My name is Abigail Summers, I am a caffeine dependent life-form and a really good gift giver. I am 23 years old from a small town in Texas. I work with beautiful people every day whether it is behind the camera, in front, or managing models. I can quote every line from the movie Nacho Libre, I love James Taylor, and my puns are always intended.
1.When did you first realise you wanted to be a model?
There was never an exact moment. I just always loved creating and working with different kinds of people. I started off behind the camera but that is how I began modeling for other photographers. I knew how to move in front of a camera because beforehand I was always directing models, telling them how to pose and such. So having that background made me easy to work with, nothing worse than a model not modeling.
2.At what age did you first start modelling?
3.What was your first big break and how did it arise?
American Apparel and just from networking with photographers.
4.What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement would have to be having formed incredible work relationships with some of the best in the industry such as photographers Jimmy Bruch and Udo Spritzenbarth. Learning from professionals like them has allowed and encouraged me to keep striving for new achievements.
5.How do you like to stay fit?
Pilates! Pilates is a must, I also play a lot of tennis.
6.What’s your favourite food?
7.Any advice for people wanting to start modelling?
Do your homework, research markets, be knowledgeable about clients, and ALWAYS ACT PROFESSIONAL! There are so many beautiful people in the world that relying solely on looks will only take you so far. If you really want to get into the business you must be a hard worker, a team player, and have a personality that can light up a room. People my admire your appearance, but I can promise you that if they appreciate your presence you will be far better off in your career.
8.What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
The other day I was at the park and I could have sworn I saw a good friend of mine walking to go get into a vehicle so I wanted to catch her before she left so I was calling her name. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why she was flat out ignoring me so I ran over and got there right as she shut the door so I opened it still in disbelief as to why she was avoiding me only to find out it wasn’t her nor did I know any of the other people in the car :).
9.What’s song best describes you?
Well in my head I’d like to believe “GLAMOROUS” by Fergie but I’m going to say that perhaps reality proves otherwise.
10.What would you be if you weren’t a model?
Something to do with psychology no doubt! I studied it a lot in college and have always found it to be incredibly interesting.
11.Tell me something about you not many people know?
I love to go two-stepping to some red dirt country music.
12.What do you like doing in your free time?
Any free time I have you can usually find me playing tennis, other than that I’m in some way or another involved with photo shoots, models, or work at the agency.
13.What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
I have grown up in the Texas panhandle, a community that is quite the opposite of the modeling industry. My hometown literally has a pet Turkey it even had it’s own Facebook page.
14.What was your nickname at school?
15.What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
Knowledge, drive, and the will to always lend a helping hand. I can not emphasize enough how important these things are. Everything in this industry is a collaboration of people, it takes a team to create whether it be a photo shoot, a commercial, a magazine etc. Success doesn’t just come from being a good model I’m sure if you asked any successful model they’d say the same. In order to further your career you must be the person others WANT to work with. Being kind and willing to help out others on set will do more for your career than simply being beautiful. Building those strong relationships and leaving those good impressions are so important. Research, research, research! Having knowledge of who you are working with, their past projects, or the item you’re modeling will only benefit your career. Second, everyone knows how tough this business is thus if it is something you truly want you have to be dedicated.
Photographers: Grant Spanier, Lenny Wheeler, Erin Summers
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