Mentor Night in Toronto July 15th 2012.
After a very important day of photo shoots, video shoots, and interviews with judges we got to hear life tips and inspirational stories first hand from some amazing women.
Dr. Natalie Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001 Natalie is am inperational woman who had to work for the respect shes earned. Natalie has managed to have a career and a family while building a career as a hospital dentist. She amazingly enough was one of the youngest dentists to serve on the Board of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario in 2006, this accomplishment wasn’t enough for her so she became the Vice President of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. This only proves how truly determined and hard-working Natalie truly is. Without qualities like this Natalie might not have achieved such success with her career; mainly what I took away from Natalie’s speech was to always strive to learn more everyday because no one can take away your education and also to prepare for the difficult choices in life because they are around every corner waiting for you.
Melani Chong has worked in the fashion and beauty industry for over 15 years, Canadian Ford Model and mom of two children, Melani Chong developed a personalized skin care line called Soya B after she had gone back to school to become a chemist. Melani told us that when she was in hight school she was the athlete so when her father mentioned a model search at the mall she quickly said no. So her father played a little trick on her my saying lets go to the mall and you can shopping but in reality he had something else planed. When they arrived at the mall her father lead her to the model search and persuaded her to try, after giving in Melani got a call two weeks later saying she was a finalist she then got singed with ford; her life was changed forever. She found her self contracts all over the world and working for top designer and brands such as mac cosmetics, and Gucci. But this wasn’t all Melani was men’t to be she strived for more and because of her love of fashion she worked as a stylist. With her new aspirations as a stylist she worked with top photographers, fashion shows and designers ,but still Melani wanted more. After some thought Melani decided to go back to school to become a chemist, with the hopes of creating an organic skin care line. Some of the key points from Melani’s speech was the quote “wisest is he who dose not know”! She told us that we can use education to beifit ourselves in the future and to help us achieve our dreams.
Katrina Hadden is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.
Katrina was frustrated after going to numerous auditions with no results, she is a size 12 model but this is to small to be a plus size model and to large to be a petite model.
Katrina spoke to us about how the modelling industry made her self-conscious about her body,and eventually this made her develop an eating disorder. Katrina wanted to get her negative body image back in order. So she began to work closely with nutrition and fitness experts this helped her to get her self image back to a positive thing. Now Katrina uses here all her knowledge about food and working out to maintain heath and to help others achieve fitness goals. Katrina Hadden Life Coaching for Athletes has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Katrina brought a bright energy to the room that could not be ignored and this is what booked her her first job. She asked the casting crew why she was chosen out of the many other girls and they told her because of her energy. Katrina has brought light to my eyes of new size category in the modelling industry she is truly a inspiration to all.
Alexandra Orlando is a highly decorated world-class Rhythmic Gymnast. Her wisdom can be found inside the pages of an award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory.
Alexandra has just published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered. Alexandra eat, slept, and breathed gymnastics right up until her Olympic audition. Alexandra was always the athletic girl but when she missed her shot at the 2003 Olympics by 1/10th of a point. She was absolutely crushed, she spiralled into a depression and wanted to talk no one. When her family finally broke throw the barrier she had put up Alex was asked why she really loved gymnastics and the answer wasn’t because of the Olympics opportunities it was because of the journey to get there. Alexandra chose to go back and what a great decision that was because she qualified for the Olympics in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Alexandra has truly brought a new standard of success for female Olympians in Canada and is someone all athletes should aspire to be like.