Thursday, October 29, 2009

MODELING AND WORKING!

Working in and out of the modeling industry has it's perks. Many models take side jobs to pay the bills and remain available for castings and meetings.
Here are some things that the models do on the side to keep the bills paid and remain flexible...
Trainer at the gym - many models keep fit and help others by training clients at the gym. Since most of these positions require early morning sessions, this can be a great way to keep the bulk of your day open, plus you can always move clients around if you book a big job!

Food Servers - here is a great way to keep your time open. There are so many models that work serving table by night and running castings and bookings by day. One of the perks is cash in hand at the end of your shift, and usually a deal on your food as well.

Writing - have you ever considered writing in your spare time? There are numerous companies that use people to write for their articles, blogs and other materials on line. Great for anyone that loves the computer!

Assistants - as an assistant, there are plenty of people out there that need general help getting things done. From buying gifts to getting the banking done, executives all over are strapped for time. What a win - win, you need some time to run around town, and you can get paid taking care of someone's banking, dry cleaning, grocery shopping, dog walking etc. Never underestimate the value of your time and ability to offer help to someone who needs it.

Opinions - now this is an area I am not that familiar with, but I have heard of people that get paid to go to the movies and watch new releases before anyone else. Back about 10 years ago they were getting $10.00 an hour or a flat fee to participate.

Catering - back to food service, catering is another great way to make a few bucks, mingle and keep the bills paid.

Now as you know, we love when you can make your castings, and totally understand that you need to take care of your life and bills, so these are just a few ideas for those of you that want to remain flexible but need some additional income .

Natasha Duswalt
www.peakmodels.com


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FIT MODELS, FITTING, FIT, JUST FITTING, WE FIT YOUR NEEDS

Ok ladies and gents, dreams do come true!
Let's meet Tina for instance. Tina and I met a couple of years back at a casting I set up in Burbank to meet new models interested in modeling and commercials.
Tina originally came to us with an acting headshot and an amazing spark and personality.
Of course seeing her great energy and her great figure, I had to whip out the tape measure.
I knew a great fit model had been born.
Tina was measured and immediately we started sending her out to fit clients.
Tina of course started booking jobs, and with her new found niche market in the FIT MODEL world,  she also started making some nice money.
As you can see Tina has been able to afford to buy a new car for CASH! That's right, no car payments! Just a sporty new ride to get her from designer to designer in style.
I know you might think, " well she is lucky" but like I always say, " Luck is when preparation and opportunity meet". If you are prepared to make money and show up, and you have the required elements, then you too can take control of your future and start booking the FIT jobs.
Our clients are always looking for EXPERIENCED FIT MODELS, so if this is your thing, feel free to contact me for a meeting.
Congratulations Tina! You deserve it, you are a wonderful FIT model, friend, and person.
I am proud to work with you , and look forward to keeping you busy FITTING!

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Natasha Duswalt
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FIT MODELS - LOS ANGELES


Many clients will call us and ask what are the benefits of a professional fitting model?
There are so many reasons to have a professional fit model, especially in the current climate, there is no room for mistakes when it comes to fit.

As you can probably notice when you are out shopping, there are many stores closing and lines of clothing have literally disappeared from the shelves. If you really think about the labels and lines that have endured even the toughest economic downturn, it is the leaders in their industries that have been left standing. It is the companies that have great style and fit that can outshine the competition and continue to write the re - order business needed to survive.

At Peak Models & Talent we have a strong roster of professional fitting models for even hard to fit sizes, such as petites and plus sizes!
Our professional fitting models have the experience and technical information to assist any design team in creating an outstanding fit that sells.
With sizing changing so much in the marketplace, it can be confusing for designers to find where their product " fits in".
Ten years ago a size 8 now translates into a size 6. Size 6's are now closer to a 4. Let's face it we do not all look like the girls on the catwalk, so for those of us that wear regular sizes, it must fit, and that is where the fitting models is our best friend.
All of these changes has left women confused as to what size they really wear, and what labels to buy.
For the companies that keep a consistent fit, those are the companies that will also keep a consistent customer.
Styles change, fads come and go, but fit is timeless. A proper fitting garment will become a staple in a woman's wardrobe.
Just think of your favorite jeans, isn't it thanks to the FIT of the jeans, that you absolutely cannot live without them?
Imagine if you knew that you could always find a line of great clothing, with great style and fit.
Problem solved.

For the most reliable, professional, discreet fitting models in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas, Peak Models & Talent will
fit your needs, including junior fit models, contemporary fit models, missy fit models, mens fit models, kids fit models, plus size fit models, lingerie fit models, swim fit models, sportswear fit models, if you need to fit it, we are here to help.
For more information on fit sizes, rates and availability of fitting models, please contact us at Peak Models & Talent 661-294-1100
We look forward to helping your company find the perfect fit and to be one of those lines that women go to when they need something that fits!
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Monday, October 26, 2009

HOW TO GET DROPPED BY YOUR AGENT!

