Karen Slade-Harrell AOL Original interview: On the top 5 child modeling scams and how to avoid them

Karen Slade-Harrell AOL Original interview: On the top 5 child modeling scams and how to avoid them

Child model landing a modeling gig may sound glamorous, but be careful not to fall for one of the many modeling scams floating around.

Oregon’s attorney general sent out an alert this week warning consumers about these suspicious opportunities. Other warnings have gone out; too, indicating trouble could be brewing.

Here’s how to spot the scams.

High-Pressure Sales Pitch scam

What you thought was a job interview you signed up for online is really a high-pressure sales pitch for modeling or acting classes, shoots or screen tests. The salesperson asks you to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in exchange for helping you with your modeling career.

“Hurry: This Opportunity Won’t Last Long” scam

The salesperson or scam artist may try to convince you to sign up for a monthly subscription to a talent service, limited offer on a discounted shoot or a booking agent. It’s best to request an in-person meeting before agreeing to pay for an agent or scout.

The “Easy Money for Small Work” scam

Earning large sums of money does not come easy. Some models in smaller markets can earn between $75 to $100 an hour but work is irregular. Research the company thoroughly. Talk to and meet the models or actors who have worked with the company before.

“Here’s a Check for the Photo Session” scam

Promises of free photo shoots or paid trips to New York City should raise eyebrows. Scam artists may send you a fake check leading you to believe it’s an advance payment for the photo shoot. They may also ask you to wire money to what you think is a photographer, studio or booking agent. Wiring money is never a good idea in these scenarios.

The “You Have the Cutest Baby Ever” scam

The modeling market for infants and toddlers is small, so don’t fall for scam artists who say your child is modeling material. They may try to lure you by offering to set up a photo shoot for your infant or toddler, but very few children are marketed with professional photos.

Karen Slade-Harrell with Elite Image Global Brand Management

Website: http://www.eliteimagesite.com

Email: eliteimagebrand@gmail.com

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Karen Slade-Harrell working Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Karen Slade-Harrell working Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

I work many fashion shows every year but my favorite by far is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  I feel electricity backstage, the atmosphere is truly amazing.  Being I am the owner of Elite Image International I get outsourced to work on various productions. I was hired through Ground Crew, my role is easy because I am an image consultant so it come nature creating style and piecing together wardrobe.  Working back stage with the Angels is really fun. We pop champagne, look at the outfits, check out the wings, the high heels and laugh. I always say “wow the things women do to look good for men”.  I worked with over 3 different Victoria’s Secret models but one of my favorites is Selita Ubanks. She is really down to earth and has such a good sense of humor.  But before the show there is so much I need to do to prepare and get ready.

I do not even look at a clock and lose my since of time. Why you may ask? On day one I am running and preparing for the press parties with the Models. This star-studded night includes A-list celebrities, musical performances and great food. The models host a meet and greet and it take hours to prepare for the night. Day two: Fittings. We have a fitting for everything a shoe fitting, bra, wings, and straps and so much more. Everything matters and this is an all day and sometime night process. If something is wrong we do not leave until it is right. Day three: Rehearsals. We have to have at least 20 mock show rehearsal one with the models next with the performers and then the models and performers. This is very hectic but fun. I hear the song for the show at least 100 times. After the fashion show I may dream the songs for nearly two weeks. Day four: Press: Yes another press night as the show draws near, press will interview models and show organizers then the after party. This is cool because the models can lay back and be themselves. Final day five: Show time. The day of the show is very serious and no room for error. By now my feet no longer has feelings, my back hurts and I feel proud of all the work that we have accomplished. We have last minute prep and review the charts. My dressers start arriving and I have to make sure they are assigned a model to dress for the night. A lot of celebrities and press are showing up and some have an opportunity to come back stage. I have to leave out a lot of details due to contractual agreements but needless to say prep time is very serious.

Showtime: The show is filmed and it moves really fast. It is over in less than 30 minutes over 100 out fits and 32 models later and the show is complete. We all celebrate pop champagne, kiss and hug each other for a job well done.

