Interview with Renee Bhagwandeen @reneebigtime
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
When I was about 16 years old, a woman contacted me on Myspace and told me I should be a model. My mom told me I could not model until I graduated. So I graduated at halftime. When I’m determined to do something, there’s nothing that can stop me. When I was 16, she was like, you can’t do it until you’re 18. So the day I turned 18, I just dropped out of college and had a huge fight with my parents. I started modeling in Miami and like with that same agent, and it didn’t really work out that well, so I just left there, and I was in marketing for a magazine. That’s how my journey began.
Can you share the most interest in exciting has happened to you since you started doing this?
One day my boss calls me in, and he’s like, ‘Well, you’re fired; here’s your check. And I opened the check, and it was a plane ticket to enter Miss Universe. So that’s kind of how I got started.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Don’t chase the quick short term money, be patient and look at long term relationships. Work hard and never give up because your destination is just right here. You have done a lot already; do some more to stand at your goal in life.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
The manager ran a model apartment where she would be staying. “I would not recommend this to anyone else to be a hundred percent with you because it could be unsafe,” she admitted. So the guy what he did was he took us to castings. He did help me get signed to my first real model agency, which was Fenton.”
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I always try to share my knowledge with the world. Because I believe sharing is caring. If my understanding helps someone understand something, that’s my success. I always admire people who do this as well.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
A line that I love the most is “The only ones among you who will be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Follow me on Instagram @reneebigtime
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Most people ask me about my style, so my style usually depends on the vibes I get from the city I’m in. In South Florida, my style is a mix of Tomboy Chic with a sprinkle of tropical Barbie. The island girl inside me is always a constant, and she loves shoes.