I know so very little about this new world. The more I learn the more I question the wisdom of putting our young daughter into these situations. She loves fashion design, this could open up so many doors for her. It can be a great stepping off point to college and eventually a career in the fashion world. But it’s also going to force her to grow up a lot sooner than would happen if she just stayed at home. Somewhere in there is a balance that I am responsible for finding and maintaining for her, while she gets to hopefully have an amazing experience.
What I do know is that we are going to meet with Next modeling agency in NY in Aug. We will be in NY for about a week, they will be doing her hair and making a plan for her future.
Next Models NYPRO: Next remains without question, one of the wealthiest and best managed management companies in the business and in many ways the best current performer amongst the big brand agencies outside of IMG. With a very concise and focused scouting network that scans through Brazil, Australia and Poland, the past year has seen major dividends pay off for MDC Top 10 Faces, Malgosia, Anja and the sensational newcomer Catherine. Add to that the hard earned stability of Next’s big money bookings and what you have here is an agency that can guarantee you your checks without slipping into the mediocrity all catalogue bookings, all the time. When it comes to client relationships and alliances, Next Management is very discreet about its leverage but all the more powerful because of it. Faith Kates is one of the toughest negotiators around and with her on your side, you will work and at an impressive day rate.
CON: It doesn’t really faze the bottom line of the operation which is swimming in lucrative catalogue capital that it doesn’t focus on image bookings. But there’s been a constant struggle with those “high image” bookings to counterbalance the big money commercial bookings that keeps Next rolling in cash. Thankfully the consistency of the scouting net that produces at least one editorial star a year, addresses that challenge nicely amplifying that Next is indeed that ideal of a full service destination.
SCOUTING CALL: Any new model scouted by this company should grab the offer. The one-two punch delivered by the Wilkenfeld/Kates team is unmatched in the business. Next stands distinctly not as a vanity production like so many other agencies, but a business with a capital B. With an amazing scouting to management ratio there is no doubt that Next knows how to break a new face on the market.
Two of Next’s top models came from Mother Model Management, the agency that “discovered” Beth.
In an effort to eliminate my naivete I recently watched Taken (there’s bad people in Europe, who knew?) OK that really didn’t have anything to do with Beth’s modeling our neighbor just said we had to see it, and now Dan doesn’t have to worry about me sharing a cab with a cute guy.
However, the new documentary Picture Me does have to do with modeling. It looks into the abuses on young girls by power wielding photographers and unscrupulous managers. As a parent you hope to shield your children from bad people, I hope I’m still able to do that while we’re out in this new world.