Model Behavior With Sharon Quinn: Part 4 - Taking YOUR Career Seriously (The Business of YOU), 5/01/2008
Meet Sharon Quinn
Part 4: Taking YOUR Career Seriously (The Business of YOU)
I enter the 4th month period in my new position as a Model Booker for IPM
Models, I gotta tell you.... I come home every night with a new story
about an aspiring model that crossed my path that day. Last month
I could have easily written several more pages on the topic of
Agency/Model Expectations but I only had a limited amount of space that
I could work with. I promise you, I will do a second part to that
article later, as many of you have given me plenty of material to pull
Throughout my career, I have encountered THOUSANDS of women in my
travels who, when asked what they do for a living, will tell you
without hesitation I AM A MODEL. What I find is while everyone
loves to SAY those four words; few are willing to seriously put in the
time, money and effort it takes to have a successful career as a plus
sized model. Most folks just want to SAY that because they like
how it sounds and it probably makes them quite popular. It seems
these days that EVERYONE thinks that they have "what it takes" to be a
plus sized model and that's what usually comes through the doors of the
agency... quite literally "Everyone". And nothing confirms that the
last statement ISN'T true more than what I see at open calls and from
I liken modeling to a high stakes world championship poker match.
There are millions of dollars at stake; and there are definitive
qualifications/requirements that you must to meet and rules you must
know and follow, BEFORE you are allowed to participate. You
CANNOT play if you don't meet the qualifications and/or don't know the
rules. The same line of thinking applies to plus modeling and
many of you don't bother to take the time to learn the rules or you
already know them and believe that you are the exception to the
rule. Anyone who thinks that all you need is to be big and have a
pretty face, is seriously fooling themselves. The business of
plus modeling is a billion dollar business and if YOU don't take YOUR
business seriously, I promise you, you will wind up wasting a lot of
your time and hard earned money.
Right now I am speaking directly to the aspiring model who is trying to
ascend from a career on a local level to a career in the industry
The rules of the game on the local level can be drastically different
from the "industry standards" and I most definitely want to cover those
topics as well at a later date.
a) Are you at least 5'8' tall barefoot?
I have hired models who were 5'6" because their faces were
extraordinary, they took great photos and they had that "something
special" about them that made it hard for me to stop looking at them
and that's REALLY important if you want to be "the exception to the
rule". This is probably one of the easiest places to take some
er...liberties with. But let's face it I'm probably not going to
sign you if you are 5'3". There isn't anything in the mainstream
market for you at 5'3" at the moment besides the occasional fit jobs
or "Real People" modeling.
b) Do You Have Clear Skin/Complexion?
I have covered this in past articles, I really do believe it's self
explanatory clear skin is a must, so if your skin isn't up to par
yet...seek out a dermatologist, buy some Proactive, get some fade cream
for the dark spots, drink more water I don't care WHAT you have to
do, just do it BEFORE you come to see me. I can't and won't send
you out to see clients if your skin is a mess! Get your skin
together first! This way NO ONE'S time is wasted.