Erica: Southern Beauty & Charm
Erica: "A model can be beautiful, but if she doesnâ€™t have the brainpower to know how to promote herself and know the ins and outs of the business, then her looks alone are not going to help her succeed.â€?
(Ericaâ€”remember this name. Sheâ€™ll be in major movies one day).
Where Sheâ€™s From: This Montgomery, Alabama-born beauty, Erica Rutledge tells The Black Star News, â€œI was a military brat, so I grew up in overseas, Panamaâ€”Panama on base, then in the Deep South at a base in Columbus, Mississippi.â€?
She adds: â€œThe most important advice my parents gave me was to always trust and obey God and to stay focused on whatever I want to accomplish, because it will happen. I just turned 24 years old in September. Iâ€™m a well-balanced Libra.â€? One look at Erica sums it all up.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2004 and received a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Theatre. â€œAfter I shot with photographer extraordinaire Paul Lawson, I began to build my portfolio and started to send out my pictures for castings,â€? she explains. â€œI started to get jobs and after posting his pictures along with other photographers that Iâ€™ve shot with, such as Majiq and Kevin Stewart, on Modelmayhem, Myspace, I even had clients contacting me for castings just from looking at my pictures. Promoting myself also helped me launch my career.â€?
Where Sheâ€™s At: Erica has been familiar with the catwalk since her junior year of high school. Her persistence has paid off handsomely so far. Sheâ€™s a GlamaGirl Promotional Model for Celebrity Model Photographer Shawn Dowdellâ€™s GlamaGirl project. She was a feature model in Big Keyzâ€™s music video, â€œSay Whatâ€? and she dances with Complex Concepts, the renowned group, in Columbia, South Carolina. This past summer, Erica was featured in CandiJewels Magazine.
Erica looks forward to the heights she has yet to climb professionally. â€œI consider my career to be at the point before the peak or climax,â€? she says. â€œBut it takes patience and dedication. I have a feeling that something great is going to happen soon!â€?
Where Sheâ€™s Heading: Her plans are to get more involved in acting. Since her minor was in the Theatre, sheâ€™s been acting in plays since her preteen years. â€œMy aspirations are to be on the cover, in the spread or feature of major national publication like BlackMenâ€™s, King, FHM, Jet, and so forth,â€? Erica confides. â€œI hope to act in films directed by John Singleton, Clint Eastwood, and other groundbreaking directors.â€? Erica would prefer films that arenâ€™t moneymakers, but ones that â€œmake you think and appreciate the craft of theatre and acting.â€?
The entrepreneur in her also called for her owning a modeling agency, shooting models, and helping them develop their portfolio and place in the industry. â€œI deal with challenges in the modeling industry everyday and thatâ€™s just being patient and waiting on my big break,â€? Erica says. â€œItâ€™s a tough business and you have to have tough skin to survive and Iâ€™ve learned that daily. I conquer this by having confidence in myself and never giving up when Iâ€™m ignored or told, â€˜no.â€™â€?
â€œIf youâ€™re pursuing a modeling career you need brainpower and beauty,â€? Erica cautions. â€œSuccessful models like Tyra Banks, Melyssa Ford and Buffy the Body combine brainpower and beauty by being entrepreneurs and by venturing out and doing other projects, which rakes in more money for them. A model can be beautiful, but if she doesnâ€™t have the brainpower to know how to promote herself and know the ins and outs of the business, then her looks alone are not going to help her succeed.â€? She adds, â€œAlso a pretty model with a nasty attitude, and with no brainpower is a â€˜Double No Succeed!â€™â€?
Ericaâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œBelieve in yourself first, because if you donâ€™t then one else will!â€?
Ericaâ€™s Secrets Of Success: â€œBe professional, kind and humble at all times, because you never know whoâ€™s watching you or who may be standing right next to you. If they notice this then they may hook you up with a gig. I know this because Iâ€™m speaking from experience.â€?
Ericaâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Movies: â€œLove Jones,â€? â€œMagnolia,â€? and â€œThe Shining.â€?
Ericaâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Books: â€œThe Holy Bible,â€? â€œA Time to Kill,â€? and â€œDisappearing Acts.â€?
The First Three Things Erica Would Do As President: â€œSlowly start sending back troops from the war in Iraqâ€”itâ€™s pointless! Worry about our own problems and dilemmas before we stick our nose in other countriesâ€™ business, and try to stop the spread of AIDS.â€?
For more information on this beauty, check her out at http://www.myspace.com/ericarutledge
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