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modeling & talent ● modeling By Eve Matheson EVA LONGORIA The Value of Hard Work Breaking into the modeling industry isn’t simply about having a beautiful face, as much as it’s about working to prove you’re worth it V ersatility and diversity are important ingredients for success, in virtually every aspect of the mod- eling and acting industry today. Anyone who is reluctant to keep up with the revolutionary changes caused by new global lifestyles is making a costly mistake. The competition is unstoppable. Multiculturalism has (mercifully!) opened hitherto tightly sealed doors and age barriers have been broken. These are just a few of the fac- tors that have changed the needs of movie and television casting directors and model agents. These career makers ex- pect actors and models to be adaptable and experienced. As a result, everyone responsible for developing, managing and launching careers must be aware of these criteria. Former Los Angeles model DebraLynn Findon has met all the essentials for success. A casting director for 10 years, she found her true calling as a talent manager and, in 2001, opened the aptly-named Discover Management. Debra- Lynn is credited with discovering and starting the careers of many well-known actors and was one of the ﬁrst to recog- nize the enormous potential of superstar Eva Longoria. Filled with a passion for her work and an infectious en- ergy for exploring new ideas, she added a music recording facility—Moorpak Studios—to her company. In 2013, she added a modeling division through which she places mod- els with appropriate agencies worldwide. She credits her success to her indefatigable team: Korae Patterson, her “right-hand-woman” and head of scheduling and client re- lations; Tim Schaeffer, manager of the media department; 42 PAGEANTRY AGE OF DISCOVERY: A-Listers like Eva Longoria don’t just grow on trees. Recognizing the potential of performers requires its own kind of talent as evidenced by expert talent managers such as DebraLynn Findon. and Lisha Yakub, a ﬁlm, televi- sion and theatre producer, writer and lawyer, who manages the literary department. A great sense of family and fun at Discover Management comes down from the top. In 2014, as a result of her collaboration with renowned Broadway, television and ﬁlm veteran Henry Ravelo, a for- mer performer and model agent, DebraLynn realized an- other dream when her business became bicoastal. Together they opened Discover Management, LA & NY with Henry at the helm. Their combined energy, experience and impec- cable credentials made it an immediate success. I have known DebraLynn for many years and have watched her career rise. She is charming, caring and very approachable, even under stress. There is never a hint of ego. It is obvious that she loves her work. I asked her for her overview of the modeling and acting industry today with regard to changes and opportunities. She told me: “There is a place for everyone in the business. They have to work twice as hard and be proactive in all facets. Every agent, manager and casting director is looking for people of all sizes, shapes, ethnicities and ages. For today’s actors, age has no boundaries.” To illustrate this point she told me about a recent casting. She said: “Dodge was looking for a man between the ages of MODELING Continued on page 76