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modeling & talent ● modeling By Eve Matheson Worldly and Aware Safe travel requires an under- standing of current events and international differences N ow that the frenzy of party planning and present buying has subsided, we should all look forward with great optimism to a brighter, safer, more prosperous New Year and a happier world. It is a particularly exciting time for the ever-increasing number of young men and women who have their minds set on a modeling career. They are ready to graduate from high school or college. The career they have chosen is an invigorating challenge, and a daunting one given the uncer- tain state of the world. It is more important than ever that new models do their research and gather every scrap of information about the industry. It is also important that they develop an unwaver- ing awareness of what is happening around the world, as well as in their own home town. They must cultivate a mental toughness. I receive many questions from models and parents about the safety issue. Models who already have an agent and are booked to work in Europe this year are particularly con- cerned. For most of them, it will be a first time experience. Having recently returned from the United Kingdom and the Continent, I feel it would be helpful to pass on some travel tips which will answer questions and make the trip abroad more enjoyable and infinitely less traumatic. Knowl- edge will give courage and confidence, essential qualities for a young model. SAFETY Rest assured that models, managers, and the myriad of professionals involved in developing careers consider the 90 PAGEANTRY safety of the people they represent a top priority. It is up to everyone to be more aware of and report suspicious activi- ty. On a more individual note, do not give out personal in- formation to anyone unless they are well known to you. NEVER give out your home address or telephone number on a go-see or an assignment; all contact should be made through your agency. Don’t stand in a subway station pour- ing over a map. This makes it obvious that you are in unfa- miliar surroundings. Don’t walk down the street chatting on your mobile phone. You need to be aware of what is hap- pening around you. The agent at your destination will hold an orientation session to familiarize you with agency policy and the city. They will warn you about the dangers, but it is up to you to heed the warnings. They have told me many times, “Agents are not babysitters!” EMERGENCIES ABROAD: WHO YOU GONNA CALL? In Europe, if you need to call the police, ambulance, or fire service the number to call is 112. The European emer- gency number service works across all European Union (EU) countries and callers can be assured that they will be able to speak to an operator in English. In London and the rest of the United Kingdom dial 112 or 999. TEMPERATURE CONVERSION Dressing appropriately for the weather seems like a no- brainer, but it requires an accurate assessment of the tem- perature. In America, temperature is measured in Fahrenheit, but in Europe it is measured in Celsius. When