I’ve been modeling professionally for 14 years and have learned many things, but my number 1 tip to be a successful PinUp model is to be yourself. I get emails on the daily from girls asking how to become a Pinup model. I wish I could reply to everyone, but it would be a full time job. So, I am working on a book right now, that will be give any PinUp model or inspiring PinUp all the answers they could possibly ask and so much more. Until my book is released here is my number 1 tip, BE YOUSELF! You would be surprised at the lengths some girls will go to, to try and be me and do what I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I inspire girls to be like me, but some people take it way too far and its hurting them instead of helping them. There are girls that follow every move I make, use my exact photographers, hair and makeup artists, location, and wardrobe to try and copy exact images. Hit up magazines and jobs right after I work with them, to see if they can do the same thing. They will change their hair color and get tattoos just thinking it will make them a PinUp model. They will get with an ex of mine thinking maybe they can give them my secrets or make them a model, they will try and go through my kids, my family, and my friends. It is crazy, but the craziest I have ever gotten is a girl getting a tattoo to just come in and have me laser it off, and while she was there with me ask me a million questions on how she can become a PinUp model and if I could help her. It’s so outta hand how far some girls will go, when all you have to do is be yourself, and follow your own dreams. The world does not need another Sabina Kelley or another Dita Von Teese, or any other big name PinUp model. Everyone has their own beauty, own uniqueness, their own something everyone else could want, love, and learn from. Being you is the greatest thing you can be and nobody can ever be you no matter how hard they try. Being you is something to be proud of. Take inspiration off of other models and learn from them, but stop trying to follow every move thinking it will make you just like that person, because I promise you it won’t. The only way to succeed is hard work, having dreams, breaking boundaries, trail blazing, and being something new and unique not a copycat of something that has already been done. Believe in yourself and you will go farther than you could of ever imagined. My uniqueness when I first started PinUp modeling was that I was heavily tattooed, and PinUps did not have tattoos, and neither did models at that time. So, everyone pushed me aside because I was different, but I stuck with it and was just being myself and I did what I loved and dreamed and I made my uniqueness work for me. I stayed true to myself. That is the best piece of advice I can give to any inspiring PinUp model, Be Yourself, and be proud to be you!
Hey Australia I will be signing and taking pics with fans at the Brisbane and Melbourne Greazefests this year. The Brisbane dates are Saturday August 6th from 10am-5pm and Sunday August 7th from 10am-6pm at the Cleveland Showgrounds. The Melbourne dates are Saturday August 13th from 10am-5pm and Sunday August 14th from 10am-6pm at the Sundown Racecourse. You can get tickets for any of the dates at www.Greazefest.com Hope to see you there!
I recently made one of the biggest decisions of my life to move my kids and myself to Australia. It was a hard decision because I love America, but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made for our family. I was not stoked on raising my kids in Vegas. My oldest was just starting to get herself into trouble, and I know she could do that anywhere but Vegas especially has more temptations, hence the name Sin City! I was in the spotlight a lot and my kids were around a lot of my celebrity friends kids, and I felt they were growing up too fast and with a false sense of reality. They were expecting to have everything handed to them and not learning the real value of anything. My daughter thought the Kardashians was the way life is supposed to be. I was traveling so much for work and had a nanny helping me with the kids. All I wanted was to focus on my family, get the kids straight with morals and reality, and give them a stable life as a real family. I met the man of my dreams who stepped up to help me raise these kids and we made the decision that the kids would have a better life in Australia. We have been out here two and a half months now, and our stuff that was coming over on a boat still is not here. So, the kids have not had their computers, iPads, or video games, and we have not boughten them their new phones yet. So, they have been loosing their minds about it. They can use my phone to call anyone they need to or get online, but they don’t have their own to just sit on all day and night. That’s when I realized how obsessed kids are these days about their phones, iPads, video games, and computers. My kids would sit on those and never go outside and be a kid. They never had to go out and meet the neighbors and be creative and play, like we had to do when we were kids. Those were some of my best memories I have as a kid, running around the neighborhood with all the neighborhood kids playing hide and go seek, or riding bikes until it got dark and the street lights came on and everyone had to go home. My kids have never done that. So this is the first time in my life that I have truly seen my kids play because they have no choice. They have had to play with friends outside, and I have never seen them have so much fun in their life. My oldest daughter isn’t acting like she’s 18 anymore, she’s acting her own age and it is the best thing to see. Kids need to be kids and not grow up so fast. All of this has made me learn that I need to put strict rules on the amount of time the kids can be on all the electronics. Being a good parent is the hardest job ever, but it is the best job. I’m putting my family first and doing everything I can to let my kids be kids as long as they can. It’s the simple things in life like nature, smiles, friends, and happiness that are the most beautiful and will build memories for life. If you have a kid that is on their electronics too much, I suggest take them away for a week. They will be pissed at you, but thank you later when they realize what they are missing out on just being a kid and how much fun that is.
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