Once you are signed with an agency, it is in your best interest to do your part and show up to your castings and bookings.  Think about this for a moment, there are thousands of models that would love to have your spot at the agency.  As an agent, I am bombarded daily with email submissions from new models that would do anything to even get a meeting at the agency. This is always a paradox for me, especially when a model that works with us drops out of a booking to take another job elsewhere.
Believe me I get it, there are going to be times where you get offered a bigger amount of money or status, and that is all fine. The only thing you need to do is to realize that everything has it's price. If for instance you confirmed for a job on a specific date, then it is UNETHICAL to take another job on that date. There is no grey area here, it is what it is. Now I know you are thinking, " but the other job is paying more" or " this is a big opportunity for me". All well understood, and I am not discounting any of that, but from my personal filter, I do not want to work with people that that do not have integrity. 
I am not asking you to do anything I would not do myself.
Back when I was modeling, ( many moons ago) I was booked for a year of shows at $300 per day. The job was in LA, NYC, and MIAMI and I had multiple dates booked for the year.
Well, then a day came along when a large company came along and hired me to do their fittings.
Part of the deal was that they wanted me for their shows as well.
Now here is the clincher, they were offering me $1000.00 per day. Of course I wanted to take it, who wouldn't?? But I also knew that I had given my word to my original client.
So, I made a decision, I did the original job for $300.00 per day. My new client was so impressed with my integrity that they asked to book me in advance for the next year, and I was offered $1200.00 per day. Once I had finished my original commitment, I was open for their company.
The  new client told me that if I was that loyal then they wanted me on their team.
I ended up working for them all over the world, for 7 years straight. 
And on another note, the original client is a client with Peak Models & Talent to this day.
I was able to buy a house with the money I was able to save with that job. 
And I can assure you that if I had not " done the right thing" , I would not have had such a favorable outcome.
The long story is that both clients are still working with me today, and I can assure you that if I had burned anyone back then, I would not be working with them today, and neither would the models at Peak Models & Talent.
For those models out there that are only thinking of the " day rate" you are sadly mistaken, since there is no "rate" for reputation or integrity.
Natasha Duswalt



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Sunday, October 25, 2009

BETTER MODELS!?!?!?

Better models, better talent. I hear this quite a bit on my end of the business from clients, photographers, stylists, bookers, casting directors, and even models and talent.
The word " better" always adds a little extra to that person doesn't it?

Going shopping, there are "better dresses" and you "better" buy the better one if you want the quality you deserve!
So how does this apply to models and talent?
That question is answered in my own prior career as a model in the Los Angeles, New York, Miami and global market. For those of you who knew me back before Peak Models & Talent, you knew that my days were stacked. I was booked often from 7:00 am to late in the evening.
I would do fashion shows and speak with the models during the breaks, and I was always amazed that these beautiful people were not booked solid.
What was going on? These girls were far more beautiful, they were nice, and seemed like the wanted to work? So what was the difference?
I literally would have a group of models around me asking me how I booked so many jobs.
At the time I did not have the answer, but now I do.
I had learned how to be a " better" model.
Ok, now let's not get crazy, being a better model by my definition is not the prettiest, tallest or thinest, it is all together something else entirely.

Here is a list of qualities that I believe create a " better" model.
Attitude - you must want to work and the clients must see that the minute you walk in the door.
Availability - you must be available, do not get a day job and wonder why you are not going out on bookings and castings. You are not a superhero, even Batman used to stop being Clark Kent when he went out!
Private - never run around telling your clients your time issues, where you have to be or why, just work it out, and be available, even if it means moving mountains, just do it and do it quietly.
Above and beyond - I was the girl that helped clean up and hand the garments after everyone left the show. This gave me time to talk to client, find out when they were showing again ad be able to make myself available.
Accountability - when your agent calls you for a casting, do not stall in responding, be the first one to confirm EVERY time. Remember, you wait, and someone might take your spot, adn believe me THEY DO!
So, as you can see, being a "better" model does not take that much effort, it is just being THE person that others think to themselves," hmmmm, that was really cool that she helped out after the show, we should book her again" ....
and they always did.
Natasha Duswalt

www.peakmodels.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

WHY BUY THE COW WHEN THE MILK IS FREE???

Ok, so we have all heard the old cliche' " Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"
Oh yes, I have heard many a woman of wisdom pass this down to the younger girls pining for their boyfriends to ask the big question. Of course, as you may or may not know, this theory applies to the modeling industry in a big way.

So here is the scene...beautiful model, clients are lowering rates around town due to the 
"economy". Ok, we all get it, things are tighter and we all need to work, but seriously, we also need to know our worth.  Some models have been spreading themselves very thin and trying some of the newer smaller agencies to see if they can get a little more going. Then there are the models that go online in hope of catching some "freelance" gigs. 

