Her drive and determination are second to none. Acting, bartender, model, swimsuit pageant winner, and student. Jordyn Chessmore is one girl who is destined for success. In addition to doing all the named things above, Jordyn has also been in the coveted Hooters calendar, and was Miss Hooters of Boise winner 2011 and 2012. Jordyn has a bright future ahead of her, and she has the tools to accomplish anything she sets her mind to.
Justin Marroquin: How did you get interested in modeling?
Jordyn Chessmore: I was obsessed with America’s Next Top Model when I was younger, and I never missed a season! Something about being transformed and taking beautiful images just really intrigued me.
JM: When you first started to model, what obstacles did you have to overcome?
JC: When I first started, I kind of just kept getting asked to jump in front of a camera. This was after getting some exposure from my first national pageant. My biggest obstacle was learning how to do it, because it isn’t a cakewalk; learning to pose yourself (especially me as a curvy model), do your makeup, and put together a wardrobe. The whole thing is a process that you have to learn somehow.
JM: What was it like to be in front of the camera for the very first time?
JC: The first time I worked with a true professional photographer, I was very nervous. I was given a lot of direction, so I took that as him thinking I didn’t know what I was doing. It was definitely a more timid shoot of mine, but I still use his advice from that one shoot today.
JM: Being a model is one thing, but you also attended Boise State University. How did you juggle being a model and a student?
JC: I am fortunate enough to be able to do online courses. With having school online, I have much more flexibility and can virtually attend class whenever I want. I’m not going to lie, I struggled at first!
JM: What do you think is the biggest misconception about modeling?
JC: The biggest misconception about modeling is that it’s easy, and that models are unintelligent. I would say about 90% of the models I know are self-represented, and without an agent. When you are booking your own jobs, you have to handle everything like a business. Something as simple as responding to a casting in a certain tone can make or break whether or not they will even email you back! You have to be very tactful when working with others because it truly is a business—your business.
JM: How do you handle criticism and negativity?
JC: Criticism was something I didn’t learn to handle well until recently. I had the tendency to get defensive and then let negativity break me down. It wasn’t until I realized that you cannot please everyone. I’ve tried to focus on what my friends, family, and myself think. I appreciate constructive criticism, however I ignore everything else!
JM: Tell me one goal that you would like to achieve in the future?
JC: I want to be on stage at the Miss USA pageant. I am currently working on winning a state title!
JM: Share something that people don’t know about you?
JC: In middle/high school, I was a huge anime nerd. I dressed up as characters and even went to conventions. I was bullied over it at one school, so when I switched schools, I kept it a secret from everyone. I’ve got to say, I miss those days. Some of the best people I ever met were those anime nerds!
JM: If someone came up to you and wanted advice, what would you tell them?
JC: I would give the best advice to my ability. I actually love giving advice to people and it really flatters me when someone trusts me for my thoughts. I find other people’s feelings super important, so if I can ever help someone—then I am 100% down!
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