hello hello a sorta fairytale readers!! i am so very excited that mandy has graciously allowed me to take over her blog for the day!! i’m lauren and i blog over at lot 48! i write about pretty much anything that pops into my head. on my blog, you will not find posts about fashion, beauty, recipes or diy, that is just not me. the goal of my blog is to entertain and inspire, so get ready for laughs and to feel empowered!!
today i am going to share a story of when i attended a modeling conference when i was 14. it was a conference where there were hundreds of modeling and acting agents in one room. the conference sold it as instead of going from agency to agency, you had the opportunity to have hundreds of agents view you at once.
i have looked through pictures for HOURS and absolutely cannot find any pictures from this conference! so the pictures you see are just me being silly, at that age. i am so mad i couldn’t find any of those pictures from that conference!! aaaargh!
anyway, the conference was in southern california, so my mom and i flew to the conference and stayed at the hotel the conference was at. i had prepared a monologue to participate in the acting portion and had head shots and full body shots as requested by the conference. i was ready and so excited! also, my friend from middle school was also attending the conference, and it was fun to have her there with her and her mom!! i even asked her if she had any pictures of the conference and she doesn’t! ugh!!
ANYWAY!! we were instructed to wear no makeup at all. the days were split into workshops, runway walks, and acting days. there were over 700 kids there trying to “make it” and we all had numbers. for the acting portion, we had to be screened to be do our monologue in front of acting agents. 700 kids all did their monologue throughout the day and then they chose 60 kids to do their monologues in front of the agents.
i was one of the 60 chosen to do the monologue in front the agents. i was so excited!! the big conference room was closed to us, the agents and our parents and we all were in a big line and only had one minute to do the monologue and were told when we had 30 seconds left, 10 seconds, and then “time’s up!!” it is so distracting to act while someone is telling you how much time you have left!!
the next day was the portion where we walk in front of the agents holding up our headshots. they all made notes and we all just walked like cattle around the room holding up our headshots for them to see. i didn’t do the runway walk, as it cost extra and i wasn’t tall enough to do runway anyway (you have to be at least 5’9)
we were all told to go wait while the agents decided who to give callbacks to. it was very nerve wracking to sit and wait! after a few hours, we were all allowed to go back into the hotel conference room where a guy called out numbers for each modeling and acting agency. if you got more than 8 callbacks, you were supposed to go with the conference people so they could take your picture and see why this girl or guy got so many offers.
i got two callbacks: one for acting, one for modeling. the agency that i got a callback with was IMG models, which i guess is a big deal?? it’s tyra banks agency apparently. this is when i made one of the biggest mistakes of my life. i was so nervous, i did not look the agent in the eye as they talked to me. they were concerned about my height, and asked how tall my dad was because they could see how short my mom is (she is 5 foot) and they wanted to see if i had the potential to grow to 5’9. when my mom told them that my dad was just 6 foot, they wrote me off and i never heard from them again. i lived far away from LA and NYC, i didn’t look them in the eye, i blew it.
it was about the same with the acting agent. i was nervous again and didn’t make eye contact, never heard from them again.
oh well!! it was still such a fun experience and makes for a great story! i was watching TRHWONJ season 2 and i saw that danielle’s daughter was signed by IMG too, and danielle was talking about how big a deal it was, so that made me feel good!!
i am so glad i finally have an excuse to tell that story!! it is a fun memory! and a tip for all of you, look people in the eye when talking to them!!
thanks so much to mandy for letting me take over the blog, and be sure to stop by my blog and say hi!