Monday, May 24, 2010

Be True To Yourself (and update your blog)

I'm back!

I want to give a brief thank you for all of you who take the time to read my blog and for the comments. I  thouroughy enjoy reading up on all of yours.  If you have yet to introduce yourself and/or have a blog to share by all means say hello!

I got a personal email awhile back from Modelina Michelle, a lovely girl from the Bay Area in California who is a petite model.  Not only did her email and kind support make my day (Thank you Michelle! :) but she also asked if I had any advice to give to those pursuing modeling/acting.

So it got me thinking... who am I to give advice? Who am I not to give advice? Well, its nothing you haven't heard before but now you get the Kristin version (I know you can hardly contain the overwhelming excitement you feel at this very moment). So embrace yourself....

It will give me a chance to post something in between my ever changing hairstyle, which I'm sure can become repetitive and boring... (ok let's get real here... it will be nice to fill in the gaps when I don't book anything for two weeks. No one will be the wiser ;)

So here goes nothing:


Overused? Yes, but I still love this passage from Hamlet:

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!"

If you listen to what everyone else tells you and try to conform to their sometimes well-meaning sometimes malicious "advice," you will be one sad and lost soul.  Know who you are and OWN it. And be proud. This makes the hugest difference in the casting process. And in life, well its just that much more fulfilling to think you are really that phenomenal! The doors of opportunity seem to open a lot more swiftly when I'm always checking myself to make sure I am working at, committing to and presenting my best and true self. 

I have been told my ears are too big, my teeth are too small, I need to shave my arms, I'm not a true model unless I get naked, I'm too tall and skinny for this modeling job, I'm too tall to be an actor, my freckles are too random on my face, I'm too nice, I'm too good, I'm not outgoing enough, I'll never make it in the business unless I'm a backstabbing bitch. I've also been giving countless "opportunities" to meet with certain people who can "give me success" if I suck their dick.

Classy, no?

And ironically enough, the people who criticize the most and act like  you should feel SO BLESSED to be getting their opinion, are the one's who have little to no credibility to their name. Its almost funny. And here's what I say to all that....

"I find nothing wrong with my ears or teeth and my freckles are cute. I'm not shaving my arms because that's lame. I'm too tall and skinny? Is this not a modeling job? I'm too tall to be an actress? Then get me a taller actor! Idiots. I'm more of a model than those naked, cross-eyed girls in your portfolio and by the way you're a bad photographer. It pays to be nice and I am awesome. And some of the best actors are introverts. And above all, I would like to keep my integrity and morale, thank you very much. So, in actuality, YOU can suck it!!!!


  1. I was once told by an agent that in order to sign with her, I'd have to completely redo my headshots so that I'd only have straight hair. Obviously, I didn't sign with her.

    I love your advice. Love who you are. We do.

  2. Applies to more than modeling too. No matter what field you are in, you can find "experts" who will tell you to change this or that about yourself or who's whatever you have to do whatever to in order to get ahead.

    Really and truly remaining true to who you are is one of the toughest things to do in life. Our families, friends, gods, lovers, bosses, and marketers all have their opinion of who we should be. The only really question is who you feel you already are, then finding how to be the best you that you can be.

    I'm always happy to see a new KQ post up, and for the record, I always liked your arms, and tall girls kick ass.

  3. It's great to see you posting again.

  4. LOVE this. Fuck yeah. Love yourself, be true to who you are (never fake it, never pretend to be someone else) and kick some serious ass, Miss Quinn.

    I adore you.

  5. Great post Kristin! I have some friends who were in the modeling business for some time and this is exactly how their experience was. I've heard countless horror stories about making it to the top but nearly losing themselves in the process. That quote from Hamlet is perfectly used in this post, you have to be true to yourself no matter what happens.

  6. Girl, if this was an 80's movie, I'd be starting one of those slow-clap thingees. I loved every word of that.