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Meet Monique Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Jones.

Hi Monique, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I first started self-portrait photography when I was 13 years old and I had a lot of passion for it throughout middle school. However, during high school I became more focused on becoming a filmmaker rather than a photographer. The day after I graduated high school, I moved to Los Angeles where I very quickly began to fall in love with modeling and I was very determined to become a professional signed model. But being new to Los Angeles it was very hard for me to find local photographers to take my pictures, especially with a low social media profile. So that’s when I decided to pick up the camera again and take my own pictures so that I could get noticed by a Modeling agency and pursue my dreams. After seven months of consistently posting my work to as many platforms as I could, I began going viral on social media and Ended up getting noticed by my first modeling agency and got signed. Ever since then, I’ve just been continuing building my portfolio and following my dreams!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has and hasn’t been a smooth road. My biggest struggle along the way in the beginning was finding ways to get my work seen by as many people as possible with a small following. However, now that I have more of a platform, my biggest struggle has been me being too critical of my work and also having the constant fear of my work not being good enough.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a self-portrait photographer and a professional model. I mainly known for my self-portrait photography but I am slowly but surely expanding to be more of a well-known model. I am most proud of accomplishing one of my dreams so early in life all by myself. I like knowing that I achieved the things that I wanted to all on my own and with my unique talent. What sets me apart from others is my unique eye for things, and I can make very simple sets look like they’re from a different world.

What matters most to you?
What matters most to me is that I’m happy with what I’m doing and that my work can inspire people. This matters so much to me because it’s very important to love your job and feel excited to continue working, and I would hate to grow to dislike photography because of forcing myself to create when I didn’t want to or if I wasn’t passionate about it. It also means a lot to me to inspire other people with my work because I think my work is a good reminder that you don’t need people to accomplish creative things and that it’s possible to do 2+ people’s jobs alone. I just want my work to be proof that you can do anything you put your mind to.

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