Cameron Russell is a woman of many talents. But she’d probably be the first to tell you that modeling isn’t necessarily one of them; the deck was simply stacked in her favor. And what a deck: tall, slender, perfectly tanned skin tone, long gorgeous hair, a striking face. Despite her degree from Columbia, her passion for politics and women’s rights, her wave-making 2012 TED Talk, and her entrepreneurial spirit with two ventures Interrupt magazine and Space-Made, she’ll tell you that modeling was a genetically pre-determined career path chosen for her. And while she admits to “cashing out” on her lottery win, she has the resolve, the need to pursue her real passions. A weekend warrior in its truest form, don’t you think?
We may all need to work a j-o-b that pays the bills and doesn’t necessarily align with our passions. But that’s not to say you can’t hone in on what those are, and pursue them in other ways. Or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones, and you get to do daily what you’d dream of doing anyway (congrats!).
Not sure where your passions lie? Sometimes they’re difficult to identify, and often they evolve and change over time. These 8 thought-provoking questions resonated with me, so much so, that my assistant and I are engaging in a discussion around our answers in our weekly call next week:
1. What do you find yourself doing?
2. What are you doing when you feel most beautiful?
3. What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?
4. What are your superpowers?
5. What did you enjoy doing at age 10?
6. What are you willing to try now?
7. Looking back on your career, 20 or 30 years from now, what do you want to say you’ve accomplished?
8. What is your sentence?
Read more about how to answer these questions here.
That 2012 TED Talk? It’s in their all-time Top 25 and has received over 9.5 million views. Russell used it as a platform to start a conversation about image: the good, the bad and the ugly in our society, how some “profit” and some “lose” (and how really, no one wins). From here, she is working — between modeling j-o-bs — to give those that haven’t won the lottery like she has a platform too.
Watch it here:
Be sure to catch Cameron Russell’s interview in the February 2015 issue of SELF magazine too!
“I hope we all feel more comfortable acknowledging the power of image in our perceived successes and our perceived failures.”
— Cameron Russell
I hope she inspires you to work toward your passions too!