MODEL PRO LAGAN SAYS GOODBYE TO BAD TIMES
MODELLING and football may seem like careers that are worlds apart. But both are hugely competitive, often riddled with knockbacks and require an incredibly thick skin to succeed.
Lagan Makin, a 24-year-old midfielder who plays for WPL North side Preston North End, has combined both roles, as well as overcoming a long illness that threatened her dreams for two years.
Makin told Women’s Football Weekly she has bounced back with plans to play in the Super League.The challenge of cutting it in both professions does not put her off.
She said: “I took a break from everything as I had been really poorly. This season I have come back and my modelling and acting have taken off again, too. I was on holiday when I got the call from Luke Swindlehurst [Preston women’s manager].
“I was trying to find myself, if you like, and he said why didn’t I come and start my football again. So I did and it has been great. But it is not always easy in football.
“There are always going to be clubs that don’t want you and I have experienced that.
“I deal with the same when I go to castings. I can go to ten of them and eight will tell me I don’t fit the bill. In football, they can want a certain kind of player or be looking for younger players. It is a tough industry.”
Her two passions have coincided, with some promotional photos being picked up by a This Girl Can campaign that promotes women in sport – something Makin is keen to support.
She has found some form in recent weeks, scoring four goals in five games, but her comeback was halted earlier in the campaign.
“I have not had the best of luck,” said Makin. “In preseason, I fractured my foot, but hopefully all my injuries and being so poorly is over. “It can be hard to balance football and work sometimes, but I wouldn’t change it.We train on Tuesday and Thursday nights, so I’m usually back from my jobs or castings. But, if I get a big job, it becomes a bit more difficult.
“I just get on with life. I have wanted to act and model since I was young. I have had a few parts in Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and some adverts, which were all great.“
As for Preston, they sit sixth in the league, but, with two games in hand on leaders Forest and a six-point difference to make up, they are certainly worth a shout as title contenders. Following two straight away wins, Makin is in an even more determined frame of mind.
“I think we can do it,” she said.We are better than any team in this league technically. You won’t find a better team in terms of keeping the ball.
“It is an exciting time for the team and for me personally. I have just had a casting with PlayStation, so it is all looking up. It has been really hard, but I am definitely feeling good in my football and modelling careers.”
PRESTON PALS: Makin, second left, and team-mates