Before the rise of online freelance jobs, there were already the traditional freelancers — self-employed individuals who are not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term (definition from wikipedia.org). In fact, the term “free-lance” has been around since the 1800’s, when author Sir Walter Scott, used the term in his book, Ivanhoe, to describe the knights or the “mercenary medieval warriors” of that age.
Traditional freelancers still exist today, from photographers, writers, actors, singers, wedding coordinators, and models. Here at Freelance Blend, we feature all types of freelancers, both online and traditional, to give you, the listener/reader, a glimpse into their exciting lives, to empower you to follow your passions and to inspire you to earn a living doing what you love to do.
This week, we feature a succesful freelance model for one of the country’s leading talent agencies.
She is also a freelance events coordinator, a host, and a former Ms. Earth Philippines candidate.
But what’s more interesting is that she has taken her freelancing career to the next level by jumping into entrepreneurship — as the founder of Vita Corporate Network, an events and digital advertising company.
Her name is Gail Garcia.
This was a fun interview and I’m sure you’ll have fun and learn as well. Here are the key takeaways from the show:
- How she started as a model.
- Why her family was not supportive to try out modelling in the beginning.
- How freelance models earn a living.
- How she balanced her studies and modelling.
- How she got over the negative feedback and turned it positive.
- How to stand out as a freelance model.
- How many “No’s” she got before she got her first project.
- How she keeps herself motivated despite the many “No’s”.
- The single thing that Gail did to take her modelling career to the next level.
- How joining Miss Earth Philippines helped her.
- How she transitioned from modelling to entrepreneurship.
- Where she got her passion for entrepreneurship.
- What Gail was doing for her previous job in a big media company and how she used the experience to form her own business.
“I’m proud to say I survived on my own.”
“Sinasabi ko: It’s showtime! Before pa lang ako pumasok, (sa auditions) handa na ako.”
“Just for one invite, and you see there’s potential in that, say “yes”, be there, do your work and everything will follow.”
“Be surrounded with the people who will always bring out the best in you.”
“If you want to make it big, start small.”
- Vita Events Facebook Page
- Instagram: @garciagailerie
- Twitter: @garciagailerie