Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Hill.
Robin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Since I was a child, I always wanted to model and write. I did both frequently. Modeling began as a confidence booster due to the fact that I was extremely insecure and shy as a young teen. My aunt Robin was a photographer and she would spend her time coaching me with different poses and techniques for pictures. It started as a bonding experience between us two but soon it became something I truly wanted to pursue. I saved enough money when I was 14 and bought my first camera, a little red Sanyo and I would use it to take pictures of myself. That same effort evolved into me being developed enough to take elite pictures of myself with just my phone. Those same pictures that I took and posted on my Instagram would eventually get me signed to the modeling agency I work under now, World Management. Writing evolved the same way. In my teenage years, I was a compulsive journaler, my collection grew to well over 60 journals. My senior year of high school, I created my WordPress blog which held everything from creative nonfiction, to poetry and prose. In my freshman year of college, I made the decision to write a book and from fall of 2016 to spring of 2019, I worked on my book. I published it independently this year in March and it has been my pride and joy since.
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?
My journey has not been easy at all. My freshman year of college at chico state was extremely challenging. I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical depression. This caused a lot of trouble for me during that time. I attempted suicide five times, and also had an eating disorder. By the end of my first semester of college, I was extremely underweight and had given up on myself. After failing all my classes, I dropped out and came home to get myself together. I went to therapy and began taking antidepressants and tried my best to piece myself back together. After two years of being home and attending a community college, I was finally ready to get back out there and I now attend Long Beach State University.
Modeling came with its struggles as well. I received a total of 15 agency rejections over the course of three years and I was often met with brutal feedback from the agents. It messed with my self-esteem for a while but I tried my best to remain focused and hope that one day I would find the agency that was right for me. This year, that finally happened.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am my own business. Being a model puts you in the position of being an independent contractor. Of course, you have the support of the agency and your personal agent but ultimately your success depends on you, nothing is handed to you. My position as an author works the same way. I did not publish traditionally through a publishing house, I did it independently through amazon kindle direct publishing which is why my book is exclusively sold on amazon. To be able to be independent provides me with so much creative freedom and autonomy. What sets me apart from others is my ability to take on multiple roles. Not only did I study the art of photography on my own to be able to take my pictures, but I also wrote, edited, and designed my book all on my own. I am skilled, dynamic, versatile, and teachable.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was a little girl, sometimes my mom, brother, and I would spend the night at my grandma’s house. I vividly remember lying in the bed with my grandmother in the morning. She would prepare bacon and sweet rice for me and we would sit together in her bed and watch the Secret Garden. That movie was always our connection and our bond.
- My book “profoundly clueless” is being sold on Amazon for 14.65.
- Website: https://www.amazon.com/Profoundly-Clueless-Robin-Noelle-Hill-Gray/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Instagram: @rob.aligns
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