Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Wheeler.
Megan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started modeling as an amateur for a boutique in high school which led me to my first fashion show. It was a fun experience, but I stayed focused on school and was involved in a lot of other activities at the time. In college, I continued my extracurricular endeavors while getting my Bachelor in Psychology and modeled for friends or certain brands in the later years. Towards the end of my time there, I tried getting into new hobbies and was feeling stuck being in Mississippi. I reached out to people for insight because I have amazing friends who are so encouraging. They reminded me, before COVID, to take the time to travel and chase opportunities, I loved to think about when I was younger.
Ironically, at the time, photographers were reaching out to me with pay— So I decided to start planning some adventures. I traveled around the South/Midwest to Tennessee, Atlanta, Arkansas, Nevada, Colorado Florida, and Louisiana. All of it served the purpose to build my portfolio and expand my connections while gaining new friends along the way. I started getting invited to do more, be paid more, and my pictures were being published in magazines so I knew I was doing something right. However, still, the journey of progressing professionally with my degree was not over. I thought about it for a while and finally decided moving to California would not only provide me with endless opportunities but give me a chance to completely start a new chapter!
So, I just moved to Los Angeles to advance and expand my clinical experience with mental health! I want to learn more on how to positively affect the surrounding communities. My greatest strengths are my ability to efficiently communicate with others, network and make reliable interactions, and build trustworthy relationships. I have a positive outlook for this new life and hope to exemplify the importance of mental and physical wellness not only in the workplace but within the community. That includes the modeling industry. I want to say being outgoing has helped me a lot with this vibrant hobby. Currently, I am still traveling around just working part-time with photographers while applying to behavioral health institutes and hospitals. I’m in love with the new city and everyone in it! It’s so open-minded and spontaneous out West! The kind of experiences I’ve had and the memories made in just a few weeks have me thrilled to see what’s in store for the future. I’m going to apply to local modeling agencies, attend casting calls safely, and continue with all of my other professional endeavors in hopes to be able to give swift and exciting new updates!
Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, I’m thankful my determination and extroverted personality along with routine work ethic has served me well. However, I realized a lot of people in the industry want to try to use or take advantage of you. I feel like a lot of people lack structure or motivation and they try to use you as the foundation to their success. I’m always one to lend a helping hand, so it was strenuous to learn how to deal with all of that professionally. I decided not to do boudoir/nude because I want to have an image for fashion, fitness, and possibly become a doctor one day. At times, photographers have been unprofessional and even a bit overbearing with preferences on amount of skin shown. It also seems like there are interesting and ever-changing rules as to what content careers accept on social media. Like it’s acceptable to post in next to nothing bikinis, but not to lounge around in lingerie online? Again, the way we think about each other, especially out West, is becoming more accepting and real so who knows what the future holds!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a published freelance model. I specialize in fashion, fitness, and swimwear. I do collaborations with photographers I really like, but for the most part require payment. I always try to stay diligent while bringing all kinds of creativity to the scene. I am proud to exemplify the importance of mental and physical health in such a demanding workplace. It’s flattering to be told by professionals that I have a unique look that brings a fierce, but artsy vibe to the table.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
- Fashion – $60
- Fitness – $60
- Bikini – $80
- Website: https://www.mymodelis.com/abiwheeler
- Phone: 601-597-4884
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abiwheeler/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000253987718
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/abiwheelerrr?lang=en
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abi-wheeler-719b16199/
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