Our move to Chicago was definitely in my opinion the definition of Drakes common lyric, “Started from the bottom now we here”. We traveled to Chicago to see model agencies, got signed, and moved days after. We started from scratch, with barely anything, staying in the basements of a family friend in Grayslake and then my boyfriends Grandmas in Crystal Lake so that we could save up the money to move into the city. As soon as we moved to Illinois, our agencies hooked us up with a contact that, “hired models”. We started working jobs at the iconic restaurant, The Pump Room. The everyday commute was two hours (1 hour n’ 20 minute train + a 40 minute walk). In only one and a half months, with hard work, dedication, long hours spent commuting and no sleep, we were able to save up enough and get a cosigner to move into our very own closet sized apartment in the Gold Coast! Chicago was a huge time for growth. It was nice to make modeling more of a part time thing and focus on a consistent income working as a hostess and later, a hairstylist and front desk at a yoga studio.
After a year in Chicago, I had realized I was burned out with hostessing and needed a change. I applied at a Hair Cuttery to get salon experience and saw an opening at a Yoga Six for the front desk. I had still been in love with yoga and practiced it daily, so when I saw the opening I applied right away. I went in for the interviews and was hired! I quit my job at Pump Room and moved into my new chapter. I developed a small clientele in the salon and made some of the greatest friendships. I also managed to dip back into the Pump Room scene for my favorite Sunday Brunch shifts. It lasted 6 months before my boyfriend and I got an offer to go back to China. One of our friends opened up an agency and wanted us to come back. After a lot of thought and the planning of my yoga teacher training in Koh Samui at the end of the year, we accepted and shortly after began our journey visiting family in Michigan and in Arizona. From Arizona we went to Guangzhou for a 2 month contract, Philippines for a 3 month contract, Malaysia for a 3 month contract, and are now in Thailand before my yoga training in November.
So there you have it! A compression of the last 25 years. Im currently in Thailand awaiting my yoga teacher training to become a yoga instructor. I hope I’ve grabbed your attention in some way and I’d be grateful if you follow my story. I’d LOVE to hear what you have to say. Comments and suggestions are appreciated.