New York Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Week

It’s official Beth is back in NY and getting ready for fashion week. Castings have started and she is hard at work getting everywhere she needs to be. I’ll have lots of updates as we hear which shows she’s walking in.

Here’s her show card:

Melancholy Birthday

67270_1667600973928_1354428950_31780469_3925028_nToday is my birthday and I am nauseous, anxious and completely out of sorts, not because I’m concerned about getting older or that life is passing me by, not at all, I LOVE everything about my life. I’m feeling this way because my little girl, who is almost 18 but not quite, is on her first solo trip to New York City to meet with her agents and get this modeling ball-a-rolling. I am so excited for her and I hope fabulous things come from this trip. But when they do then this will just be the first of many solo trips that she will be taking all around the world.

I wanted to be with her, had every intention of dropping all my birthday plans and leaving on very short notice to NY. But after back and forth talks with her agents they said that they really wanted Beth to come alone to show that she’s ready for all this. Sure I could have snuck along, I could have gotten a hotel room and stayed out of the picture. But if this is really what she wants and what we’ve been working towards then how is that going to help her in the long run? She wants to model, she is willing to put college on hold (and she is really excited about college) she is willing to leave her family (OK that’s more like eager) to travel this world and strut her stuff.

She can do this, granted she can’t put air in her tires without having a complete melt down, but she can do this. Flying is no problem, she’s been flying across the country since she was a baby, last year she flew by herself to visit a friend in Chattanooga. So I’m not worried about that, well except I do worry when my kids fly and I track their flights to make sure they are where they are supposed to be. I don’t sleep while they’re flying which is hard if they’re on a red eye flight, but I have to know that they are safe. I tend to be slightly neurotic, I know this.

Once she gets to the airport she’ll have a driver with her name on a sign ready to pick her up, easy enough. She’ll go straight to the model apartment, that has a doorman and she’ll get her key and head on up to her room. Which she will be sharing with 3 other girls, 1 of which will actually be sharing her bedroom, much like a dorm room. All should be well and hopefully I’ll be getting text updates letting me know all is going as planned. (**Beth’s flight was last night and all went just as planned, she safely made it to the apartment and we skyped for quite awhile.)

Now this morning the excitement begins, she needs to get herself to the agency by 10:30. Her apartment is in East Village the agency is in SoHo, they’re not far apart. You could walk if you were up for a bit of a hike. Since NYC recently got 19 inches of snow she’ll probably opt for some mode of transportation. We’ve asked her to take taxi’s she wants to take the subway. As long as there are other people on the platform and she’s not all alone I’m ok with that. Unfortunately, how do you know that until you get down there.

I’m also worried about her eating, she simply doesn’t. Not because she’s trying to lose weight just because food is not important to her. Coffee on the other hand is very important. She’ll find a coffee shop and hopefully she’ll also eat. She doesn’t have a lot of reserves, so if she doesn’t eat eventually she’ll feel sick. When I’m with her I make her eat, at the very least a protein bar. She’ll have to do this on her own. I worry she won’t. She’ll get busy, distracted, nervous all things that make eating not in her consciousness. I threw a couple protein bars in her bag along with some fruit snacks and dark chocolate, all the essentials.

And once she get to the agency, then I don’t know what happens next. They’ll have her days planned and I don’t know what that means. Will they give her a schedule with shoots and meetings and send her on her way? Will they send someone with her take her to get her hair cut (it really needs it) help her pick out the right clothes to wear and just generally hold her hand, probably not. But I wish they would. She’s so very innocent, she’s had a very sheltered life. At this point I’ll only know what’s happening if I get updates from Beth, I better get updates!

Then the whole thing will repeat on Tuesday except for in the evening she will have to get herself to the airport. Will they have that arranged or will she need to call a cab. I don’t know but that she can figure out on her own. She is really good at asking for help when she needs it. She can do this! Then she’ll be back on her way home before the next snow storm comes into NY and threatens to close the airport yet again. But she will be home and I will be able to relax, finally!

