Junior creative writing major, with a minor in studio art, Ellen Chapman has recently been signed as a model to Savage Models and Management. Savage Models and Management is a talent and creative agency based in Portland, OR. Chapman was originally accepted into Chapman University as a screen acting major but decided to switch gears and explore other interests. She hopes Savage Models will allow her to keep exploring her creativity and find new ways to immerse herself in different artistic mediums. With a rate of $100-300 per shoot on a creative site known as ‘The Hub’ its no wonder Chapman ditched her job at Bruxie and decided to pursue modeling.
Q: What are you involved with on campus?
A: I’m a member of Delta Kappa Alpha, the professional film fraternity on campus. It’s a great place to network and make these amazing friends that I know will last a lifetime.
Q: How long have you been modeling?
A: Since my freshman year of high school, when I would do shoots for the photography students. This is my first year modeling professionally. I was recruited by the same agency my junior year of high school, but I ended up not following through with them. This semester I just decided I wanted to try it out and see where it takes me.
Q: How did you get signed this semester?
A: Laura Claypool (junior public relations and advertising major) took my digitals for me, which are the shots you need to send to the agencies. All modeling websites have the option to send your photos, and I sent all the photos she had taken of me and they contacted me within a week. Typically if you don’t hear back within two weeks they are not interested.
Q: Have you been scheduled for any shoots through your agency?
A: I book styled wedding shoot in San Diego. I will be the bride and I have to kiss the (male) model and everything. Which I’m very hyped about because I heard he’s beautiful. The company found my portfolio through the website and I’m very excited.
Q: How do you see modeling affecting your school life?
A: Probably the time. This agency is based in Portland, Oregon but they have partnerships in Orange County. Because they are based in Portland and a lot of their work is from there, I’m probably going to fly to Portland a lot. Managing school and being out of state is my biggest concern.
Q: What do you hope to gain from modeling?
A: More confidence. Throughout high school and even now in college I really do struggle with self image and feeling like I’m not good enough. I hope that modeling will help me feel more beautiful and gain that sense of confidence.
Q: Despite the stigma surrounding Models being treated horrifically by the industry?
A: I think it helps me because I realized I care more about my health and I feel the pressure to be my best self. I’ve been eating healthier, going to the gym, taking care of my skin. Having to look good to get a gig holds me accountable. But I haven’t had it happen to me yet.
Q: Why were you interested in modeling?
A: My recent interests in fashion I guess is why I’m interested in modeling. I love how everyone has their own unique styles. Modeling is a way to express yourself. and my interest in art as well. I’m a studio art minor and I love being a part of projects and beautiful pictures.
Q: Do you hope to continue to pursue acting?
A: I do actually, and the agency has been really helpful and supportive by building me profiles on different casting site. I’m trying to grow all around as an artist, model and actress.
Q: Do you hope to pursue music with your agency as well?
A: I think music definitely is the last thing, because modeling and acting is what I’m more familiar with. But I am excited to keep learning. I sang at Aussie Bean recently and I perform on Chapman student radio shows. Sometimes I play guitar in the Fish Interfaith Center. I spend hours there always playing and practicing because it’s always so peaceful and quiet.