We had the good fortune of connecting with Samaria Herbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samaria, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
In December of 2018 is when I first started modeling. One of my cousins convinced me to start a new Instagram and start building my modeling portfolio. It was during a time in my life where there were a lot of changes and I wasn’t sure what my goals were or where I was going. All that I knew about the “industry” was what I had seen on America’s Next Top Model and some instagram modeling. I felt out of place but her encouragement kept me going. This turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Modeling is an amazing creative outlet for me and a way to meet new people and interact with other creatives. I’m an extrovert and love interacting with everyone on set. It’s fun getting to wear different outfits and portray different personas behind the camera.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The collaborative nature of modeling is something that I look forward to. I cannot do this alone. The team(s) that I work with are full of amazing photographers, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, makeup artists, creative directors and brands. A creative shoot can take anywhere from 2 hours to complete to a full 10 hour day. It is part of the process that you accept and grow to love. I have conversations with everyone and hearing about their backgrounds is something I enjoy. I’m always open to learning something new and I’m always asking questions.

This was not an easy journey at all. I know there’s the stereotype that models just sit there and “look pretty” but, that is not the case at all. It took me a lot of practicing to understand my angles, get comfortable behind the camera and gain the confidence to feel like I know what I’m doing. Imposter Syndrome is real. Sometimes I struggle to say “I’m a model!” even though I just walked in New York Fashion Week. Trust your process and know that everything truly does happen for a reason.

Some lessons that I’ve learned along the way include never be afraid to ask for help or ask for an opportunity. When I first started modeling, I direct messaged everyone and their mama on Instagram. Well, not everyone, but, definitely all of the photographers in Houston. I was messaging so many people that Instagram limited how may messages I could send per day. My goal was to build my portfolio and the only way I could do that was by constantly being behind the camera.

As a model, you have to listen to your gut and have some type of support system as a sound board. Everything that glitters is not gold. There have been what I thought were some amazing opportunities come across my path but, after a little research, it’s clear that they were scams.

Never shoot with anyone you feel uncomfortable with. For my first year of modeling, one of my cousins accompanied me on every shoot. Yes, every shoot. People can say one thing online and choose to do a whole different thing in person. I would always communicate with photographers beforehand and let them know that her being on set with me was a non-negotiable. Photographers who were legitimate did not have an issue with it at all. I ran into problems when photographers were trying to take advantage of me. The modeling industry is hard and you can get in some bad situations if you don’t take the proper precautions. Also, do not shoot anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

And please know that what’s meant for you will not pass you. There are so many modeling opportunities, and opportunities in life in general that I wish I would’ve been casted for but I constantly remind myself that God is watching over me and He will not lead me astray. Whatever opportunities are meant for me, will find me and I will succeed where I am meant to.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a very hard question considering #covid but I will give it my best!

This time of year, it’s all about the rodeo! I would definitely take my friend to the rodeo for 2 days, 1 day of just hanging around at the livestock show, carnival and booths and one day for a concert. It is an amazing Houston experience and I love going with people to their first rodeo.

We have to hit up Pappadeaux’s and Pappasito’s. I love my fondue and enchiladas. We’d also have to go get some crawfish and some whataburger.

We would definitely enjoy some of the nightlife. I would say let’s hit up Midtown or Washington Ave. and enjoy a couple of bars around there. It’s a great place to bar hop because of all of the options.

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?
Shoutout to my parents for ALWAYS believing in me, even when I don’t believe in myself. Shoutout to Mo for making me continue to move forward even when I didn’t necessarily see a path.
Shoutout to my amazing friends, family and everyone who supports me.
Shoutout to my ancestors for always protecting me.
Shoutout to God for… everything 🙂

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samaria_herbert/

Other: Tik Tok: @samaria_herbert

Image Credits
Jamie Rivers Regina Moretto Andrew Gonzales

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