We thought you may want to know a bit more about Laura so we asked her a few questions about her experiences overseas, and her agency.
First Laura, can you tell us the story of how you came to modeling overseas.
It all started when I was living in New York trying to make a career of modeling. I was fortunate in getting signed to a top agency, but the competition was fierce. I was booking, but not enough, or as much as I had expected and was even starting to lose confidence.
One day I was having coffee in between castings and a manager approached me and asked if I'd ever considered working in Asia. I hadn't really ever considered the idea of leaving New York. I thought it was the only place to really model. Wanting more than what I was doing, I decided to go for it.
Did it take a while for things to happen there, and how did you adjust to the lifestyle changes?
Actually, what happened soon after I arrived shocked me. Within the first month of being there I was working 6 days a week, 8-10 hours a day shooting magazines, catalogues and occasionally runway shows. I got along great with the clients, and they made me a hot commodity in return. I couldn't have been more pleased.
Living in China was definitely different. I really loved it, but there were other girls there that didn't fare as well. I think a big part of it was that I went in with no expectations, figured out the pecking order and wanted to adapt. After all, on top of it being a great opportunity to work, it was a big adventure and I wanted it to be fun. Some of the girls arrived with too much attitude and that didn't work at all there and they were gone a month or so later. Most the contracts have clauses that if you can’t or won’t fit into the culture, they can send you home. And they definitely do.
Tell me about where you lived, how expensive (or affordable) it was, and how you made all those arrangements.
I lived and worked in more than one country but wherever you go, that’s all taken care of for you. In some cases it comes out of your pay, others may be different. The important thing is that you are working because when you’re making money for you and your agency, everything including a personal assistant, car and driver can be taken care of for you.
I could ask a million more questions about your time there, but I know our members are going to want to know more about your agency and how they may fit into it.
They're welcome view my website at LRJ Management. If interested use "contact" on the main menu and send some links for consideration.