We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Dowd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
A complex question for a complex woman. You’re always told, “never give up” or “keep trying until you make it”. And I understand the thought behind it. They want us to push ourselves toward our goals. They want us to know that many things are possible, even if you don’t get it the first time. And while I agree, there are also limits and moments when it’s okay to give up. I believe it truly comes down to the situation and my mentality. Is it harming my mental health? Is it destroying relationships with my friends, family, or partner? Am I clinging to a false reality or is it a reachable goal? If my answers lean toward no, then I’ll keep going! But if my answer to any of those is yes, it’s probably time to move on. All that to say, there are so many factors that come into play when deciding whether to give up on something or keep trying. The cold, hard truth is that not everyone will make it where they want to be. Some dreams aren’t feasible. But there’s nothing wrong with that. We are remarkable, regardless of where we are in life. We are talented and creative, and life is full of opportunities. Expand your horizons and you may surprise yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a model currently represented by HOP Models & Talent agency here in Atlanta. My body and face are my art. I believe what sets me apart is my reasoning for why I model. I didn’t start because I thought I was beautiful. Quite the opposite, actually. For years, insecurity had ruled over me. The idea that my body was not my own from past traumas followed me for a long time. Modeling brought me out of my shell. It showed me that I am in control and it is my choice to do what I do. I love being in front of the camera now. I can show emotion and thoughts with just the positioning of my fingers. I can display the creations of others on my body for the world to enjoy. It’s exhilarating. There will always be challenges no matter what your career. There are specific dangers to what we, as models, do. I’ve learned that a picture isn’t worth your safety. Listen to the red flags. There are so many people out there who aren’t in it to hurt you. Stick by them. I want the world to know that sometimes, our biggest insecurities are our best features. The modeling world is changing. Grow with it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta and the surrounding areas are filled with things to see and places to enjoy. Cafe Comma would have to be the first stop. They have my favorite coffee and the shop is lovely. I’d take us to the Botanical Garden to enjoy the flowers and greenery. The art museum is on the list as well as Piedmont park. There’s something to do on almost every corner.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for my support system. Over the last few years, I’ve managed to surround myself with people who will lift me up and stand by me when I need it, and when I don’t. My shoutout is dedicated to my partner, my friends and family, and my loyal followers. They’ve stuck by me through missteps, fall backs, and changes. They are always there to encourage me or let me know if I’m making a mistake. It’s helpful and securing to know I am seen and heard by those who love me. Find those people who want nothing but success for you. You deserve it.
Mack Bates Knotshy