Jessica Ann Boatright – The Art of Soul Searching

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Who is Jessica Ann Boatright?
I was born and raised in Germany. My father is American from San Diego, he was stationed in Germany with the Army for 13 years. My mother and I are from a small village in Germany called Klingenberg am Main. When I was 18 I moved to the United States where I met my husband, who was stationed in North Carolina at the time. We have been married for 5 years and have a 4 year old son named Kai.

 

What are your strengths and weaknesses?
My strength would have to be being able to adapt in many new situation quickly. My husband was deployed during most of my pregnancy when we found out we were going to be moving to Okinawa Japan with a new born. Adjusting to a new culture and not speaking the language took a couple of months. After that we spent 4 amazing years in a paradise, with beautiful beaches, delicious food kind people, and yummy Japanese beer.
My biggest weakness would have to be that i am too nice at times when i shouldn’t be. There are a lot of negative things and people in this world, so i like to show kindness all the time. Unfortunately that gets taken advantage of sometimes.

Describe some of your most important career accomplishments.
One of my most important career accomplishments would have to be finding my love and passion of being a make up artist through modeling. A year after living in Japan I started modeling with a Japanese agency. I got to meet many models, photographers and makeup artists. I fell in love with that world. What a makeup artist could do with his or her tools amazed me. After a few photo shoots i moved from in front of the camera to behind the scene.

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What are your short-term/long-term goals?
My short term goal is to attend cosmetology school for my long term goal to one day owning my own beauty salon.

Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging situation and how you handled it.
When I first got asked by Koeal Braxton to be a makeup artist for one of his shoots, I was very nervous. I always thought his work was so great and didn’t want to disappoint on my end. From the very beginning of our first shoot to the end of our last everything clicked and he made the atmosphere relaxing and enjoyable. Saying goodbye to friends and life I have made in Japan with a shoot I have always wanted to try, it was a perfect way to close this chapter of my life. I have always thought black and white pictures looked so intense, without the model wearing extravagant clothing or makeup. The majority of shoots I have done as a model were always very bright, which I still enjoyed. My last shoot I wanted it to feel like me when I see it. Now I can look back to my very first shoot to this last one and see all of the memories and things I have learned and use them as a foundation for my future.

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