We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Patrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in Maryland, but I now reside in Ohio while pursuing my undergraduate degree. I had a huge culture shock when I moved from Maryland to Ohio about 5 years ago. Growing up, I was surrounded by a ton of different cultures and backgrounds. When I moved to Ohio, it seemed like everything was a lot different and I didn’t see as much room for opportunities in my education or career. I think that my perspective on that has changed substantially over the past few years. The way I look at it now is that I am the one that controls the course of my education and career. Living near a heavily populated city like D.C. growing up, showed me that there are always more opportunities and sites to see than where I’m at now. However, Ohio has definitely grounded me by making me appreciate the simple things in life like privacy, nature, family, etc. Traveling for work, at times, feels like I have the best of both worlds. I still get to enjoy the city but it’s a great feeling knowing that I get to go home when the fast life can be overbearing.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started modeling when I was just 16 years old. My mom encouraged me one day to send in a photo of myself to a local modeling agency and a few days later I ended up signing with them. If you would’ve told 10 year old me that I would be a model one day, I would have never believed you. It was not something I had ever considered doing because I didn’t think that I was pretty enough to be a model. Growing up, I lacked self-confidence because I was constantly comparing myself to others and never felt like I fit in. It wasn’t until I started modeling that I felt that I was where I belonged. My first test shoot was in Charleston, SC with photographer, J Michael Walker. My mom had arranged the shoot with him via Instagram and once we started, everything felt natural to me. That was when I started to fall in love with it. I didn’t feel like I needed to pretend to be anything but myself.
Overtime since I started modeling, I’ve learned to walk into every casting or booking with no judgment. In the beginning, I would let my nerves impact my performance because I was too caught up in wanting to do a good job. I wanted clients to like me but I was also afraid of not being what they wanted. Now, I walk into every job with a clear mind and I make an effort to be someone that people enjoy working with. Something I think a lot of models don’t realize is that the crews we work with are also people. People that have their own families they want to go home to, their own emotions, their own struggles, etc. If I can make one person’s day a bit easier, I will.
Every model struggles with confidence because modeling involves a lot of rejection. I have learned over the years to not take any of it personally. If you take every “no” personally, it will start to impact the way you look at yourself not only as a model, but as a person. I take every “no” with a grain of salt because there will always be more opportunities. If you can own your insecurities and be so set as to who you are as an individual, you will be untouchable. Always believe in yourself the way that others believe in you!
If I could give an advice to other models starting out it would be to take control of your career and your attitude. Don’t wait for things to happen for you and don’t be hard yourself either. Always remember that mental health is just as important as physical, so if you need breaks, take them. Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and prioritize your well-being.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like to go back and forth between Columbus and Cincinnati. My favorite spot to eat in Columbus would have to be the Pearl. They have the best fried chicken and waffles on Sundays and the ambience is unbeatable. There is a ton of shopping to do in Columbus over at Easton Mall or if you’re looking for some night life, the Short North is the spot. In Cincinnati, there is so much to do! Tons of different bars and activities in several different areas. Over-The-Rhine, the Banks, and Short Vine are just a few great places to stop by!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents have always been my biggest support system. Growing up, they would drive across the country to drive to me to soccer games, tournaments, camps, etc. Now they drive me across the country for modeling opportunities and bookings. If it wasn’t for my mom encouraging me to start modeling when I was 16, I would not be where I’m at today. They have always prioritized our education pursuits as well as our ambitions for our careers. My older sister, Caitlin, has always been very supportive of me since I began modeling. Luckily, she is extremely talented at doing makeup and actually did mine for my first few test shoots! My family has continued to support me in whatever endeavors I choose to pursue and I will always be grateful for that!
1st Image: Bryan Huegen for YogaOutlet Instagram Handle – @getrichordiebryan 2nd Image: Jesslynn Hess for DSW Instagram Handle – @jesslynnhess Website – firstname.lastname@example.org Stylist – Stacy Abbott Instagram Handle – @stacabbott 3rd Image: Jesslynn Hess Instagram Handle – @jesslynnhess Website – email@example.com Hair & Makeup Artist: Andi Summer Instagram Handle – @andi_makeupartist Website – www.andisummermakeup.com 4th Image: J Michael Walker Instagram Handle – @jmichaelwalker Makeup Artist: Caitlin Patrick Instagram Handle – @cleopatricka 5th Image: Anna Cherryhomes Instagram Handle – @cherryhomesphotos 6th Image: Anna Cherryhomes Instagram Handle – @cherryhomesphotos 7th Image: J Michael Walker Instagram Handle – @jmichaelwalker Makeup Artist: Caitlin Patrick Instagram Handle – @cleopatricka 8th Image: Sid Karimi Instagram Handle – @sidkarimi Website – www.saeide-karimi.com