Dancing into Old Hollywood

Elizabeth Bebout: Writer/Model

Photographer: Chris Ceresceres (@chris_c_pics)

Elizabeth Bebout: Writer, Student, Dancer, Model, and Mother


Photographer: Michel Roy (@luvpho)

Connected Modeling Magazine welcomes Elizabeth to our Writing Staff.

Elizabeth brings class to her classes as a student at the University of California Santa Barbara. This mother of one dedicates her time to higher education while striving to improve the life of her 6-year-old daughter and herself. As a student and mother, she ventures into freelance writing, modeling, and acting to provide for her family. 

I was born and raised in Los Angeles County, and my studies have brought me north to Santa Barbara. I commute to LA weekly, though, to spend time with my six-year-old. It’s been a goal of mine to get a degree, live my modeling dreams, and serve my community with my daughter by my side; so far so good! After my run-in with the photographer who introduced me to Model Mayhem, I have returned to the site off and on to look for projects to update my portfolio and earn additional income. Shoots don’t always begin with Model Mayhem. Networking at film festivals and other Hollywood events has led to some of my favorite projects, too. The aesthetic of my portfolio is a classic beauty with a hint of the past. I’m sure I’ll broaden that horizon in the future. I haven’t submitted applications to modeling agencies, because the academic and parenting careers are my priority. After graduating next year, I plan to look for representation and model more consistently. – Elizabeth Bebout


Photographer: Tushar Naik (@tushar._.naik)

The Interview

●       Where are you from and where are you based now?
  • I’m from Los Angeles, I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and now I’m located in Santa Barbara for school.
●       Who or what inspired you to become a model?
  • A few people suggested I look into modeling.
●       How and when did you start modeling?
  • I met a well-accomplished photographer for sushi, and he asked me to be his muse. He had a property dedicated to photography complete with a dark room and a lighting studio, and assistants. They gave me a crash course in modeling and a lot of confidence.
●       What type of modeling do you enjoy the most?
  • I enjoy modeling cosmetics and doing close-up shots. I have a soft spot for vintage glamour, too.
●       What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?
  • I look at their portfolios, websites, and Instagrams. I look for photo quality, and I notice whether the general aesthetic of the portfolio aligns with my own or not.


●       Which models or other artists currently inspire you?
  • I’m inspired by Old Hollywood stars like Rita Hayworth, Ingrid Burgman, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly.

Photographer: John Worthy (@realetherealpics)

●       What would be your dream shoot?
  • I would love to model luxury jewelry or cosmetics in sweeping orange sand dunes on the back of a camel.
●       How important is social media in your success?
  • It’s important once I am in contact with a potential photographer. It’s easier to communicate via Instagram than email, and they are exposed to my portfolio.

Photographer: Michel Roy (@luvpho)


●       What else do you like to do outside of modeling?
  • I like what I study at UCSB. Learning about history, specifically, the history of clothing and costume makes the rigorous coursework easy and even enjoyable. I like being an Americorps member and working with the homeless population in the area, it’s beyond gratifying. Oh, I also love to paint!

Photographer: Chris Ceresceres (@chris_c_pics)

Photographer: John Worthy (@realetherealpics)

●       What’s the best career advice you can give to new models?
  • Prioritize your safety, and your personal health, for the love of all that is good. Be known for being prompt and well-prepared (poses ready, makeup on hand, a back-up outfit you can’t go wrong with, etc). Check-in with people you’ve worked with in the past to stay up to date on new projects and maintain your connection.

Photographer: Edsger (@portraits.by.edsger)



About Author /

Sal W. Hanna, Editor in Chief. Sal is a respected author, photographer, and publisher. As a natural light specialist, Sal has been able to incorporate his unique perspective of light in live event settings to studio settings. With many national clients, He has named his unique style as "Fashionable Boudoir" and it has made him a well sought after photographer! www.salwhanna.com

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