We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Hill Gray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, what principle do you value most?
Out of all the principles, intuition is the most valuable principle to me because it is built on a myriad of things. Intuition is built on trust, honesty and vulnerability with oneself. I say this because you are more inclined to trust your gut when you believe in yourself and are honest about what you want. In creative industries this principle is even more so important because you have to be confident in every choice you make and a large part of being a creative is instinctual. There are many times when I have had to make decisions for my career that were nerve-wracking, and I allowed the uncomfortableness of where I was make the decision for me when all I needed to do was just focus on my intuition. I’ve discovered that in fostering my relationship with intuition I am able to make effective decisions that are free of worry and stress and ultimately lead me to what is in my best interest.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being an author and Model has not been easy at all. Especially because they are two different fields that require different versions of myself. I started writing my book and through trial and error I was able to publish it on my own and reap the benefits of that choice. Being Self published is rewarding but challenging because you don’t have the backing of a huge publishing house but I have always been able to rest in the fact that regardless of the money, my story is being told authentically. Modeling however has been much more of a consistent fight because I used to believe that getting signed to an agency was 90% of the battle when it’s really only 10% of the battle. Even in being signed your agency has to be willing to develop you and take a chance on you for castings. I recently made the difficult decision to leave my agency and look for new management. But in that comes the stigma of not being a “signed model” anymore which doesn’t always feel good to say. But I’ve learned that it’s less about titles especially when those titles haven’t yielded anything tangible. I know now that as long as I remain true to what my end goal is, it does not matter how long it takes me to get there. Being a creative is as much about patience in the process as it is about success.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting I would take them to visit my college campus California State University, Long Beach (best friends have to see my alma mater!) then I would bring them to my favorite beach, Seal Beach.
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 give a shout out to my friends and family, many of which are creatives themselves. They have always encouraged me to constantly work to be the best version of my self and to pay attention to how I show up in creative work but also in my personal life.
Other: Link to my book: https://www.amazon.com/Profoundly-Clueless-Robin-Noelle-Hill-Gray/dp/1796236373