I discovered my capabilities within the modeling, traveling to New York, and working with clients I would have only dreamed of, I gained confidence in my marketing career and realized I am only as capable of the dreams and aspirations that I create for myself.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
This road, THIS ROAD: more like an unpathed path, breaking through bushes filled with thorns, with many u-turns, sleepless nights, using the droplets from my tears to cool my aching feet.

Becoming a mother at a young age and raising my daughter on my own, I am all she has. Splitting my time between fighting for my aspirations and filling a life for a young woman who needs my time, love and affection have been my biggest struggle. When I had a world calling me, opportunities unfolding right in front of me, I saw a young child needing every moment of my time. And currently still do.

Another struggle has been finding myself along the way, finding my confidence. Finding my true calling without neglecting my responsibilities. I have seen that most women around me wouldn’t dare take the chances I have taken, most people are unwilling to face the discomfort of venturing into unknown worlds. It can be a lonely road at times, but then you find moments of pure bliss that remind you that every hardship is worth fighting to create a life that fills your heart and feeds your soul.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a plus-size model and professional marketing. I aspire to work in fashion as a Creative Director.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I once read that you must look at life as a trapeze – there is a moment where you let go of one bar while swinging above the pit of darkness, and at that moment you face an abyss, a moment of complete unknowing. One second you are holding tight to your security and swinging high above the earth’s surface, and in an instant, you are facing complete fear, and darkness and all you have is faith that you can catch that next bar, that you will land safely onto the next platform.

This is how I look at risk-taking, I look at fear as a sign of growth. Like Taraji P. Henson once said, if it doesn’t scare her so much that she is crying, then she isn’t risking enough. I know I am not pushing myself if it doesn’t scare the shit out of me, I find comfort in discomfort.

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