Mykel: Pride Of Miami
Mykel: "You have to be able to have at the very least a basic understanding of contracts, pay scales, waivers and releases, and you must be able to differentiate between professionalsâ€”photographers, agents, managers, and scam artists.â€?
MODEL OF THE DAY
Where Sheâ€™s From: Mykel Marie Stinson, whose Zodiac sign is Taurus, is a model, actress and dancerâ€”she was born in Denver, Colorado and lived there until 1993.
She moved to Toledo, Ohio after her mother's death, and lived there for six years until she graduated from High School. â€œMy mother taught me to pay no attention to people who talk negatively about me,â€? she tells The Black Star News. â€œShe said â€˜if anything, thank them, they're making you famous.â€™ I learned to be strong and independent by watching her.â€?
Mykel attended Jesup W. Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, and Long Island University at the Brooklyn, New York, campus.
Where Sheâ€™s At: â€œI just began my career in Miami, Florida about six months ago,â€? she says. â€œI'm in the beginning stages, still taking classes to become a well- rounded actress and performer. I've always had the desire to act in film and on television and I know my determination and resilience will help me to reach that goal.â€?
â€œI just take it step by step,â€? she adds. â€œI work a regular job and try to save a little from each pay check to go towards my next photo shoot or to pay for comp cards. In the past I held myself back. I always knew what I wanted but was afraid to try. I had a very low self-esteem mostly due to years of struggling with homelessness.â€?
â€œBeauty is what captures an audience, and gets you the jobs,â€? Mykel says. â€œHowever if you don't have brains to back it up you won't get far in this business. You have to be able to have at the very least a basic understanding of contracts, pay scales, waivers and releases, and you must be able to differentiate between professionalsâ€”photographers, agents, managers, and scam artists.â€?
So how does Mykel dress to kill? â€œI don't really get into perfume,â€? she says. â€œI use several different Bath &Body Worksâ€”body sprays, I use Palmers Cocoa Butter everywhere. I've been using it all my life. I get most of my clothes from the Goodwill and make them into something else. I love shoes, anything funky and different. I love Mosh Pit-Miami Beach that is definitely my favorite store.â€?
Mykelâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œBe true to yourself, follow your heart. Live to please yourself, you only have one shot at it.â€?
Mykelâ€™s Secrets Of Success: â€œDeterminationâ€”I won't let anything stop me from achieving my goals.â€?
Mykelâ€™s Favorite Three Movies: â€œCrash, Madea's Family Reunion, Click.â€?
Mykel Favorite Three Books: â€œSoul Stories-Gary Zukav, Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice-Napoleon Hill and Dennis Kimbro, and Why I Love Black Women- Michael Eric Dyson.â€?
First Three Things Mykel Would Do As President: â€œRaise wages, offer affordable healthcare, and create more homeless assistance programs to help people get back on their feet.â€?
Mykelâ€™s Favorite Cars: â€œ1966 Camaro, 1969 GTO, 1970 Cuda, 1974 Roadrunner- Classicsâ€”I could go all day I love them! Bugatti Veyron 16.4- No need to explain. Maserati Quattroporte- Class and speed. 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing- It fits my personality.â€?
Mykelâ€™s Five Favorite Musicians/Entertainers: â€œBeyonce-Upgrade, Maroon 5, Tupac, Good Charlotte, Ludacris.â€?
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