We had the good fortune of connecting with Quincy Alexis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quincy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
One of the most important factors behind my success i woud say is my determination. Growing up my mom has always told me that I’m the most determined person she knows and she still says that to this day. I feel there always has to be some kind of passion or drive behind a successful person/business. I don’t see how I could have gotten to where I am today without it, without that push to be the best version of myself I can be and I really want to show people like “look at me, you can get out there and do this too if you just believe in yourself”. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy because we all have our roadblocks but if we just push through and get done what needs to get done, then we can make it. I truly believe that and all I want to do is encorage everyone to believe that they’re not stuck, that they can keep on moving and break barriers.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So I am a model and these days with social media, anyone can be a model. So what sets me apart from other models is my unique look and rockin’ personality! I turn heads wherever I go but I know a model can’t just be a pretty face. We have to have the likeable attitude and personality that way we are remembered in a positive way and other creatives are going to want to work with us again or tell their friends who might want to work with us too.
I am always so excited for every photoshoot I get to be a part of because weather it’s for a specific project or just a bunch of creatives putting our ideas together, I know that at the end of the day we’re creating something that’s going to be amazing and that’s something that definitely keeps me pumped and moving forward and wanting to do more!
Being a model never crossed my mind until about a couple years ago when I used to deliver pizzas! One of my coworkers asked me to model for him because he was just getting into photography. So we had the shoot and the pictures turned out so amazing that I was like “Wow, I’m pretty good at this. Maybe I should keep this going and see what happens”. At the time I had one semester of college left and I still didn’t really have much of a plan. So once I got a better job, one of the amazing photographers I worked with asked me to model for her, so we got a team together and basically made some magic. Fortunately I was able to have another very successful shoot with her about a month or so before I moved to LA! And between these three shoots, I was having my own mini shoots with a couple of my best friends to continue to build my portfolio. Once I got to LA in October 2020, I joined a couple of Facebook groups for models and creatives and just put myself out there and tried getting as many gigs as I could which have actually been way more than I thought I would get since I’m pretty new to this and LA! This might sound easy but it is definitely a lot of work and a lot of competition. I have put in so much time and money creating and building my portfolio, networking with the right people and making lasting impressions because it’s so important for me to grow in this industry and be a successful model. Not your typical Instagram model because anyone can do that, but a model in magazines and on billboards. I honetly didn’t even realize doing this is my passion until very recently because I feel like it just comes so naturally for me. I would say that I’m generally a patient person, but being in this industry takes a great amount of patience epecially if you don’t have an agent (which I don’t at the moment). Getting gigs through Facebook isn’t as easy as it sounds because almost every post has at least 30 other models trying to get the same gig so patience is definitely key.
I just want everyone to know that you don’t have to be stuck. I was almost stuck in a place where I wasn’t happy and I knew I wouldn’t be able to grow. There were definitely some sacrifices that had to be made along the way which is okay because it’s all working out for the better! I am stronger and more confident in myself because of it and I have grown so much and now I feel like nothing can stop me. I am doing whatever it takes to reach my goal and I want to inspire everyone to do the same!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A couple of my best friends are actually coming to visit soon so I’ve been thinking about this for a while! I would definitely take them to the touristy places like the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Santa Monica Pier/Venice. I would also like to drive them through Beverly Hills and show them the amazing houses over there. I enjoy finding different parks so I’d take them to a couple of the parks I like with a killer view of dtla. Because of covid I haven’t been out to too many restaurants but a nice one I have been to is JOEY DTLA which has amazing food and drinks. And then if there are karaoke bars open by the time they get here I would loooooove for us to do that! I’ve met quite a few very cool people out here so I definitely want them to meet my cousins and some of my good friends! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my mom Page Turner! She has always been my biggest supporter and without her I don’t know where I would be. She has sacrificed a lot for my success and I am forever grateful for it, I love her so much. I would also like to shoutout my wombmate Qai for helping me in whatever way she can all the way from New York! Her and our cousin Kelli actually drove with me and made the three-day trip from Tennessee to California to help me move which was so much fun and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I definitely couldn’t have done it on my own. Love you guys!
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