Karen Slade-Harrell with Elite Image Worldwide Brand Management

Website: http://www.eliteimagesite.com

Email: eliteimagebrand@gmail.com

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Who is Karen Slade-Harrell

Who is Karen Slade-Harrell

Karen Slade-Harrell’s Bio

Karen Slade-Harrell a model from Europe with fifteen year’s experience in the modeling and fashion industry. She started modeling at the tender age of ten months for clients such as Fisher Price, Osh Kosh B’Gosh and many children catalogs and advertisements, from there she blossom to model in many editorials and print advertisement throughout the world.  Karen, a visionary in the fashion industry and the original producer on National Model Boot Camp Weekend, gives inspiring models a real taste of the modeling industry.  Among her many accomplishments she founded Elite Image Brand service, with the ideal of having a positive image and knowledge of the fashion industry.

Now Elite Image Brand is one of the nation’s leading image consultant firms. Karen Slade-Harrell also has worked as an art director or coordinator with companies and various fashion editors with Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Clinique, Revlon, Style, Victoria’s Secret, Ocean Style Magazine, Maybe line, 3 Vodka, Jezebel Magazine and BET Rip the Runway.  She helps many models and actors get placed with numerous modeling agencies, casting companies for major advertisement campaigns, music videos and movies.

One of Karen’s largest highlights every year is the Elite Image’s Worldwide Model and Talent Search hosted in upscale resorts in exotic locations around the world. She started this model and talent search to give inspiring models and talent a chance to experience life as a professional in the entertainment industry for a week.  Attendees enjoy industry parties, photo shoots on the beach and network with some of the largest celebrities, clients and agencies in the entertainment industry.  In short, Karen Slade-Harrell and her brand and image consultant firm helps to develop many image and brand to be above industry standards.

“You never have a second chance to make a first good impression”

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Karen Slade BET Rip the Runway

Karen Slade BET Rip the Runway

BET Rip the Runway was one of my thrilling experiences in show productions. Since I am the owner of Elite Image International I get outsourced to work on various productions. I was called by a former business associate that worked for Ground Crew to assist her with BET Rip the Runway castings, call backs, fittings and productions. Since I have a very crazy schedule I had to fly in on the day of the castings and hit the ground running. Once off the plane I headed over in my cab to the casting location. Once I arrive I see a line going around the corner of hopeful wanting to make the cut. We saw over 800 models. After that long day we start the selection process and call backs, which can go through the late hours of the night. Finally after 3:00 am I hit the bed only to have to wake at 5:00am to catch a train back to the location to start my day at 7:00 am. Once there I barely have a chance for a cup of coffee. I have to go into a production meeting with the team. This is one of three meetings daily to go over production details making sure to alert us of changes. After our meeting we break out to the fitting area to start sign in models for call backs and fittings. We have two castings one for the models and another for our celebrities. By now I have been assigned five interns to be my goffers because I cannot leave my area. I meet and set up the designers and tell the models where to sit until they are called. We stagger our call times in order to not get over whelmed. Designers want a certain look and sometimes they ask me to keep an eye on a certain look and walk that model back to them with no wait.  

I send one of my interns to get me food and vitamin water because the day is getting long and we are barely finished. I have to cool off hot heads because a lot of designers and models do not have the patience to deal with a massive production. The bad thing for them is we are making a mental note to not work with those models or designers next year.

Finally at 2:30 am we are getting kicked out by security because they have to lock up so we finish our work outside in the cold. Yes the cold it is February in New York. We are usually finished within 20 minutes but if not everyone will just call each other to wrap up details. I take my car service back to my room and call models and leave messages to models that were cut. I finish my calls around 3:30 4:00 am and then go to bed.

The next day is rehearsals. We have to line the models up on the right or left side on the stage. We set them up by designers. We have to show them how to walk using some style because it is a runway slash music production. This will go on for another two days then we are assigned our roles for the show. I was in charge of the left stage meaning everything on the left side of the stage the models, designers, hair and make team. I have to make I know where all 200 plus people are at all times and have my replacement staff nearby if needed.

The show starts that evening and is recorded to be aired the next day. I am glad I am not in charge of editing. This day the press come out we have a BET gifting suite for press, sponsors and VIP guest. About three hours later the show starts and moves very quickly but goes really well. After we pack up the backstage I got back to my room to change and get ready for the after party to celebrate our week and a successful show.

