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Conversations with the Inspiring Paige Breon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Breon.

Paige, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After growing up in Las Vegas, I made the move to SoCal in 2014 to attend my dream college, the University of San Diego. It was there that I like most young adults do, “found myself.”

I was surrounded by peers turned entrepreneurs, professors turned mentors, and roommates and teammates turned best friends. Inspiration was all around me!

I was an NFL Cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers from 2012-2014, and in Spring 2014, earned my BA in Communication Studies and Minors in Marketing and English. When I graduated, I knew I didn’t want to work a “typical” 9-5. I loved the thrill of performing and being in the “show business” type of field. I needed something more than a desk job.

I got with a modeling agency my senior year of college, and after dabbling in the industry for a year (and getting a small taste of how competitive it really is), I decided to move to LA summer 2014 and pursue my modeling career full-time. It was the challenge I wanted to accept. Since then, I have managed to work as a professional model for the last 4 years! After living in LA for 3 of them, my heart is so happy to now call San Diego home again. I commute to LA weekly, but it’s worth it!

In the process of getting my modeling career off the ground, I also started my own accessories line, Everything But Brunch, chokers, and bolos sold on Etsy and select boutiques. I am also a freelance writer for sdnews.com, as well as for their print publications (Beach and Bay Press, The Peninsula Beacon, and La Jolla Village News). My blog RAMPAIGE: The Lifestyle Blog is a place where I share my fashion finds, beauty tips, fitness obsessions, and healthy tidbits. I have also teamed up with some fun brands through paid partnerships and collaborations.

Has it been a smooth road?
The highs are high and the lows are low, just like any other job, but the unpredictability of a model’s booking schedule is where it differs. Sometimes, I get booked on a job 6 months out. Other times, I get a call from my agent the night before telling me I’m booked for a full day of e-comm in LA the next day. I have to be prepared for anything, anytime because it’s my livelihood. If you are passionate and put the work in, you can make your wildest dreams happen.

To young women starting their journey in modeling or freelancing in any field for that matter: I encourage you to take full responsibility to get your name and brand out there.

When I’m not booked on a job, I’m at home answering emails, writing new emails, submitting myself for jobs I find on casting networks or online, etc. I go workout to make sure I am optimizing my ability to get booked, then come home and continue to do the same thing. I update my resume after almost every single job I do, just to make sure I am staying current and putting my best work forward.

While agents, managers, assistants, etc. are amazing, I have gotten some of my biggest jobs through networking and putting myself out there.

For example, it’s so important for freelancers to keep up their social media game. As much as I have a love/ hate relationship with Instagram, this is how I landed my first big job. Paul Marciano, Founder and Creative Director of GUESS/ Marciano, called me in for a meeting via Instagram message. He booked me for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico, and I was in Mexico City the next week walking as a Guess Girl- my freaking dream job!!! Since then, I have shot e-commerce for Guess and Guess Factory.

Don’t just stop at Instagram. Make a website (doesn’t have to be anything fancy- just something with your name, bio, resume, portfolio, and some personality). Make a business Facebook. Market yourself as a BUSINESS because you are. Then, while communicating with clients via email/ phone/ interviews (castings in my case), you can show your personality and handle the business with poise and professionalism- always.

Never settle.

There will be SO many people who doubt you and who even go as far as to tell you that you cannot make it. Let these people serve as even more backup to your motivation and drive. It’s the BEST feeling when you prove the haters wrong 😉

If you need to supplement your income as a freelancer, get creative! This is why and how I started my Etsy shop. I had no experience in jewelry or fashion per-say, so I went to Hobby Lobby and some vintage stores, taught myself how to create, created, and started my own marketplace. Since then, Everything But Brunch is still a passion project of mine that I am so glad I started. It’s allowed me to meet so many people across the world via the Internet and connect through fashion.

You can also start your own blog. Even though I started mine for work as a freelance writer, anyone and everyone can start a blog now. Be honest, be open, and be yourself. This can lead to paid partnerships and collaborations with awesome brands if you put the work in.

Both of these recommendations can be started and worked on from home at your convenience around your availability, so they don’t conflict with your energy and time spent on your main freelance job you are trying to grow!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Model, Blogger (RAMPAIGE: The Lifestyle Blog), Freelance Writer story. Tell us more about the business.
Modeling has given me the most incredible opportunities I would have never been granted without being in the industry. I just recently was cast in a Sony movie, Miss Bala, coming out next January, starring Gina Rodriguez as the lead and directed by Twilight and Thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke.

We filmed in Tijuana, Rosarito, and Ensenada. It was the most amazing crew and cast, and I had so many “aha” moments, just reminding me I am still doing what I’m meant to be doing in life.

Some of my other credits include GUESS/ Marciano, Guess Factory, Reebok, Nike, Chico’s, and White House Black Market. I have also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Access Hollywood, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

I just recently shot a global campaign for Eli Lilly, as well as the 2018 Ford Fiesta campaign.

I think I am most proud of my work ethic. Even when the industry slows down, I don’t let it slow me down. I stay on top of the grind, and I stay ahead of the wave so that when it comes, I am 100% ready!

I think my professionalism has played a major part in my success as well. I don’t look for the easy way out. I have always only taken jobs that align with my brand’s message of confidence and the pride I take in being a hard-working woman, no matter how much the job pays. I always say that saying no to things is just as important as saying yes, as this is how you brand yourself and what you stand for.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I think women are qualified for any field they are educated and experienced in, just as men are qualified for anything they are educated and experienced it!

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Polarized Studios, Cynthia Shaffer, Jared Thomas, Bobby Prom, Michael Franco

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