Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimi Weintraub.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kimi. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m a professional spokesmodel and brand ambassador. These titles are still pretty shocking to me since I started in this industry completely by accident! A little background on me; I have been a singer all my life and attended one of the top performing arts schools in the country for voice. After high school, my best friend and I started the acoustic duo, Regi and Kimi, and have been performing all over Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward County at restaurants, corporate events, city events, and even weddings. Last summer, I met with an agency to see if they could drum up more business for us. During our meeting, one of the agents asked if I ever modeled or did any television work. He said “ethnically ambiguous” was ‘in’ and he would love to add me to his roster. I was stunned and excited to say the least. I was so inspired after that meeting, I spent countless hours trying to find my own work, taking free gig after free gig to get as much experience as I could. I received my MBA the year before and couldn’t wait to utilize my business skills and attempt to brand myself. Since then, I have been featured in numerous music videos, commercials, and print ads. I am just getting started, but I have been working around the clock to learn as much as possible about this industry and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This journey has not been a smooth road. It is a tough business. It’s extremely competitive and you need to build a thick skin if you’re going to last. I have been rejected countless times by jobs I thought I was perfect for, jobs that I really wanted. If you are starting in the modeling and talent industry, my advice to you is simple. Stick with it! It’s going to get hard, you will break down, and you will doubt yourself. This industry is meant to break the weak to weed out the people who don’t really want it. Learn as much as possible and ask a lot of questions. If you believe in yourself and truly put yourself out there, you cannot lose!
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I have been floored at the amount of support that I see in the female community. The women’s empowerment movement is alive and well in my personal experience. When I was just starting out, I reached out to many women I admired and who had more experience than I did. Each one was eager to help and show me the ropes. This community is so strong that I believe, had it not be, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I will always be an advocate for women and help build them up as much as possible.
- High-Quality Spokesmodel Video with Kimi- $199 (3o-second commercial spot)
- Print Work- $50/hour with 4-hr minimum
Chris Rankin, Malena Vasquez, Alex Fundora, Daniel Gutierrez