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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Tempra Collins has opened an acting/modeling school in Pittsburg

  • Tempra Collins firmly believes anybody can do anything they want if they believe in themselves, and she’s living proof of it.

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  • Tempra Collins firmly believes anybody can do anything they want if they believe in themselves, and she’s living proof of it.
    She has modeled, acted and written award-winning books, and has now opened her own modeling and acting school in Pittsburg. Along with all that, she’s a wife and mother, and a full-time Pittsburg State University student.
    Born in Independence, she was a beautiful child who had won more than a dozen baby contests by the age of 2. Later on, in 1994, she won Miss Bronze and Miss Sweetheart pageants in Coffeyville.
    “I lived in Coffeyville until I was 18,” Collins said. “I’d drive back and forth from Coffeyville to Tulsa, Okla., for three months to go to John Casablanca’s Modeling and Acting School. I graduated in 1997 with full honors. Then I did all kinds of ads, TV commercials and modeling in Tulsa, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Wichita.”
    In 2001 she opened M&A Modeling School in Independence while attending Independence Community College.
    “I had 30 students, and one of them was in ‘Teen Magazine’, and another one was Miss Neelah in the Neewollah pageant,” Collins said. “I’ve heard that some of them are considering moving to New York to pursue their careers.”
    She closed the school because her husband, Andrew, was attending Pittsburg State University, and the couple moved to Parsons to be nearing the university.
    “Then I decided I wanted to go to school with him, and now we’re both full-time PSU students,” Collins said. “I’m majoring in psychology, and want to get into the field of helping those with alcohol and substance abuse issues.”
    She has written two fiction books and a book of poetry.
    “I got started writing after my brother drowned and, at his funeral, I learned that my grandmother had lung cancer,” Collins said.
    She was largely raised by her grandmother after her mother suffered a massive stroke.
    “My mother lived 22 more years, but she was in pain and couldn’t talk,” Collins said. “She died right after I had my daughter, Leanna, and she saw the baby.”
    She and her husband also have a son, Xavier.
    “The Field of Emotions” is a book of poems by Collins that express the feelings of losing loved ones.
    Her first novel, “True Obsession,” is set in a small, peaceful Oklahoma town and features Flora, a young woman left alone after the deaths of her adoptive parents. She has given up on love until the man of her dreams walks into the restaurant where she works. “Bad Judgment,” her E-book, was a best-seller in 2005 and won several awards. It’s about a woman, Megan, whose world begins to fall apart when she catches her husband in bed with another woman and must also protect her teen daughter from a handsome but dangerous young man.
    Page 2 of 2 - Right now Collins is busy with her new modeling and acting school. There will be separate three-month sessions for modeling and acting, held on Saturdays only, at a cost of $400 per session.
    Her students will be divided into age groups, and Collins said she welcomes those 55 and older, and would also like to see plus-size models.
    “Not everybody wears a size 0,” she said. “I wear a size 10, and I’d like to see models wearing clothes in my size. And, you know, there are all types of models, including hand models, foot models, eye models.”
    Collins has also been invited to audition for a leading role in Tyler Perry’s TV comedy “Meet the Browns,” broadcast on TBS. She’s hopeful she’ll get the role.
    “Number one, you have to have all the confidence in the world,” Collins said. “People think that because they live in the middle of the country they can’t go far, that’s not true. If you can’t reach the stars, grab the moon.”
    Interested persons wishing additional information the modeling and acting school may call 620-235-0208 or e-mail tcmodelingandacting@gmail.com.

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