Honestly, I have made my own career path by fumbling through the modeling world and just learning along the way. The most important thing I would say is you don’t need to wait for a top agency to accept you in order to become a model. When I was 16, I was really excited about modeling. When I first got rejected from the top New York agencies, I assumed that path was permanently closed to me. It wasn’t until I was 24, when I was living in Jordan and started freelancing as a model there for local designers, that I realized there are 100 different pathways into this industry.
You should never feel that your fate rests with a few individuals who might have the power to tell you if you have “the look” or not. Obviously, working with a top agency is ideal if that is an option for you. If not, that should not stop you from modeling. I started modeling for local designers until I built up my portfolio. I would also go to castings for runway shows which even allowed me to walk during New York Fashion Week. Finally, after a year of working on my own, I was offered representation.
For models interested specifically in walking during the Cannes Film Festival, I would advise them to attend a casting held by Andres Aquino for New York Fashion Week. He holds castings for his New York shows but not for his Cannes ones. But if you can slip into New York, you can ask about attending Cannes.
I would also advise keeping an eye out for information about castings or fashion shows in Cannes starting in April or the beginning of May. Even if you don’t see a notice that is specifically about a casting, there is nothing wrong with contacting the organizer of a fashion show and asking if models are still needed. I have ended up on the runway more than once by simply reaching out and asking.
Model Tanasha shared her top 5 ways of how to spend the summer like a model.
Wear your outfit like it’s a statement! Whether it’s a simple t-shirt & shorts, or a sassy dress, always rock your unique style. Bring out your best self!
Go outdoors and shoot. Meet with your local photographers. If you have your own camera, bring your tripod with you and shoot in unexpected places. You’ll be in love with how amazing you feel afterwards.
Travel! Travel & modeling go hand in hand! It’s really an exciting feeling to just get out of your comfort zone and shoot with photographers from different states. Personally, I can’t wait to begin my summer travels where I will get to create and network.
Bebody positive! Always keep a light spirit. As a model, I have to be able to be myself in the best way possible. That is what brings out the beauty of a model. My authentic self is everything.
Love yourself. Before anything, know that you’re a model and love yourself in your own skin. Believe in you!
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr
I met model Rebecca Sorkin behind the scenes at the Couture Fashion Week show back in February. I remember standing in the makeup room completely mesmerized by how talented the makeup artists were. Rebecca was given bright pink lips with dark eyebrows which complimented her exotic flower hair piece.
Did you know that Rebecca has modeled since she was only 6 years old!? She shared with me that when she was 6-10 years old she modeled for commercials, movies and TV shows. Now, she models for print work, catalogs and runway shows.
Her top 3 long-term goals are:
Work with more well-known brands, traveling and meet more designers & models.
Speak 3 languages. Right now she speaks both English and Russian. She wants to learn Spanish.
Go to a 4 year college and then get her Master’s Degree. Right now she is thinking of studying business psychology.
Rebecca’s style is a mix between sophisticated, feminine, street style and of course sporty. After all, she is a cheerleader! Her go to outfit is a bodysuit, ripped jeans and a cardigan. She’s very into wearing highlighter and a cute winged eyeliner. She recommends using Tarte Cosmetics and Benefit makeup.
Rebecca loves to learn; She is obsessed with psychology. She likes connecting life with the real world and connecting the mind with the spirit. [Speaking of spirit, did I mention that she’s a cheerleader?!]
Rebecca is a girl who is comfortable in her own skin. She is confident and she’s fit. She likes working out at home. Her secret? Knee to elbow crunches and Russian twists!
She loves taking a drive & eating out with her friends. She also loves hanging out in Manhattan and on the beach.
If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be an avocado since it’s sweet, flavorful and bright on the inside. You can’t match its flavor or tell what it is like on the inside.
Fun Facts about Rebecca:
#1: Her favorite Disney princess is Snow White.
#2: She’s finished all of Shameless and absolutely adores Modern Family.
#3: Back in sleep away camp, she used to love rope climbing and hiking in the woods.
Rebecca has modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week and for Project Runway’s Irena Shabayzea.
