Model Monday: Making Tacos?

I know some of you must be asking yourself, "What does making tacos have to do with modeling or photography?" Well, let me tell you a short story. I guy goes into a burger joint and orders a couple of tacos. The server says, "Sir, this is a burger joint, we don't serve tacos." The guy then asks to speak to the manager, whereas the manager aped what the server said and told the gentleman, "Sir, this is a burger joint, we don't serve tacos." Upset, but not discouraged, the man said to the manager, "Sir, your sign says the customer is always right and you will do whatever to satisfy the customer. I would like two tacos." At that, the manager told the cook, to start making two tacos.

Sometimes we need to ask ourselves, are we busy making tacos at a burger joint? I have had tacos at Jack in the Box, as well as Burger King on the West Coast, and for whatever reason, they never compared to any of the taco stands that were in the area. Likewise, their tacos weren't even as good as their burgers. I am a fan of diversification. I believe that being diversified allows you to adapt to change, but I am also a fan of specialty. Being specialized allows you to persevere through chaos.

While it may be one thing for a model or a photographer just starting out to go out and try different genres, as you build more experience, it may be better for you to be known for doing ONE thing great than a lot of other things ok. When we think of Tyra Banks, as much fashion as is put on her reality series, ANTM, is she not known for being a Victoria's Secret model? One who specialized in lingerie? Or even for her covers on Sports Illustrated as a swimsuit model? While she has done more fashion runway shows than most of us have ever seen, that is what she is known for. She does a few things GREAT which allows her to branch out to do other things on a case by case basis.

To use sports, Tim Tebow, college football legend, is probably one of the most exciting football players in the league to watch. He can pass, he can run, he can even block and catch. The problem is that if I was fielding a team, there would probably be 3 players in every position that I would choose, because they are specialist at those positions.

I often ask models and photographers, what is YOUR specialty? What are you known for? What do you want to be known for? Are you the go to for swimsuit? Editorial? Bridal? Boudoir? Or any other fields of fashion and photography? Are you known for being the "extra" on set? If that is the case, there is nothing wrong with that, but be known for that. Remember there are awards given out for Supporting Actors too, not just the Lead.

Find your specialty and be great at it.

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!