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HOW NOT TO F*#@ UP YOUR INTERVIEW WITH A TALENT AGENCY.

 Photo credit:  moimoi.com

Photo credit: moimoi.com

This article was originally written by Christian Alexander. Christian is the Director of Front Management, a Boutique Model Management Agency in Miami Beach. With humor he often posts on his personal feed about the realities of the modeling world and the intricacies of being a model manager.

I thought this article in particular, although funny, touches points that are very true and useful to models and those who want to get in the industry.

Julian R.


OFTEN MODELS COME IN NERVOUS FOR THEIR INTERVIEWS. WE THE AGENTS, CALL THEM WALK IN’S, APPOINTMENTS OR GO SEES.

IT’S MORE THAN NORMAL BEING NERVOUS MEETING AGENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME. AFTER ALL, EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE IN AN OFFICE YOU’RE BASICALLY PUTTING YOURSELF ON STAGE FOR SOMEONE TO JUDGE YOU.

THIS QUIET, FIRE BREATHING DRAGON, STARING AT YOU FROM HEAD TO TOE COULD BE YOUR VERY NEW BOSS. SO HERE ARE A FEW TIPS ON HOW NOT TO F*#@ UP YOUR INTERVIEW.

 

1 AGENCIES HAVE A HEIGHT REQUIREMENT

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PLEASE DON’T GO IN LYING, ACTING LIKE WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR FOUR MINUTES AND LIE ABOUT YOUR AGE OR HEIGHT. SHOULD AN AGENCY TAKE YOU WE WOULD ACTUALLY REQUIRE A LEGAL ID SO THAT WOULD HAVE ALL YOUR LEGAL INFORMATION INCLUDING HEIGHT AND AGE. PLUS WE HAVE MEASURING TAPE. A SEASONED AGENT WILL KNOW FROM ONE LOOK THAT YOU ARE PHYSICALLY NOT FIT OR THE RIGHT HEIGHT.

 

2 DON’T COME WITH A BOYFRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND TO HOLD YOU HAND THROUGH THE PROCESS.

YOU WOULDN’T DO THIS IN A NORMAL INTERVIEW. THIS SHOWS LACK OF CONFIDENCE. UNLESS YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 THERE IS NO REASON YOU SHOULD BE WALKING IN WITH A GUARDIAN.

 

3 YOU ARE ALLOWED TO ASK QUESTIONS.

BUT DON’T OVER DO IT UNTIL YOU GET SIGNED. SOME PEOPLE TRY TO GET PERSONABLE WITH AGENTS BEFORE EVEN GETTING SIGNED. WE ARE TRYING TO ANALYZE YOU AND YOUR PRESENCE AND FIGURING OUT IF YOU HAVE A GOOD PERSONALITY. WE DON’T NEED YOU TO OVER SELL YOURSELVES.

 

4 PLEASE DONT CAKE ON THE PERFUME.

SOME PEOPLE ARE SENSITIVE TO THIS AND SOMETIMES IT’S A DISTRACTION AND TURN OFF.

 

5 CHEWING GUM OR HAVING YOUR HEADPHONES IN YOUR EARS IS A HUGE DISRESPECT.

YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE OUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION. IF YOU’RE SMACKING YOUR GUM AND CHEWING AWAY LIKE A COW WHILE BLASTING TRAP MUSIC IN YOUR EARS IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME WANT TO SMACK YOU.

 

6 TACKIEST LINE ON THE PLANET

TACKIEST LINE ON THE PLANET IS. “ EVERYONE ELSE HAS TOLD ME GROWING UP THAT I SHOULD BE A MODEL” PLEASE DON’T USE AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL AS A REFERENCE. THAT SHOW IS ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS.

 

7 BE PREPARED JUST IN CASE THE AGENT WANTS TO TAKE DIGITALS.

MODELS SHOULD HAVE A SWIMSUIT WITH THEM OR CLEAN UNDERWEAR. ALSO A PAIR OF HEELS IN CASE YOU HAVE TO STRUT FOR THE OFFICE AND DO A VIDEO.

 

8 DON’T CRITICIZE YOUR OWN PICTURES AS WE ARE LOOKING AT THEM.

TELLING ME YOU HATE YOUR PICTURES IS A BAD WAY TO PROJECT YOURSELF. BY DOING THAT YOU ARE ALREADY PLACING A NEGATIVE ON WHAT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE A POSITIVE. ALSO BLAMING YOUR BLOATINESS OR OUT OF SHAPE BODY ON YOUR VACATION OR BAD EATING HABITS IS NOT OK!!! WHY GO MEET WITH AN AGENCY IF YOU ARE OUT OF SHAPE?. YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION IS EVERYTHING. LOOK YOUR BEST, OR DON’T GO. OTHERWISE, YOU ARE WASTING EVERYONE ELSE’S TIME INCLUDING YOURS, NOT JUST MINE.

 

9 KINDNESS IS EVERYTHING.

PEOPLE WANT TO HELP NAIVE UNDISCOVERED NEWBEES. NO ONE WANTS TO HELP A STUCK UP KNOW-IT-ALL. BE POSITIVE AND UPBEAT. DEBBIE DOWNERS ARE “GO BACKS” BYE..... NO CRYING ALLOWED & PLEASE HOLD THE ATTITUDE...WAY BACK. HOPEFULLY ONE DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD A TRAP DOOR OR AN EJECT BUTTON THAT LAUNCHES MODELS OUT OF THE OFFICE TO AVOID ALL CONFRONTATION.

 

10 NINETY NINE PERCENT OF THIS INDUSTRY IS REJECTION.

DON’T TAKE OFFENSE TO IT. YOU NEED THICK SKIN IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE IT IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS NO DOESN’T MEAN EVERYONE WILL. YOU JUST HAVE TO FIND THE RIGHT AGENCY THAT FITS. DON’T BE SOUR ABOUT IT. KEEP TRYING AND YOUR TIME WILL COME. I TURN DOWN ABOUT 10-20 PEOPLE A WEEK. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEIR HORRIBLE, OR I WONT SEE THEM AROUND AGAIN. SIMPLY MEANS YOUR NOT THE RIGHT LOOK FOR THAT PARTICULAR AGENCY AT THE MOMENT.

 

NEXT TIME JUST MAKE SURE YOUR APPROACH IS SOFTER, SWEETER, STRONGER AND SHINY AND NEW. WE LOVE NEW AND IMPROVED. NO TODAY DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN NO SECOND TIME AROUND.


SINCERELY,

CHRISTIAN ALEXANDER

FRONT MANAGEMENT