Had to repair to repair a broken belt buckle. Sold as sterling in
New York to an international fashion photographer. He was working in
Australia at the time and his agency was three floors down from my
Told him it did not look like sterling and had no fineness marks.
Got ten bucks up front for my soldering board.
Repair was free, he worked for my friend who was his agent and the
models would come up to the workshop to buy.
The catwalk models were truly stunning, but many of the photographic
models looked average. Until they were photographed then WOW!
My apprentice a teenage guy could not believe his luck. My wife also
billeted the models so when there was a party at her house wow did
the guests look good. And most of them were really nice people too.
The dark side of modelling is the portfolio. Pay close attention any
thinking of this for a job.
IF YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO YOU WILL NOT MAKE IT. IT IS A
CON TO GET MONEY.
Agents have spotters. My friend, an agent, was sent a photo of a
girl from New Zealand. He took the next flight brought her back to
Australia and within half an hour she had a $20,000 dollar contract
for an international magazine.
The luckiest models are the hand models, they get serious money to
hold a packet of chips. No long hours, no freezing cold/sweltering
hot shoots. And they are anonymous.
One model my wife billeted told the agency that if she did not get
the billings as promised, $3000 a week in the 1980s she was going back
to the US. She got the billings alright.
But the agency boss had his revenge. My wife found her crying
hysterically and almost suicidal because the agency boss told her she
was getting fat. Life can be so hard for the exceptionally beautiful
and incredibly rich. I wish I had to suffer such pain at 21.
Anyway some heat and the buckle spewed out what looked like lead
from the silver plating.
He was going back to NY the next week it was not a good outcome for
This guy did not mince words. He was a legend. Once on a tropical
island shoot the model told him how to take the shot. He said "Next.“
She said next what?” He said “Next model you are fired!”
Just read Cyndi Lauper’s autobiography. She told Steven Spielberg he
was not creative. Did wonders for her career LOL.
Good point from Jeffrey, will do that myself from now on. Because
unless totally brain dead these people know they cannot be sterling.