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Karen Slade working Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Karen Slade working Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

I work many fashion shows every year but my favorite by far is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  I feel electricity backstage, the atmosphere is truly amazing.  Being I am the owner of Elite Image International I get outsourced to work on various productions. I was hired through Ground Crew, my role is easy because I am an image consultant so it come nature creating style and piecing together wardrobe.  Working back stage with the Angels is really fun. We pop champagne, look at the outfits, check out the wings, the high heels and laugh. I always say “wow the things women do to look good for men”.  I worked with over 3 different Victoria’s Secret models but one of my favorites is Selita Ubanks. She is really down to earth and has such a good sense of humor.  But before the show there is so much I need to do to prepare and get ready.

I do not even look at a clock and lose my since of time. Why you may ask? On day one I am running and preparing for the press parties with the Models. This star-studded night includes A-list celebrities, musical performances and great food. The models host a meet and greet and it take hours to prepare for the night. Day two: Fittings. We have a fitting for everything a shoe fitting, bra, wings, and straps and so much more. Everything matters and this is an all day and sometime night process. If something is wrong we do not leave until it is right. Day three: Rehearsals. WE have to have at least 20 mock show rehearsal one with the models next with the performers and then the models and performers. This is very hectic but fun. I hear the song for the show at least 100 times. After the fashion show I may dream the songs for nearly two weeks. Day four: Press: Yes another press night as the show draws near, press will interview models and show organizers then the after party. This is cool because the models can lay back and be themselves. Final day five: Show time. The day of the show is very serious and no room for error. By now my feet no longer has feelings, my back hurts and I feel proud of all the work that we have accomplished. We have last minute prep and review the charts. My dressers start arriving and I have to make sure they are assigned a model to dress for the night. A lot of celebrities and press are showing up and some have an opportunity to come back stage. I have to leave out a lot of details due to contractual agreements but needless to say prep time is very serious.  

Showtime: The show is filmed and it moves really fast. It is over in less than 30 minutes over 100 out fits and 32 models later and the show is complete. We all celebrate pop champagne, kiss and hug each other for a job well done.

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Professional advice for aspiring models from Fashion Mogul Karen Slade Creator of Elite Image International:

Professional advice for aspiring models from Fashion Mogul Karen Slade Creator of Elite Image International:

I really enjoy working in the fashion and entertainment industry, I meet amazing people and travel a lot. I also meet many aspiring talents with questions on how they can get started in this business. I will answer the top three questions I am asked most often.

  1. Will attending modeling schools help me get started?

 

Attending a modeling or acting school could be helpful if you want to gain confidence and poise. However most classes are not taught by professional from the entertainment industry and a lot of what is taught is old information that will not help you get signed. If you want to get signed and paid work you will need to find a real model or acting coach and attend one of their workshops or classes. Because this business is constantly changing it would be best to choose someone who is actively in the fashion and entertainment industry not a “has been” that have worked in the business in years.

 

  1. What about shooting with different photographers?

 

Yes if the photographer is professional in a major fashion capital and you are shooting for an agency test shoot. However, many real professional photographers will not do a test shoot with an amateur model unless an agency refer you to them or if they feel you have a good look. If so the photographer will do a test shoot with you and submit you to an agency that they work closely with. Nevertheless a TFP on the other hand is mostly shot with amateur photographers that cannot usually capture what the agencies need to see. If you are a commercial or print model you can shoot with a professional commercial photographer to get photos that will make you look marketable to advertisement agencies that hire print models.

 

  1. Emailing pictures to agencies or clients directly for work?

 

Unless the agency or client request that you email your pictures to them that would not be a smart move. Your information may get spammed or trashed. If you are interested in working with an agent or client go to the company website and see if they have a submission guideline or their casting procedure.

 

Don’t you feel it is time to stop guessing and get real answers and a real plan?

Do you have directions to get to your goal?

Allow me and my many years of experience help you today.

All the best!

Karen Slade of Elite Image International

Brand and Image Consultant

Learn more at:

www.eliteimagesite.com

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