Desiree is a full-time model and social media influencer. This beauty started modeling when she was 15 years old in Minnesota with the Arquette agency for five years. Desiree also started to attend community college and work at Bank of America full time. She gives her parents credit for her incredible work ethic. Not long after, Desiree moved to LA to pursue modeling full-time. It has not been easy but the determined influencer did everything it took to make it. She's been living in Los Angeles for four years and has worked extremely hard. Desiree is also a travel blogger and brand ambassador for various different boutiques. Desiree knew she wanted to showcase her skills as a model and entrepreneur. It was definitely a risk and a lot of hustle to get there but she finally feels that she is on the right path.
When Desiree had a moment to slow down, she spoke with Gemma Magazine about her journey, creative process, and goals for the future.
Did you know early on that you wanted to leave Minnesota?
I wanted to leave the midwest because I knew that I had more to offer the world than what was there for me in Minnesota. I knew that I could not achieve what I wanted by staying there. I am attracted to traveling the world and experiencing new things. The first time I went out to LA, I immediately knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur and create a better life for my family and me.
Have you always wanted to model?
I started modeling when I was 15 years old. I had felt so much passion and emotion to be able to express myself behind a camera all glammed up. My parents did not want me to model at such a young age, so I decided to take it up on my own. I submitted my photos to alot of modeling agencies around Minnesota and went to different castings. I got told no by many other agencies, but that did not stop me from wanting to keep trying. Eventually, I landed a spot at a mother agency called Arquette, and I was with them for about four years until I turned 18.
What was your first year like in LA? Did you have culture shock?
When I first moved to LA, I struggled very hard. I thought it would be easy since I had some modeling experience, but it was far from that. Since I had been flying out to LA from Minnesota about 3-4 times a month to shoot with different photographers and start making a name for myself while I was visiting there, I did think it would be an easy transition. Thankfully my cousin had been living in LA for about three years already. He moved from Missouri to LA to do his residency to become a doctor. So every time I flew out, he let me crash on his couch. Finally, after a long discussion with my cousin, we decided to get a place together in downtown LA. I sold all my old stuff on Depop and came up with $3k to move everything from Maryland to LA. I struggled the first two years, not going to lie. I thought that modeling would come to me quickly, but it did not. I ended up getting a job as a makeup artist at Sephora and did that for about seven months. After I left Sephora, I decided to freelance, and that is how I started meeting models and networking. From there, my social media began to gain some attraction, and it began to take off.
What was your inspiration to keep going?
My inspiration has been multiple people I have worked with. My peers and family inspire me. I want to be able to provide and give back to everyone who helped me in my journey. I want to spread love and kindness and give more substance to this world.
Where does your motivation stem from? You work very hard.
My motivation stems from my parents. I come from a family of hard workers. My family has always been work-oriented since I was born. I was instilled at a young age always to be working towards going to a good college, securing a good job, and educating myself on something important constantly. It was hard to understand that all I wanted to do was play and have fun at a young age. My parents and my brother are all very smart people. They all went to college and got excellent jobs. I have always been a hustler since I was 15. I worked many jobs while going to high school, even at one point; I was working three jobs at once to afford to go on trips with my friends or buy new clothes that I wanted. I was always into traveling and fashion, and that was what most of my money went towards when I was young. My parents were quite hard on me to be successful and made me work for everything myself. I moved out when I was 18 on my own. I have been taking care of myself ever since.
Trying to explain to them that I wanted to be a model and move to LA was not the most comforting thing for them to hear. I told them I was quitting my excellent job at Bank of America and dropping out of college to pursue my goal. I told myself I would prove them wrong and be the first millionaire in my family, and ain't nothing more or less about it. My mom has always supported me and my dream, and I am very grateful for that. My dad became more supportive once he saw I made a consistent income and could provide for myself at a comfortable level. If it were not for my parent's work ethic at a young age, I would never be where I am today. I am very grateful for what they taught me, and even though it was a complex concept to grasp (my parents always chose work over our family; ), I understand why they did. It was to provide to have a good life and take these skills later on in life to be successful. I am a self-made millionaire, and I am so grateful that social media was able to help me achieve that goal.
Tell me about your career as a makeup artist?
I have always been into makeup since I was a young girl. I would always watch my mom do her makeup and get ready. My mom went to beauty school to be a cosmetologist for a bit of my life to make extra money on the side apart from her full-time job. I started doing makeup on other people at the beginning of high school for school events, prom, homecoming, and other small events. I worked at Ulta for a while in high school, so I had some experience and knowledge of makeup products. When I got into college, I put all that beauty stuff behind me and tried to follow my parent's advice and get a job that offered good insurance and a 401k. So I started working at Bank of America and was there for about 3.5 years.
Once I decided to drop out of college, quit my job, and move to LA, it all spiraled into this mess. I thought I was going to be okay moving over to LA trying to pursue modeling full time. It was very hard, so thankfully, with all that makeup experience, I got a job at Sephora in Beverly Hills and worked as a makeup artist there for seven months. I decided to leave Sephora and freelance makeup on my own. I started doing significant events, weddings and working with models. I have a lot to thank for my knowledge of makeup. That got me networking and meeting the right people, which eventually led to my social media taking off. I still love doing makeup, but I do not do it as much as I used to because I am working on other projects. It is nice that when I have shoots or create content, I can do it myself and not have to hire someone. However, with that being said, I love getting my makeup done! I have such a respect for makeup artists. They are true artists, and they are on their feet all day slaying your face away.
How do you like being a model/influencer?
I genuinely love my job! As it can be hectic and a lot of pressure to be perfect, I am trying to set a blueprint for models/influencers to release that pressure of perfectionism and be their true authentic selves. If you are hardworking and willing to dive deep into yourself to find that creativity within you, you can accomplish anything. Do not follow the crowd; you will not find anything worth living for that way. Go the opposite way and allow humility, transformation, and truth to set your purpose.
What do you do when you have time off?
Things I like to do when I have time off would be painting, cooking, and journaling. These are three things that I love to implement into my routine when I have time. I try to journal at least three times a week. I feel very balanced and grounded when I am practicing these rituals in my everyday routine. If I do not have time to paint or cook, just finding an activity that can challenge my creativity is very interesting. I love learning about new things. I will read 3-4 books at once because I have a short attention span and cannot read one thing for more than an hour. Social media has ruined my attention span, specifically TikTok, but I guess it encourages me to want to learn more and absorb more information at once.
Where do you see yourself in the next 2-3 years?
The next step for me in the next 2-3 years is focusing on creating my business. I travel a lot, and I am grateful that I can do a lot of what I do from anywhere in the world. I have a few countries I want to visit this coming year and am planning to shoot my business campaigns worldwide! I plan to keep modeling while I can but also expand my career in different areas. I am using this time to branch out and connect with people, places, and things. I am an entrepreneur and am planning to launch my own business soon. I love being able to be my own boss while having the creative aspect as well. Amazingly, I live in a place where everyone is on the same frequency, and we can learn from one another how to better ourselves every day through trial and error.
To keep up with Desiree Schlotz on social media: https://www.instagram.com/desireeschlotz/