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Life & Work with Chapell Sears

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chapell Sears.

Hi Chapell, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hello! Let me take you back in the time for my journey. Back in 2016, while living in Ohio, I went to my first modeling photoshoot with Laura Dark Photography. At the time, I was battling postpartum depression with my infant daughter. The photographer gave me such encouragement and wisdom that I decided to give modeling a try.

A try I did! I took my hobby into a career by taking modeling gigs to build my portfolio and then I got featured in magazines throughout my career. I have over 80 features and three magazines. My specialties are fantasy and cosplay. I love the entire transformation from the makeup to the scenery of the location.

Right now in my life, I live in Hartford County, MD (just above Baltimore County) with my family along with a part-time job in retail. I manage a small business called Lady Chapell Cosplays and Designs where I sell model prints and make handmade couture headbands to clients.

I travel to anime and fantasy conventions locally and nationally for paneling in cosplay and fantasy awareness and volunteer work within my community. I am a Black Fae Day Official Ambassador that celebrates and educates black fantasy and fairytales across America and the world. I feel good that my art shines and inspires people to be proud of who they are.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There were a lot of struggles due to the struggle of being a stay at home and finding work that work with my daughter’s schedule between 2016 and 2020. My husband, my immediate family, and my friends were the backbone of my journey. My husband paid for everything to make sure I was successful.

I didn’t have loans or grants to start. I was a model coach for a photography business and help me along the way to be humble and professional. I had temporary jobs, but I couldn’t help my family financially and emotionally. Social media is a double knives sword because there are people who adore you and people whose jealous.

They will do anything to sink you lower. Mental illness and self-care are the two biggest factors in my life and I think that if I didn’t have the support I would have sunk lower to despair.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in cosplay and fantasy modeling. I am known as an artist of many mediums from photography to public speaking at conventions. I am most proud that I was published in Gladys Magazine back in 2018 and hit newsstands which were wild.

What sets me apart from others is the drive to give my all for one photo. I love to plan a concept of my art and help other small businesses thrive from makeup, hair, clothes you name it! Models are artists in the eye of the lense!

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Write everything down about your ideal concept. No matter how big or small, extreme or conservative, and ridiculous it may seem, just believe in yourself! Just follow your gut. It is okay to fail. I wish someone told me that you needed a life coach in this competitive modeling world.

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Lady Chapell Cosplay

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