We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Hymel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, how do you think about risk?
When striving to find success and make a name for yourself in any creative field there are always risks. I was fairly young when I began modeling full time and that in of itself was a risk. I knew going into it that it would be a long road that would most likely not bring with it a consistent income, especially starting out. I knew the discouraging statistics before I began about the success rates of models and how hard it was to really get out there, even with the help of an agency. However, I still decided it was worth a shot and it will forever be one of the best decisions I ever made. When I began my transition into acting, a whole new set of risks came about. I adored modeling, don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to do more. I felt stagnant to an extent in my career. Acting was something I always loved and had thought about going into in the near future so I decided now was as good of a time as any to go ahead and take that leap. This definitely had it’s own consequences for a while. My engagement on social media where I had built my brand and amassed my following suffered momentarily as my posting changed and I began that transition from being a model full time to acting. This really made just how big of a risk this was going to be but I was determined. Now about a year and a half later I am proud to say I have transitioned to acting full-time and have never felt more fulfilled and satisfied in myself and my work. It’s a risk I’m glad I took, no doubt. I always heard growing up that if you make a career out of doing what you love then it will never truly feel like work. You can always fail doing something you never wanted to do in the first place, so why not take the risk to do what you love?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Starting out modeling when I was about 15, I began the lengthy process of building my brand and establishing a following on social media. It was a very nerve wracking and frustrating journey at times. I remember studying the more technical side of social media and building your brand and learning about stuff such as algorithm, analytics, demographics, etc. and thinking “how do other people to this so easily?”. I slowly but surely got the hang of it though. I went to lots of photography meet-ups and other similar events to start really networking and trying to get my name out there. This played a huge part in giving me an amazing starting out point and helping me to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. I have now transitioned to acting full time but I will forever accredit modeling to helping jumpstart my career and getting me the connections I am thankful to have today. Thanks to that prior experience, by the time I started auditioning for roles I already had such a great comfortablity in front of the camera and in that sort of setting in general. I always had a love for acting and was encouraged to do it all my life. It was something that ended up coming very natural to me. There is nothing I love more than immersing myself into a role, leaving myself behind, and bringing a character to life. It has honestly become an amazing outlet for me and is almost therapeutic in a sense. Playing different roles and becoming different people then watching yourself back is such an insanely surreal experience. I find that I especially gravitate toward the more emotionally intense roles. Whether it’s a lead role or not, if I fall in love with a characters story I will do my best to get the part. In the future I hope to continue to build my name as an actor and continue to work on projects and play roles I am truly passionate about. I have some things in the works currently that I am excited to continue working further on. I feel very fortunate to be where I am today and am excited to see what the future has in store for me and my future endeavors.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s hard to be bored in a city like Dallas. From the Galleria (a BEAUTIFUL mall with amazing stores, food, and even a hotel if you need) to the amazing museums, you will always have something to do. During the day I would suggest walking around downtown and exploring all Dallas has to offer. There is a lot to see and a lot to do. I personally love looking at all the graffiti art. There are some gorgeous murals all around. A specific recommendation I would give to someone visiting Dallas would be to go to the XOXO Dining Room! It’s so beautiful and a very aesthetically pleasing environment with great food and drinks. They even have champagne buttons. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have the chance!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Though it may sound cheesy, my dad, Doug, is truly the reason I am who I am and doing what I do today. From buying me my first camera to driving me to photoshoots, for as long as I can remember he always nurtured and encouraged my creative side. He was always helping me find outlets for my creativity and supporting me through any and all artistic endeavors I pursued growing up. He gave me a safe space to experiment with my self expression, style, way of life, etc. This is something I am forever so thankful for. This of course continued into my young adulthood. He always was my number one fan and made me feel like I could accomplish whatever I put my mind to. Through the ups and downs of finding my place in the world and more specifically my career path, he was always right beside me cheering me on and reminding me what I was capable of even on days where it felt as if though the world was crumbling beneath my feet. I feel as if I can truly say that if it was not for him not only would I not be here, but I most definitely would not be where I am now with my career.