Brand Photography with Jillian Sherman in Albany, New York
by Diane Chappell | Personal Branding Photoshoot
Who is Jillian Sherman?
Well, this native of the Capital District attended Academy of the Holy Names Albany | All-Girls Catholic School, in her earlier years, and as a child, she had always dreamed of being a model. Every opportunity she could get, she watched legends like Grace Jones, Iman, Tyra Banks, and Naomi Campbell work the stage in the U.S., Paris, Milan, you name it! However, being raised by a mother who left the south, Jillian was always admonished to put that dream to the side and get something in her head.
So, she found inspiration through the fashionable ties of the late Johnny Cochran, and thought “hey… why not be an attorney, and strut in the courtroom with a new suit and pair or heels to match each and every day?” Nonetheless, her dream of being a model never left her. Within high school, she worked on her confidence and poise by entering into pageants like Miss Teen USA for New York, while still taking on enrichment programs that made her knowledgeable about politics and our government.
As former scholar athlete and alumni of the University at Albany, State University of New York, Jillian continued to compete in campus pageants and began to get selected as a runway model in fashion shows. When she graduated, she gave herself one year to pursue a modeling career while she served as a volunteer coach for the University’s track team. Traveling back and forth down to New York City presented its challenges like sleeping in line on the street just to audition, watching girls right next to her get picked, or waiting in line all day to never get selected because they found all the people they needed. What took a toll on Jillian the most was the rejection from both the industry and regular everyday people she encountered. Either she was too skinny, not skinny enough, too muscular, too dark, or not the right shade of dark brown.
For the protection of her mental state, Jillian re-evaluated her life and what she wanted to do as a career. At the time, she work with individuals with disabilities, so she decided to attend graduate school rather that taking the entrance exam to Law School because it seemed daunting. Instead, she ended up taking a plethora of exams in another field of study where she earned a dual masters in Special Education and Literacy. Jillian thought to herself “perhaps the model I am meant to be is a great role model for others.”
Years later, Jillian was re-discovered in the gym. A woman came up to her as she prepared to exit one day and asked her if she modeled, or would she be interested in modeling for her friend who needed one more girl. This was the moment that propelled her back into the very thing that she loved the most… modeling. Since then, she has modeled in a plethora of local shows, walked for designers in http://nyfw.com/ New York Fashion Week, bostonfashionweek.com, as well as showcased the garments of designers in Florida and from France. She has also taken part in some international shows in Caribbean islands such as Belize and Barbados.
Today, her experience and wealth of knowledge on the runway has caused others within the Capital District to solicit her skills to assist in coaching and developing young models for fashion shows. She has been blessed to work with many great designers, photographers, creative designers, hair stylists, and makeup artists who have help to cultivate her gifts and talents.
Jillian believes that in life, things will happen for you at the right time, and at the right place if you never lose hope. Nothing happens by accident! She will always have a passion for fashion and a love for the runway, but now as an Assistant Principal at Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys, she wants to promote confidence in her scholars to never give up on their dreams! To see some of Jillian’s modeling work check her out on IG https://www.instagram.com/naillij33/
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