Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Small town girl Danielle Cremeans achieves dream Of finding work as model on New York runway

OU-C student Danielle Cremeans made it big in the Big Apple.


By OU-C student writer Macey Power

Ohio University-Chillicothe student Danielle Cremeans recently pursued her dream of life in the fashion world, spending time as a model in New York City this past spring and summer.

It was an abrupt change of pace for Cremeans, who has spent most of her life in the Chillicothe region. After graduating from Unioto High School in 2013, she attended Miami (Ohio) University for a semester before transferring to OU-C.

Cremeans has always been interested in reading about the fashion world. “Growing up I was always into fashion and looking at different fashion magazines,” she said.

Her modeling career actually began while Cremeans was a senior in high school.

“My mom heard about this company in Columbus that was hosting auditions for modeling.” Danielle says her mom was her biggest motivator for giving her childhood modeling dreams a try.

Just after one audition, Danielle was selected as a model and, soon after, she was flown to Chicago for more auditions. Shortly after, she was sent to New York City to meet another agency.  Due to the demand of traveling, Cremeans knew that to pursue her dream as a model she needed to take a leap of faith and move to New York City.

So, in the spring of 2015, Cremeans began her spring semester of her sophomore year as a student at New York University. There, she continued to study journalism at New York University and pursue her modeling career.

While attending NYU and living in SOHO, Danielle’s daily activities included walking to class, exploring different coffee shops and getting called in for numerous castings and auditions, including a part in a TV series.

While in New York City, Cremeans was able to land a part in the NBC TV series, Mysteries of Laura Staring Debra Messing. She also obtained a modeling position for a hair show put on by Sabastian Hair Products, a large company out of California.

During the month of June, Cremeans had the opportunity to participate in Women’s Fashion Month, where she modeled various designer clothes all month.

Cremeans says her biggest highlight was modeling for Garage Magazine. During this experience she modeled Prada clothing and got to experience working with other models who had been in the industry for 10-15 years, which was great for her publicity.

Modeling is not all fun and glamour. At 5-foot, 10 ½ inches, Cremeans has the height that is sought, where the minimum standard for a New York model is 5-foot, 8 ½ inches. “You need to have the right measurements to fit the clothes,” she said. To maintain the right look, Cremeans worked out twice a day and strictly watched her diet.

Among other requirements of the profession, “You have to be flexible since you do not know your schedule until 5:30 p.m. the day before. Also, there is no off-time, and I always had to be mindful of how I looked and dressed (all black in New York) even when just going to the market. In the end, though, it was most important to not lose sight of who I am and not let it go to my head.”

This fall, Cremeans returned to OU-C for her junior year of college. Many know her from her student employment positon in the Bennett Hall information desk.

Cremeans says if it wasn’t for the support of OU-C’s staff, students and her family she may have never experienced her dream of living in New York City and becoming a model.

“I love everyone at OU-C. It is like one big family here. Everyone was so supportive; it was like having one big support system. Being a student from OU-C made me all around friendly and open person, which gave me the skills I needed to pursue my modeling and make friends in New York.”

Cremeans is still currently signed with Frame Agency in New York and can go back any time she wants.  For now, she plans on staying in Chillicothe and focusing on school, friends and family.

She has since changed her academic major to psychology and plans to eventually pursue a doctoral degree. “I want to have a career where I can help others find their character strengths and what makes them happy,” Cremeans explained.

Cremeans’ advice to any student who has similar dreams is to just go do it and never say you cannot achieve something.  “Once you leave your comfort zone, you’ll learn something about yourself and the world you would have never known before.”

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