This is part two of my interview with Vancouver model, actor, writer, entrepreneur, Chantel Elloway. The first part of the interview can be viewed here. If it were up to me I would have put the entire interview up on Monday. Moreover, I was told to chop it up due to its length, however, against the wishes of the Vancity Buzz powers to be, I decided to split it into two parts and I might one day post the entire interview for you to read.
Enjoy the rest of my interview with the lovely Chantel Elloway.
UD: Do you still see yourself modeling in the next few years?
Chantel: If it includes a ticket to see more of the world with my name on it placed in my hand again…why not?
UD: In terms of career aspirations, where do you see yourself in a year from now?
Chantel: I want to become the star of as many hours as I can, by trying to make the minutes I am given, count. I love sales and believe that our whole lives we are continually striving to SELL ourselves to others and at the end of the day, BUY what we believe we are. I am currently beginning my Real Estate adventures as well as working with a national organization to start a business where portion of proceeds go to a variety of charity’s. My main ambition is to become an international entrepreneur.
Everyday we live we are all in the process of becoming. Whether we are becoming better or worse depends on what we give ourselves to. So strive for continual improvement, manage your time wisely, try not to abandon opportunities, try to find the best in those who surround you, and remember that the best reward for what we do is not what we get for it, but rather what we become by it.
UD: What do you do in your spare time?
Chantel: I enjoy writing inspirational pieces so others can take what they want from they read and use it at some point in their life. I am writing a book titled, “The Ballot, The Bullet, and The Bible” that will stir a bit of controversy but that will make it all the more stimulating to read and absorb. I also thoroughly enjoy astronomy, fine dining, traveling, finding beauty in creation and conquering my talents one level at a time.
UD: What kind of qualities do you look for in a man?
Chantel: Success driven, maintains a positive energy, an understanding communicator, and one who can stimulate my mind.
(*) I believe… It is difficult to experience moments of happiness if we are not aware of what it is we genuinely love. I find that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of the events themselves rather. You need to only claim what happens in your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are then capable of being more realistic with yourself. I’m built tiny, and realize I am not built perfect; yet, I am happy with the body god gave me. It is the greatest instrument I will ever own and use. I always hear girls talk about their self-image (especially their weight)…I have it easy I guess because I eat and can’t gain (hereditary). I never look at that though. The friends I have in my life, I try to see past their faults and imperfections…because naturally who are they comparing themselves to? I look high maintenance, bu I am such a down-to-earth young woman…It try to spend the least amount of time in front of a mirror as possible, stay away from the scale, and just take good care of my body by making the right healthy choices. It saddens me when people go out of their way to look great and put so much time and effort into their looks (which in general is no problem at all)…but often they tend to forget about the reflection of their heart, soul, and mind that others may now be blinded by. I have done some beauty pageants only so I can one day tell my children something fun, and also for experience since it is something not too many do everyday. Throughout the process I have realized how superficial people can be. Is it truly a competition of the reflection of outer beauty? Or is it a reflection of how we see ourselves? If anything is sacred, it’s the body we were born with. I used to be a huge party girl, I would wake up and not even know where I was. That was a disaster. At times I forgot who I even was, because who you become under the influence of alcohol is not someone everyone should be proud of. I no longer drink and I have never touched drugs. I am not trying to sound better by saying this…I am trying to point out that our bodies are temples of a higher power…artificially people do so many things to either better or destroy their bodies, it eventually destroys their self-image and self-dignity. It is definitely important to not only stay true to yourself, but to also never change who you are for anyone! By all means…party hard!…However what I am trying to say is sometimes we need to have accidents happen in our lives and mistakes in order to feel no doubts about one self, to find out who our true character is. And you’ll find many talk big, only to make up for how small and fragile they feel on the inside. Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It’s much sexier than any body part. And men, do realize your bodies will eventually not be that strong from working out all the time…and remember it’s the empowerment of your mind that shows the true strength of your body.
Words to live by indeed. That concludes our interview with Chantel. As beautiful as she is on the outside, she is even more so on the inside. This was a truly inspirational interview and many of the readers that emailed us thanking us for posting part one will be blown away by the second part . Wish you all the best Chantel in your future endeavors and we hope that you reach the level of success you deserve.
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