What does any of this have to do with you? EVERYTHING! 
The modeling industry takes a giant hit when A list models are our selling themselves short to clients and little inexperienced agencies.  One such incident recently happened with one of our models, she was up for a pretty nice catalog and the client was paying a low rate. This particular client wanted this model, and knowing that she was a top booking girl, we asked for a higher rate than offered, chances are they would have booked her for double the rate, except she had lowered her standards and signed up with a little agency in the valley that agreed to the low rate, thus leaving us no room to argue on her behalf.
The sad thing is that the model herself is so willing to see herself short, that it hurts everyone.
And do not even get me started on the models that do work for free to get experience.
Do test shoots, that is where you get experience, working for free is just going to make people think that you are cheap, and you will never command the type of rate you deserve.
Make the mental shift and start trusting that your agency is trying to get you better rates, do not answer clients when they ask money questions, refer them to your agency, or risk getting paid less than the other people on the job.
Think about it, if you are willing to work for free or low pay, why should they even offer a better rate? They will save those rates for the " better" models, and if you really think about it, what is " better" actually maybe " better" means the models that know " better" and trust the agent to get the  proper rates.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

COSMETICS AND FASHION GO HAND IN HAND!


With the arrival of fall, leaves changing, sweaters coming out of the closet, and the colors of fall all around, I realized that some of my summer colors just seemed a bit out of place during the change of the season.
I dug around in my closet and found some sweaters to take away the chill, but as I went to get ready, my make up seemed to reflect some of the warmer weather colors. My problem is that running a modeling agency leaves me little time to shop!
As models running from casting to casting, booking to booking, you too probably need a quick way to find cosmetics and not break the bank at the same time. I have found a great little website that sells cosmetics at deep discounts.
Some items are $1.00 !!! Yes that is right, and there are also nail polish sets for between $3.00 to $ 5.00 ! Christmas shopping here I come!
I have personally purchased these products and found that the "Get the Look" sets are really great, especially if you are a model needing a complete look. The set includes three eye shadows, eyeliner, mascara, 1 eyeshadow brush, 2 eyeshadow applicators, a eyeliner sharpener, and for an added bonus you get false eyelashes and the glue!
My other favorite is the 5 pack of lip glosses! Oh and I cannot forget the "French Manicure" set! I LOVE IT!!
I was so excited to see these products at such great prices, I decided to put a link to their website on the www.peakmodels.com website. The funny thing is that I also noticed the same company listed in the Oprah Magazine over the summer as an Oprah pick of " great deals".

So, if you need some great make up for holiday gifts, or you just need to stock your personal kit for photo shoots, check it out! What better way to spend a rainy day! Just click on www.peakmodels.com and go to " resources" you will find the link there!
Happy Shopping!
Natasha Duswalt
www.peakmodels.com



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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

IS SOMEONE WATCHING YOU?

Ok, so you are out and about running castings and auditions.
Your day is stacked, you can barely fit in a latte, and now you realize that you confirmed for an audition in Santa Monica and the 405 is jammed!!!
So you think to yourself, hmmmm maybe I just wont go, I have so many other things to do!
Now remember, you confirmed with your agent didn't you? Well, did you know that your agent confirmed with the casting director and the client? Yes indeed, and your name is on a list with a little box next to it to report if you showed up or not!

Of course things happen, but in this business your reputation is on the line. Blow off and audition, and it is noted.
Do it more than three times, and notice how much less you get out? Hmmmm something to think about isn't it.
And here is the real kicker, you can go to another agency, and start over, but guess what? Your face and name are attached to the habits you practice. So do the right thing, show up, or call up and communicate if there is a problem.
Do not just blow it off, you only hurt yourself in the big picture.

Oh and one more thing, do not become that pain in the rear that constantly needs a time change, make it work, the easier you are to send out the more you will go out.
Natasha Duswalt


www.peakmodels.com

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fashions Drives us all!

As a model you are constantly driving to and from castings and auditions, to bookings and back.
Are you being careful? Think about it, you are probably on the road more than the average bear, so you really need to be careful about what you are doing behind the wheel.
For starters here are a few things that should not be happening while driving...

Make up application - many of you do touch ups before castings, and this is fine, while your car is PARKED! :)

Texting - seriously this is probably worse than talking on the phone, since you have to look down to text or read a text, so leave that for when you are in the parked position as well.

Parking - ok this is a little bit of a grey area, especially for women, we have a young lady we know that was held up at gunpoint while sitting in her car on the side of the road. Law enforcement does not recommend that you sit in your car. Be careful.

One last thing, remember that your car is not your portable office, it is your car, and it is to get from place to place, I know in LA we are al in our cars a lot, but basic safety can really prevent a lot of problems for you and the other drivers.

Happy castings!
Natasha Duswalt
www.peakmodels.com


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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fashion Week at Peak!


With fall brings fashion! October is a busy month for the fashion industry, and for the models at Peak.
We have so many girls booked this month that we are in desperate need of new people.
It has really come down to the fact that we need more models in specific sizes. If you are a female model that wears a size 4-6 and you are at least 5' 8 to 5'11, email your shots to info@peakmodels.com
We are also seeking men size 32 jeans and a 40 regular ranging from 5'11 to six foot.
Our models can be seen working hard for top denim designers during the denim market. The print season is in full swing for the Spring collections, as our weather cools down, the studios heat up with models shooting for the spring collections.
Keep checking back to see photos and test shots from our models...


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