I see it every few months: Another so-called modelling agency which claims to be offering a series of classes to help young men and women realize their dream of 'making it' in the modelling industry.
The ads read something like "Learn to be a pro model in 10 weeks" or "12 easy steps to being a Top Model". Sometimes it is more subtle, promising only confidence and poise - but the subtext of success on the runway or in front of the camera is always there.
And it's always a lie.
No class, no lesson, and no one is going to show you how to be a top model. Because being a top model doesn't start with learning; it starts with genetics.
If you're not 13-16 years old (with the odd 17-19 year old getting in under the wire); 5'8" or above, and have a unique/eclectic look or a very classic commercial look, then you're not going to be a top model. Ever.
If you are, then you still need to be discovered by a well placed and well respected model agent or agency, or possibly a top photographer. And I don't mean top in Halifax.
Once you find a spot on the roster of one of the top agencies - which include Ford, Elite, Sutherland, Elmer Olsen, IMG, Next, ONE Model Mgmt, Marilyn, Modelwerk, Folio, Select, Premier, Viva (and likely others that I'm forgetting at the moment), then that agency will happily provide the training you need to land modelling assignments.
The one exception to this would be if your aspirations are more limited to the local market, and if you have a good look (locally in Halifax, height requirements are more relaxed, as are body types), then perhaps learning a good runway walk is worth your time and money *IF* you just want to experience walking in a good fashion show.
But for anything else, save your money.
Construction on the new Studio in Bayers Lake continues a bit ahead of schedule. Light fixtures have gone in and trim is being painted in Studio A, with putty being completed in Studio B today, and painting likely starting on Monday.