CONCORD, Calif. — Lindsay Barnett has managed to stand out from the sea of model and actress hopefuls in California.
The Plattsburgh native's modeling career started three years ago in Walnut Creek, a city just east of San Francisco.
"It had always been something that had been on my mind, but I wasn't really confident enough" to pursue it, she said.
In September 2005, at the age of 19, she moved to California with friend Kerrie Kingsley to do an academic exchange while the two were students at Plattsburgh State.
Studying at California State University San Bernadino, Lindsay met her future husband, Brian Barnett, who had modeled previously.
After the exchange had ended, Kingsley returned to Plattsburgh, but Lindsay chose to remain in California with Brian. She stopped going to school in 2008 and moved to Walnut Creek with Brian, who transferred to St. Mary's College in Moraga.
She nannied full-time until she had her son, Cooper, 13 months ago.
SIGNED ON THE SPOT
While living and working in Walnut Creek, a friend of Brian's mother whose three sons had modeled helped point Lindsay in the right direction, which turned out to be Models Inc. in Walnut Creek, then LOOK Model Agency in San Francisco.
Lindsay, daughter of Tammy Tyler and Jim Tyler of Plattsburgh, was signed on the spot for both agencies.
"I just walked in, they took my measurements, sent me up to take some pictures and signed me," she said.
Lindsay's past gigs have all been very different and have given her national exposure. So far, she has been in a magazine, on two book covers and in a music video.
Photos of her modeling dresses for Bella Bridesmaid appeared in two issues of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. She also modeled for book covers for author Caitlin Kittredge's fantasy novels "The Nightmare Garden," released in February, and "The Mirrored Shard," which is due for release next year.