Indiana Model Brooklyn Sky is an OMP Rising Star

Brooklyn Sky (OMP Model #405470) started her modeling career at a very young age, “ I started doing pageants at the age of 18 months until I was six years old. At that point my parents were approached by an agency. But other commitments took me away from it for several years.”

Thankfully an opportunity arose that brought her back into the business for good. “Last year I volunteered to be a model for a photography class, and that’s when I realized how much I missed being in front of the camera. The instructor, who is a professional photographer in Fort Wayne, told me I should get back into modeling and recommended I join OMP. So I decided in April of 2009 to start my career again and see where I could take it. Then I contacted my old agency, and they immediately signed me again.”

OneModelPlace.com has been a valuable resource for Brooklyn since her return to modeling. “OMP has given me the opportunity to network and enabled me to meet some absolutely amazing photographers that have become very close personal friends. Without their guidance and support I wouldn’t be where I am today. Albert Onderko of Images by Design (OMP Member #101144) was the first photographer that took a chance on me, and Rich Pearson of Gonzo Photos (OMP Member #236085) has been invaluable to me with his support and photography skills in building my port.”

The Fort Wayne, Indiana resident is dedicated to pursuing a career in the field. “Although I’m only 16, I take this very seriously. I always try to be very professional and give 110 percent during the shoot. But I also like to have fun and try new things. I want it to be a win/win for me and the photographer.”

Brooklyn’s wide range of modeling skills is also helpful when booking jobs. “I think I am very versatile in my looks, but I always like to look natural. I’ve been blessed to work with so many amazing photographers that it’s hard to pick a favorite! But I recently did a “Trash the Dress” shoot where I swam in a river and literally trashed a beautiful formal dress with mud. It was so much fun. I’ve also done formal wear on horseback — that was a lot of fun, too. An advertisement featuring me has been published in Spark Magazine, and most recently I’ve been in ads for Ivy Tech Community College.”

The talented teen always relies on her mother to help her plan for upcoming assignments. “My mom Cindy helps me a lot! Not only is she my biggest supporter, but also my chaperone, my chauffeur, my stylist, and my hair and makeup artist. We always talk in great detail to the photographer, sometimes weeks before the shoot, so we know what they are expecting and to see if there is any particular look they would like. We always pack the night before so we make sure we’re prepared, and then I make sure to get a good night’s sleep!”

Brooklyn’s main focus during a shoot is making sure she’s relaxed and having fun. “If you’re not comfortable, it will show in your pictures! I usually pose and direct myself, but I’m always open to any suggestions and direction the photographer has for me as well. The shoot is a joint effort between both of us, and in the end we need to both be happy with the results.”

Modeling has presented Brooklyn with an equal amount of exciting and challenging opportunities. “It’s so rewarding at the end of the shoot when you know you’ve made the photographer happy that they’ve just spent the last few hours with you. It’s also very rewarding to have people acknowledge and comment on your pictures…that makes your hard work all worth it. Seeing yourself in print isn’t too bad either! For me the biggest challenge obviously is not only my age but my size. Being only 5’ tall, I’m not the ‘standard’ for modeling, but so far it hasn’t stopped me and I’m busy proving height is no obstacle in pursing my modeling dreams.”

She wants to share some savvy advice for aspiring models. “Don’t give up! But also be realistic. Chances of becoming the next Tyra Banks or Cindy Crawford are very, very slim. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a place in the modeling world. You just have to work hard, believe in yourself, and network!”

If Brooklyn ever wins an award, she already has her acceptance speech planned out. “I would just like to say thanks to everyone that I have worked with! It’s not possible to list them all here, but everyone that has helped get me where I am today… THANK YOU! And thanks to everyone that has taken the time to stop by my port and comment on my pictures, it really does mean a lot to me to get your advice and feedback. And most of all, thank you to my family for all their support, especially my mom!”

Image of Brooklyn Sky by Christopher Kuettner of HyperKat Productions (OMP Member 70307)

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