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June 4, 2006
Bay Modeling site has been a very impressive modeling resource site. Serving
the Tampa Bay market, we’re very proud of our shiny new site and
the potential that its technology has to revolutionize this and other
markets in the modeling industry.
Change, however, is inevitable. We continue to evolve.
Why is it that we seem to bash people over the head, beating dead horses
as we state the obvious? We’re really not that mean. I admit, some
of our comments on the site, ahem, have been a little less than professional
in our strong desire to get our point across. It is ironic that, while
we state that many try too hard to work in the industry, that we try too
hard to get simple points across. This changes now.
We’ve been in meetings all weekend, and some of us have not been
satisfied with the aggressive nature that this site has taken in recent
weeks. It’s great to have the biggest guns and sharp teeth, but
not so great when we are firing and biting all of the time. We have flexed
our muscles and demonstrated what this site is capable of. It is time
for the guns to fall silent and the sharp teeth to melt back into a friendly
By no means does this mean that we are disarming. Quite the contrary.
Most of this site will continue to be optimized to combat model scams
and the blatant misinformation that exists in the modeling industry. We
will continue to refine and add to our scam fighting arsenal, researching
new countermeasures to the issues that come against models today and tomorrow.
The technology of the Tampa Bay Modeling site will continue to be unmatched
in the world. We continue to stand behind the opinions that we have expressed
and want everyone to note that we have made few mistakes in our market
assessments. While we haven’t pointed fingers at anyone and have
not attacked anyone directly, we regret it if we have offended anyone,
as it was not our intentions for people to read too much into what we
The teeth will be kept sharpened and the big guns loaded. We will, however,
endeavor to use tact from now on as we express our feelings, knowledge,
and ideas. We’ve been hard on some people; model portfolio photographers
in the Tampa Bay market most of all. I was reminded recently that some
of our best friends were professional photographers, and that most photographers
in this market are in fact honest professionals who do talented work and
stand behind models. The last thing that we want is to add to the perception
that photographers are up to no good, as those photographers are indeed
the minority. The same goes for model and talent agencies. While we encourage
models to find and book work on their own, the model and talent agency
is, to some models, the only way. We respect that, and respect the models
who choose the traditional path.
Our new attention to professional tact and public relations will extend
to our new mail bag section, too. Monica Stevens has agreed to be nicer
to the wonderful people sending us E-Mail. After all, she’s not
really mean, either. Likewise, we will also be screening out E-Mail that
may be offensive to some readers. This means that the mail bags will be
more constructive and will come off as more professional, and we’re
still open to friendly debates.
Here’s to walking softly and smiling more with our hands behind
our back. Here’s to being nice with the most advanced modeling resource
site the industry has ever seen.
Danielle Cooper, Editor
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