When Nicole Weider made her way to Los Angeles as a teenager, she was excited to dive into the professional modeling world, but what she observed during her subsequent years in Hollywood left her depressed and disenchanted — and it changed the trajectory of her life entirely.
Weider, 29, a former model who founded teen website Project Inspired and recently released her book “Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are,” told The Church Boys podcast about her journey to Hollywood and her eventual decision to leave it all behind.
After finding success during her teen years as a model in Portland, Oregon, she convinced her family to move to Hollywood when she was just 16 years old, where she began to pursue a more serious effort to land entertainment gigs.
“I wasn’t ready for how competitive it really was,” she said, admitting that trying to make it big in Hollywood was a difficult task. “I had moved and uprooted my family … and so I wasn’t sure how to make it work.”