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Each month we ask one of our models to come into our office and help us give an insight into what it means to be a Tyne Tees Model.

This month we interviewed both a model and a booker!

Name: Kelly

Born: 1976

Started with Tyne Tees Models: 1996

Brands worked for: Barbour, Berghaus, Fenwicks, Haven Holiday Parks, Blacks Outdoor Clothing, Solstock, Get Smart Clothing.

What jobs do you enjoy modelling for? I always really enjoy doing Haven shoots as they’re really active and you get to work with kids and other models. I like to be kept busy all day and it’s good fun. I definitely enjoy doing in-store fashion shows for Fenwick too!

What is your career highlight to date? It would have to be modelling in America with Solstock, we were in Florida for 2 weeks. Also modelling in France with Solstock doing a ski shoot. 

Can you give an example of when have you done a good job? Recently, working with Get Smart Clothing. I feel like the team worked really well together. We understood what the client wanted and the timescale that she needed to get it done in. 

Do you find timescales tricky? Usually clients don’t want it to go on too long as they’re sticking to a budget, so you’re making sure you’ve done a good and thorough job as efficiently as possible. 
What’s your dream modelling job? At my age I’m aiming for a cruise company, I’m thinking a Caribbean cruise and shooting the whole time when doing it! Any job that involves travelling somewhere would be fantastic. That’s definitely a perk of modelling.
What advice would you give to an aspiring model? Don’t think that it’s all going to be glamorous, expect and be ready to work hard. Don’t lose heart, you’ve got to stay focused and determined and you’ve got to have thick skin. 
As both a model booker and a model, do you feel you have a better understanding of what is expected of you on a shoot? Yes definitely. It’s great because I can see it from the clients point of view and I know what they want, but I understand what information the models need to know and want to know. 
What do you make sure you know before you go on a shoot? The most important things to me are making sure I have the correct call time, the location, ensuring I know exactly how I’m going to get there and how long it’s going to take. 

On arrival I always like to know the clients name and who I’m going to be first meeting and introducing myself. It’s great to have time to chat with the client and for them to verbally brief me on the day because a detailed brief really helps you to understand what is required of you. 

How do you prepare for a shoot? Plan ahead. I always get a good night’s sleep and wash my hair the night before. I’ll sometimes have a facial treatment prior to the shoot – I love putting cucumbers on my eyes. I always make sure my nails are smart and they’ve got a clear sheen on.
I’m always giving the information to myself, and I think if I didn’t work in the office I’d get the brief, I’d ring the client and I’d talk through the brief with them just to make sure I was clear on everything. 

Are there any models in the industry that you love?  I love the lady in the M&S shoots with the grey bob. I hope I can still model at that age, it would be brilliant!


Kelly for Intu Metrocentre