I have finally have been able to catch with my homegirl, Ms. Ayanna G, who is a behind the desk corporate lady by day, and by night she is a hardworking promo model that stays on the grind.
DJ Grain: Where are you from?
Ayanna: I currently reside in Atlanta , GA.
DJ Grain: How many years have you been modeling?
Ayanna: About 5 years.
DJ Grain: What are the misconceptions people commonly have about models that are untrue?
Ayanna: That models are stupid, lazy or incompetent. I’ve never really understood the reasoning behind incompetent. Sure, you may think that someone who doesn’t have a traditional job may be lazy or less than intelligent. But that doesn’t mean that they are totally incapable of having a 9 to 5.
DJ Grain: What shows, videos, magazines, etc. have you been featured in?
Ayanna: I have worked with Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, various liquor brands and I was feature in an episode of the dating show “Elimidate”.
DJ Grain: What photographers have you worked with?
Ayanna: J. Knorr, Shawn Dowdell, Craig Sims, Drexina Nelson, Paul Lawson, DeWayne Hathaway, Leo Marshall, Gary McCutchins.
DJ Grain: What photographer(s) would you like to work with?
Ayanna: Derek Blanks.
DJ Grain: Can you describe the grind of a model trying to break into the industry?
Ayanna: Lots of rejection and standing in lines. Loads of photo shoots to practice, build your portfolio and network. You’ll meet some of the most interesting and fum people in this industry.
DJ Grain: Any words for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modeling industry?
Ayanna: Stay positive. Know yourself and your boundaries BEFORE you get in front of the camera. Stay away from the scammers. Have fun and stay healthy.