Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Should we call you???

Ok, I have to say this because it seems to be a topic that comes up and I will address this once and for all. When you are sent to a casting, please do not call and ask what your chances of booking are in that job, we do not have a crystal ball. Also,please do not call and complain if you were not right either. If you walk into a casting and feel that you are too small, big, tall, short, wide, thin, tan, pale, square, round, pear shaped, etc. DO NOT CALL LOOKING TO BLAME YOUR AGENCY!!!!!
We cannot control what the clients decide, and yes it is frusterating, but we are on your side!!!!
How about this? The next time you do not book a job that I send you on, how about I call you and complain to you and say" Why didn't you book that job?" Why did I bother sending you if you cannot book? Of course I would never do that to any of you out of respect, and as your agency, we expect the same respect in return.
We are not intentionally looking to send you out to drive all over LA for nothing.
It is our intention that you book the jobs. So, the next time you get irritated that you did not book, just think about this, we want the best for you and your complaints only remind us that you might not be easy to deal with, which of course keeps us from feeling like we can count on you to book the next job.

Money Problems?

Ok, so in this economy it seems that with gas prices on the rise, models are being more careful about castings. This is NOT the time to be turning your nose up at jobs that might be booking at a lower rate. For those of you who find yourself with not enough money at the end of the month, you are exactly the person who should be getting out there and booking whatever you can! Some of you do not have any other sources of income, and for you to turn down jobs is surprising especially if you are not able to pay your rent. The reason I point this out is because people always wonder why they are always in the same financial place year after year. The answer is in you. The way you do business. The only way to change your finances is to change the way do business. When you turn down potential opportunitues, you turn down everything that comes with those new opportunities, including meeting new people and making new contacts. You decide your financial state, no one else.
It is time to start stepping up and booking your way out of debt. What have you done differently this year as opposed to last year that has dramatically improved your finances? Let me know!

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Interview with Plus Model Radio!

If you want to know more about Peak Models & Talent, listen to Natasha Duswalt being interviewed with Plus Model Radio.
Copy and paste into your browser and go to show #9


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Models moving on...

Are you in the modeling business and tired of going on castings to no avail?
If you really do not book but keep trying or keep " working for expreience", that is probably a sign that this is not for you. Being an agent I see models every day working and making a living a modeling. Then there are the models that seem to do everyhting right , but do not book.
The moral is, you need to know if this is really for you, and only you can answer that question.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Two models

As an agent, I am constantly meeting models, working with models, and seeing models make choices about their careers. I am writing about a situation that happened recently with two models that I have worked with, one I still work with, the other not. The first model we will call Mary, and Mary was a committed model that showed up for all of her castings, never complainging, just doing her part. Mary was working at a steel company when she came to me, and after a short time started booking jobs, fitting jobs. Mary did not turn her nose up at fit modeling since she was happy to make the $85.00 - $100.00 per hour to try on clothes. The second model we will call Sally. Sally was a beautiful girl that was able to book jobs by walking in the door. I would call Sally and ask her for comp cards, and she would tell me that she was "shooting" and of course that was a stall tactic. Clients would call and request Sally, and she would either not show up or try to change the casting times. After a while clients started to get tired of her diva ways. There were times when clients would ask if the could just get a photo of her they would book, but sadly she was " shooting" new photos, that never materialized, and we never got any cards. If I had a dollar for every time a model tells me she is "shooting" new photos for a new card, I would have a lot of dollars! So as the story goes, Mary continued to book, and she is now a full time fitting model with major designers and labels. She bought a house a few years back, and is now launching a side business with the money she made modeling.
Sally on the other hand has called me to tell me she wants to get back into modeling, but cannot go to castings during the day because she is working full time at a clothing store. I guess they are still in fashion just making vastly different wages. Which model are you?

People Change!

Models often get the funny idea that if they have seen a client or worked for them in the past that there is no need to go back to see the client again. Some models have even worked for the client and cannot understand why they need to be seen again to be cast all over? It does seem strange, but here is the real deal. Clients are companies. Companies hire people. People change and move onto other jobs, and that means new people are deciding what models to use. There might still be someone at the company that knows you, but be fully awawre that they might be trying to keep you as the model, and thus must have you come back to the casting. There might be some new hot shot that wants to prove that they can do a better job, and wants all new models. Your job is to prove that you are still the model they need, by showing up to the casting. Do not be so sure that they remember you or should automatically just rebook you based on their employee's recommendation. Remember clients are people too, and just as quick as you can change your mind about someone or something, the same goes with clients. One more thing, you change too! You are not aware of it, but you might have gained or lost an inch or two, your hair might be different, they style or cut or color, it all adds up, and that is why they want to see you!

Portfolio Review

As an agent for the past 12 years, I have noticed that so many models have wonderful portfolios filled with great photos and tear sheets. These are the professional models that really stand out at castings. Then there are the models that have sloppy photos that look like some friend shot them in their driveway. These are the models that end up doing low rate jobs and working off the Craigs list. At Peak Models & Talent we are proud of the models that are keeping up their books. It is always great when cleints call with positive comments on our models. If you are walking around with photos that are over 6 months old and a heat damaged book, it is time to get new shots and get a new protfolio. Please call for your portfolio.
We look forward to seeing the best of all of you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Peak Models, Fit Models...

IF you are a model with Peak Models, chances are you are either a fit model, or have some experience in the fit model arena. If you are not a fit model and are currently with Peak Models, please come on by to get your measurments taken,after all, you might be missing out on some key bookings. As most of you know I used to be a model back in the 90's, and fit modeling was a huge part of my income. For those of you who think that fitting is just not that great, think again, I made over $100,000.00 per year trying on clothes. Yes, that is a fact, a good fit model makes bank!
As a fit model, you must be proportionate, and have the proper agency experienced in fit. As a prior fit model, I can assure you that if you want an agency that knows fit, you are in the right place, Peak Models & Talent is the #1 fit modeling agency in the LA area. We work with top labels and designers, and we are always looking for great models to "fit" into our roster.
For the best fit in town go to www.fitmodels.net a division of Peak Models & Talent.