Scotland’s top model, Emma Louise Connolly, who recently got engaged to Made In Chelsea‘s Oliver Proudlock, reveals what it’s really like to work in the industry…
I’ve always been interested in fashion.
I spent most of my high school years cutting out clippings of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar like every other teenage girl, cliché, I know.
I fell into studying design and manufacture at Cardonald and had one of the best first experiences into the industry I could have wished for.
I’ve always felt comfortable in front of the camera.
From a young age my parents always thought of me as a mini model. I had my first shoot at around 9 years old (The pictures are sublime, think face resting on praying hands.)
In all honesty, I had no idea what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up’.
I approached Colours Agency about representation and I learned how to model as a new face, modelling part time. I then went onto University to study design.
Chasing your dreams can be scary, but you have to go for it.
It was a daunting and scary experience to throw myself into a world that I had absolutely no idea about and on top of that how difficult it can be.
I remember the day I went in to Colours Agency, I had made a homemade portfolio (of selfies and the praying hands picture) that I bought from WHSmith and they said yes on the spot.
I’m so grateful to have such incredible bookers at Colours Agency who have nurtured me since day one. They have encouraged me through the good times and the bad. It’s a wonderful industry but it can be challenging so you need strong representation and a team of people that believe in you.
I have to be pretty disciplined with myself.
It’s really important to try to lead a healthy, clean and active lifestyle, in amongst all the travelling that is.
I also have to be available pretty much 24/7 as everything is pretty last minute in the modelling world, it’s something I’ve learnt to love.
One day I could be in London and the next Paris – my friends absolutely nail me for complaining about that.
The thing I love most about being a model is the element of surprise.
That I don’t know what I will be doing from one day to the next. I often can’t make plans as I can get a call at 5pm and have to be on a flight the next morning to shoot.
I am constantly pushing myself as you never know when an amazing opportunity will present itself.
As a model, it’s really important to believe in yourself, have thick skin and be grateful for every opportunity.
Be you and believe in your ability. Sometimes things can get tough, people can be mean and competition is always strong.
I find the more I don’t take myself too seriously, the better it works. Staying grounded is really important and I just enjoy what I get to do as the industry has so many perks plus no one wants to hang out with Miss Serious. Basically… BE YOURSELF!
The working hours of a model are longer than you may think.
Weekly I probably shoot around 3-5 jobs at 8 hours a day; however, I will also travel between 2-5 hours a day for the job.
Unless it’s film in which case you can usually expect to be on set for around 12-15 hours.
The thing with modelling is; every day is a new day, different client, and different location – the industry is so fast-paced and I spend a lot of the time travelling.
The future of my career excites me.
I hope to keep being told no, work harder, push harder and fight harder. I want to keep being challenged.
I’ve learnt so much about myself in this game and I can only hope that I keep learning more.