Ive noticed a real trend as of late with my SL counterparts that everyone is blogging about their fashion & modelling experiences. SL is a funny old place where serious players are extremely commited to the cause. Modelling is one of those areas. Within the first few months of SL, I knew I wanted to become a model, seeing beautiful people with 'model' tags made me envious and I wanted to be part of this elite crew.

My time will come I used to say to myself, after being rejected from various modelling agencies. Looking back now, Im really not suprised based on how I looked, even though I thought I was absolutely beautiful. Id invested in good skins but my shape was too petite. Modelling isnt really about skinny people. Its about having good proportions in order to show off the clothing.

I got my break back in August last year when I was accepted for DCM, which unfortunately are no longer in operation. I have my partner Kasen to thank for this as he knew the owner and kinda snuck me in the back door. However Ariya gave me the break I needed and become a fully fledged 'delicious model' and wore that damn tag with pride.

I was happy strutting my stuff on the runway, but I wanted more. I wanted the success of winning competitions, mixing with people in the industry from models, photographers and designers I craved that fame and fortune.

I joined Arai Model Agency in April 2008, a highly ambitious bunch of people. Everyone was entering competitions, winning and raking in the $$$. Maybe it was the drive I needed. I consulted with my friend Chalice Carling, a successful model in her own right and said I was going to enter the DAB competition for Mr and Mrs DAB 2008.

Now in RL Im a very pesimistic person. I didnt think I stood a chance in hell of winning this competition. You see all your competition and automatically, Im extremely negative. However, the worm had turned and I won it. It gave me the confidence I needed. I won a contract with DAB and then proceeded to apply for DAE of Elegance Model Agency and got accepted.

I was being asked by random people to represent them as store models, photos in magazines .... this was the life I wanted.
Now for many The JCNY model fest is the BIG ONE ( will discuss that in another blog ) but for me from week two, I wanted to be a model for Indyra Originals. I remember I had the pleasure of meeting Indyra in her store about 5 months ago and nearly plucked up the courage to ask her if I could model for her. Im glad I didnt the humiliation would have been unbearable.

One of my friends mentioned about a month ago that Indy was advertising for instore models and it would be a competition. OMG this could be my chance, I could do this. Over 200 people applied for this position. I submitted my application and was asked to go for a callback, approximately 45 people worldwide for catwalk and fashion composition. I was scared but I wanted it bad and I approached 3 of my good friends, Chalice Carling, Cocobean Bonneti and Aimee Wozinak to give me their advice on my outfit.

After a week long arduous wait, the news hit and I got accepted as part of the Indy Troupe. I was over the moon.

So for me this is onwards and upwards. With lots of hard work and determination, my dreams have started to become reality. Only good things can follow, so for the time being, watch this space :D x


Chalice Carling said...

Jula, Jula. You are just my favourite person who makes me laugh and feel great about what I do in SL. Always supportive and gorgeous to within an inch of her little prim finger nails...she's a loon a goon and I love her :-)))

Jula Carnell said...

Yayyyy for double indemnity, Carling and Carnell ...I think Im gonna like this blogging now I have the hang of it.

Chalice Carling said...

Could you change your name to Cula Carnell and we could be the 'Quadruple C's'. What a pair we'd make. Not quite a D cup but luscious just the same.

Vixie Rayna said...

well welcome to the blogosphere!! you are a pro it seems!! :D

love you to bits!! :D

Eve Express said...

I'm not surprised that you made it, Jula. You have the drive and aren't afraid of a little hard work. You are a good friend, and I'll be an avid reader/

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Veronica Krasner said...

Hi Jula! I can say that when I read that article I felt like it was me writting my experiences in the SL modeling career, I felt exactly the way you did while trying to be noticed, I'm also a negative person and I'm working hard trying to revert that aspect of my personality that doesn't allow me to enjoy the things I live.
Fortunately, I'm starting to see the rewards of my efforts and pasion for modeling in SL as well, and I plan to continue to develop my skills and gain more experience, since I am a very determinate person. Hope we have the chance to work together soon...

Jula Carnell said...

I hope our paths cross too Veronica. Modelling is a funny thing in SL, you have to keep at it and making yourself available always being exposed. I wish you well in your modelling career. Thanks so much for the comment. x

Sevenstar said...

Jula, what you write is touching and interessting, far away from the usual bla bla, one has to read too often. I deffinatelly like your blogging. I also understand the development you made and the chalages you have been taking. I remember myself, 1 year ago back from now, feeling myself beautufull, and I kind of was in a clumsy way. Till the day when I saw that gorgeously pretty and stylish girl at my first visit to the Tableau sim. Her name was Cayce Newell and she was part of the back then existing CC modeling Agency. That was my entrance to the fashion world in SL, and I can tell that it was not easy, and still not is. Meanwhile I found out that I am more into creating than into myself hanging out backstage and taking part in competissions. So I can say I see myself as a part of it all, but more in a diffrent possition, I make the clothes and otheres wear them. On my way through this jungle I happend to meet some great individuals, like for example you, Chacha or Vixie. And Immy.The journey is not over yet, the next chapters will be written soon. Hugs to you Jula, you rock! :)