Meet Sharon Quinn
Part 2: The 7 Deadly Sins for a Plus Model
This month's article comes from my many experiences as a casting
producer for Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance and from my new experiences as a
model booker for IPM Models. We have weekly open calls and I
repeatedly amazed at the lack of knowledge that aspiring plus sized
models have about the tools needed to begin a career as a plus sized
model. Listed below is a list that I have put together over the
years and I like to call it "The 7 Deadly Sins of Plus Modeling."
It consists of the things that I see over and over again in new
aspiring models and I can pretty much guarantee that if you show up for
a casting or and open call sporting one of the things on this
list.....You will work infrequently or in most cases....not at all.
1. Bad Teeth/Gold Teeth
- When was the last time you saw an
advertisement (that wasn't for a dentist) using a model who had gold
teeth, missing and/or bad teeth? Dare I say never? That's
pretty much because those are not the sort of things that can sell a
product and always remember that at the end of the day...it's ALWAYS
about SELLING THE PRODUCT!! A beautiful smile can be captivating
and it definitely can boost sales of a product. That's not to say
that you cannot have a great career with not-so-great teeth, supermodel
Paulina Porizkova managed to do this for years but the flip side of her
story is that she took EXTRAORDINARY photos whether she smiled or
not. But remember that her story is the exception NOT the rule.
Bottom line: See a dentist and get that smile in order before you start your career!
2. Body graffiti/Tattoos
I don't know
what this new trend is regarding tattoos, a small tattoo can be
beautiful body graffiti is a totally different matter. Why
would you think that someone is going to hire you for their ad campaign
when you show up at the casting with a panther tattooed up and down the
length of your leg OR your name is written in large script letters on
your breast OR you have a memorial tribute to your mom emblazoned on
your neck!!!?? It's MUCH easier for the client to go with someone
who will not have the staff spending hours trying to cover up 5-6
Bottom Line: A small tattoo in a place that will generally NOT be
photographed is cool any thing other than that and you risk losing the
job to someone who's skin is unmarked.
3. Poor Personal Hygiene/Bad skin
have been on many a set where a model shows up er..."less than fresh",
this is just not good no matter how you slice it. You run the
risk of soiling the clothes and becoming fodder for the gossip mills
and possibly ruining your relationship with the client. Bad skin
pretty much speaks for itself, models are supposed to be picture
perfect and while most flaws these days can be fixed with retouching as
I said earlier it's much easier for the client to hire someone who
has clear skin from the start.
Bottom Line: See a dermatologist about getting your skin cleared
up and always keep a washcloth, soap, deodorant & wet wipes in your
model bag at all times!
4. Bad Attitude/Low or No Energy
had women come to open calls who can barely speak loud enough for me to
hear their names. I have interviewed women on the road who come
in with some of the worst attitudes I have ever seen. The name of
the game is "selling YOU". As a booker, I can get you the
appointment to see a client but after that it's all on you. You
must be able to convey to that client that you are the best possible
choice for them and they are making a big mistake if they miss out on
all of the gloriousness that is you. You simply cannot do that if
you walk in with a funky attitude or you are apathetic about everything
that comes your way. It's much easier for the client to hire
someone who THEY believe can sell their product. If you cannot
impress me when you come to my open call, then why would I take the
next step of signing you and setting you loose on a client who is used
to me sending them the best of the best?
Bottom Line: Your attitude and energy speaks volumes to a
potential client, if you know you woke up on the wrong side of the bed
get yourself together BEFORE you leave your home and if you simply
cannot pull yourself together, STAY AT HOME. I believe it's
better to pass on a casting than to show up and leave a bad taste in
the client's mouth about you. Remember the model that has a bad
day, is the model who doesn't work on that particular day.