Talent of the Year Competition

Wilhelmina Rochester Talent of the Year Competition!!!

The following 10 talent have been nominated by our clients and booking staff for this years contest. The talent are listed in alphabetical order, respectfully. You may click on each to view a larger size to read the text. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and select who you think should be voted the Top Talent of 2015 for Wilhelmina Rochester!

Voting will close on Wednesday January 13th!

amanda amy gunther jonathan laura liz mark samantha sarah

7 Steps to Create Real New Year’s Resolutions


“I can affect change by transforming the only thing that I ever had control over in the first place and that is myself.” ~Deepak Chopra

As the New Year quickly approaches, many of us spend time in review and reflection of the past year’s events and initiate strategic planning for the upcoming year.

We create and contemplate lists of resolutions, often featuring some of the same goals from the previous year. But we convince ourselves that this is going to be the year for change and transformation.

So, on January 1st, we arise, excited and committed to our new or repeated goals of exercising regularly, eating healthy, waking up earlier, taking a new class, searching for a new job and career, saving money, releasing bad habits, and the list goes on and on.

Why Resolutions Don’t Work and Intentions Do

Wouldn’t it be great if writing our resolutions also gave us the power, discipline, and determination to achieve our goals? Well, unfortunately it doesn’t. Our commitment to our resolutions can fade as quickly as the ink fades from the paper.

Resolutions do not work for us because more often than not, they include making changes to behavior and objects that exist outside of us. Until we change what’s on the inside, we cannot change what’s on the outside.

Eventually, we will go back to making the same choices, whether consciously or unconsciously. As the late, sage spiritual teacher, Dr. Wayne Dyer often quoted, “When you squeeze an orange you get orange juice because that’s what’s inside of you.”

If there’s anger, fear, low self-worth, jealousy, resentment, or other negative beliefs inside of us, even if we attempt to change the skin to our fruit, shine and polish it, or plant and grow it in a different location, what comes out of will still be what’s on the inside.

A resolution will never create a lasting transformation if we don’t change the root and inside of our fruit (our heart).

Even the word itself, “resolution,” implies “a firm decision to do or not do something, to be absolutely resolute.” This allows no fluidity or flexibility.

When we lovingly embrace and accept ourselves, focus our attention on what we want instead of what we don’t want, and set fluid intentions for the New Year, we are more likely to naturally flow toward choices that are aligned with our goals and achieve our desired results.

 7 Steps To Create Real and Lasting Change

  1.  Love and accept yourself.

Change doesn’t come by berating, judging, and criticizing ourselves; it comes from lovingly accepting the things we cannot change and growing each day to change the things we can.

This does not mean we cannot improve. It means that we are lovable where we are. Wherever we’re starting from is the perfect starting place. Practicing self-love is paramount to creating transformational shifts in our lives.

Be kind, patient, gentle, and compassionate with yourself. Treat yourself as you would a two-year old child.

2.    Practice self-awareness.

If we are not aware of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, likes, dislikes, or fears, then we are missing the starting place for change.

Consider spending time in quiet meditation and reflection, asking yourself, “What are my deepest fears and insecurities? Who am I still angry with and whom do I need to forgive? Whose approval am I seeking? Who will I disappoint if I change or succeed? What do I see and feel when I look in the mirror? And where did I learn it?”

Being fully aware of who we are and what we believe will help us end self-sabotage, make clearer choices, and create change in the present and future. Put on some calming music, light some candles, and bring a journal to your meditation. Write honestly and fluidly. Don’t think too

  1. Change old, negative beliefs into new, empowering beliefs.

Many of us hold unconscious, negative beliefs that we learned as children from our parents, grandparents, teachers, leaders, cultural and religious institutions, or the media.

We can change this belief by first creating an affirmation that reflects the new belief we want to adopt, such as “I am youthful, healthy, and full of energy and vitality, and my life is filled with joy and pleasure.”

Additionally, we can make a conscious choice to search for activities and experiences that align with our new belief, such as electing to spend time with friends that inspire and uplift us, taking up a new class or hobby, joining a club or organization, or volunteering with children.

Through our focused attention, and with time and practice, our new belief becomes embedded into our subconscious minds, and we begin to search for people, opportunities, and experiences that match it.

  1. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

I recognized that I was creating my own unhappiness by focusing on the negative. The moment I stopped complaining and focusing on the things I didn’t like about living in New York City, things began to dramatically shift for me.

By letting go of my own resistance and focusing instead on the important things I wanted to create, a new career and to live by the ocean, I was able to focus on the steps necessary to create that life.

If we change our mindset, from moving away from something to moving toward something, our thoughts begin to shift and then our actions begin to shift. Then we make choices that align with our new desires. What we give our attention to will always expand.

  1. Practice gratitude.

Gratitude is the gateway to creating peace and happiness in our lives. It is the starting point to creating change. A grateful heart is a loving heart, which draws more love into our lives.

