In my last post, ‘How to become a model, Part 1’ I talked about my initial experience in the modeling world. It was exactly what every girl ignores because they don’t believe it’s going to happen to them because they’re ‘special’ and ‘unique’ and they’re the ‘next big thing’.
All of those things may be true but the wrong agencies aren’t going to be able to get you anywhere even if you do have what it takes. Placement is key. So, on with my story..
I was scouted by an agency called Pulse Management while I was on my way to my job at Abercrombie. I was late and literally running through Dicks Sporting Goods. A man named, Michael Crouch stopped me and asked me if I wanted to be a model. Based on my previous experience in ‘modeling’ I said, ‘No, Thank you. I really need to go, Sorry.’ He said, ‘Why?’ and started offering me information on the agency that he represented and how he would love for me to come to a private open call they were having on Friday. He said he had just scouted another model, ‘Ali Stephens’ that would be in the paper the next day and If i would just read the article I would see that I may be worth his time. So, I did. I waited for the paper to come the next day, read all about ‘Ali Stephens’ (who btw, if you google today is a major model), and decided to go to the private open call that week.
I was still paying off the 2 grand I had been scammed into paying and was in no capacity to sign any sort of payment plan so I didn’t have a lot to lose. I took my best friend, Rachael, with me and we sat through Stacey Eastman’s explanation of the modeling industry. I ended up being offered a contract the next week after taking polaroids and speaking with Stacey. I explained to him I was still under contract with “Tru Talent” and he said that he would take care of it. He did. I was out of my modeling contract AND payment contract with Tru Talent. I was free and a lot happier that I would get to keep my paycheck for the month.
I signed with Pulse and after 3 months and 4 polaroids later I got the call from Stacey Eastman that I was going to Miami. I had to quit my job, drop out of University, and pack my bags, and everything would be paid for by the agency until I started making money. Being young and naive, I did all of the above without thinking twice (despite my parents telling me I was ‘crazy’). Luckily, for me, it worked out.
The right agency took me places and I didn’t spend a dime. Pulse taught me to walk, put me in two shows (great practice), and got me ‘out of Utah’ without charging me a penny. If you have what it takes, you don’t need to spend money. Don’t buy into the rational that it costs thousands of dollars to get a portfolio, it doesn’t.
Until, Part 3… just remember, don’t spend a dime!!!