Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Where Are They Now #2 - Lauren W.
At 16, Lauren went with her high school to a career fair and won a free modeling course. "I had always wanted to model and loved fashion, so when the course was over I found an agency, Richard's, and went from there." THERE turned out to be a good place to start from. Her first job ever was a European campaign for Wrangler Jeans. Landing such a big contract right at the start gave her confidence that there was a place for her in the industry, but there were still moments of self-doubt. "I felt a lot of pressure. I really, really wanted to be successful and rejection bothered me. I loved it though, and even then knew it was something I was meant to do."
After high school, it was off to Milan where she landed an editorial for a hair magazine. "This was the first time I worked on a set where no English was spoken unless it was being spoken to me. I have learned to get used to working in foreign countries, but will forever be curious as to what these people are talking about." Over the next three years she travelled extensively, working in Milan, Barcelona, Vancouver, Seattle, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Along the way several important lessons were learned: you have to treat modeling as a business, a good relationship with your agency is a must and most importantly, you need to be a good agent for yourself. "A model must sell herself in the industry, show them she is right for the job. No one can prove to a client that you are the best for the job better than you can."
The thing Lauren loves most about being a fashion model is the chance to travel, meet interesting people and make money at the same time. "It's truly been an education in itself." Most frustrating is waiting for a job during an unexpected dry spell. She wants to be challenged, so looks forward to the opportunity provided by each new assignment. Her favourite job so far was working the Gucci showroom in Florence for three weeks - it was steady income, the models were taken very good care of and she got to wear beautiful clothes. Surprisingly she has no favourite designer or photographer, but her reason is simple. She loves the variety of a working with diverse clients. It keeps the job interesting and she enjoys everyone she works with.