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"Marie Anderson is a premiere modeling agent in Chicago who has written books and knows what it takes to be a supermodel in today's market."
1. Marie you have been an agent in the modeling field for several decades and have seen many changes. What does it take for a model to become a superstar today?
In order to become a superstar today the individual needs to have a complete understanding that they are literally competing with the new breed of ‘celebrity’ and their children. They need to be prepared to develop themselves into a multi-talented ‘brand’. The coveted beauty campaigns and high end fashion brands have been using iconic faces from a variety of sources - actors/athletes/politicians/musicians/supermodels/reality tv/social media, etc. It’s not necessarily about what you look like and how tall you are, it’s more about the level of influencer they are within mass media and social media. It requires a great deal of determination and a willingness to put in the work to compete at the celebrities’ level.
2. You also authored the book, "Model" any chance for a follow up book? -
I have an outline created to a follow my two books, MODEL. That’s as far as I’ve gotten with it though. Currently I’ve been focused on a variety of speaking engagements that cover a more diverse range of topics within my fashion industry. This month it’s addressing the sexual objectification of teens in modeling. The follow up will be talking about trauma recovery. I love to teach.
3. It was through your advice that Cindy Crawford kept her famous mole which made her a supermodel. What advice do you give your models in today's market?
Yes, I did encourage Cindy Crawford to keep her mole. I told her, “My opinion is for you to keep it. Someday people will know you for your beauty mark.” These days I advise my models to ‘be real’ with themselves in knowing what are their valuable assets in reality and to also discern what is a delusional pursuit. Diversifying their talents such as taking acting/dancing/singing/martial arts classes as well as to add a second language are critical components to success. Our culture wants to be entertained globally. The more a person can do within the entertainment industry the more enticing they become to clients and agents.
4. I understand you are working now on a documentary, please tell us about this?
My documentary on bullying is currently being researched. It’s a massive undertaking but well worth it. I’ll update you when there’s something significant to share.
5. Modeling is a tough business, what are the requirements today that you look for in a model?
These days I look for striking, 5’9” and taller female teens, that can fulfill the esthetic requirements, fit sample size fashion garments and that have happy, effervescent personalities.
They and their family need to comply with our agency’s mission statement of a wholesome lifestyle while they are in high school. The honoring of their innocence helps us to build a strong foundation for a solid, successful career. Posing for images that are not appropriate for a teen can not only sabotage potential clients but it can also bring unwanted drama into their lives as they try to pursue a career outside of modeling.
Ideally, they’d also be passionate about being a diversified entertainer.
The check list above makes me a happy camper when they have it all.
Website Link : www.mariepanderson.com