There are many surprises that we observed when we met 19 year old model Pavel, who started modeling when he was 16. This Russian model has already been booked for major editorial spreads like VMan and Dazed and Confused magazines, yet despite his accomplishments he remains shy and down to earth. He started modeling at age 16 for Envy Model Management in Las Vegas, and then came to New York and signed with Models International. He says that in the future he would love to be in a Calvin Klein ad. It also would please the ladies to know he is straight!! We see a lot of talent and potential in this young man, and wish him the best!
At the ripe age of 20, Scott has already landed one of his most important jobs in the two months he has been signed to Models International - getting photographed by Hedi Slimane last month. But he is not just a good looking guy who happens to be a model. At other times, you will find him pursuing his college education at NYU as a Business major. With summer now arriving, Scott plans to model full time this season, so many great opportunities are in the horizon for this young man!
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Has been with Models International for 3 weeks.
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Has been with Models International for one month.
We would like to thank profoundly Mr. Ryan Colby for the interviews with the models and also for the opportunity to interview him as well. Here are some questions we asked him during a photoshoot that took place in the Models International offices in Herald Square.
J + J: How long have you been in the business? What motivated you to enter into the fashion/modeling field?
RC: I have been in the field for almost 25 years, since the age of 12 when I started modeling in Europe. After the modeling career I transitioned my career into becoming an art director at Vogue Magazine, where I stayed for three years afterwards. For the last nine years since that job my career is in the modeling field, scouting for new faces and talent.
J + J: Who helps you scout for models? What do you look for when you scout?
RC: Before the age of Internet I did all the scouting hands on, but now with social networking sites like facebook and email I just get requests for appointments from all over the place. When I scout I look for diversity. The agency represents different types of models, from the slim ones ideal for high fashion editorials, to the muscular-built models ideal for commercial modeling. In this economy a diverse portfolio is essential in order to compete with other modeling agencies. At this time we represent 45 male models and 100 female models.
J + J: What are the challenges you face as an model agent?
RC: Paying the bills for the office, as well as dealing with the different personalities of the models I represent. Some models have personality issues and as a result some have issues working with different photographers.
J + J: Are there any lessons you have learned during your career in the fashion industry?
RC: Loyalty and communication are key for success in this industry. When there are miscommunications many arguments arise and work does not get done.