Tyler (Ty) Armstrong felt if she believed in herself, had a dream and a work ethic, life would take her as far as she wanted to go. Born and raised in Roswell, she is now living the dream, and coming back home to play in Hike It and Spike It and hang out with friends.
In high school at Roswell, she played volleyball, ran cross-country and played softball for coach Art Sandoval. Under Sandoval, her team won a district championship with her as a pitcher.
Graduating high school in 2012, she went to Ecclesia College, where she played softball and graduated with a degree in sports management. From graduation, she came back to Roswell and coached junior varsity softball under Sandoval in 2014-15.
“What I liked about Ty,” Sandoval said, “was she comes from a good family. She had a great work ethic and understood going through the process, and the standards I set for the program.”
One of the reasons Ty wanted to become a coach was, she liked teaching. She liked teaching the girls to have fun and not take the game too serious — if the girls relaxed, they could play better and have fun.
“The girls have to have fun to enjoy the game,” Ty said, “and to be in love with the game. I love it and I like to show people you don’t have to take it that seriously, but you have to take it serious to an extent. I like to show them the meaning of the game in softball.”
One of the positive factors that she felt were enhanced on her from playing for Sandoval was, he insisted his teams be prepared and know other positions as well as their own. He taught her and her teammates’ ways to play the game.
Ty loves to run and runs every day to stay fit. She picked running up from her mother, Michaela Armstrong, and her brother, Trenton Armstrong. When she runs, she likes seeing different scenery as opposed to running on a treadmill or track. As a cross-country runner in high school, she made it to state.
Ty always wanted to be a model and when she came back after college, she knew the move to home would not be permanent. She lived in Roswell for two years before moving to California. Ty began modeling while she was coaching at Roswell.
She started modeling for a family friend in Roswell: Meant to Be Photography. People saw her post to Facebook and told her to check out an agency in Amarillo, Texas. She talked to them and decided to sign with them. The agency helped her get recognized by bigger modeling agencies in California.
Being a competitor, Ty flew to California to do a modeling competition and did well. Some of the modeling agency’s liked her so much, they asked her to move out to California to be closer for casting jobs. Once Ty decided to move, she packed up all of her stuff and was out there in three days.
With the competition steep for models in California, she compares modeling to sports in dealing with rejection. Ty is currently signed with Brand Model and Talent Agency.
Ty also works two jobs to help her in lean times. Another reason she works two jobs is it takes between 60 to 90 days to get paid after doing a job. She has received some unusual requests — one client asked her to dye her hair gray.
“Modeling is very competitive out here,” Ty said. “This is one of the biggest places to come for modeling. Every time my agent sends me on a casting call, I have to go. If they tell me ‘no,’ I just keep it moving and I go to the next one.”
Ty has a motto tattooed on her side that says, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” She uses that in her everyday life. Rejection fuels her to keep going no matter how many times she is told no.
“I won’t quit or give up,” Ty said, “because I have support from friends and family back home. That makes me even more determined to keep going.”
At 26 years old, Ty has the face that appeals to all types of advertisers and photographers, which allows her to be in a variety of demographics. With her looks, she can do younger ads and model as a teenager or do older ads and model as an adult.
“The younger you look in the modeling industry, it is so much better for the model,” Ty said. “Because she can do things that other models can’t.”
She goes to the gym twice a day to stay in shape. She will wake up at 9 a.m. and go to the gym, and then go home and get ready for work and go to work around 3 p.m. After work, she will go home and cook dinner and then go back to the gym. Depending on how she is feeling, she will go to the gym from 2 to 3 a.m., to get her workout in. She will run between three to five miles a day.
“I have to go twice a day to stay in shape,” Ty said. “I still eat what I want. I’m a size zero and I have a fast metabolism. I try to cook at home instead of eating out all of the time. I work my abdominal muscles every day. I try to stay tone as a model. When a client sees your picture and you go to them, they want that same look and they don’t want you to look any different.”
Ty has played in Hike It & Spike It since 2009 and has not missed a year. Her best finish was second place when she was a senior and played with her high school coaches: Ernie Lujan, Robert Arreola and some of her fellow senior volleyball players.
She recalls having to play three games back-to-back and that her team was so tired in the championship game that they barely lost by a touchdown. Last year, her co-ed team was called Maximum Effort and this year, her team is called Quick Pick, which is a co-ed team.
Ty tries to get home for HISI every year and comes home every six to seven months to visit family and friends. She stays away from Hollywood, where a lot of the crazy things happen, preferring to live in the quiet Torrance, California area.
“This is a nice area to live,” Ty said. “I feel like I’m on vacation all of the time. The one thing I really do hate about California is the traffic when I’m trying to get places. Also, the cost of living is so high here. If you’re looking for a one-bedroom apartment, it’s going to cost you $1,350.”
She also credits her mother and grandmother, Marilyn Wynn, for her discipline and drive to keep hustling in life. Ty states her grandmother and mother taught her to work for everything she gets in life and nothing comes cheap in life.
Marty Armstrong, Ty’s dad, also instilled in her a good work ethic. She remembers him encouraging her to keep going even if she didn’t like what she was doing at the time, but to keep doing it. That’s how she would get through life to achieve what she wants.
Ty loves to play HISI and realizes she is risking a lot if she were to get injured. She also loves how many people come to Roswell to play in the tournament.
“I’m not going to stop living my life,” Ty said. “Sports has been a part of my life since I was a little kid. I’m going to keep it a part of my life. I think if I stop playing sports, I would go crazy. I still play slow-pitch softball out here in California. I love Hike It & Spike It and I get to see everybody and I can throw a football.”
On the HISI women’s team, she is the quarterback. On the co-ed team, she plays receiver and defensive back.
Ty’s advice to younger women aspiring to be models is to know there is going to be a lot of rejection, but not to let it stop them. It might take a while for things to get there, but it comes, and good things happen to people who wait. She has been in a magazine called Super Model Magazine.
“I’m not surprised she’s a model,” Sandoval said. “Ever since I’ve known her, it’s been her dream. She’s one of the great kids that I’ve coached, and one of the few that had a never-say-die attitude in her vocabulary, no matter what she did.”
Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or firstname.lastname@example.org.