We had the good fortune of connecting with Corinne Kushel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Corinne, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
It’s been a pretty hard road in this industry trying to keep my head up when others do not fulfill promises that have a direct affect on my livelihood. I base my decisions on how I feel about what I do and the effects it has overall on those involved in the process of creating art. I love creating. That keeps me going.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started organizing photo events after having breast cancer in 2008 and being unable to continue in my current field of merchandising and makeup artistry due to chronic pain while standing and walking to long. I was only 48 and did not know what I was going to do with the rest of my life so I started the photo groups to bring people with similar interests together to create art. I was able to be part of an industry I loved and help others get a chance to try things they had only dreamed of – modeling.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Here in Tucson we have some very nice places to visit to see the wildlife. If looking at wildlife isn’t your thing then a trip up MT Lemmon for the day to cool off is great to.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My daughter Jamie Lyn who started modeling with us when she was 8 years old. She is 26 now. She’s been my backbone.

Website: www.meetup.com/arizonamodeling

Instagram: Arizona_Photo_Events

Youtube: AZMAKEUPARTIST

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