New York Fashion Week

NY Fashion Week is Sept. 10-17 and while Beth is not there this season there are plans for her to be in the Feb. shows. So now I sit and read all I can about how fashion week works and about all the NEXT models that are participating. This article about NEXT, the agency that is representing Beth, just came across a tweet:


September 2nd, 2009 by stephan

The only thing better than being a Next Model Mgmt agent this season? Being a Next model. The privileges? The chance to be a part of the fastest rising power board in New York right this minute. Imagine for instance the charts of that recently crowned Vogue queen, Karlie Kloss. It is bound to be immaculate. Follow that up with the pristine bookings that the likes of Anja Rubik, Anna J, Catherine McNeil, Abbey Lee, Imogen, Kendra Spears, Myf, Karmen Pedaru and Katie Fogarty will command and what you have is a roster of girls critical to every casting director in town. Next has battled brilliantly to maneuver itself into this commanding position so it is intriguing to note that unlike last season’s lean, mean blue chip collection of Top 50 girls, SS 10 is jammed with a rush of newcomers. With as much as 14 newbies marching to market (led by the much buzzed about proposals, Anastasia K and Rachel Rutt) this is the season when Next has chosen to roll out the latest finds from its rigorous scouting system. Girls like Martha Hunt, Mathilde, Cailin Hill, Nicola, Paulina, Valeriya and Tati may trust in the knowledge that Next now proceeds armed with massive ammunition in its ability to break girls into stardom. In the midst of all that recession and depression trauma that has rocked the New York modeling industry, it is very exciting to see that this powerful combination of fantastic scouting, impeccable management and hardcore business ambition has skyrocketed Next into the global big leagues. And rifling through this SS 10 show package you get the very clear sense that the rise is not over yet. Stay tuned.

It is exciting to know that such a successful company is backing Beth, I just wish we were in NY for this season!

Next stop Paris

Our final morning in New York and we found a nice coffee shop to eat breakfast at before our meeting at the agency.

Here’s Beth at the agency playing solitaire on her Ipod while we wait. She spent a lot of time playing solitaire this week.

We had our meeting at the agency before we left New York Friday morning. We got to the agency early (as usual) and still haven’t adjusted to our position as someone they represent. The agency was mostly empty so we sat down in the unmanned lobby not sure if we should just walk in back. Someone we had not met yet came out and asked us if we had an appointment, yes we did with Tammy. Then she asked if we were with them, well yes maybe we just weren’t sure. So she told us to go ahead and walk back. Both Agnes and Tammy, the two people we’ve mostly been talking to were in and asked us to come into one of the unused offices to sit down and talk. After the meeting when Beth and I talked about this we both thought they were going to say after looking at all the photos they’re sorry but they’re just not going to be able to represent us. Instead what they asked us was about our flexibility. They wanted to know how available we were to travel to other markets. NEXT has agencies all around the world and we knew from talking to our mother agency that this was what you need to do to move your career forward. So Beth and I got our passports a couple months ago just in case. Good thing we did because the plan is for us to go to Paris & London in Sept.

That trip will be similar to our NY trip, every market has their own agency. So we’ll be meeting with a NEXT agency in both of those cities that will be representing Beth in their markets. We’ll go to photo shoots in those cities with local photographers to create Beth’s portfolios. If it follows the same schedule as NY we should have plenty of time for site-seeing.

We were warned that at some point I need to think about letting Beth travel to Europe alone because it shows those agencies & designers that she’s mature and ready to do this job. I said that’s something we could work towards but it’s going to take awhile. They also commented that there aren’t as many model apartments in Europe so that becomes an issue when there’s two of us traveling together. So that’s something we need to talk to our mother agency about. But they did stress that wasn’t something they expected to happen in a month or two. Well I hope not for heaven’s sake!

