This is a really cool modeling video! I love the way Reese Isabella talks so candidly about her moving to California to pursue her modeling career.
The video gives you an up close and personal view into the real life of a model. Not much modelling advice but you’ll have fun watching.
And hopefully, you can use Reese’s experiences to pursue your career as a model.
By the way, I transcribed Reese’s video so you can read, if you prefer. Enjoy!
This Model’s Moving to California – Says She Wants to “Pursue My Modeling Career” with Reese Isabella
Take time to read the Reese Isabella transcript below..
Hi, how are you? I didn’t see you there. So here I am.
I am back from La and I am very upset about it, but it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve been back and I feel okay.
A few things about it. This video is going to be kind of like a recap of what went down and stuff. Because unfortunately, when I brought my Mac book to California with me, I don’t know if the plane ride did something.
I don’t know what happened. I have a very old, like 2012 macbook laptop. So, that’s what I use to edit all my videos on.
And, as soon as we landed, I tried to upload some blog footage to save for later – and just when to turn on. But um, throughout the week, eventually we did get it to turn on. Then, I was able to upload the first California blog that you guys are already seeing.
If you haven’t seen it, you should go check it out. I flew back home and I was going to edit a Disneyland blog and, it just won’t turn on anymore.
So, I’m going to have my dad rebuild my laptop. This may mean that I lose all the footage that’s not on my SD card. That means the only video from California that I have left is this one, which was some vlog footage from one of the last days that we were there, and then traveling back to Virginia from California.
If I can save the footage, I will upload those videos later, but if not, I’m really sorry. I’m really sad about it. So, but this is just what you get.
Models Hiking to the Hollywood Sign
All right. Today we are hiking to the Hollywood sign. And, it’s a 1.9 mile walk. Uh, this is insane. This is so crazy. Oh my Gosh, this is insane. This is literally a dream.
Now, we’re going to hike back. And then, we’re going to go to Melrose and shoot. But, I really want a smoothie. So, we’re going to do that.
This was insane and so beautiful. I’m just like, we’re going to keep hiking. And, I will keep you guys updated.
Melrose & Eating
So, we are currently on Melrose and Alfred’s and we spent $32 on two sandwiches, which was a little upsetting and the sandwiches were nasty. So, I don’t recommend their prepackaged sandwiches cause they’re nasty.
We’ve just been walking around, and I feel really carsick and sickly. So, that’s why I didn’t log any of that.
Going to be walking around a while at Melrose. Then, we’re going to go to downtown Los Angeles.
Wait, who did? I just burped in his face, so that’s nice. You didn’t hear my burp. I was walking in my head anyway.
So, it’s the next day. I didn’t really film anything from our trip yesterday because I was really sick and I was really nauseous. And, Dizzy Day is our last full day in California.
It’s like three o’clock and we’ve just kind of been chilling in the apartment. I edited a blog that’s probably going to be up by the time you see this. So, that’s literally all we’ve been doing today.
And now we just go to the mall – or just to chill and shop a little bit. And then probably just go back to the apartment.
How are we feeling today, Dylan? I’m feeling a little sad.
The Hungry Model
I lived over Chinese food. I’m hungry. I’m going to get more bold. I know. It’s so bad.
We didn’t do anything this time. I got brown sugar BofA Pancakes, like oatmeal. Biggest fan of it, but I bought anything and I feel like I’m obligated to buy at least one thing.
You remember this trip. I haven’t bought in anything. I just want to walk around. No, I’ll think of something up. It’s so quick update on a bunch of stuff, but I’m going to do a fall. Then, we’re going to try some Japanese based snacks that we bought.
So I’ll show you guys that when we get home. She got this on the flip side, native back home. It is now like 10 o’clock I’ve been editing ever since.
We got to the apartment now we’re going to do face masks that we bought at Riley rose. It’s really cute place that was in the mall. We don’t have that in Virginia, so it’s really cute. If you want some cute little things. So, I’m going to do the rose one cause I smell like bees.
Shopping more than Modelling
I guess while we’re here, I’ll do a little hall for you guys. What we got at the mall, I went to Zara for the first time.
I only got one thing from there and, it’s this really killed fine core city top with little rough with sleeves.
It’s a color that I wouldn’t normally go for, but I kind of like it with my black hair. So, I think there will be a look with some like black or white pants.
And then, I got stoked from Pack Sun. I just got two really basic things. But, I got this belt chain thing that’s a bunch of hearts from Brandy Melville.
The last thing that I got worthy’s mom jeans from Britney Melville because these were the only pants that actually fit me.
That’s literally all I got. Honestly, I just didn’t really see a lot that I like. But yeah, that’s all we got from the mall and hour’s going to wait to be done cooking – and then we will face that. I’m going to wait 10 minutes, I’ll get back to you.
They eat brownies and punish up at night. And then, we’re going to head back to home tomorrow. So, I will see you guys when I see you!
Posing for a Street Artist?
I’m just going to quickly kind of go over my experience; how I liked it; and just a couple of little updates in there.
The very first thing that I did that I have just been dying to share with you guys. It’s super exciting!
As soon as we landed, we went straight to a meeting with a girl named Sarah. She is a street artist. She is amazing! I will leave all of her info down below if you want to go check her out. Please do. She’s awesome.
I had a meeting with her because she’s doing a couple pieces of my face for an art show. So, that is insane. Super Weird! Don’t know why it’d be Sarah, but that was just like so insane. Dewey, so thank you Sarah so much again.
