We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Reese and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emma, how do you think about risk?
Risks are all around us, each and every day. In order to push yourself to become a stronger and more successful individual you need to step outside of your comfort zone and take those risks. Without risk taking you would be stuck in the same position forever. In my career, risk taking is a big factor towards success. A big risk I have taken as a model is being able to push myself harder and harder every day. No matter if I am nervous or scared of the outcome, I push myself to become better. Personally, I have struggled with anxiety all my life and I used to hate being the center of attention, but as I have pushed myself in my career and opened myself up to more opportunities, I know I am worth a lot more than being held back because of fear. Continue to push yourself and the outcome will surprise you.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One of the most challenging things about being a model is how competitive it can be. I do know that as long as you continue to put yourself out there and connect with as many people you can, it’s going to make things feel a lot easier. I think that one thing that may set me apart from other creatives in this industry would be how much I manage on my own. From finding a lot of my own jobs, to also just always putting myself out there to be known and again, connecting with as many creatives as possible. I consider myself to be a very outgoing individual, so connecting with new people isn’t an issue. One thing I will say about my modeling career so far is that it’s not only a job to me; it’s a passion and an art form. Being able to express myself in a bigger way and also encouraging others to step outside and create something more powerful than the smaller things in life. One of my biggest accomplishments so far, would be NYFW. I was able to walk for Anthony Rubio and that was such an incredible experience, especially being able to walk down the runway with a puppy. I also look forward to all the future accomplishments to come as well.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you are visiting Colorado, I would say one place I would bring you to would have to be Red Rocks. We would have to go to a concert at the Rocks, because not only is the view amazing and breathtaking but the live music adds to the whole experience. Then I may end up taking you to the mountains, most likely to Aspen because again, the views are just absolutely breathtaking. Some restaurants in Denver that you have to try would most definitely be Hapa sushi or Fogo de Chao. The sushi at Hapa is to die for. As for the food at Fogo de Chao, it’s absolutely worth every penny.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are a lot of people who have helped me get to the place that I am at today and those people know who they are. With that being said there is one individual who sticks out more than the others. Duane Topping is a great example of one of those people. Duane is an extraordinary designer in Denver and has pushed me to become the person I am today. Without knowing Duane and being apart of a lot of his fashion shows, I don’t think I would be in the same position I am in today. I know Duane is someone who deserves this shoutout more than anyone. From all his hard work to the person he is, I want to thank him for always pushing me to be better and encouraging me to push through.

Website: http://www.emmareese.site/emmajaisereese
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmajaisereese/

Image Credits
David Langlois Kim M Lillie Elliot Ariel Thomas Jessica Meyer Sierra Baker

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