We did get a few of our questions answered; the model apartment in East Village is $350 per week per person. So that was $700 charged to Beth’s account. Plus the cost of the 3 photo shoots, who knows how much that was. All of these charges will accumulate in her acct until she starts earning money then they will deduct it from her pay. We have not signed a contract with neither NEXT nor our mother agency. I forgot to ask about that, are they all implied contracts? Are there no contracts? I do know that it is a standard rate of pay that all (or most) models receive. The model makes 80% of the billing the other 20% goes to the agency plus an additional 20% is paid to the agency by the client. Then the agency pays 10% of their payment to the mother agency. So Beth gets 80%, NEXT gets 30% and Mother Model Management get 10%. And the model pays all their expenses. There is the potential to make a lot of money but in the beginning I think a model is happy when they break even. I know I’ll be glad when we start breaking even. J

The final word on the elusive haircut; they are going to let Beth’s hair grow out until our next meeting then they plan on doing a haircut.

Our mother agency is located in St. Louis which has their own Fashion Week in Oct. So Beth plans doing that Oct. 12-18. I think that will be good practice for her and help her be a little more comfortable in that type of environment before the big Fashion Week in New York in Feb. Because that is what we’re working towards Spring 2010 Fashion Week! It’s hard to imagine in 5 short months she could be walking down a runway in New York with all the other fashion models. That’s just crazy to even think about.

That’s where we’re at right now on our modeling journey. In the airplane on the way home from New York Beth remembered that she had to wake up at 7am the next morning to go work at the farmers market. One week she’s living the life of a fashion model in NY the next week she’s back in the Midwest earning $40 for a mornings work selling bread. That’s OK though, she’s going to need that money for shopping in Europe!

Day 4 in New York

Our time in New York has almost ended. Tomorrow we go to the agency to see all Beth’s pictures, talk about the plans for the future and say our good-byes. We’ll have a car pick us up at the agency then head to LaGuardia enroute to Columbus. This has been a fabulous week. Beth and I have had a great time together. We have walked all over the city of New York, we learned how to hail a cab, navigate the subways and barter with the vendors. We’re no longer afraid of walking around after dark and we actually found our way home from the subway through east village without having to use the map. Plus Beth has almost mastered entering the subway through the turnstile; maybe on our next trip she’ll master the skill.

Our day started the same as the others; out the door by 8:30 heading towards SoHo looking for a coffee shop on the way. I’m so sad that I didn’t write down the great place we went to yesterday morning. Since we walk a different route every time I had no idea where it was. Thus we ended up in the world’s busiest Starbucks right next to our subway entrance. They actually had a person going through the line sending pre-orders back to the baristas and an expeditor to make sure the coffees made it to the right people. It also had a line across the very large store. As Beth said that’s some dedication.

When we got to the agency (early, which isn’t a surprise for anyone who knows me) the photos were just coming in from the first shoot. They looked great! As soon as we get copies of them I’ll put a few on the blog. Then we were told that they are going to hold off on doing anything to her hair. It’s long enough that it can be pulled back nicely and that seems to work well in the photographs. So she is not allowed to do ANYTHING to her hair. Just let it grow out then they’ll decide what to do. Next we were given our schedule & directions for the day. Unfortunately, Beth again chose not to listen to me, so she didn’t have her heels with her which she needed for the shoots today. So we raced back to the apartment then raced off to our first appointment in Queens (the opposite side of Queens from where we ended up the other day.)

The shoot went really well, there was a make-up artist there to work on Beth’s make-up and pull back her hair.

The photographer had several outfits for Beth to use. Funny thing about the outfits the photographers use (we found this to be the case at all 3 shoots) they buy the clothes at H&M, leave the tags on, then return them after the shoot. As long as they have a receipt and the tags are on the clothes the store takes them back. We talked to one of the photographers about this and he said they never say anything about it. So if you want to dress like a model in a magazine shop at H&M! This shoot ended about 2:30 and Beth and I were STARVING, besides coffee this morning we had not yet eaten. But our next appointment was at 4 in Brooklyn so we decided to get there first then we would eat lunch.

