You think your teen years were hard? Try leaving home at age 15 to work, and knowing that eating a pop-tart might mean unemployment. That was Shay Mitchell's experience in her pre-Pretty career as a model. Of course jetting around the world showing off fabulous fashions wasn't all bad. Check out what Shay had to say about the modeling life.
I did it from an early age. I started when I was like 15 and it allowed me to travel around the world. I got to go to some really cool jobs and live in different places. After I finished high school I went to Hong Kong and Thailand and spent some time there. Just to get that whole experience of being out of the bubble that I was in from high school in Vancouver, to be able to travel around and be on your own was an amazing experience. It really allowed me to see a lot of the world that I might not have seen that soon.
It also set me up to get used to rejection and be okay with it, especially coming into the acting world. You audition for jobs and you don’t always get them. But I learned how to handle that rejection from modeling, so I’m very fortunate for that.
The not so good thing was not being able to eat anything that I wanted. And I’m a huge foodie, so saying no to something doesn’t really go well in my book. I’m also an avid health person and I love to work out to balance it, but to really hold yourself off from like, “I really can’t eat this if I’m going to book this job” was not too cool.