Today we’d like to introduce you to Grace Adkins.
Grace, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up, I always gravitated to the arts and to be quite honest, I’ve always wanted to be the spotlight. I was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine where my love of the arts began becoming a passionate theater kid. I started to regularly perform in shows for our local theater company and participate in school plays, with this I figured out I had a gift for acting, singing, and dancing. However, my plans of becoming a Broadway star shifted when my stepdad got stationed out in San Diego. Never really clicking with any theater companies out here, I found a new love, ballet. I eventually joined SDCYB and danced up to 4 days a week which soon turned into 5-6 days a week when I started performing in their seasonal shows. Ballet was such an amazing art form that I’d like to say I excelled which made me hungry for more. I wanted more dance styles in my repertoire so I audition for Coronado’s school of the arts dance program, I got in, Yeah! My experience here really matured me not just as a dancer but as an artist. Opening my eyes to so much more of the industry but also seeing how it all connects. With this, I knew I wanted to do more, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a professional dancer or get back into acting but I new I had to do something. Little did I know, at the age of 15, modeling was an option.
Sophomore year, I was scouted by an agency walking to my homecoming dance. I always knew my 5’11 self was tall but people always asked me if I played basketball, not if I modeled. However, this time, my attitude changed this moment was the start of my dream to be a professional model. Not someone whose famous because she’s pretty, I’m talking this started my dream to be the cover on Italian Vogue and walk down the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. However, these are really big dreams and I had a conflict I had to move to Italy! Crazy right (again stepdad got stationed). Just when I had this amazing opportunity, I had to drop it and move to Italy, unable to even model there because of too complicated of terms set by the military that I don’t have time to explain. I had to do something though, so I “kindve” started my youtube again, and became more active on social media. Started to try and get my name out there. So, when I eventually moved back in 2018, I was Hot. I messaged as many local SD photographers I could, I started doing any brand deal coming my way, started going to open casting calls and auditions, went up to LA a few times which leads us to now. The dream still hot, still active in my mind and Im still going for it.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Modeling a smooth road… you have to win the genetic lottery if you want that. Which honestly I thought I won until I started getting rejected for being too tall of a model. My tall stature was always insecurity growing up but I eventually grew to love it and shoot people were telling me I could make big bucks with my legs, lol.
Unfortunately, when I hit 6’0” last year, little did I know, it would make my life difficult. This insecurity I had just come to love was being the sole purpose I wouldn’t get signed to an agency. To this day, I am still not signed but this is what I have eventually told myself along the road of rejection. Everything happens for a reason, and if someone doesn’t like you for who I am why would I wanna work with them anyways. Basically, what I’m trying to say is don’t let a no stop you from trying. This is my dream and I’m not gonna stop till I get there and I know as long as I see the outcome, I will eventually reach it.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
I guess you could call me a model, aspiring model? Influencer? I really just like being in front of the camera tell me to sing, act, dance, do a runway walk I got you. For the most part, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved but am nowhere near my goal. I feel what sets me apart is I’m real and I try to make that as public as possible. When an agency told me I was too tall, I put them on blast on my Instagram, same thing when another agency told me to basically starve myself. What I’m trying to get at is I want people to follow me along on my journey and see that hard work does get you to your goals and not everything can just be handed to you on a silver platter.
Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I have to be cliche and say Instagram is my favorite app. Only because that is basically my public portfolio. With social media being a huge part of the entertainment industry, my Instagram feed and followers, unfortunately, matter a lot more than they did when I started.
- Email: Gradkinso@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gradkins_/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/GBallerina13
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCcOWK8kkA7KV9KhYZHCkLg?view_as=subscriber
Photos by @drtzed, @Ian.the.creator, @j.reys_, @josiemusgravephoto, @renz.gonzaga, @drey.es, @bbarrnes