When I first saw Terence Ingram walk down the runway at PLITZS Fashion Marketing, I was really intrigued… I suddenly wanted to know more about him. I thought he had a very striking look and when I met him, he was very sweet. Fast forward. I interviewed him for my blog. Fast forward. I took an FIT blogging class. Fast forward. I decided to make this feature more like a conversation. Fast forward. Then I realized that I never asked him for any of his personal modeling stories … whoops. Fast forward. I guess it’s time for round 2 for Terence’s interview. Fast forward. Now I’m sitting on the subway trying to edit this while stuck in the tunnel because there is “train traffic ahead of us.” Why is there always train traffic ahead of us?! Anyways, while I’m waiting for my subway to kindly move forward, I hope you enjoy my interview!
Jenny A: What do you love to do?
Terence Ingram: I love taking selfies and going shopping.
JA: Are you really into social media? What’s your favorite social media?
TI: Yes. I love Instagram. I look at it like an art. I think of which photos to post. I also love Twitter.
JA: I really thought you were going to say Snapchat since there are so many filters!
TI: Yeah, well I love Instasnap. My favorite is the dog filter.
JA: Where is the craziest place you’ve selfied?
TI: A haunted house! All these people were chasing us and I just thought this would be a great time to take a selfie!
JA: That’s really funny! Speaking of funny…What’s the funniest thing that happened to you while modeling?
TI: hmmm I think it was in either 2011 or 2012… before I went onto the runway I had my clothes on backwards! They actually stopped me right before I went out and turned my shirt around so that I could walk.
JA: I’m looking at one of your modeling photos where you’re holding a rose in your mouth. What was it like? What were you thinking about during this photo-shoot?
TI: I was actually laying in a tub of water. It was nerve-racking. I was thinking “Okay this is a cool idea” but I was nervous at the same time.
JA: Do you like doing adventurous modeling gigs?
TI: I love doing something out of the box that I’ve never done before. One time I did a fashion show in New York for designer Harold Wright and I had to wear very dramatic eyeliner …. I even had to wear a choker. It was a very out there look. I loved and hated it.
JA: Is there something you live by?
TI: “Dreams don’t work unless you do”[by John C. Maxwell]. I am always busy. I am constantly reaching out to different modeling agencies and designers just to get my face out there.
JA: So, what are your goals and dreams for modeling?
TI: I really want to be signed to a modeling agency. I want to be a runway model and be different in a model feel.
JA: What do you mean by that?
TI: I have Vitiligo and it’s not the “ideal” model look. But I want to offer a different side to modeling.
JA: Do you think your skin will help you in the fashion world?
TI: Yes and no. It might not be what they’re looking for. On the other hand, my skin might bring something new and different to the table.
JA: Do you have a model that you look up to?
TI: Winnie Harlow. She is confident and comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t stop herself because of her skin. I think of myself the same way… nothing can stop me.
JA: With your crazy schedule what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
TI: I hang out with my friends and family. We love going to Dorney Park! One time my whole family took like 5 cars and we just went! We love the water park and the roller coasters.
JA: That’s awesome.
TI: Yeah! I go on all the craziest roller coasters. I’m the one who sits all the way in the font of the roller coaster.
JA: Great! Earlier you mentioned that you love shopping. Where do you like to shop? What’s your style?
TI: I shop at ZARA, H+M and Urban Outfitters. My style is natural, simple and urban. I’ll wear a white shirt, stretch jeans and a pair of Chelsea boots with my Gold God necklace chain.
JA: What is your secret to keeping in shape?
TI: I go to the gym. I love running, climbing and swimming. Actually I used to be more of a gym rat but now I casually go to the gym. When I was younger, I used to run track. Now when I go to the gym, I run on the treadmill.
JA: If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?
TI: An apple. Everyone loves them and you can’t go wrong with an apple!
David Blackwell is a model who has a passion for sports, music and cooking. You can find him shooting hoops on the basketball court, creating & writing music or cooking a delicious meal. His favorite dish is boneless fried chicken, mashed potatoes and macaroni.
His style is preppy. David’s go to outfit is a pair of slim fit jeans, a button down shirt and a blazer. If he could walk down the runway with anyone, it would be with supermodel Gigi Hadid.
David’s biggest accomplishment is finishing school and playing collegiate basketball. David is a movie buff. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be grapes because everyone enjoys them.
Photographed by: Jenny A
He competed in the 2017 PLITZ Fashion Marketing Emerging Model Competition.