We made it to Brooklyn by 3 and went to a yummy pizza place for a quick slice of pizza before the 2nd shoot. The second shoot went just as smoothly as the first. The photographer did suggest that I could go to Starbucks during the shoot but I said I’d be happy to stay and watch. Turns out he thought I was just a chaperone not Beth’s mom. He thought I looked way too young to be the mom! That is actually the second photographer that said that. Yes, score one for me! Both the shoots today differed a little from her previous 2 shoots in that the photographers wanted Beth to move some on her own without being told what to do. That confused Beth a little and while they were very encouraging and positive in the way they led her, it did show us what she needed to work on. The first photographer suggested that she start studying some top fashion magazines and looking at the portfolios of the top 25 models to see how they pose. You have to be conscious of what you’re doing with your hands, fingers, knees, feet, elbows and your face. Every time they tell Beth to make an angry face she laughs. She needs to work on her anger in the opposite way people usually mean. Beth felt like she really learned a lot from the photographers today. Also both of the shoots today Beth did in heels, a first for her, thank you G-ma Phyllis for taking her shopping last week for those heels. Beth did OK but she really needs to practice walking in them and we need to get her a pair without straps that she can just slip on & off. With all of the practicing she needs to be doing; walking, facial expressions, moving her appendages, we’ve decided to add a large area of mirrors to her newly remodeled bedroom.

On the way home from Brooklyn we decided to stop by Battery Park (the southern tip of New York) to look at the Statue of Liberty from a distance. It was too late to take the ferries over but we got see her and the Governors’ mansion along with several sculptures and a few more really neat parks.

We also got to see the memorial sculpture for the World Trade Center. It was a sculpture of the world that had been standing in front of the World Trade Center and was damaged during the attack. They moved it to a park in front of the Native American Museum and put an eternal flame and plaque explaining the sculpture. That made me teary and was much more moving than looking at the empty construction area that we visited Tues.

On the subways, this evening, we saw our first subway street musician. It was so enjoyable, even on the very crowded and hot platform, to stand and listen to such wonderful music. We purposely skipped the first train that came by so we could listen a little longer.

After battling the very crowded subways at rush hour, leaving the financial district, we finally made it back to the village where we stopped for a very fancy and yummy Mexican meal. I had cactus for the first time and sangria for the first time (in a week anyways.)

This was our last day seeing the sights of New York, and I loved the whole week. The people were friendly, the city was mostly clean, we almost always felt safe, and it was an experience we’ll never forget. Even if nothing more comes from this modeling adventure at least Beth & I will always have this wonderful trip to remember!

Steps for the day: 23,510 which equals 1032 calories and approximately 11-12 miles. No wonder New Yorkers are all so thin!

Food Budget:

Starbucks $10.40

Pizza for lunch 12.00

Mexican for dinner $60 (it was very fancy and I had sangria, but really I thought the $10 for chips and guacamole was a bit ridiculous, of course, that wasn’t on the menu. If I had know how much it was I would have declined)

Total $82.40, well it was our last big day so we splurged a bit.

Day 3 in New York

It was another full day in the city but I don’t feel like there was anything too exciting to write about. We did sleep in a little later but we were still out the door by 8:30. We found a quaint little, open to the street, coffee shop where I finally got to have something yummy to drink and Beth had a bagel with cranberry juice. Then back to SoHo, you’d think we’d know the route by now but we still need to follow our map. We walked around for a bit then sat at a little park right outside the NEXT agency, waiting for our appointment.

(this is the purse Beth bought yesterday in China town)

Unfortunately, they still didn’t have the pictures from yesterdays shoot, so no decisions had been made about Beth’s hair. They did take her measurements and do a few more Polaroid’s. Beth had worn a little bit of eye makeup and she needed to clean it off for the Polaroid’s, which of course made her face all red. So we had to sit around and wait for the redness to go away. Then we were sent off again to explore the city and were told we would have 2 shoots on Thurs. I get the feeling that they’re going to leave Beth’s hair alone and let the layers grow out a bit before they do anything, much to Beth’s disappointment. She was really looking forward to a short funky haircut.

