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"At first I wasn't really sure," Colak said.
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It was a family friend in the Detroit area with ties to United Talent Agency, of Sarasota, Fla., which carried out the talent hunt for Ford, who suggested Colak.
Friends were some her biggest cheerleaders.
"I said, 'No, it's all real,' " she said, laughing. "They were happy. One of the guys said, 'You remind me of my daughter.' "
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Being bilingual in French, which will see her working Quebec shows, was certainly a boon, as was her Type A personality.
Sound family support from her parents, grandparents and a little brother, didn't hurt.
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Some 50 hopefuls attended the auditions; few were hired by the agency, Colak said. In all, some 100 United employees from across North America represent Ford.
The Sault Ste. Marie native, and third year University of Windsor student, was recently chosen as a commercial model for the Ford Motor Co., a post that will see her attend North American car Adidas Nmd Human Race Black shows for one year beginning in the fall, trumpeting the merits of 2011 models.
the vehicle she's assigned to advocate.
"My friends said, 'You have to do this. I can't believe it. It's a good opportunity.' " Colak said.
If such terms as twin cam, CV joint and anti lock braking system didn't flow freely from Natasha Colak's lips in the past, they soon will along with their French translations.
But never conceited.
Colak is determined not to let her academics suffer, despite new demands on her time; she has never held down much part time work in Windsor.
"I'm accepting, too. In high school, I was always one of the people who talked to everyone," said the St. Mary's French Immersion and St. Mary's College graduate, whose current undergraduate training specializes in finance and French.
Coupled with abundant confidence was a good connection.
Over the summer, Colak works at the Senior Citizens' Drop In Centre she co ordinated the centre's senior games both this year and last and is employed at Sport Chek.
"If you ask all my friends, they'll probably say I'm one of the most outgoing people you're ever going to meet," said Colak.
"School is very important to me," she said.
"So when I'm with the Mustang, it would be probably something more fancy," Colak, 20, said this week.
But butterflies soon became nerves of steel.
"I told them I'm a really down to earth person. I said, 'This is the way I look, this is the way I am. I don't want to be changed,' " said Colak, whose ethnic makeup is Croatian and Italian.
long, flowing locks although these assets didn't hurt the selection process, Colak concedes to land the job, which the business communications major will hold while carrying a five course workload.
Judges were so thorough, they even tested her hair, asking if she wore extensions.
And don't expect slackness in the fitness department; she vows to hit the gym at least four or five times per week.
"And then with a truck, the F 250 or F 150, I'd probably wear jeans with a tank top, something like that. It would be more like a tough guy look," she said, laughing.
get an opportunity like that."
"When I went into the interview, I said, 'Confidence sells. If I don't have confidence, there's no way I'm getting this job,' " said Colak, for whom it didn't take long to be armed with the weapons of choice for every fledgling model: a portfolio and composite.
She was contacted, did a couple of telephone interviews, and, in June, was invited to Dearborn, Mich., to face the lions: brass from both Ford and the modeling agency, for which chosen candidates work.
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