A few people think it’s a wise decision, but most of them are usually surprised when I tell them I’m going to quit modeling and start studying . ‘That’s so bad’. ‘Why would you do that, you’re still young enough!’. ‘Your career went really well, why would you quit?’ Why, Why, Why …. So many questions and everyone has something to say about it. After 2,5 years as a full-time model I decided to go back to school and in this blog I’ll tell you why.
Let me start with making one thing clear; modeling is great and I love doing it. I met and worked with the most inspiring people, made friends from every part of the world and went to amazing places I otherwise never would’ve been. Although all of the beautiful memories, I still decided to quit full- time modeling and start studying again.
One of the main and probably most obvious reasons is that modeling is not forever. It could be of course, but then we are talking about some exceptions. It’s possible that your face is suddenly not ‘a trend’ anymore. Maybe you break your leg, gain weight, get pregnant or you’re just too old. I could think of a thousand reasons, but one of them is enough to not being able to work as a model anymore. A lot of people, when they’re getting too old to model, switch jobs in between the fashion industry. Think of working at a magazine, starting a fashion brand or a model agency. Of course this is possible, but to be honest I don’t see myself doing any of these jobs.
What really helped making this difficult decision to quit is that I finally got accepted at the study that I want to do since I was twelve years old, Hotelschool The Hague (in Amsterdam). This is an international business school focused on hospitality. Everything is in English and 50% of the students are from abroad. I’m not going to tell all the details about this school, but if you’re interested you can click here. Their selection is really strict so I didn’t get accepted the first time. I was over the moon when I heard the 24th of May that I got accepted! Now you would probably understand that I have (and really want!) to take this opportunity.
Some people also say that you don’t need a diploma these days to get where you want be. I agree with this, if you really want something you can achieve it. But I still chose to study (and hopefully get a diploma in four years!), because their program really interests me and I already wanted this for so long.
The one thing you don’t have when you’re working as a model is routine. I used to be someone who liked to plan everything in advance, make lists and write every appointment down in my agenda. You can imagine how hard it was for me to let that all go and not knowing what kind of job you have the next day. Everything is very last minute in the modeling industry and no day is the same. Now I do love the variety and not knowing what’s next, but I’m getting routine back! I’m already excited to buy a new planner ;)
I’m starting in February (you’re able to start every 6 months), so I have enough time to close this amazing chapter of my life and start a new one. One where I’m more mature, well travelled and less naive.
Ps. I’m probably going to miss this time A LOT. Then I can just read my own blogpost over and over to remember why I wanted to stop full-time modeling
P.p.s. If you liked this post, read more about how I became a model in the first place here.