But, at age 18, those dreams are gone.
"I don't want to do it any more," she said.
As FOX 19 learned, Amanda is not alone. Several Tri-State teens have a bitter taste in their mouths about the modeling industry. And they blame it on Focus Talent International.
It's a company parents say owe them thousands of dollars. It's also the latest Tell, Tom Consumer Alert.
Here's what happened: Several Tri-State families say they paid Focus Talent International nearly $3,000 each plus air far for a modeling work shop in New York City.
"Workshops, teach them how to handle themselves, hair, makeup, photo shoot and meet-and-greet parities," explained Keli Kirby, Amanda's mother.
The three-day workshop was supposed to be held last April. It was twice re-scheduled before it was finally cancelled last October.
Focus Talent International told the families they would receive full refunds by December 15th. To date, families haven't received a dime. Or an explanation.
"I have not been able to get in touch with anyone," said Keli.
It's not easy. The company is licensed in Las Vegas, Nevada and operates - or did operate - an office in phoenix, Arizona.
But, when FOX 19 called those telephone numbers, we were connected to an answer service in New York City. And a lawyers office in Phoenix.
FOX 18 left several messages at both places, but our calls were not returned.