Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazmin Talamantes.
Jazmin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved when my photo was taken. Whenever a camera was present, I felt myself gravitate towards it, each and every time. I loved to smile, make a funny face, pose, etc. then, I stared at the photo later and admired how a moment was captured. As I got older, I found myself to be attracted towards fashion. I loved how I could express myself through clothes. I appreciated the time invested in putting an outfit together and made sure there was a statement behind it.
Once I became a young adult, I thought to myself why don’t I try pursuing modeling. I love being behind the camera and admire fashion. I thought to myself, “When I was a kid, my imagination peaked to let myself see and feel the possibilities of where I want to go in life.”
So, I decided to follow my intuition…
It was a bright sunny morning in Riverside when I had just got off the phone with a customer, I turned to my coworker (Christian) and said, “this might sound cliche and crazy but I want to become a model…”
Has it been a smooth road?
Yes, there were many obstacles and challenges I experienced to get where I am today.
The moment I decided to put my attention towards modeling, I knew it was what I wanted but I also did not know how to start. Endless thoughts of fear and doubt filled my mind… who do I need to be in contact with? Should I move to LA? I have no professional photos. I have no experience in fashion shows let alone be a sign to an agency. I had to make a decision to trust myself even though I did not know what I was doing. For a long time, I was commuting from Riverside to LA (an hour distance) to audition for fashion shows by aspiring fashion designers. Many hours spent in traffic, let’s not forget the nights I slept in my car in order to save gas and time. When I decided to make the move to LA, I thought, “this is it, no more challenges.” Little did I know, I entered into a new world with many more obstacles. I had meetings with several scammers, I had to learn how to pose, slowly but surely become comfortable with the camera and truly falling in love with myself. I also learned along the way my heart was not happy living in LA any longer and I struggled so much if I should stay or leave since LA is the “perfect place” to start a modeling career. I felt empty inside. I felt I was losing myself more than finding myself. One day, I woke up and told myself if I am not happy how can I pursue my dream when my soul is suffocated. That is when I decided to pack my bags and move to San Diego. The best decision I ever made.
For the women out there starting their journey, I would like to tell you this, there is not a right or wrong way of making your dreams your reality. I am here to share my story not to prove my way worked but to show how my struggles, lack of knowledge and heart full of hope guided me to end up manifesting where I am today with my modeling career. I am not where I want to be but I know I am headed in the right direction. Trust yourself and most importantly you can do anything you set your mind too.
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?
Overall, I see myself as a model but also a creator.
I love being behind the camera, the process of getting ready and posing. I feel empowered and alive when I’m in front of the camera. What gets my heart racing with magic and fulfillment is having an idea come to mind than the process of creating it and BAM, it’s here, it is ALIVE and REAL! I enjoy getting to know the people I work with, new concepts, new intentions are introduced to me giving insight to a new world. I am all ears. I am always willing to improve so when a new project/venture is presented and people can give me constructive criticism, I’ll take it and run. I will always be learning in this industry that’s what makes it fun and challenging. I have a high sense of urgency when it comes to improving, how I can get better and at the same time be vocal about what makes Jazmin, Jazmin. It is a beautiful opportunity when two perceptions can interwind and magic is created.
I feel what sets me apart from others is the true acceptance I have gained from modeling. We are our biggest critics and we all have insecurities. Throughout my journey in modeling, the ride has allowed me to love myself unconditionally, flaw and all. I had a hard time accepting myself growing up so when I look back to when I first started and now, I feel and project gratification.
Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
In general, women signify existence and I feed off from this powerful energy.
We are portrayed has unstable, erratic human begins but in reality we are durable and adaptable beings that will feel every emotion needed, transitioning the energy into building devotion and an unbreakable boldness. I love seeing women flourish from needless comments and horrific experiences.
To be more specific, there is two women when I see or come in contact with, who give me encouragement. First my aunt Fabi. This woman is superwoman herself. She is the living proof that hard work and BELIEVING in yourself will pay off. No matter what has happened or who is not there to support you. I love her forward-looking, positive, determined and natural genuine mindset. I see her and I see a magnificent lion who will not stop hunting until she gets what she wants. Second is Bella Hadid. I do not know her personally but I have always been intrigued by her. To me, her look was different, not a typical model or features you would expect but that is what made her interesting to me. I remember when she started her official/professional modeling career she was mediocre but as time went on, she learned how to improve her weaknesses and blossom into this remarkable model. She kept going. I love her dark, edgy, self-assured, outside the box creative taste.
It is fundamental to see people flourish in their journey because you see what consistency, effort and belief can do to a human.
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