Actress, model, and writer. Tygeria is talented in those three departments, and anything else she puts her mind to. She is fueled by creativity, and has been featured in magazines, blogs, and e-magazines. Tygeria is a special woman who not only exhibits beauty, but intelligence as well. A sign of a strong person is decisiveness in what they want in their lives, and Tygeria has that quality, which makes her absolutely desirable.
Justin Marroquin: How did you start modeling?
Tygeria: I started modeling actually when I was younger; I got paid in a gift card and that was first gig, and I didn’t think I was model material. To make a long story short, I hit a bump in life and was feeling down—and wanted a way to support my son, and I thought since I wasn’t getting call backs for jobs—maybe I should try modeling. The worse that could happen was that I got a no, and so I did my first shoot and the rest was history.
Justin Marroquin: When you decided to start modeling, did you have any goals in mind that you wanted to achieve?
Tygeria: I wanted to be in a magazine (at least one), and one day I wished to be in Vogue, ha-ha, right.
Justin Marroquin: To date, what has been your favorite photo shoot thus far?
Tygeria: My favorite photo shoot. . . that’s tough, but I love photo shoots that I create because they are closer to you, and when you see them published, it feels great.
Justin Marroquin: In your opinion, what makes a model successful?
Tygeria: Totally my opinion, I think what makes a great model is someone who treats modeling like a job: you show up early, you respect people, and their time; someone who is humble and lastly, the most important thing in my opinion—is someone who is gonna work their butt off. Hard work pays off.
Justin Marroquin: What makes you stand out from all the other models?
Tygeria: I think what makes me stand out from other models is—I love to model everything; I don’t want to get myself into one bubble as a model. I want to be the model who could do everything from cosplay to editorial.
Justin Marroquin: In a world filled with criticism and negativity, how do you deal with it?
Tygeria: The thing is—when I started modeling, everything people said bothered me. I cried and cried until one day I said: you know what? who cares! These people aren’t paying my bills or doing anything for me, and they aren’t magazine editors; they are just people who want to tear someone down to make themselves feel better, and I am beautiful and perfect the way God made me.
Justin Marroquin: What is the biggest misconception about modeling?
Tygeria: The biggest misconception with modeling that I have noticed— is people who don’t understand the industry at all. They think when they first start, if they are beautiful, they should get paid and they get free magazines is another one. The truth is magazines are supposed to give you a thing called a “tear sheet” when you are in it for you to have for your portfolio, and if you want the whole magazine, you buy it. If they gave out every magazine for free, then their business would flop.
Justin Marroquin: Do you like to be involved in all aspects of a photo shoot?
Tygeria: Yes, I love to set up and I love to tear down; I love collecting items for the photo shoot as long as my wallet can handle it. I love the creativity of an idea, and I absolutely love the photo in front of me and in a magazine—it’s the most wonderful feeling ever.
Justin Marroquin: What are your plans for the future?
Tygeria: My plans for the future are work out and get into more magazines, and work with new people and try to do more exciting things for the future.
Justin Marroquin: Is there any specific piece of advice that has helped you significantly in your life?
Tygeria: Follow your dreams. The worse thing in life that can happen to you is someone saying no to you.
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