Kendall Babcock – New York Nomination by Michelle Babcock Photography by Julian Peebles (above) and Michelle Babcock (below) Issue 59 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Kendall is a 15 year old Model, Dancer, Influencer, Athlete, and Actor. She is currently an influencer on IG with over 50K followers where she started her journey just over a year ago. She’s been dancing for 11 years and she’s currently on the comp team for her dance studio where she practices hiphop. She plays JV volleyball for her school where she maintains the honor roll every quarter this past school year. She’s a very hard worker and I’d love to see her get recognized for all of her efforts.
Image by Michelle Babcock
Tell us about your modeling career. My modeling career started when I was cast to be in two short films. The producers said they loved the way I looked on film and they used me in 2 of their short films. I ended up being an extra in one film, and the young version of the main character in another! After I started to schedule more photo shoots, A few years later... I decided to start my Instagram account and have been enjoying it ever since.
What is the hardest thing about modeling that people may not realize? Some things that people may not know is, you need a flexible schedule. And depending on the job. it can be a few hours. or a few days. With a busy schedule...like mine, it can get stressful and tiring. For most shoots you have to travel.
What has been your favorite photo shoot so far? I have really enjoyed every shoot I've been to... but my favorite one has to be one of my recent ones. It was in NYC with Julian Peebles. It was so awesome that he designed clothes just for me! Julian was a really fun person, and easy to warm up too. He even let me play some of my favorite music while taking pictures! I also LOVE NYC.. so it was amazing to visit again!
What is one of your favorite accomplishments from dance? I started dance at 4 years old.. 11 years ago. I switched between different styles until I found what I love Most...which is Hip-Hop!!. After going to four studios, and growing as a dancer I was asked to join the competition team at the place where I feel most at home. This was so exciting to me, I have always wanted to compete in dancing, and now I am!!!
What is your studio like and where do you fit in? My studio is pretty big compared to my old studios. The studio's decor is mostly blue for team spirit. The shelves are filled with trophies that our studio has won from the past and our most current competitions. At first it was hard to warm up and get close with my team..but we're slowly becoming closer. It's hard to be the new girl on a team with others that have been together for years, I'm sure there are plenty of you who can relate.
What types of dances do you study and where are you with it now? I've been doing Hip-Hop since I was old enough to join the class, which was at the age of 8. I stared with ballet and tap , I also did a little bit of jazz, But after joining the Hip-Hop class,I decided this is where I wanted to stay.....I absolutely love it and feel its what suits me most. 7.What do you love most about being an influencer? What I enjoy most about being an influencer is spreading positivity. Ive always loved making people smile. You never know what people are going through and I would love to make people feel better....Remember to always be kind and stay true to who you are.
Image by Michelle Babcock
What is your volleyball schedule like? My schedule gets extra busy during volleyball season. I have games on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.... and I have practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volleyball starts at the end of August... but games start in September, And the season goes into October. I also have school, and 2 dance classes to keep up with. My dance classes are on Monday and Thursday which can get pretty stressful but, I wouldn't change a thing....I love both!!
What is your favorite memory with your volleyball team? I can't pick one favorite memory... but I love the bus rides after a game...especially when we win!! We always laugh and have a lot of fun celebrating our wins and it's a great way to build team spirit.
How do you organize your life with all of your activities and still maintain honor roll every quarter? My schedule gets very busy..but I take it one step at a time..this is what my schedule looks like. School, practice or a game depending on the day, then dance if its Monday or Thursday, then once I get home I do my homework, and try to make content for my IG, in between all of it. I consider myself to be a good student, always on time with homework, very good attendance and, my grades are decent and everything comes together at the end of the quarter.... I love seeing that I made honor roll when I get my report card, It's a great accomplishment.
How have you gotten where you are today? I work very hard on everything I do. I also enjoy everything I do, So that helps a lot!! No matter how hard everything gets, I don't give up!
Who has helped you get where you are today? Some people that have helped me get where I am now is my mother and father. My mom and dad are both very supportive of everything I do. My mother also helps out with my Instagram a lot. My father brings us to NYC most of the time for photo shoots! What have you learned about yourself in the process? During this process I have learned that I am a very hard worker. No matter what, I don't give upon what I love!!
Image by Michelle Babcock
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Heres some advice I would like to give others that want to get where I am. The biggest part... Is believeing in yourself!!! If you have a dream, and you work hard enough...you'll get there!!! If it starts to get hard.. don't doubt yourself or give up, you got this!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/ what are your plans? I have a few options as to what I want to do. One thing is to further my modeling career...If I get lucky to get signed with an agency I'd get more jobs and I'd love to move to NYC. My other option is have modeling as a side job.. and go to collage.. Im thinking about looking into the medical field.
3 things on your bucket list I have quite a bit on my bucket list... but here's some of my top ones!! 1) Go to the Eiffel Tower... I've always wanted to visit France..espicially at night. 2) meet my favorite music artist (MGK).. I've gone to one of his concerts but it would mean so much to meet him in person just to tell him how much I enjoy his music. 3) go to the "Sea of the Stars" Ive always thought it was so beautiful and I would absolutely love to go visit Maldives to experience this phenomenon.
Look for Kendall in issue 59 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!