How To Get Out Of a Situation

On set professionalism is the number one thing while working.  To ensure you won’t get fired, your agent wont chew you out and maybe you’ll get rehired.  Bottom line be professional and take control of you situation.  In no way am I saying take any kind of shit of unacceptable conditions.  Another top rule, DO NOT cry.  Do not cry at all ever and do not call somebody else to handle your problems.  Handle everything through your agent.  If a situation arises, stepout  make a call and explain your side of the story first before anybody can bash your name.  Even threatening to call your agent during a problem, may even resolve the issue outright.  I worked during a concert once and it went horribly awry and I called told my agent we were leaving due to an unsafe environment and they paid us double.  However, we didn’t work for that client again but I don’t think I would have taken the job if they offered it.  Handle your own business like a big kid and you come out on top. As a bottom note, if somebody keeps pushing in an unprofessional way and you have already clearly stated your position make it known. “If you push me again I will bust your damn teeth...

Modeling Markets

After modeling for 10 years I have had the opportunity to work in several markets.  The word “market” is used to describe the location which you are working in.  I started in the Detroit market doing runway and promotional work.  I then began working in Chicago because it was 4 hours away but living in Detroit.  Chicago was my “extended market”.  I was commuting to work in all sorts of places like Miami and Texas and California.  Before I landed in LA, I was on my way to transitioning to Miami.  Knowing NYC wasn’t going to work well with me because I’m not 6 foot tall and weigh 90 pounds.  Having a 34D bust doesn’t really fly well their either.  So the curvier version of myself decided Miami was the place for me because I have a commercial look and the measurements of the girls working in Miami at the time.  Then along came California opportunity.  The first time I went was the last week of November in 2008.  Within 5 months of commuting back and forth I was living here.  I was on a business trip and decided to stay.  Four months later I went back  to Michigan to collect my  beloved  Kitchen Aid toaster and my dog.  That 4 months were some of the toughest months of my life.  I will elaborate on the trials, tribulations and troubles of that first trip to California and and my first 4 months living in LA in my book on modeling advice. When my first hiatus rolled around I nearly lost everything.  Nobody told me people stop working before thanksgiving. ...

Stars & Stripes at the Playboy Mansion

The Wounded Warriors Project held a charity event at the Playboy Mansion last night.  There were about 800 people there supporting the cause.  Victoria Fuller a very famous playmate artist held a silent and live auction of artwork, memorabilia and other items.  As usual the back yard was tented off with private cabanas for v.i.p’s.  More painted girls than I have ever seen there.  My friends from Playboy radio were there covering the event.  The Satin Dollz opened the night with a 40’s tap dance and song.  Very cool to see the ladies in all red vintage attire.  They fit in with the party theame of stars and strips tremendously.  Four of the girls sang Bugal Boy.  It was a definately change of pace from the usual dj sounds.  As I was watching the Satin Dollz I noticed that one of the girls looked super familiar….. It was a girl who works on my t.v. showGhost Girls, Jurpinko. I went to go say hello to Victoria Fuller she had a super cool friend with her Opie Otterstad.  He took the photo of me pole dancing and of Victoria and I.  He is also a fantastic artist and prankster.  He borrowed a pair of silicone bra staffers to wear to prank Victoria.  I think they looked nice.  www.opieart.com Extenze was a major sponsor of the party and had there own bar and cabana.  Tons of GoGo girls and naked girls dancing every where.  There were four pole stages to dance on.  I had the most fun pole dancing.  However, the platform the poles are on a very small and I kicked a...

Matching Your Needs

Of course everybody dreams of a top ten agency like Ford or Wilhelmina, Elite or a legendary agent at CAA, William Morris, Endeavor ect.  This is where be careful what you wish for comes in.  Not that these companies are not the top of the top. However, an agent that believes in your talent and works for you is more important.  There are plenty of agents that will take on clients and not book work or not put in effort or somebody who sells themselves.  It’s not a hard job to get Tom Hanks into a movie or Chanel Iman into a fashion show.  Agency’s are a business and need to make money.  Exclusive contracts should never be taken lightly.  A contract is taking a portion of your already short career.  When agent, manager, publicist shopping keep in mind who they are as a person.  Does this person have people that look just like you?  Do they want to change your genre?  Are their credentials up to par?  Agents will always look at you with a critical eye.  Height, weight , skill, stats, experience, trustworthiness are all things they want from you.  You need the same from them.  A partnership is requires for both o you to make money.  Chasing the almighty dollar is no easy task and the more you help each other the easier it gets.  It’s important to get as much face time that you can with your representation.  They will be making decisions for you daily.  It’s important that you both understand the personality and work ethic of one another.  Keep things professional but be...

The In’s and Out’s of Representation

All people need people….. thus a team of professional to handle, promote and guide your career is key.  First order of business is finding an agent.  Yes, direct booking means you don’t need to give up that 15%.  However, an agent keeps you paid (they do your billing), can negotiate a higher base rate and save you from an icky situation.  My agent is  well known as the T&A man of Hollywood.  He has represented some very famous boobs and a few butts.  Another percentage you have to kick out ( further down the line) is to a manager.  Management is a very difficult thing to find.  It requires an incredible amount of trust.  This person will know every aspect of your life and need to have complete access to it.  This person is the go between  all of you clients and your agent and anybody else you have like your stylist, assistants, publicist, printer, web designer, dry cleaner, dog walker, personal trainer, accountant, the person who makes your pancakes, your travel accomodations, shoe repair man, house keeper,  florist, therapist, and your 9pm dinner meeting.  There are managers that make and break careers of their clients.  A good manager will have an extremely small client list.  This is the most personalized service to a...