We had the good fortune of connecting with Michaela Hartnett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michaela, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Personally, I have learned that rejection is constant and has nothing to do with my value. In the fashion industry you aren’t what some people have in mind for their design or project. That’s okay! There is another job around the corner. You have to dust yourself off and keep going. I wouldn’t be where I am now if I had quit after my 100th rejection. It still hurts, but not as much and I am grateful because I appreciate the jobs I do receive that much more.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Fashion Model, but I also work in media, so I have a deep understanding of how social media has shaped fashion and modeling today. This helps me because I know how much a brand might spend on an ad campaign, why they are creating a shoot or show for a specific audience and how to sell to this audience. It has been a combination of college and hard work that has gotten me to where I am today. I use both of my degrees in my day job as an Affiliate Manager at MyPoint.tv, and as a model. It’s been six years of going to class, studying, finding modeling jobs and practicing my craft. I think that is also what sets me apart the most. I sacrificed a lot of “normal” college experiences to grow myself as a business woman/model. I would skip going out with my friends to go to a casting for a job that I might not get. A lot of the jobs I went for I did not get and that was brutal, but I knew modeling was my dream and something I was truly passionate about so I kept going. I am most proud of being accepted into Coco Rocha’s Model Camp this past October. Coco Rocha is known as the Queen of Pose. Being able to learn from her was an amazing experience and has made such a difference in my own modeling since camp. The biggest lesson I have learned is that if I want to be successful in modeling and at MyPoint.tv, then I have to get used to rejection and being uncomfortable. Both jobs require me to be in front of people, and that means I need to be comfortable in my own skin, even if it means I am wearing a ball gown downtown, or interviewing people in public. I would like people to know that I LOVE what I do and my ultimate goal in life is to know I made a difference in the world. I want to work with people who are interested in doing the same, and are willing to do hard things to make that difference.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I grew up in the perfect place between Houston and Galveston. I would take them to The Strand on Galveston island. They have a ton of little shops, and a confectionary that is so cute with a bunch of sweet treats. The Strand is a historic part of Galveston so being able to show them the history would be fun. When it comes to food or drinks, I would take them to Yaga’s, Hearsay’s, or Sunflower Bakery. In Houston, there are a ton of museums to visit, plus we have the Texans, Rockets and Astros, so depending on the season we would have to go to a game!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom deserves the most praise. She has gone with me to castings, photoshoots, interviews or just talked me into applying for things when I was too scared. I would have quit a long time ago if she had not pushed me to keep going. I could not be more grateful to her, and I appreciate all her love and support that has gotten me to where I am today.
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