In Conversation with Makayla Rogerson – April 2019
In this edition of the WORLD MODEL HUNT magazine, In conversation with Makayla Rogerson, our cover girl, on her modelling career through the years. She talks about owning a modeling agency, coaching budding models, and much more.
You come out to be a very strong and bold personality in your photographs, apart from those main features share some other aspects of your personality.
Awe thank you! I find myself to be outgoing and have a creative personality when it comes to working with others in the industry and in everyday life as well.
What was your inspiration behind becoming a model?
I was bullied while growing up. I was called ugly and called a boy because I had short hair. Also, I didn’t have many friends in my teens because of this. So I turned around and started dancing first actually, I taught myself because my parents couldn’t afford classes. I realized a couple of years ago that my body cannot keep up with this as a career. I tried to seek out people looking for models so I could try it out and here we are today.
What does it feel like to be featured on the cover of a magazine?
This is actually my 3rd magazine cover and I feel very honored that you’ve chosen me to be your April Cover Model, thank you so much!
In addition to being a model, you also own a modeling agency, how do you manage both things?
I run a team in Niagara, Canada that includes members from the Industry such as models, photographers, designers, artists, etc. Alongside coach models as well. We aren’t the agency officially, just a team that works together to build one another up.
What made you open a modeling agency of your own?
I don’t look at it as an agency, as my models are all freelance actually. I’m a coach for them.
Modeling comes with its own challenges, share one such obstacle that you had to overcome.
I am 5’3 and most height requirements are 5’7. Though that hasn’t stopped me much in my career besides the fact that agencies won’t sign any female under 5’7.
Tell us one pre-shoot ritual of yours.
Practice facials in the mirror, every time.
Do you think criticism is mandatory in your field? Have you ever had to come across any negative criticism?
Yes, 100% it is crucial that you receive criticism and apply it accordingly to your career, it helps you learn and grow as a person. Of course, I’ve received negative criticism, everyone does! But I don’t let it bother me, I take the information and apply it.
One piece of advice you would give to the aspiring models out there?
Be true to yourself! Don’t let anyone persuade you to do anything you’re not 100% comfortable doing.
According to you should modeling jobs be age bound?
Yes! Everyone has limits at a particular age and it can be very dangerous to push those limits for anyone.
One supermodel that you admire the most and why?
Tyra Banks! She represents women’s empowerment, diversity, and dedication! I absolutely love what she does for the industry!
If you could change one thing about the modeling industry what would it be?
I wish people were more welcoming in the industry and weren’t so quick to judge people.
What would you be if you were not into the modeling industry?
I would be in my business studies and striving to run and operate my own business while taking care of my family.
Tell us about one quality of yours that sets you apart from the
I’m dedicated. When I have a goal, I do everything in my power to
attain that goal.
Share the words you live by.
Live today as if there were no tomorrow. Be true to yourself.