What I Learned Being A Model For A Day

What I Learned Being A Model For A Day
So here’s a fun fact, back in 2017 I was picked to be part of a national campaign here in Australia. Basically, I was found by a casting company through my Instagram page. I auditioned and all that jazz and I somehow ended up being picked (you’re as surprised as I was) and then before I knew it, I was a paid model for a day. What even.

Turning up on set and being surrounded by other models and actors who have basically all done this kind of thing before was…nerve-wracking. Was I pretending I was on America’s Next Top Model all day that day? Yes. Was I trying to follow Tyra’s advice and ‘smize’? Yes. And was I told to stop doing that immediately? ….also yes.

I feel like I spent half the day going around telling anyone who would listen that I was not any kind of a pro and was there because they found me on Instagram. I don’t know, telling people that made me feel slightly less nervous and intimidated? Either way, it calmed me down a bit because to be honest, I was having a major bout of imposter syndrome. Eventually when the day was done and dusted, I had my ten seconds in the limelight and when all was said and done, I actually ended up learning more from that day than I ever thought I would.


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I learned what direction I want to go in for my career.

So the experience was extremely fun but most importantly it couldn’t have come at a better time for me career-wise. About a week before I had just been wondering about whether or not I should get back into acting. Mini background: acting was always something I’d enjoyed and wanted to do, but I did three-four years studying and working behind the camera (production design, costumes, you name it) so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to hop back in front of the camera again. Anyway, IĀ (not kidding) asked the universe to give me some kind of an experience that would let me be on set and would help me decide what I wanted to do, and then this offer came along.


While I don’t think I’ll be in the modelling world any time soon, I knew I loved being on set and in that environment. Being in front of the camera rather than behind, waiting around but not having to spend any time worrying about schedules/budgets/whether or not everyone’s hair and makeup is perfect etc was amazing. I was so used to the feeling of being behind the camera that I forgot what it feels like to be on the other side. Straight away I knew that this was the side of the camera that I wanted to be on. It wasn’t the acting part I was unsure of, it was whether I would enjoy the lack of control you have when you’re not behind the camera but oh buddy did I enjoy it, it actually felt freeing. The day ended up being pivotal and after it was over, I decided the career route I was again going down. Acting, I’m coming for ya.

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I learned that people aren’t thinking what you think they’re thinking.

I’m fairly certain I think lower of myself than other people think of me (low self-confidence man, I’m working on it). Although the casting process and wardrobe fitting day was a very new experience for me, it was still so fascinating to hear what impartial strangers think of you. Not saying it’s always good, but I walked in there that day feeling like a massive fish out of water. So offhand hearing some of the positive comments people were saying about me really caught me off guard, in a good way. It just goes to show again that you never really know what people are thinking, so don’t always assume the worst.

I learned that sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and go for it.

When I first heard I booked this casting I went from ecstatic to panic realĀ damn fast. It was like an hour of extreme hyper excitement followed by a few hours of “oh god I am not a model what happens if they accidentally picked me but then I show up and they realise they were meant to pick some other brunette but accidentally emailed me instead?!” Yeah, that’s how my brain works, be happy it’s not your brain.

Then you get to a point where you just think oh screw it, they picked me. I’m just going to get out there and do my best and that’s all I can do. I’m not usually that kind of a person but this whole experience really taught me to just throw caution to the wind and go for things more often. It taught me that I don’t always have to be such a Rory Gilmore about things and make PRO/CON lists about something before I do it.

PS- since I originally wrote this post, I’ve been pursuing acting. I’m actually starting a full time acting course next month! Crazy the impact one day can have on you, isn’t it?

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  • Ah I loved reading this post! I can actually really relate because before I began modelling full time I did a degree in performing arts, wanted to pursue acting but then fell into modelling instead and I really enjoyed being on set and what not…in the end it actually brought along some acting opportunities too.

    I like how the universe spoke to you on this one. It’s crazy how the world works and I am a big believer in that stuff. That’s amazing that this experience prompted you to get back into acting! Good luck with the course, that’s going to be so much fun and there’s no better feeling of fulfilment than from doing something you love! šŸ˜€

    Samio x

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh wow that’s so interesting, and kind of cool that the reverse ended up happening for you. Thank you! It’s actually a big relief to be going down this path now because even when it gets tough, it still feels right. That’s a feeling no other job has given me before!

  • !!! Julia! Super proud and happy for you and your acting journey šŸ˜€ it’s great that this has sparked a choice for you, especially in making an important life decision. I’ve never stepped foot into the ~artistic~ world per se, but at least when you’re famous, I hope you remember me as the girl who gave me some awesome PJs heheheh.

    • The Sunday Mode

      Eee thank you! Um those pyjamas are literally my favourite ones I own (how is the material so soft?!)- how could I ever forget the person who gave them to me? hehe

  • This must have been such a fab thing to happen! I can imagine it must have been pretty scary. I think so many of us are guilty of thinking the worst of ourselves, when really we should be seeing all of the positives and embracing them x

    Jenny | Luxestyle

    • The Sunday Mode

      Yep it was scary for sure, and very nerve-inducing.

      I agree, I think it’s almost a reflex for so many of us to just think the worst and that’s something that has to be retrained so that you don’t always just think that way!

