A few months ago, I discovered Helena Davis at a photo shoot that I styled for a company called Breed Fix in DTLA. These shoots always have three models and there’s always a standout, which, on that day, was Helena, who shined as brightly as a star. She’s a blend of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City and Nicole Kidman in her early days. But what makes Helena so different from most young models on the rise was her confidence combined with her quirky personality. Nine different photographers captured Helena in her essence that day, and each look was striking on this blue-eyed, curly haired beauty. She absolutely dominated. We recently styled and photographed Helena on the second floor of AntHill Shop N Play in Costa Mesa and chatted about her busy life. Here’s what she had to say.
(1) Please describe what you do and why you are passionate about your work:
I was lucky enough to be born and raised in Newport Beach, California. Although it is a beautiful destination for vacation, the beach, and the dreamy weather, at the same time, it can be difficult to grow up in such a successful place where you constantly feel the pressure of trying to get ahead and make a name for yourself. Ever since I was able to do so, I have been working and going to school simultaneously. Recently, I work three jobs and go to school full time, which is definitely challenging at times but time management is everything. I go to school in the morning, then get some homework done, then go to work, and if need be, I do more homework after work.
I host at a nice restaurant in Corona Del Mar, do side work for a small company, and I also model. My favorite job of the three is modeling because I love to meet and work with new people and see different people’s perspectives. I love to hear about how people view the world and what is happening day-to-day. It gives me things to think about and maybe will change my perspective. I love to place myself in environments that challenge me and thereby push me to evolve.
(2) What word describes you best as a professional and why?
The word I would use to describe me best as a professional would be “willing.” The definition is “ready, eager, or prepared to do something.” It is a simple word that describes my work ethic quite well, I am always willing to open my mind to different things and to learn more. If someone wants to critique my work, I am open to their suggestions and see it from an outsiders view so that I can create something that isn’t always appealing just for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t make work just for myself because that is needed sometimes but if I can reach a larger audience with my work, then I am more than happy to do so.
(3) Were you always sure that you wanted to be in the industry you are in?
Currently, I am signed with Willow Model Management. But I decided however,that graphic design would be my major after participating in my high school yearbook for three years. My first year I was a “staffer,” meaning I put information on the pages; the second year I was an editor, so I had to figure out the logistics of the sections of the book and helping the staff with whatever they needed; and, in the last year, I was Co-EIC (Editor-in-Chief), meaning that I and another student and I made the book, decided what it would it look like and what the theme and design would be.I loved the work and I love learning as much as I can to improve not only myself but also my work.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career-wise for a while but after my three years of yearbook class, I knew what I wanted to do and I haven’t changed it since. I am fortunate enough to be able to say I haven’t changed my major because there are so many college students who are still undecided, which, for me, makes it easier to pick the classes I need to succeed in my field.
In all honesty, I feel like I don’t need too much motivation to do my work, I love doing it and it’s fun for me. I don’t need much motivation to request time off from work work and go to a shoot for a day for modeling. I also love to design so if I have some free time I like to design logos or just start doodling some sketches, I find enjoyment in what I do.
(4) Do you have any advice for those looking to follow a similar career path?
My advice for not only those looking in the same career path but in fact everyone is that if you enjoy what you’re doing, then do it with your complete heart. Otherwise, it would merely feel like work rather than be fun. I know it is a cliché to say “do what you love” but it is totally true. I would always tell people if you don’t enjoy what your doing, make your hobby your career, you will always love your work and want to do it.
You can keep up with Helena Davis on Instagram: @officiallyhelena