Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Walking for the Directives West Runway Show

Walking for the Directives West: S/S ’17 Trends of the Season Runway Show

Such an incredible morning...

Read more about the show in Apparel News!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Modeling Q&A | Everything you need to know

I get a lot of questions about modeling. I recently asked on my social media accounts for any questions you may have for me to answer about the modeling industry. Here are some of what you asked and my answers. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to me on instagram (@laurendundee) or twitter (@laurendundee). 

1. How can I become a model? 
If you meet the height requirements (5'9 for women's but you can be shorter for teens), you can go to an open casting call. An open casting call takes place at the agency and they see thousands of girls a week. You get a number and have to wait in order to get in front of an agent. If they think you're the right fit, then you can get signed right there! You can also send in pictures to an agent online. You will have to fill out some questions too. You can find these on the agencies website. If they think you are the right look, they will call for an interview with you. Scouting is pretty much just luck. Model scouts are all over and constantly looking for new girls. 

2. How did you get discovered?

I got discovered for the first time, before I could even walk. My parents are very protective of me and didn't want me to be in the modeling industry. After that, I was scouted three more times. (Scouting means that an agent comes up to you in public and asks you to interview for a modeling agency.) At the age of 6 years old, I finally understood what it meant when someone came up to my parents to ask if we were interesting in modeling. Once I figured that out, there was no stopping me. I begged and begged my parents to let me try, so finally they agreed. We went to the agency and met with everyone and I somehow convinced my parents to let me model. So at 6 years old I signed with Ford Models.

3. What is the best thing about modeling?

My experience with modeling has been unbelievable and I hope to continue it for as long as possible. Most of my best memories have been because of it. I get to travel and experience new places. I have met the most amazing people and lifelong friends. I have learned so much about fashion which resulted in an internship for a fashion company! There's no feeling, like the feeling of walking in a runway show.

4. Do I need to pay an agent?

No definitely not! Agents make their money by when their models work, meaning they take a percentage of your paycheck. Sometimes you will need to pay for photos, especially at the beginning of your modeling career but if someone tells you that you need to pay to have an agent, it's most likely a scam!

5. What was your first modeling job?

My first modeling job was for The Gap. I remember I was so happy that entire day.

7. How can I convince my parents to let me model?

I think if you explain your reasons why you want to model. Something that really helped convince my parents was, setting up some "ground rules." I said what I wasn't comfortable with and that if any of those things came up, I would stop modeling. For example, if anyone said I needed to lose weight. My parents never told me how much money I earned, so it was only about having fun and no pressure about booking a job! I say to sit down with them and talk it out! Ask them what their concerns are and make compromises. By the way, you can always meet with an agent and decide if you want to sign with them later. I'm sure your parents will eventually let you! :)
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