Ms. Namita Nayyar: At age of 14 years you joined the Modeling Agency 62 Models in Auckland, New Zealand and in early 2006, you appeared in a super bowl commercial for Tabasco, this propelled your modelling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of modelling. Tell us something about this professional journey?
Ms. Teresa Moore: Modeling was an unexpected journey since I was very academic, but has been a wonderful “life scholarship”. When I was in high school, it was a great lucrative part-time job and excitingly glamorous. Once it went to the professional level, it got more serious and the competition is harder but the rewards are bigger as well. It was hard being so far across the world in Europe or New York when I was young.
Its a very lonely job even to this day since you are traveling alone so often. I’ve always been lucky that I have made money and worked consistently. From my experience if you can make it the first year, you will be golden for a long time.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You moved from New Zealand to United States. For a model adjusting to new countries with their own cultures it must be difficult and then to adjust with modeling career in the new country, what advice you can give to fellow models in a similar situation?
Ms. Teresa Moore: Americans were much more direct and “rude”, aka “assertive” from my modest New Zealand culture. It was shocking but then the level of professionalism and enthusiasm for self growth in the USA was stimulating me to do more and be a better business woman.
Making friends and acclimating with local trends, topics and ways of life takes a year or two. I think the best advice is to be brave, try new things, trust your instincts on good and bad people and fill your spare time with things you enjoy so you will adjust to the change easier and meet people in a positive area of your life. Join a yoga or mediation class, take lessons in something you enjoy, act like a tourist on your time off and explore.
Teresa Moore on Women Fitness:
I think giving motivation to people to stay fit, eat nutritious and feel good about themselves is wonderful. We should maximize our health while maximizing what we do with our life to enjoy our time on this planet.