HI, AND THANKS FOR READING. I’m Daisi Pollard, former Miss Jamaica/Israel and self-made model who has worked with major brands has been featured major media outlets such as The LA Times and has helped hundreds of models break into the industry and create the career of their dreams.
A Few Questions For You:
“…Daisi is one of the best teachers I’ve had a chance to learn from. She is a wonderful speaker, a fantastic teacher on communication and a multi-talented woman” - Khanh, Chair of Professional Development, Asian Professional Exchange
“Daisi presented a realistic view of the modeling industry. The students came away with clear expectations and an understanding of various opportunities available.” - Ms. Bailey, Markham Middle School
“Good real-life anecdotes, connection with kids, energy/enthusiasm for teaching”- Mr. West, Whitney High School
“Ms. Pollard Connects with students through her experiences, demonstrating the importance of setting goals, listening, confidence & persuasion” - Ms. Bullen, E.O. Green
In the beginning, I was an average girl with model potential. Before the days of ANTM, I watched Fashion TV and MTV’s House of Style and religiously practiced and planned for when a modeling scout discovered me.
As a kid my mom cut out sections from the back of the newspaper for Wilhelmina Kids Model Searches and stuck them on the refrigerator planning to take me and siblings one day but like many parents hoping to get their kids in front of industry gatekeepers - agents, managers, and scouts; we were always busy with school, family affairs and life just got in the way.
At 12 years old, I saw a modeling school in a strip mall in my neighborhood. Excited that my chance had finally come, I rush inside thinking that if they only saw me then everything would start happening. Instead, they tried to sell me classes and told me to come back with a parent.
A year later I went to live with my grandmother. The moment I got off the plane she took one look at me and said, “You’re going to be a model!” The very next day she took me to an Open Call for Ford Models Kids Division and they signed me up! FINALLY - I’ve been discovered. I’m a REAL MODEL!
Well, no actually….On the way home my grandmother told me I wasn’t a real model until I landed my first job and got my first paycheck.
I spent weeks going on castings, go-sees, and auditions. No-one told me that I would spend more time going to see about getting a modeling job than I would spend actually “modeling”. It was boring. After school each day I had to walk around the city and take the subway from casting to casting. Finally, I landed my first modeling job. The initial feeling was GREAT but I wanted more. For each job I got, I spent hours commuting and waiting while spending lots of money on photos and other marketing materials. Even at the ripe age of 13, I had one boring question on my mind….
How was I going to be the Bi-Racial Cindy Crawford as a nobody without a rich famous family?
Fast forward a decade of going on more castings, auditions, and go-sees. Landing some gigs, losing many more in between. Traveling from NYC to Miami to LA to South Africa to Europe and back, living out of suitcases in crowded model apartments and cheap hotels trying to make a name and leave a mark. Modeling can be a really hard life with little stability and no real guarantees.
I think EVERYONE gets the feeling that they want to leave a mark, have a purpose, meaning while making more money and having more freedom.
Life for me changed when I decided to compete as “Miss Jamaica” in the Miss Asia Pacific International competition. I began BRANDING myself with a website, business cards and on social media.
What I learned about marketing and branding myself really paid off. By the time I was headed to China for my first competition I had secured my first sponsorship deal, had made several appearances including public speaking, newspapers, television, and radio.
One of the most notable experiences I learned was how to handle controversy. During the Miss Asia Pacific International 2005 competition in Guangzhou, China I conducted on stage protest regarding the poor treatment of contestants by the organizers. It made front-page newspapers in China.
Throughout my 10 year + pageant career, I’ve held the following titles:
Miss Jamaica International 2005, Miss Asia Pacific International Jamaica 2005, Miss Earth Jamaica 2005, Miss Beauty Queen World Jamaica 2005, Miss Beauty Queen World 2005, Miss Asia USA Israel 2005, Miss Asia USA Yemen 2006, Mrs. Jamaica 2011 and Mrs. Ethnic World International 2012.
It’s been many, many years since I first stepped foot on a pageant stage but I’ll never forget how empowering it was to learn to take charge of my personal brand. Because I chose myself I was able to open doors for others. I was the first Jamaican candidate to compete at Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Earth and Miss International. Since many girls have followed in my footsteps.
What Students Are Saying
“Daisi, you really helped me break out of my shyness. Thanks”
“ I really enjoyed today’s class. What I liked the most was the Skin Care Session”
“ The instructions I received and the feedback were awesome!”
“I liked the personal feedback we received”
“Your workshop helped me not to show nervousness”
“Daisi is really cool and I learned a lot”
“My family really noticed the changes in me because of this class”
“I learned so much and it gave me a lot of new ideas.”
“I learned a lot of skills”
“I look forward to each time I take a workshop with Daisi to learn something new”
“There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like because I enjoyed doing everything.”
“I received specific feedback and I think I could work with it at home”
“ Your help with Cold Reading really helped me use attitude and more emotion when acting”
“ The Facial was my favorite”
“Yes, I completely enjoyed the class. I mostly liked practicing the Runway and Skin Care, but I enjoyed everything!”
“I loved all of it! From learning how to take care of my skin to how to dress for my body type. It is also important”
WHY STARTER MODEL GUIDE IS DIFFERENT
Most People Have It All Wrong.
WOULD YOU RATHER LEARN FROM?
Active model and former Miss Jamaica/Israel who works with major brands including Pond’s, Kate Summerville and Elf, and has been featured in New York Fashion Week and major media outlets such as The LA Times.
A has-been who hasn’t modeled in 20 years and has outdated information.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT NAVIGATING THE INDUSTRY?
A complete, step-by-step strategy for starting a promising modeling career, including tested best practices and deep knowledge on what makes the industry tick.
Top 10 random tactics for getting "discovered". You must be on Instagram! Youtube!
WHAT TYPE OF ADVICE DO YOU WANT?
One on one sessions to develop effective custom recommendations based on your authentic self.
Cookie cutter advice from the 90s that assumes you’re a 5’9” blue-eyed bleach blonde aspiring Stepford Wife.
HOW MUCH IS THIS WORTH TO YOU?
My students keep coming back for my sessions because they're the best and deliver results.
A rehash of what agencies already told you, to be a lifeless one-dimensional twig.
Concrete results: A Killer portfolio. Castings and go-sees. Bookings. First paycheck, then building a career with unlimited potential.
Lots of rah-rah motivation and inspiration. Few results.