After walking around SoHo for a bit we went to the Art Institute of New York for a college tour. We’ve already toured Columbus College of Art & Design so we had an idea of what to expect with a Fashion Design program, which is what Beth is interested in majoring in. There are a couple other fashion schools in NY that we would like to look at also. While the school obviously has some advantages over CCAD since it is in the fashion capital of the world Beth & I actually liked CCAD a little bit better.

After the tour we stopped at an upscale deli that was very yummy. Much better than yesterdays Subway!

Then we were off to the Garment District where we got to go into a real fabric store, not quite the same as the JoAnne Fabrics that we have at home.

Next on our NY in 4 day tour was Central Park. Beautiful, relaxing, clean, quaint, peaceful are all adjectives that come to mind. It was lovely and I would have enjoyed spending the day there but a storm was blowing in.

So down 5th Ave. we headed with my secret plan of going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You know a storm is coming when all the street vendors start packing up. But we made it to the museum before started raining. Beth was finally able to buy a journal, she has been looking for one all week (do New Yorkers not journal?) But we didn’t actually go into the museum we only had 2 hours before it closed and we were both pretty tired. $30 was a lot to spend on something we wouldn’t enjoy fully. But at least I got to see how incredibly huge it is and I was in the lobby and gift shop, maybe on our next trip we’ll get to see the exhibits.

Unfortunately, as we left the museum it was still trying to storm so we raced several blocks to the subway and headed back down to our little village that I’m really becoming quite fond of. We did have to walk in a light rain for a bit but it was nice and cooling and didn’t even leave our clothes wet. On our walk back to the apartment I saw a sign for Tokyo toys, with Beth’s love of everything Asian and manga I thought that would be a fun store to stop in. Another bonus it was on the second floor of the building, that’s always fun because you feel like you’re finding a secret little shop that no one else knows about. Luckily as Beth was opening the door I noticed the sign that said no minors allowed, all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Oh, it was that kind of toy store! Needless to say we didn’t go in.

When we finally got back to the apartment we were pleasantly surprised to find a cleaning lady busy at work. Then we noticed that our beds had been remade and our sheets that we had brought from home were missing. We did find them folded up and put away in the closet. I’m hoping she really did wash all the bedding before she put it back away. I did a smell test and I think it maybe smelled freshly laundered, I hope anyways.

We rested for a little bit before we decided to walk around the neighborhood looking for dinner. On our way out of the apartment we decided to check out the courtyard. It is an awesome private courtyard with plants, fountains and places to sit. Very nice, I could imagine living here and sitting out there drinking a glass of wine.

This neighborhood is a great place to take pictures. There are so many places covered with colorful wall art. It seems to cut back on the graffiti when you cover your walls in such great works of art.

We also found a sculpture garden.

And a community garden that is “open for all to enjoy” with a cute table and chairs tucked away under a tree and a small garden cottage. Unfortunately it was also padlocked closed, so I guess that open for all philosophy didn’t work out for them.

We ended up having Sicilian pizza for dinner then enjoying a stroll through the park on our way back home. I love the dog park, it’s so fun to see all the dogs playing together and chasing each other. There was a massive Brindle Mastiff that we saw sitting up on the park bench like a human. We also saw 2 black squirrels, they looked strange and ominous.

That was our day in a nutshell, not as exciting as yesterday but I’m starting to feel like less of a tourist and more like I belong. If I could only learn where all the subway entrances are!

Our steps for the day were 26,447 (that equals 1053 calories and approximately 12-13 miles) that was surprising since we weren’t out as long today and yesterday we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. I guess we walked more than we thought today. No wonder we were so tired.

Food breakdown today:
Cranberry juice 3.50
Coffee & bagel 7.02
2 bubble teas 10.50
2 awesome sandwiches for lunch 21.51
Ice cream bar 2.00
Pizza & soda for dinner 12.00

Total $56.53 (man that $50 budget is hard to hit)