We recently chatted with Jocelyn ( @jocelyncoe_ ) and her mother, Jennifer Coe, who was also a model! Now we know where Jocelyn gets her good looks from!
Nous Models: What made you want to model?
Jennifer Coe: A friend of my parents was friends with Nina Blanchard and he suggested I model. My parents were not really informed about the modeling biz, but thought that it might be a good way to pay for college. I worked in a retail clothing store during high school (at $1.65/hr!) and needed more $$ for college.
N: When did you start modeling, and how did you like it?
Jennifer: Nina Blanchard found me when I was in high school. She shared my photos with Eileen Ford, who invited me to live with her in New York the summer after graduation! It took a long time for me to find my niche…. Back to LA for school, NY in the summers. I booked a Breck shampoo commercial which was cut into 5 commercials, and could afford to stay long enough to find steady work in the catalogue side of the business. I was with Ford for 21 years… a lot of very good times and happy memories!
N: Has the industry changed since then?
Jennifer: YES! Trememdously—the internet is the most obvious change. Portfolios online, clients online, and communications much faster. We didn’t even have cell phones—I carried rolls of dimes and knew where every phone booth in town was!
N: How do you feel about Jocelyn’s career?
Jennifer: Mixed—I know how hard it can be. Few careers require constant job interviews and rejection which at times can feel personal. Sometimes it is hard to keep one’s spirits up when you are “judged”. You learn every “flaw” you have physically, which can be a bit cumbersome. However, the opportunities to travel, meet so many different people, and make a good living at a young age are very rewarding.
N: Jocelyn, did your mom influence you to become a model?
Jocelyn: Yes! She was a really good model. I look at her photos regularly for inspiration. She didn’t want me to go this way, but she knows how excited I am about it so she’s doing what she can to help me! I feel very lucky and proud to have ended up at Nous!
N: Jennifer, anything you’d like to say to Jocelyn and other young models?
Jennifer: I’d like to remind her that modeling is for young people, and that she will not always be young. Remind her that modeling can be used to open doors—and she should be aware of those openings. Remind her to enjoy, but work hard and never stop learning—in school or out of it. She will be her own boss and run her own business!
Wise words, indeed!