We had the good fortune of connecting with Noelle Romero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noelle, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
My name is Noelle Romero and I am a single mom of three children. I survived a roll over car accident and there is no reason on this earth I should be walking. After my accident, doctors told me that I would be wheel chair bound for the rest of my life. Through natural medicine and physical therapy I have been able to maintain my independence and my freelance modeling business. When I was first asked to model, I struggled with doubt and confidence. After lots of encouragement, I agreed to one shoot. Ever since that first job I have been booked solid for almost two years now. I am now a published model and refusal to give up on Noelle has been my greatest life lesson.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a professional freelance model. Photographers reach out to me with a concept and we use venues and costumes to bring it to life. A favorite genre of mine is time era work, specifically the 1940s. A few weeks ago, I was asked to do a shoot at Wings of The Rockies. I was asked to show up looking like a 1940s flight attendant. I am a very busy single mom of three and the day before the shoot, I still didn’t have a costume. Unfortunately, due to Covid19, many costume shops had to close. I decided to try my luck in a thrift store. Before going into the thrift store, I sat in my car and prayed. I went into the store with faith that I would find a costume, shoes and even the jewelry I needed. I went in with a happy heart and walked out ecstatic! I ended up finding more than I even needed for a two day shoot! I showed up to the venue looking like I stepped out of the Pearl Harbor movie. I felt like a star all because of my little prayer. This kind of a thing happens to me frequently because I always feel that I am at the right place at the right time. This month, I get to shoot League of Their Own and Flash Dance. Still looking for costumes and I have no doubt they will come at the right time. I am now a published model and I get to share my art with the world. I am elated and humbled that the opportunities just keep on coming!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friend to one of my shoots. My first favorite spots are Longmont, Colorado’s waterfall at Rodger’s Gove. If you enjoy a little fishing hike and swim, this spot is incredible! In photography, we call sunset golden hour. The sun peaks behind the mountains and glows over our small bodies of water. We have a ton of eagles in Longmont watching them soar across the sun is a sight to see. My second favorite spot is The Denver Union Station. If was built in 1881 and she has survived a devastating fire and has been remodeled countless times. During WW2, the building accommodated 24,000 people a day, mostly soldiers. When guest push open the heavy oak doors, they are greeted with beautiful chandeliers and high ceilings. The only down side is that they don’t let guest lay on the floor to soak in the archetiture. It is truly a sight to see and if we could get the walls to speak, oh the stories they would tell!
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?
I would like to thank my business mentor and coach Nathan A. Perez, with Career Innovations. He is a formally trained actor and is no stranger to the public eye. My modeling and radio work requires a lot of confidence and I needed someone that had already “made it” to mentor me. He has been in movies, soap operas and is a best selling author. His resume is very intimidating and our first meeting I felt like I wanted to hide under the table. After just a few minutes of speaking with him, I found that he was approachable and I simply needed to learn basic networking skills. His famous words are, “New people. Old gig. They asked you to come to this event so you are already qualified!” He is still helping me get into more commercial work and his professional advice has been a game changer! I highly recommend getting a local career coach when trying to get into a new career. I cant believe that an ex Hollywood actor and a best selling author would help a single mom get into a dream career. I am forever grateful and highly recommend.
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Photographed by Dave Purcell.