As part of the freshman seminar class Ria Filippakis teaches Columbus State students, she reviews time and stress management skills. Little do they know how much experience she's drawing on.

As part of the freshman seminar class Ria Filippakis teaches Columbus State students, she reviews time and stress management skills. Little do they know how much experience she's drawing on.

Filippakis, an English professor at the community college for the last eight years, also works part-time as a model as well as at Comprehensive Benefits Consultants, where she trains employees in health-care plans and healthy habits.

She usually doesn't discuss her many obligations with her students, though, choosing instead to "compartmentalize."

Of course, she's truthful with them if she has to come to class directly from a photo shoot, her face caked in makeup. But disclosing too much about her modeling might lead her students to lose respect for her as a professor, Filippakis said.

"That's one of the things that keeps people successful who do moonlight - you really focus when you're doing one job," she said. "That's who you are when you're doing what you're doing."

Another secret to holding down multiple jobs and responsibilities, Filippakis said, is not to say "no."

"I think you just see an opportunity, and you pursue it," she said. "You say, 'Anything's possible.' "

Most of her jobs fell into her lap - like modeling with Cam Talent, she said. She went along with a friend who was auditioning and ended up being the one who got the spot.

She couldn't turn down an opportunity like that, and in the eight years since, she's appeared in ads on billboards and buses, on TV commercials and in independent movies.

Luckily, her choice in careers allows for some flexibility. Things like teaching classes and being photographed require only a few hours at a time - and she can prepare for class or review a script while she's at home with her two-year-old son.

She credits her hard-working mom and dad, who both still have two jobs while in their sixties, for leading by example. For that reason, being involved in so many things at once has never phased her, said Filippakis, who's clearly passionate about all of her jobs.

"It feels like you're playing different roles every single time," she said. "In each profession, there's a different language set, there's a different look to the people, there's a different feeling. And that's fun."