Today we’d like to introduce you to Zuri Leigh.
Zuri, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, and I moved to Denver, Colorado about five years ago. This is when I started to see changes in my life. I had been training musically, vocally, and had participated in a dance class leading up to the big move. It wasn’t until I got out here that I was able to apply my creativity. I currently substitute teach at an elementary school downtown. I grew up with a teacher for a mother, so this doesn’t come as a surprise to me. In addition, I am also working hard to establish my place in the modeling industry. I’ve done well in Denver working with many fashion photographers and walking in Denver Fashion Week Fall 2017, 2018, as well as this past Spring show. Modeling is something I’ve always wanted to pursue. I commend anyone who is actively following their dreams and turning them into their reality.
Has it been a smooth road?
It was definitely not a walk in the park to get where I am. I think even expecting that is unwise. Being from a small town, an opportunity was limited, and being women of color it was even more limited. I had to push my way into this game of life. I had to push past a water crisis that plagued my city and made it difficult to do everyday things like shower and cook. When this happened, it really made it clear to see that WV was not the place for my family. My mom, step-dad, and little sis moved out here for a fresh start. Sometimes, that’s all you gotta do to ready yourself for the next steps in your journey. For anyone struggling with where to start, maybe try taking a step back, it’ll help push you farther.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Zuri is managed by Goldie Mae Productions – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
When I’m not taking classes, I’m working alongside children of ranging ages. Some days, I’m with the babies, and others I’m with Primary (or children ages 3-6). I absolutely love working with children. It’s a lot of work, but some of the most rewarding work I’ve yet to find. I think I just enjoy being in a constant state of learning. Everyone thinks I’m the teacher, and it’s quite the opposite. I learn so much from them every day. Children inspire me to stay in my creative mind. This is perfect when applied to my modeling, music and other artistic endeavors. I feel free to let the inner child in me shine through all the craziness of today’s world. Speaking to the truest parts of myself, and really connecting with the outside world.
What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Don’t doubt yourself. Most likely, you already have all of the tools you need to do what you want to do. I am lucky to have a supporting family, who was ready to do what was necessary to better my life and career. If you have somebody in your life that does that for you, recognize it, appreciate it and apply it to how bad you are now willing to get what you want. I used to think it selfish to strive for my happiness. Once I realized that it has nothing to do with that, I think things started falling into place. It’s okay to want for yourself.
- Website: zurileigh.wixsite.com/portfolio
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other: Julesville@outlook.com (for talent bookings)
The first was taken by Sam Cooke @_kiddsage on Instagram, others were taken and edited by Zuri Leigh