After our Wall Street Journal story came out, I heard through the grapevine that people connected to a modeling convention said “I forgot where I came from” Let me clarify. Yes, in the 90’s I took models to a big convention. At that point, I thought that was the only way to help….but then, we quickly learned otherwise over time, and as Maya Angelou says, “When you know better, you do better”
Over the past few weeks in particular, we have received MANY inquiries that have got me all riled up…..from local and/or regional agencies advising and guiding models about larger markets when it’s clear they have no idea how this really works and they don’t know what they are talking about, to parents spending more and more money in the money pit of weekend conventions and photo shoots, to outdated modeling courses, overdone and over-styled photo shoots, to huge conventions charging thousands of dollars….WE ARE SO OVER IT!
In the spirit of our ModelTruth mission, I am going to post our thoughts over the next few weeks so aspiring models and their families can learn more, and hopefully save themselves money, time, and disappointment.