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Steadfast Sweetheart: Cara Mia

Our Steadfast Sweethearts are consistently at work, but not just in the model world. They all have important duties that range from emergency medical response, teaching, social media work, and more. Today, we'd like to introduce you to one of our hardest-working models to date; Cara Mia.

We met Cara some years back during a collaboration we were undertaking with Diamond Dolls Ink, and her work ethic spoke for itself. We were just as eager as she was to get a working relationship with her, and from that point forward we've had nothing but great results. Read on to learn about Cara, and the huge future she has in the industry.

Tell us a bit about yourself/what you do!

I do a little bit of everything. Ultimately, I work for myself and only do the things that make me happy in life. I am currently taking a little bit of a break from the 12 million ways I keep myself occupied and shifting gears! Life has some amazing things in store!

How did you get your start in the modeling business?

I have always been the artsy type, creating new things in one way, shape, or form, and I have always surrounded myself with people that have the same mindset. I think just between trying out different mediums, and also working with friends on their personal projects...stepping in front of the camera was just a natural progression of things. A lot of my early modeling work was pinup, which I will forever hold a soft spot for. My more well-known projects stray away from that style drastically, and I would have to thank Diamond Dolls Ink for that. They pushed me to try new things with my modeling, and I truly believe that was when I started to take the modeling business seriously.

How did you come to be involved with the Steadfast Sweethearts?

Steadfast Sweethearts and Diamond Dolls Ink were working on a collaboration, and that's when I really took notice to Steadfast Brand. I liked the things they were doing, and was working for various other companies at the same tattoo conventions they were attending. Chris and Aurora have always been so ambitious and positive in the industry, that of course I wanted to work with them and be a part of their team!

When did tattoos become a part of your life?

They've always been a part of my life. I grew up a navy brat and my family members had tattoos. As soon as I turned 18, I got my first itty-bitty one haha, the true initiation into my girly adulthood...a stereo typical tiny tattoo on my hip that represents love. Anyways, shortly after that I went for bigger pieces on my ribs, my chest, and my arms. I constantly have new ideas and am lucky enough to cross paths through conventions with so many talented artists. I am slowly adding to my collection, and hoping I don't run out of space any time soon!

Have you ever faced stereotyping/ridicule for your decision to get tattoos? How do you handle it?

Of course! I'm originally from Portland, Oregon, and it's extremely open minded there. However, I travel, a lot. Everyone's mindset varies so much when it comes to tattoos, let alone women with tattoos. I am under the impression most people see my tattoos before they see me as a person, and form their opinion quickly. I have a pretty goofy sense of humor and can laugh off most things. I am also ridiculously polite, so even my goofy commentary about people's distaste for tattoos is usually met with some sort of smile. I use to feel obligated to take the time to answer any questions people may have about my tattoos, almost as some sort of advocate for people with tattoos. However, the more I've thought about it, I feel that just showing an example of a smart, ambitious female with tattoos is a form of advocacy on its own.

What’s something you have to do with every photo shoot you’re involved with?

Making sure everyone is on the same page is crucial! I always take into account that the photographer's time is just as valuable as mine! It truly is a lot of work, but I get such joy from it. You have to make sure that makeup, hair and wardrobe is planned. You have to take into consideration WHY you are actually shooting and what the images are being used for, as well as getting the most out of the images, not only for myself, but for the team that collaborated on them!

Describe your dream photo shoot.

I can't help but smile right now. I have been lucky enough to do a couple of my dream shoots already! My idea of a dream shoot is constantly evolving, however there are some people out there that I've always wanted to create things with. Shooting for the cover of Inked Magazine was definitely up there on my list, and I am forever grateful for that opportunity! But like I said, my idea of a dream shoot is always taking different shapes and forms. I am sure that has to do with the urge to constantly create!

What are your thoughts on the tattoo industry?

I love the industry, or else I wouldn't have spent the last four years working in it. I do believe there is still a lot of work to be done to bring acceptance to the tattoo industry as a whole. However, where we currently stand, there is a huge sense of community within the industry. The community supports one another in creating art, and it amazes me how many talented people come together. Instead of competing, they host art nights, teach seminars, collaborate, and give constructive input to one another to help evolve. I am constantly impressed by the amazing people I meet within the industry. They are not the tattooed freaks that people often misinterpret them for; they're business men and women, mothers and fathers, creative, inspiring, dedicated, and hard working!

What’s your latest musical obsession?

I've definitely been listening to a lot more mellow music. I'm sure it has something to do with the point in my life I'm at. I am currently revisiting my love for Minus the Bear, Angus and Julia Stone, Portishead, City and Colour, and Mates of State.

If the President wanted to take you anywhere in the world for dinner, where would you go?

I'm a big fan of volunteer work, and participating in my community. We would go to the nearest soup kitchen and volunteer for dinner.

It’s no secret you’re expecting your first child; big congrats to you and Travis! How has your pregnancy effected your modeling and involvement in the tattoo industry?

Thanks! We are soooo excited about our little bundle of love! My pregnancy has definitely affected my modeling for the time being. I have reserved this time to only work on personal projects. My involvement in the tattoo industry has not diminished at all, though! During my pregnancy, I have worked almost 10 conventions across the states! Apparently airlines cut off your travel at 8 months pregnant, so I am taking a little breather on the travel for now. We still have a lot going on in our world. We are relocating to Travis' hometown, West Palm Beach, where he's in the process of opening an expanded location of Aces High Lake Worth. Our year is definitely going to keep busy, even with our little bundle on the way! We are really looking forward to it. Like I said previously, the community is very family oriented as a whole, and we will definitely still be working and collaborating with some of our favorite teams!

Give us a piece of advice you carry with you at all times.

Do what makes you happy, and don't let any of the darker days get in your way!

Cara has a lot of exciting things in the works with Steadfast Brand, which we'll be sure to let you in on as soon as they occur. As for now, we hope for the best as she welcomes a new family member and takes a breather from her work cycle. Thank you for everything you do for this brand, Cara! XO   


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