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Jessica Reilly

Our Ladys College
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Years at Empire: 2009

Being involved in the Empire gave me great confidence and belief in myself that I could actually stand up, speak out and express myself.

Where are you now?

I studied Education and Training in DCU for a year. It was not for me, so now I’m training to be a professional makeup artist. I felt this career was more suited to me because it’s hands on, practical and creative. As a makeup artist you can express yourself in many different ways.

How, if at all, did the Empire help you get there?

I believe that being involved in the Empire gave me great confidence and belief in myself that I could actually stand up, speak out and express myself. As a makeup artist you need to be vocal in everything you do, and I believe that the Empire gave me this confidence to express who I really am. I was also signed to a modelling agency, which I feel I could have never done without the confidence that I gained from the Empire. Who would have thought that little old me would be playing ‘Tyler Kango,’ a woman fighting for freedom after being accused of a kidnapping, in a court in NEW YORK CITY?! Not me!! But it goes to show anything is possible if you aim high and believe in yourself.

What’s your favorite Empire moment?

There are so many to mention – from the opening ceremony and the pizza, to the cruise, and finally of course to winning the world title, which today is still surreal! Also being able to work in the courts. Not many people get a chance to do that, but I feel lucky that I and my teammates got to experience the difference between the American law system and the Irish law system. Winning of course was exceptional. All our blood sweat and tears went into it. But meeting so many wonderful people and having that experience that we were lucky enough to have received was the best; I’ll never forget it!

How would you describe the Empire to someone that has never been?

One of the best events ever to be involved in, the experience, the opportunities and the doors that can be opened for you is one in a billion. The event is so well run and organised, the people involved are so helpful, so warm, so kind and so professional in everything they do. Everyone becomes one big family over the couple of days.  As Nike says, ‘just do it.’

Atlanta

The Southern Showdown September 21 - 25

San Francisco

The Battle by The Bay October 5 - 9

New York

The World Championship November 16 - 20

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