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modeling & talent ● modeling By Eve Matheson Factors for Success To guide you on your road to success, Eve Matheson goes to the pros for answers to essential industry questions O ne of the most energizing aspects of writing this column is the necessity to travel and talk to models and parents and discover the many questions they have about modeling and acting careers. It also affords me the opportunity to put these questions to the world’s best agents, whom I know will give me honest answers. Of course, I always have ques- tions of my own to add to the mix. At the 2016 International Model and Talent Association (IMTA) convention in Los Angeles I had an excellent op- portunity to do this. On the first day I participated in a seminar with Debra-Lynn Findon, owner of Discover Inc. Management in Los Angeles and New York. We ended with a question and answer period, during which we were plied with questions about both modeling and acting ca- reers. Shortly afterwards I was a judge for the Makeup Competition. While waiting for the contestants to set up their mirrors and organize their cosmetics, I chatted with a judge sitting next to me. She was longtime model and tal- ent agent Lois Thigpen, and I was most impressed with her background, knowledge, and willingness to answer ques- tions, especially those from my seminar. Immediately after the competition we had an in depth conversation. Lois has worked in almost all aspects of the industry “in front of and behind the camera.” Specifically, she was in public relations until she found her true niche in scouting new models and talent. This became her passion. Lois is vice president of Factor Chosen Management, a very suc- cessful, full service agency with branches in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta where she is based. My questions for Lois were: Q. What are the main misconceptions aspiring models have concerning a modeling career? 42 PAGEANTRY JOSH DUHAMEL FRANCHISE PLAYER: Josh Duhamel has worked practically non-stop since com- peting at IMTA. Starting as a model (he was the 1997 Male Model of the Year in NY), he then appeared on daytime drama in All My Children, starred in primetime television on Las Vegas and Battle Creek, and become a feature film star with Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and the Transformers movie franchise. A. The first is they think it will bring instant gratification. That very seldom happens. Development takes time and there is always a lot of rejection at every level. Rejection is never personal. Models must realize this and accept it. The second misconception is that this career is glamourous. It isn’t. It is a brutal business. Q. Is it necessary for a model to work in Europe? A. Yes, at some stage. They go there for experience. Q. Given the dangerous situations happening around the world, what advice do you have for models? A. Be aware of these situations! Trust us to watch out for you and choose the right markets for you. Q. What are your views on the (clothing) “Size Zero” problem? A. Designers want thin, thin models. Some girls are natu- rally thin. If a girl has a problem staying a size 2, 4, or 6 she should look into another category of modeling. Q. What about models going to work in Japan? A. The market in Japan is very structured and safe. The agencies have interpreters and drivers to take models to MODELING Continued on page 92