NOELLE BROWN

Versatility is so important in my world. In every aspect, from social media, to your portfolio, to your experiences, you have to show that you can handle anything, and that you have done everything! Clients are looking for that face that fits the look they are trying to find, and the more diverse portfolio I have, the higher chance that I may be what they are looking for!! I am always up for the challenge if they are willing to give me the chance, while also keeping in mind that I do also have boundaries with my body and have the right to pass on the full nudity shots! Personally, I use versatility as an advantage to show that I am in no way like anyone else. I'm a country-loving beach girl from Oregon that wears Birkenstocks in public and wolf shirts to parties. My Instagram isn't full of cleavage-ridden sexy selfies. I only want followers that want to see the real me and the awesome life I'm lucky enough to live! If they don't want to see an occasional boyfriend post, a pic of my family at disneyland, or my love for wakesurfing, along with images from my modeling career, then they shouldn't follow me. In our world, number of followers seems to be everything... But while keeping that in mind for success, I don't want to conform to the standard of constant selfies, I want to show the world that I am a real-life person with real-life values and experiences, too.

 

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Modeling definitely is a way of putting yourself out there! I draw my confidence from knowing that I was raised right and being proud of who I am. To some, I may just be a pretty face. But what gives me the most confidence is that I am so much more than that! I have so many hobbies and passions and ideas, and that gives me so much self-worth. There's something about being comfortable in your own skin and mind that just puts a positive aura about you... And you bet that people notice it. It does get hard when you go to castings and don't get the job, and I'll be the first to admit that I've questioned myself and brought myself down. Imagine going to a casting where there are fifty models who are all taller, blonder, prettier, and skinnier than you are... Who wouldn't start comparing flaws?! That's when I have to take a step back and remind myself that it's up to fate, I can't control what the client wants and what I have to offer. But I can give it my best shot and let my bubbly personality and smile shine through to do some convincing! And once behind a camera, no idea is a bad idea. I've been asked so many times, "How do you know how to pose? It's so awkward!" Well my advice is to just let go of that self-conscious feeling of looking stupid. Photographers and models work together to create a beautiful price of art, so no ideas are bad ideas!

 

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I have to have a positive attitude during shoots! I am such a bubbly, silly, outgoing person... That the moment someone shows any negativity, it totally affects me on and off camera. I harness the energy around me to create the person in the picture. There needs to be music to match the mood, there needs to be teamwork between me, the photographer, and the makeup artist, and there needs to be only positive comments and criticism or else the energy turns sour real quick and time passes really slow. There have been many shoots that I've had to completely uplift the vibe by just being super silly and a complete dork between shots... People love it! I think they find it refreshing to meet someone who is actually a real person, instead of just a fake boring blob. Whenever I bring 100 percent of who I am to a shoot, it turns out to almost always be a blast for everyone. 

 

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I've been raised from the start to be true to myself. My parents did a great job dismantling those bratty teenage years full of those fake tendencies you mentioned. I guess I've always captured my inner "shine," you could say, and let it out for the world to see. There may not have been one exact time that it all clicked... I went to Miami for the season last year and caught a glimpse of what being a working model was like, and it looked like a lot of fun! In the mix there were the people who seemed really fake, but I figured well, that's Miami for ya! When it really hit me was when I moved to Los Angeles later that year... I remember calling my mom after a few days of castings and such, where you meet and see a lot of models from your agency. I could not believe the way people act there; it's so different from good old Oregon. The way people look at themselves in the mirror... if my mom saw me being sexy in the mirror for hours she would yell, "Stop being so full of yourself and walk the dog!" The over display of success in the clothes, cars, shoes, purses, even personality... You think everyone made it big but then I find out that most are just struggling along like the rest of us, but they can't live with people knowing it! I think its hilarious.

I once went to a celebrity's birthday party in a wolf shirt and eventually kicked off my heels and put on my birkenstocks. That's the real me... no fear. I had more fun that night being myself and had more confidence than ever before because I wasn't standing in my sky high heels and wearing a dress that wouldn't allow me to move at all, I felt free! I find that most clients enjoy working with people they can talk to and that bring in a sunny vibe to brighten the boring work day too... So I harness my energy at work and when I'm out and about in LA. I don't want to be the girl that people say, "Oh my gawd she is so LA." --As if that even makes sense.

 

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I have always been in the spotlight. My parents have told me, now that I have this galavanting lifestyle, that they always knew from the time I was little that something big was ahead in my life. I started singing when I was really little, I did kids choir it seems like starting from kindergarten... and I went on to keep performing in advanced choirs in middle school and through high school. I would always try out for solos, and I had quite a few of them! I even did a play in high school, and my best friend and I continue to sing with her guitar and a campfire almost every time I get to see her. I'm so thankful that I started performing at a young age, I think it's what gave me the ability to not be afraid to go up in front of people and do a photoshoot. Modeling is kind of performing, right? When you're in front of a crowd singing, whether you're alone or in a group, it makes you so vulnerable. You can't fake who you are or what you have at that point! You just had to be true to yourself and true to your talent... and I think that's something I carry with me to this day.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: The on-the-go lifestyle. I am a planner, that's for sure, and it seems like every time I have something planned out. BOOM. I get called to work... and every time I am totally free, nothing! I get anxiety from that, as well as the thought of leaving everything I know and going to another big city to be alone. I spent a couple years staying home going to college, but then the modeling opportunities became apparent enough for me to pursue the traveling life. I've learned more about myself and the world in the last year than I ever did in college! Living in Miami taught me street smarts, Hawaii taught me how to live with very little, and LA taught me how to network and find good people in a city full of fakes. This way of life has made me an expert packer and traveler!

What I am most thankful for learning from this stressful aspect is that it taught me to appreciate home. It taught me to appreciate home cooked meals from my mom after having to try to cook for myself. It taught me to enjoy every second I am home with my family after being alone countless nights in a big city wishing I had a friend. It taught me to appreciate the down to earth Oregonians that are so hard to find abroad. Everyone goes through the stage where they hate home and have to get out... I know I did. But this lifestyle made me grow up really fast and be thankful for what I've had.

 

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I am always optimistic! And right now the world is my oyster, because I am moving to LA for six months next week! This will be the longest period I will have devoted to modeling so far. I can't wait to see what the world has in store for me... I'm so hopeful that I get to work for something worth bragging about. My dream job from the beginning has been to get a campaign (obviously) for Rip Curl, or another surf company like Roxy or Billabong! If I could even get close to anything like that, my life would be complete forever. I've already made it further than I ever dreamed I would, so life is good. LA will have more opportunities available for me than before, and my boyfriend of a year and a half will finally be moving down there with me! He has been so supportive of my career and lifestyle, but that makes it really lonely every time I'm somewhere new. I'm looking forward to having someone special to share my experiences and success with!

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Oh gosh, I have to keep this answer quick. I am so passionate about the environment. The end of civilization will be caused by human caused environmental impacts. Humans are causing climate change and it's effecting the earth so dramatically that thousands of species are going extinct, forests are disappearing, fresh water dwindling, natural disasters increasing, our clean air being polluted, and finite resources being invested in instead of renewable energy. *cough* The new House approved Keystone XL Pipeline... The end of civilization will be caused by civilization itself. --We created this mess yet aren't willing to change enough to fix the problem so that our children and grandchildren can live in a suitable environment. 

 



















Noelle Brown // noelliebrown

 

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