  • This is amazing !!! Happy for you that you got approached via Instagram for modelling job and that led to career discoveries for you! xxx


    • The Sunday Mode

      Thank you! šŸ™‚ x

  • Wow this is so cool! It was fate that you got the job, even if just for a day to see how it would feel to be in front of the camera again =o)


    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks! I do like to think of it as a fate thing as well, I mean the chances of it happening were just so low so it felt like it had to be fate or something alone those lines!

  • That is amazing and it’s great that you came of it and learnt something. I was a model for a few years in my 20s and although I liked it, I didn’t personally love it but it has thought me a lot and what and who I wanted to be and become. Thanks for sharing. x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com/

    • The Sunday Mode

      That’s brilliant Ann-Marie!

  • Hillory Renkema

    Sounds like so much fun. It’s amazing what learnings you took from it and decided to follow what you’re passionate about!




    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Hillory, and yep, the experience couldn’t have come at a better time šŸ™‚

  • Big congrats on deciding on your career path! That’s super exciting, especially because you feel like you’ve had the modelling experience and know that you love being in front of the camera, a lot of people don’t know if they’re going to love what they set out to do until they’ve spent years getting a qualification, and then they might find it’s not for them. But I’m sure knowing that you’re set on your goal ahead of time will keep you motivated as you go along. Plus it doesn’t hurt that you’ve worked in production/costume, etc before so you’ll already have some contacts to help you out with getting some more work. You’re right – what a difference a day can make!


    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Jessica! I mean I have wanted to act since I was basically a fetus, but now I actually have the balls to go for it! :/

      Oh you’re completely right as well, knowing all the behind the camera stuff has already helped me a lot in acting!

  • Sarah ā“‹

    That’s so cool that you got to do this for a day! Must have been a hell of an experience! And also congrats on starting an acting career!! It used to be my ambition to become an actress as well, but now I know that I’d rather be behind the camera, so exactly the opposite of you actually haha


    • The Sunday Mode

      It was something I’ll never forget for sure, especially because it sort of kicked everything off for me.

      Wow that’s so cool that we’re the opposite there! Well, good luck to you too with your behind the camera career! Who knows, maybe our paths will cross on a film some day?

      • Sarah ā“‹

        Maybe, I hope so!!

  • It takes so much to admit to yourself exactly what you want to do and I couldn’t be more happy for you!

    Char xo || http://www.memoirsmusings.com

    • The Sunday Mode

      Ah thanks Char! šŸ™‚

  • phoebe

    Woohoo julia, well done. (and ps I love these photos and the location you chose – jacket looks great on you too :))
    It’s so great that you are discovering your passion in life. It sounds like this is going to bring out a lot of your creative talents. What an exciting time you have ahead of you! Stay on the bus and enjoy the ride!

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh thanks Phoebe, I love how you always comment on those things!

      I love that quote stay on the bus, and you’re so right, I think with acting especially that’s really what I’m going to have to do!

  • Miss Uncover

    I’m so glad that you’re going for course of acting.
    I also need to say that you look so lovely.
    As I had some photoshoots in the past I learned that I can’t have serious expression haha I just don’t know what is it but I feel like i look like I want to kill someone and I prefer smiling all the time

    • The Sunday Mode

      Ah thanks! Yeah I usually just change it up, sometimes when I try and do a proper serious expression I look really dead in the face so…I feel your pain :p

  • Diana Maria

    Congratulations on finding out more about what doing what you love would consist of. I feel as though getting out there and trying new things are what push us to find what we enjoy doing. These photos are gorgeous xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • The Sunday Mode

      That’s a great way to put it, and something I have to remind myself of more often because I can get really hesitant to push myself to do new things that scare me!

  • Susan Tran

    This is SO COOL! Isn’t it crazy how life works out like that? I’m so glad this sparked that passion inside you again and now you’re doing what you love. That really makes all the difference in our lives. And girl, you ROCKED it, so bump that self confidence up a few notches! Can’t wait to see where this brings you!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • The Sunday Mode

      It is crazy! Sometimes I feel like life pushes you down all at once but then it can also throw some really amazing things your way all at once as well, or at least that’s how I feel.

  • Your jacket is so chic, I love the colour

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Laura

  • This is all so exciting hun. What an amazing opportunity and good luck with the course x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Tiffany, less than a month till I start it- eep it’s so close!

  • AF

    I can imagine how nervous you were, i thing if that happebed to me if i was able to to it! Anhyway you are gorgeous so im not surprised at all that you were picked! xx


    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh thank you! That’s really nice of you to say šŸ™‚ x

  • This sounds like an amazing experience and so good that you came back inspired. It’s amazing what triggers us into moving direction. x


  • Kat Tanita

    Love this post. And that grey moto jacket is so cute! Wishing you the best of luck as you get back into acting! xo Kat


    • The Sunday Mode

      Ah thanks so much Kat šŸ™‚ x

  • That is awesome! So good you decided to go for some acting too, it’s gonna be fab x

    Yasmin šŸ’—
    The Sweet Seven Five

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Yasmin! šŸ™‚

  • Congratulations! These are great lessons you have learned for a short span of time. With your pretty face, you must be in front of the camera.

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