Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Too many cooks in the kitchen!

Ok everyone, we all know that you are out there doing your best, but having a ton of agents and managers is confusing for everyone.
At Peak Models & Talent we have noticed that we have a great group of talent, and therefore we have welcomed Christine Williams to handle our theatrical and commercial department.
If you are seeking theatrical representation, please know that we are only taking people across the board. This means that if we take you theatrically, you must be with us commerically as well.

It is just too confusing to manage the appointments with talent that is represented by multiple agents for all different aspects of their career.
To be considered for theatrical, it is important to have a resume and a demo reel up on LA casting. This is like the "front if the line" pass with casting directors. Your submission is seen first if you have an updated resume and a demo clip of your work.
For those of you seeking someone to put your reel together, I can recommend Shannon Penrod.
She is at 661-299-4636. She does amazing work, and all you have to do is give her your tapes and she will splice together a demo... Call her for pricing if you are interested.

Also contact Christine for theatrical and commercial at christine@peakmodels.com
Looking forward to seeing you all prosper this year!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Are you giving away your bookings?

Have you ever been to a casting where there were a lot of models and you hear girls talking about castings they are going on? Do you ever try to find out how you can go on those castings too?
OR, are you the model talking about your castings so that everyone knows what you are up to?
Either way, you have now opened the door to all of those girls to compete with you on the very castings you are chatting about.
More jobs are lost by chatty models than anything I have ever witnessed in this business.
Thre more you talk, the more you give away. Just remember, there is always someone taking notes on what is said in the waiting rooms. Keep your business to yourself, and you just might have more business.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Are you too good to do a booking?

In this climate with the economy on a downward trend, an election year, and clients stating that they are cutting back to save money, this is no time to think that you have a day rate minimum.
It has always amazed me when I hear that models will "not work for that rate".
Are you kidding? What are you doing? Turning money down due to ego? This has got to be one of the worst things a model can do to. Do you know how many models I have seen that cannot pay their rent, or call me desperate for a job after turning down castings where they did not like the rate? It is almost unbearable to watch as models sabotage themselves right into not paying thier bills.
Here is a basic rule of thumb, if you are not working on a day, and you get an offer to do a job, DO IT! You never know it might just pay your cellphone bill! Better yet, how about that $100.00 pair of shoes you just bought? Did you REALLY have the extra money to spend?
Here is another concept, did you know that modeling is a short lived industry? So, make the most of it, and work it! No one thinks any more of you if you only do high paying gigs, it is actually quite the contrary.

Monday, March 3, 2008

SIZE MATTERS!

Ok, here is the low down on the whole size problem with clothing. As a fit model for many years before Peak Models & Talent, I worked for many of the major clothing labels that our models are working at today.
This big issue these days is the sizing. We call models for fit interviews, and you all seem to think that you are a size 2 or a 4. Now, not to insult anyone, but not everyone is a 2 or a 4. I have personally taken your measurements, and I know who fits what size. Unless you have dropped or gained weight, you have to realize that companies call their sizes whatever they want.

My favorite scenario was when the wife or girlfriend of the owner and her friends would come in and try on the clothes. The next thing you knew, the size 6 was suddenly a 4! And no one changed the garment!!! How is that fair? Because "she" said so. Let's face it, when it comes to clothing, we want to buy the smaller size. We feel thinner. The clothing manufacturers know this too. I personally watched as the size labels were changed so that an 8 was suddenly a 6 to sell more pants. And it worked!!! The styles that size smaller reordered like crazy.

So for all of you that do not want to go to a fit interview because you think that you are too"small", you are missing the boat. The sizes are measured by measurements, not sizes. Sizes vary depending on the tactics of the company. Measurements do not. If you get a call and we tell you that they want a size 7 and you think you are a 4 or a 6, chances are you are also a junior 7.

And another thing to keep in mind is that the junior size are odd 1,3,5,7,9. The contemporary sizes are 2,4,6,8,10 Junior is the younger market, comtemporary is the career girl that is fashion aware, and missy is more of the woman whose body has settled, and is a little fuller.

The bottom line is that all clothing companies decide their sizes, so no two size will ever fit the same. I am sure you see this in the stores when you try clothes on. So, please make sure not to give us a hard time when we are trying to get you a job. We are doing our best with an industry that is very inconsistent in its sizing.

We want to hear from the models!

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I will be hosting a seminar for the modeling industy in the very near future. One of the first things I want to do is hear from all of you. What subjects do you feel you need the most help with in your career? Is there one thing that you feel that you need to learn about that would change your level of success? Please tell me your thoughts. I am preparing to have guest speakers and would like to know what you feel is the most important aspects of the business.

Again, if you are interested in attending, please e mail me at natasha@peakmodels.com
I will make sure to get an invitiation to you as soon as we set a date and location.
Can't wait to hear from all of you!!!

Thanks for being available when we call you for castings, it makes our job so much easier!

What size are you anyways???

Do you actually know your size? Have you ever been measured?
I really cannot stress this enough. If you are planning on meeting with a modeling agency, you need to get your measurements taken. Bust, waist, and hips.
Also, do not run around calling yourself a size 2 if you have one garment in that size. You will acutally be hurting yourself, since the samples are usually not that size anyways.
There are so many women that want to appear to be a smaller size than they are, but do not realize that they need to get over it, and tell the range of sizes they wear.