There is always something to be grateful for. Simply writing five to ten things you’re grateful for daily will begin to shift your mindset and move you toward the changes you’re seeking.

  1. Set realistic, achievable goals and take actionable steps.

Sometimes we seek change so desperately that we set huge goals that we can’t achieve quickly and are left disappointed. But starting with a small goal and growing into a larger goal can often create a more lasting, impactful change.

Be honest with yourself and set a goal that resonates within you and seems achievable. For instance, maybe start with half of your weight loss goals for the year of 2016. Or save up a portion of the money you would like saved by the year’s end. Maybe plan to have your business plan completed rather than the entire business up and running within a year.

Rise each day committed to taking an actionable step toward your goals and intentions. It doesn’t matter how small or big the step. Just take a step. It is the series of small steps that create our big steps.

  1. Never say never.

We set resolutions such as, “I am giving up chocolate,” or “I’m never shopping again.” These statements all start from focusing on the negative of one’s behavior rather than the positive behavior that one hopes to create.

Furthermore, when we make declarations and commitments like “never” or “forever,” we are more likely to fall short of our goals and expectations. This leaves no room for balance and flexibility.

Giving up the things we love and enjoy is punishment. Why give up entirely the things we enjoy and bring us pleasure if it’s not harmful to others or ourselves?

When we keep our intentions as our focus and take action from a place of gratitude, we open ourselves up to the people and opportunities to bring us to the change and intentions we desire.

And lastly, believe in possibilities. Belief alone doesn’t make things happen, but magic unfolds in our lives when we believe in a possibility and work toward it.

Wishing you much success for a happy, healthy, and prosperous transformation in the New Year!


5 Things to Remember about Professionalism
Written by Featured Blogger and Wilhelmina Model
Samantha Baldwin

SamanthaBaldwin-9Photo Credit Jeb McConnell from Ursus Media

In the modeling world, the biggest factor that determines if you’re going to “make it or break it” is how you present yourself to others in the industry. Whether it be photographers, make up artists, or even other models, if you don’t portray yourself in a professional manner, no one is going to want to work with you. Here are some tips on how to stay professional and stay working in the competitive world that is the modeling industry.

  1. Be the Best “You” You Can Be

One of the most important parts of modeling is taking care of yourself and staying fit and healthy. You should always be trying to keep yourself in tip top shape by eating healthy and taking care of your body along with your skin. Treat every day like a work day and keep yourself clean and beautiful because you never know when you’ll be making a first impression on someone — and you know what they say about first impressions!

  1. Keep Your Look Consistent

A model should never change anything about their look unless they’re ready to update their portfolio from square one. If a client or photographer falls in love with your natural look and you show up with blue hair, I can guarantee that they’re not going to be happy. Maintain your weight and tend to yourself regularly to ensure that your look stays consistent because while some people might love surprises, most involved in the modeling industry don’t.

  1. Be Business Savvy

As a model, you are your own business that you market independently, so it is important to always be on your toes and know the tools of the trade. Know how to manage your expenses, market yourself in a professional manner, and sell yourself without selling yourself short. You always want to get the most out of a day’s work without overstepping onto ground higher than your own. Also, you should always be respectful to those you’re working with and those around you because while they may be able to bring you to higher levels in your career, you don’t want to get mixed up in the slander and drama that comes with the industry and get yourself thrown under the bus.

  1. Be Prepared and Be Patient

Nothing will send up red flags more than being unprepared and impatient with the people you’re working with. When it comes to a shoot or a job, you should always aim to be 15 minutes early — no more, no less — as it will give you a bit of a bumper incase you were to encounter some sort of obstacle. It is also always good to come over prepared. Make sure you always come with what the client requested whether it be outfits, make up, or simple knowledge and always keep your model bag stocked with the essential necessities such as shoes, undergarments, make up, and emergency items. As for post shoot festivities, never push a photographer or client to place your work ahead of previous projects that they’re working on. They’ll get to you when it’s your turn and when they have the time, so don’t worry. If the case arises where you believe the photographer may have forgotten about you or might be ignoring you, always address them in a polite, professional manner or simply have your agency take care of it.

  1. Don’t Be a Flaker

Nothing will make someone not want to work with you more than bailing on them at the last second. If you have a photoshoot or any other kind of job coming up, clear your schedule and make sure you’re available and ready to work. If you cancel on someone, like a photographer, 20 minutes before your shoot, you’re wasting their time. If the case arises where you do have to cancel on someone, give them at least 24 hour notice so they can fill your spot with someone who is available. Steering away from flaking is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself in the industry, because remember, what goes around comes around and if word gets out that you bail on photographers, there won’t be much left coming around for you.

Remembering these few key points will not only allow you to keep a professional look for yourself, but it will make others to aspire to work with you and encourage growth in both your career and your trade. Being professional is one of the most important parts of working in the modeling industry, and a client will always want to hire a professional model over a negligent one. So remember, always stay hirable, marketable, and professional.