Origanally posted January 16, 2012 @8:40 pm…
UPDATE: January 17, 2010…
Ms. Bailey seems to be having problems with sites that are reporting inaccuracies re the Bailey Agency model search. I certainly hope that Ms. Bailey is not referring to SH and this post from yesterday.
I have requested Ms. Bailey to point out any inaccuracies… am waiting for a response.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey is launching a five-city model search…here.
“I feel like the South has less access to the possibilities of getting discovered by scouts,” Cynthia said recently. “It was very difficult for me getting discovered. I really didn’t have a lot of information about the business, and I definitely didn’t have any real access to figure out how to get into the business.”
The search for young talent (ages 13 and up) will begin in Cynthia’s hometown of Birmingham, AL before moving on to Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN, Jackson, MS, New Orleans, and back to Atlanta.
NOTE: Cynthia is really interested in finding and helping young modeling talent… isn’t that great???
“It’ll be a two-day seminar,” Cynthia says about her model search format. “The first day will be the model search. For that day, we’re just looking for someone who has the look of what it takes to be a model. The second day is the seminar process, and they will get an opportunity to talk to industry professionals—photographers, bookers, agents, hairstylists, makeup artists.”
One finalist from each city will compete in Atlanta for the ultimate prize: a $10,000 cash reward, a contract with a model agency, and a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Derek Blanks. “If I hadn’t had the ambition and the courage to leave my little, small city in Alabama and go to New York City, I think my life would have been very different,” Cynthia admits. “I know that one choice led me to where I’m at right now.”
Here’s the deal… Cynthia is giving hope to these teen-aged would-be models and their parents. For a price… $418.62! Let’s add in transportation, meals and hotel; and the kid and her parent(s) are looking at $1,500 at least…
OH, let’s not forget the photographer! These kids usually don’t walk around with a portfolio, and all models need photos… so Cynthia will have a “professional” photographer on hand… probably another $1,000 to add.
You can choose from the above menu… prices from $25.63 (and don’t forget that “fee”) to $199…
Registration info… here.
After collecting these fees from the six-city search…
Model Search 2012 cities and dates are as follows:
January 2012 – Birmingham, AL
February 2012 – Charlotte, NC
March 2012 – Nashville, TN
April 2012 – Jackson, MS
April 2012 – New Orleans, LA
May 2012 – Atlanta, GA
…and being judged by a panel including Usher’s ex-wife, Tameka… ONE potential teen model will get $10,000 cash….
NOTE: These “model searches” go on ALL THE TIME. There are parents who will pay anything to see their child considered as modeling material. Parents want to see their children happy and these modeling searches prey on that emotion. Cynthia’s model search falls right into the model-money-making scheme.
If your child wants to model, send photos to established, legitimate NYC agencies, casting agents and/or production companies. They will look at the photos and tell you immediately if your child (or you) have modeling potential. Legitimate modeling agencies NEVER ask for money… and do NOT require you to pay for training.
Listen to what Cynthia herself said: “If I hadn’t had the ambition and the courage to leave my little, small city in Alabama and go to New York City…”
NOTE: Years ago, SH was approached in a department store and was on the runway within a week. I had no photos… no portfolio. Photos were taken, but SH never had to put out one dime for anything associated with my modeling career! Any ‘agency’ or modeling ‘school’ requiring payment from you to ‘learn the ropes’ or promises you that the money you paid the agency/school will give you an edge in getting a modeling job just want your money… it’s as simple as that. If you are ever in that situation… RUN!