It’s really weird, isn’t it? Really Weird. I don’t know what to say, because someone’s going to buy that painting. She’s just going to be a hangup in their house.
Final Pictures on Instagram
Then the other big thing that we did throughout the whole time that I was there was Calvin helps me out with the collaboration. Resentful.
As you guys have seen, I have been releasing the final pictures on my Instagram. So, if you want to see how the shoot turned out, go follow me on Instagram. And, follow Calvin on Instagram cause he’s amazing! And, he’s taken thousands of modeling pictures of me just from that trip alone. So, go check it out.
You got to go to a couple of different beaches. It was actually freezing cold and super windy. So, that was kind of awful.
But you know, you just make it work. That was an amazing experience. I love shooting & modeling with Calvin. And, he really helped me throughout my entire modeling career.
And, I don’t know what I would do without him. I wouldn’t be where I am today. So thank you Kelvin.
Models in Disneyland!
And then, the other kind of big thing that we did was we went to Disneyland for Dylan’s 21st birthday. That was honestly one of the best days of my life!
Took a picture in cars, land and cry baby. The clothing line re-posted me. That’s really what made me realize like this is my home.
Like, it was such a surreal moment. I have dreamed of that moment since I was a little girl. It was just amazing and Abuelas like breathtaking. And, there were horses.
So, that was just like a really surreal moment. Just, I just took everything in, just standing on the top. And, it was insane. That one was another like huge moment of my life, because it was like I came from a super poor family and I’ve had to work for everything and get myself.
It’s like I never thought I would have the money to be here and visit and see all of this stuff. Like, it was really amazing.
Modeling Career in California – The Story
It kind of leads me into my next point, which is I’m moving to California to pursue a modeling career. And, they’re probably thinking, wow, like literally everyone does that. But, I haven’t done it yet.
So, me and Dylan and zero plan on moving to California this year. We just tell you why. I’ve had more modeling opportunities in California in a week than I have had in Virginia in a very long time.
It’s very difficult to get paid gigs in Virginia. Or, it gets signed to a talent agency in Virginia because there aren’t many and there’s nothing here. The opportunities that I’ve had, the people that I were able to meet, and network with and even make friends with in California, it’s like, well, I just feel like in the long run it’ll benefit my modeling YouTube career.
California Modelling Opportunities..
So, there’s already agencies that I’m looking at to hopefully get signed to. Obviously, you have to be there to go to an audition. So, that would be really beneficial as well.
There’s also just so many cool like creative people to meet. Um, Virginia has like a small little local group of creative people, but that’s pretty much it.
Like I said, pretty much everyone here is military and that’s great! But, like for everyone else that doesn’t want a career and something like that, it’s like the worst place to be.
Like literally, the possibilities are endless. You just have to find it and work for it and like really put yourself out there and know what you want to do as a model.
California Watch Out – Here Come the Models!
What’s now you may ask? Well, Dylan & me are currently in the works. And, we are planning our cross country move to California.
We already know what area we want to live in. And, we are looking at couple apartment complexes, and figuring out exactly how much we need to save, and be smart about it.
So, we’re just really focusing on the whole move itself; the gas is going to take to get there, and hug wearing stuff.
Me Personally, I would like to move anytime after August to like October. He & I would like to make the move, but we’re still kind of figuring it out. It could be sooner, maybe winter time.
But, I would personally like it to be and October. I’ll keep you updated on that. I also would just put it on, I’m really working on YouTube. I’m really focusing on that while we plan our move. Then, just doing as much work as I can here while I’m still here.
Collaborate & Plan Your Modeling Career for Effect!
Just collaborating with some people that I have been meeting to collaborate with.
I know that sounds so annoying because I’m sure every video person has said this.
But, it has been my dream since I was little. And, I never that I would even be able to make the trip to California – and I did it!
So, it’s like if I manifest it and put it in my mind that hey, I want to move to California, then I’m going to. And, I’m going to work twice as hard to get there.
But, I know that there are so many people in L.A. and California and doing the same thing as me.
And, not just California – just in the world in general.
Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd
We’re all doing the same thing. I want to make a change to the modeling industry. And, I wanted to spread a positive message to everyone trying to pursue a dream like you can. But, you will just have to manifest it.
Like I said, I never thought I would be able to visit. Um, and I did it. I plan on moving. And, I will keep in that positive mindset saying I will. I can, and I’m gonna work hard for it.
This will get you to where you want to be. I promise you. You just need to plan it out. And that is, like the most important thing.
That is kind of it for the video. It was such a surreal experience, and it really felt like home. Like, I literally cried on the plane ride back because it just felt wrong to leave. And, I felt like I had so many other things to get done. Sadly, we just didn’t have the time for it.
Come Along on My Career in California Modeling
I’m really excited to plan the move! I want to really get it going, and have you guys follow me on this journey. This is pretty much what I made my YouTube channel for – is just you following me on my modeling career journey. Also, follow my life journeys.
I hope you stay along for the ride. Thank you guys so much for watching. I love you, and you were amazing. And thank you for 1.4 k angels. I wouldn’t be doing this without you guys.
Um, you guys are really my motivation to keep going every day and I truly appreciate each and every one of you. I read all of your comments. I read all of your messages. I’ll see you in my next video. Have a good week. Bye.
Prologue: Thank you guys so much for tuning in again on my modelling tips channel! I hope you guys enjoyed the last few Cali videos, and I cant wait to see where it takes us! Please feel free to check them out!
There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.” -E.A.P
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