I know we have blogged about this before because it has been a consistent problem in this industry. Last night I saw a post on one of the job boards about companies not paying their staff, ignoring their calls/emails, and treating their staff poorly. I have seen this happen so many times. We all know that I started as a promotional model, I started when I was 18 in Wisconsin. I knew early on that I should stick to the companies that I trusted, paid me on time, and appreciated my work. Just like everyone else, there were times when I was desperate and booked any job I could. I’ve chased money, I have not been paid by companies and given up, and I have also been treat like $hi! by marketing managers, those NYC women are the worst!
When we started Pink Avenue Models almost 9 years ago I told my partner that I wanted to be different. I wanted to be the agency that was available at all hours, the agency that paid well and paid on time, and I have always had the promotional models best interest in mind. I did what models do, I worked long hours, I skipped lunches, I worked every single weekend while my friends had fun, I dealt with the stupid comments, I worked while I was sick, and I waited and waited for paychecks. Promotional modeling is a different kind of industry, we all know that, there are highs and there are lows.
Please, please learn from your mistakes and listen to others. When I first started I asked other models about trustworthy companies, this is how I found the best agencies. We are living in a time where social media is powerful and we should use it. Promotional models are very vocal on these job boards, if they are struggling to get paid from an agency you shouldn’t work for them. You also shouldn’t take jobs that are paying $14 per hour, you are more valuable than that. The industry is changing and I don’t think it is for the better.
Team Pink Avenue