Laura Roberts, the beautiful, talented, and charming up-and-coming model is quickly making a name for herself in the modelling industry. She was scrolling through her Facebook feed a while back when an advertisement for some sort of modelling competition popped up in her feed. The prize of the competition was an exclusive photoshoot with a big brand. At that point in time, she didn’t have any modelling experience but something in her heart drew her to the idea of joining despite the lack of any modelling experience. She eventually decided to enter the competition and lo and behold – she ended up winning it! That photoshoot was a pivotal moment in her modelling career because the images from that exclusive shoot landed her more job opportunities and the chance to meet more amazing people. From that moment on, she ended up falling in love with the entire modelling industry.
StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Laura to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:
What do you like most about being a model?
Growing up a dancer and a performer, I’ve always been drawn to the stage or the camera. Any opportunity to perform I was there, front and centre, ready to go. I kind of saw modelling the same way as I saw dance and performing. So, every day at work I feel like I get to just be myself. Dance around, laugh, portray characters, perform… I love it!
The downside to being a model?
The fact that work is not always consistent can be hard… The fact that you aren’t guaranteed work unless you’re constantly putting yourself out there and trying for it. Personally, I like to be kept on my toes, I find it exciting. But, not always. Sometimes that can be scary, unpredictable, and risky.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the model industry so far?
Traveling interstate for a photoshoot for the first time was unbelievable and one of my favourite days of my career to this day. I think it was eye-opening when I received a message from Royalle Modelling saying that someone wants to hire me so much that they will fly me interstate. I remember being on set that day and thinking about the younger version of me who dreamed of something like that… She would’ve been so proud of me that day.
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
Wow… This is a hard one. In the industry, you are always working with different people. So, I’ve met such a huge variety of people. Each so different, so unique, each I could learn something from. But, I have to be honest. I’ve met the best friends of my life in this industry. There are some really strong, inspiring women in my life now because I think models meeting other models who understand the hard work and resilience required can bounce off each other, give each other strength while understanding and supporting each other.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the industry?
My most valuable lesson is… KNOW YOURSELF FIRST. There will be people who make you feel like you’re not good enough, there will be times when you doubt yourself, there will be opportunities that will require you having to sacrifice certain morals, values, or beliefs you have. Know yourself first! Know what you look like from every angle, accept it, love it. Know who you are and what you stand for, know what your identity is, don’t forget, and don’t let opportunities try and make you deny it. Never give up and never doubt yourself. You are enough to make your dream happen perfectly as you are and if you go into the industry WITHOUT having this belief, the industry can easily break you.
What are your future plans? Inside your career and out of it.
Honestly… I didn’t plan to be where I am today. But, I love where I am today. I don’t really plan my future. Not at this point anyway. I chase the feeling. I chase the feeling of loving what I do, I chase the feeling of exploring the world, I chase the feeling of meeting new people and making friends. Sure, I have goals. There are certain brands I want to work for, countries I want to work in, people I want to meet. But, in regards to a plan. I’ll continue to follow my purpose and happily sit back and be surprised.