ABOUT TAMPA BAY MODELING
OCTOBER 2009 - UPDATED 12/02/10
Five years ago,
Tampa Bay Modeling was founded by a group of professional Tampa models,
and operated out of a condo located in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tampa
Bay Modeling was started with the help of Independent Modeling and model
Monica Stevens (for more, please ready the original prologue below).
Please note that all names, with the exception of C. A. Passinault, are pseudonyms.
ORIGINAL TAMPA BAY MODELING INTRODUCTION
Bay Modeling, at the time of this writing, is a new web site, and not
a whole lot of people know about us yet. Six professional freelance models
got together in a Clearwater condo on a February 2004 morning for coffee
and a chance to network among ourselves, and we began to share our experiences
and our inspiration. One thing that we all had in common was this fantastic
web site by the name of Independent
Modeling, which had been on the Internet
for several years and had a profound affect on our careers and our industry
views. For the first time, the outlook for the future was bright, and
you could see it beaming on all of our faces. So, we sipped our coffees
and shared in the successes of our careers, and one of our model friends
by the name of Nancy Slater
brought up the idea that we should help the idea of changing the modeling
industry for the best that Independent Modeling had started. We decided
to found and keep up our own modeling web site. So, the idea was hatched.
We had a problem though. Very few of us knew much about web design, although
we were good at using the Internet to promote ourselves. So, we contacted
Jillian Nicols and Monica Stevens over at Independent Modeling, and they
were very enthusiastic about our plan and were very helpful! Jillian referred
us to Independent Modeling's web designers, the Tampa Bay advertising
agency EOS MediaArts, who cut us a great deal on a very
new web site concept, and Monica met with us one day near her home in
Hyde Park to help us with the overall layout of the web site and the planned
content. It was coming together, and we learned so much with the help
of our new friends! After meeting Monica and Jillian, we were stunned
with how beautiful, articulate, and educated both of these independent
models were, too. They are really the definition of what the 21st century
model should be. These ladies know what they want, know how to get it,
and they don't take any crap from anyone. They earned our respect long
before we had the honor of meeting them. Jillian introduced us to an attorney
friend of hers who used to be a fashion model in New York and Miami, and
our team was assembled. The talented people over at EOS MediaArts got
cracking, too, collaborating with our model friend Talesha
Larsen to come up with a Miami Beach retro 80's design concept
for the developing Tampa Bay Modeling web site! After a bit of debate
about our founding "team" being a girl's club, we roped in our
friend and professional model Chris
Capri for the testosterone injection that we needed for balance,
making the site staff seven models.
who I am, sitting in my condo in Clearwater Beach writing this right now.
We came up with the Tampa Bay Modeling idea right here, not twenty feet
from my desk. Tampa Bay Modeling is run right here from my condo, where
I can oversee and update the web site with a sunset view of the Gulf of
Mexico and the cool breeze blowing through my white curtains.
Nancy is my best friend, and at 19 years old, she's been a model for ten years! Nancy is an arts major over at the University of South Florida, and like myself she is putting herself through school by working as a freelance model. Nancy also has connections with over six Tampa Bay agencies, and books work from them on a regular basis. As a Tampa native, Nancy is very well connected and knows the good and bad people in the Tampa Bay modeling industry very well. With this knowledge, she avoids the bad people and networks with the good ones.
Laura is amazing. She knows four languages, and was educated with the help of well off relatives when she came to the United States from Cuba when she was a child. Now, at 21, this top fashion model commutes between her home in South Tampa and model work in New York and in Europe. Since she's always traveling, and loves communicating, Laura oversee's our web forums, which she can monitor from wherever in the world she may happen to be from any Internet Cafe or other connection.
and 18, this stunning 6 foot tall runway model is a self described art
geek who loves to dress casual when she's not working it. Talesha is the
shy girl in the corner who would rather stay by herself and design things
on her PDA than talk to anyone. Recently, Talesha started dating a friend
from the University Of Tampa, and we found her doodling on a napkin one
night when they were out on a dinner date.
Jessica is a 19 year old swimsuit model from Brandon, Florida who has been doing more commercial work lately. Petite and feisty, she is a serious writer and a poet as well as a great communicator in front of the camera. Lately, Jessica has been increasingly annoyed with certain model photographers who try to exploit models and the model scams in Tampa Bay, and has started to fight back. Jessica handles our mail when she has the time from her busy career.
The oldest model of our group at 28, Sidney is also the most experienced. A seasoned international fashion model, Sidney is focusing on booking commercial and editorial work here in Florida now. Sidney is a licensed paralegal who studied entertainment law, and hangs out with several attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. Sidney lives with her fiance in Carollwood, which is in North Tampa, and is a self described entertainment junky who is a hard core videogamer. Sidney is preparing for an acting career at the moment, and uses resources such as Independent Acting to market herself as an actress.
Chris Capri is a professional commercial model and an independent actor from Tampa. He is a veteran of theater productions, and you've probably seen him in a television commercial at one time or another. Chris is an advanced model photographer, and he does model portofolios from time to time. Altough he has a steady girlfriend, rumor has it that one of the girls on our staff has a thing for him. I'm just not saying who it is.
Tampa Bay Modeling is a web resource for freelance models, and we became operational on Monday, October 18, 2004. We were created by a group of professional models with the assistance of our friends over at Independent Modeling, and we are headquartered in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Although many of us owe the success of our careers to Independent Modeling, we have licensed some of their tools, and the same web design company designed this site, we are not Independent Modeling, and are quite independent as a separate organization. This site has an Alliance with Independent Modeling and several entertainment industry activist organizations.
The mission of this web site is to help models work on a freelance basis and become respected independent professionals in their modeling career. We have articles, tutorials, and the tools available free of charge for models to use in their career. While this web site is not set up to fight scams, we are dedicated to introducing accountability to the model service industry, and will be working to help models self regulate related industries such as model portfolio photography. We would like to see the State of Florida impose regulation on industry professionals such as model portfolio photographers like they do model and talent agencies, as there is a lot of unethical activity going on, as well as the abuse of the rights of models. Being independent, we models have to look out for our best interests and look out for each other. Together, we can work toward a brand new modeling industry, and impose regulation on those industries that service us with the tools for our careers.
Enjoy the use of this free web site. If you need anything, please let us know. The look of modeling in Tampa Bay is going to change into something that we will all be proud to be a part of.
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