Expenses are an area that seems to create the most confusion and misunderstandings between new models and or actors and agencies. Modeling agencies often hear new models say “Well, if you liked me you would pay for everything”. Unfortunately, the hype surrounding modeling agencies paying for expenses is grossly exaggerated and often wishful thinking on the part of new models who don’t understand how the modeling industry really works. We understand that models have been told “don’t pay an agency to represent you” – that is true. But that is much different from investing in your own basic start-up costs that don’t involve the agency, such as photo shoots, composite cards, etc. These are services you need from outside sources such as photographers, stylists, printers, etc. Agencies that were willing to finance the careers of new models were much more prevalent in the 1980′s (the Supermodel era) than they are today. In the ’80′s the modeling industry was booming, many of the agencies such as Ford Models, Next, Company, Elite, IMG, etc. were new and building their rosters; clients were paying huge fees for models; Linda Evangelista “wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000.00 a day” and competition between modeling agencies was fierce. Well, those days are all but over. Modeling agencies soon learned that financing the careers of new models was more costly than profitable. Many agencies lost hundreds of thousands of dollars each year when new models were unable to fulfill their obligations for a variety of reasons that were no fault of the agency. Young models may have found they couldn’t handle the stress, they didn’t like being away from home, their looks changed, they were difficult to work with, or any number of reasons that would send a new model packing and the agency holding the bill. Today, many agencies expect to be repaid for advances even if the model does not work. Some agencies have gone as far as taking legal action against models that have outstanding debts. These days over 90% of models working with top agencies in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, London, Milan, etc. did not have their initial expenses advanced and they worked long and hard to get where they are. As a fashion model you are a self-employed, independent contractor. You are considered a sole proprietor in your own small business; you are not an employee of the agency. In addition to basic start-up costs, professional models, including those represented by top agencies such as Ford Models, Elite, Next, Wilhelmina, DNA, Women or Karin’s are required to cover all of their own promotional expenses such as composite cards, agency books, head sheets, websites, couriers, etc. These promotional expenses can run anywhere from $200 – $600 per year to post photos on the agency website, $1,500 – $2,500 per year for composite cards, in addition to couriers, postage, working visa’s, legal and accounting fees. Professional models understand that this is simply the cost of doing business and it is standard in the industry for the model to cover these promotional expenses. Don’t make the mistake of telling an agent to pay for your expenses. Agents consider this extremely rude, presumptuous and unprofessional and it is a sure fire way to make the agent show you the door. If an agent is willing to help you financially they will offer it. Keep in mind this is extremely rare and is generally offered only by large agencies in markets such as New York, Paris or Milan and they will deduct what you owe them the moment you book a job. Agencies in smaller markets simply do not have the resources to finance new models. However, the agencies in smaller markets are very important to a new model’s career. Most models do not start at the top in big New York or Paris agencies; rather they learn the business, develop their look and build their books in the smaller market agencies. If you have the opportunity to work with an agency in a smaller market don’t pass it up, they can be a valuable asset to your career. And please, please don’t expect modeling agencies to finance your career. Remember that agents are just that – they are AGENTS. They are not bankers or magicians.
THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS IS LOOKING TO FILL AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MUSICIANS
Behind the Ropes, an upcoming documentary by The It Factor Productions, is looking for fresh talent to be featured on the movie’s soundtrack.
Behind the Ropes is the first ever documentary to delve into the behind the scenes life of the community of wrestling. This documentary is not about the matches, not about the grudges, not about the glitz and glamour, but about the true life story of the families and the friendships formed behind the ropes. Take a journey with the greatest stars of wrestling and one man’s path to becoming ECPW’s current heavyweight champion, Andrew “The Reinforcer” Anderson.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC TO THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS
If you think your sound would fit on the soundtrack for Behind the Ropes, follow the link at the bottom and fill out the form. Someone from KMM will call you with more information. If you are already with KMM Talent, just contact your manager. Everyone at The It Factor Productions looks forward to listening to your submissions and creating another music success story.
THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS HAS MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR HAIR MODELS
Every year famous hair product company Redken holds its annual New York City Hair Show and this year they are looking for hair models of all ages to model some of this year’s hottest hair trends and products. The directors are now seeking participants willing to have their hair cut for free at a special event for Redken.
Requirements: Men must have 3 inches of hair minimum, size 41L jacket or smaller, and must be taller than 5’10″. Females must be size 0-6. There is no height requirement for the models for the $225 booking. The $350-$650 modeling job requires 5’7″ or taller. $1,000 modeling gig requires 5’9″ size 0-4 and the model must be open to get a cut shorter than chin length and dying it platinum blonde. This is a great opportunity for any aspiring model to launch their career.
ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A REDKEN HAIR MODEL? THE SUBMIT TO THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS
Redken has a number of opportunities for both men and women to become Redken hair models for their upcoming fashion show. This is a great opportunity for any spring models to get their name recognized all while getting paid to do it.
If you are interested in being a hair model for Redken please submit your information along with several recent photos and contact information. Please keep checking back for more information on casting dates.
THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS SIGNS THE BAND “FOREVER”
The band “fOREVER” is a 4-piece band based in Philadelphia Pa. They came in our Pennsylvania headquarters last week and our Talent Executive Marisa knew they had come to speak to our talent at the next VIP Talent Connect Entertainment Networking Summit. The bands single “Take Me Home” now into it’s 6th week of commercial radio play has been #1 on Top40 Indie Charts for the past 3 weeks and #12 on the Top40 Charts. The single was the #1 added song to radio in its first week and also took the title of #1 Spincrease nation wide. Here’s the story as they told it at The It Factor Productions headquarters:
fOREVER spent their first 23 months as a band working together with studio owner Drew Raison- writing, recording and engineering over 30 songs to add to an ever growing library at Philadelphia’s own Philly Sound Studios. All songs were mixed and produced by Grammy award winning producer Phil Nicolo at his Studio 4 Recording Studio in Conshohocken Pa. After leaving Phil’s hands the songs were sent up to Masterdisk mastering house in Manhattan, New York and mastered by world-renowned mastering engineer Andy VanDette!
KABACK MUSIC MANAGEMENT NOW REPRESENTING FOREVER
The band currently has a YouTube channel boasting over 1,000,000 views. A Facebook band page with over 11,000 “likes” and a loyal Twitter following of 15,000 followers tuning in to see just what’s coming up next!
In February 2013 the band took a break from recording and scheduled a Flash Mob Blow Out Concert that was promoted through the band’s social media structure. The concert attracted 400 fans and raised over $2500. The money was anonymously donated to Children’s Miracle Network.
Coming up in the winter of 2014 the band will be doing a sales contest giveaway sending a lucky winner via American Airlines to a beautiful island paradise located in the The Bahamas. The contest is very simple. Download the band’s single from iTunes or Amazon; send in the receipt number, winners to be announced!
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THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS ON HOW THE PLAY BECAME
Alycia Kaback and The It Factor Productions is pleased to announce they are joining Theatre Producer, Pat Addiss once again in backing another amazing play. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the sex therapist, met Martin Rayner the actor who portrayed Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain. Who knew how seminal that chance encounter would become?
A few months later Rayner asked to see Dr. Ruth in her office. At first she thought he had a problem.
Instead Mr. Rayner wanted to hear more about her relatively unknown past before establishing herself as the most famous and blunt-talking sex therapist. Here are the top ten facts you should know about Dr. Ruth.
10. She has her own board game, Dr. Ruth’s Game of Good Sex
9. She was married 3 times.
8. She has written 35 books plus.
7. She studied psychology in France.
6. She is a Gemini.
5. She is fluent in 4 languages: German, Hebrew, French and English.
4. She is a certified “Swiss House Maid.”
3. She was a sniper.
2. She is 4’7”.
1. She is currently single and out on the town every night.
And now, thanks in part to Mr. Rayner, she is the subject of the play, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” by St. Germain, a one-woman show starring Debra Jo Rupp of That 70’s Show Fame.
WHERE TO SEE THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS BACKED PLAY ABOUT DR. RUTH
Catch Debra Jo Rupp as Dr. Ruth in Mark St. Germain’s play, “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” at the Westside Theatre. Tuesday: 7:00PM, Wednesday: 2:00PM & 7:00PM, Thursday: 7:00PM, Friday: 8:00PM, Saturday: 2:00PM & 8:00PM, Sunday: 3:00PM Get tickets here.
Becoming Dr. Ruth takes place a few weeks after the death of her husband, Fred Westheimer, in 1997, as she packs up her apartment and tells her life story. Sex takes a back seat in Mr. St. Germain’s script, Dr. Ruth is “responding to sexual situations throughout,” he said to the NY Times, “but if that’s all the play was about, it wouldn’t be a play.” The themes involve managing the subtler clash between sadness and humor.
Here’s Dr. Ruth with the cast of the first It-Factor-Backed Play, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike, which won the Tony Award for Best Play, click here.
SPECIAL Talkback series at Becoming Dr. Ruth, featuring America’s favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, following select Wednesday evening performances. These special talkbacks will take place October 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 18, and are complimentary to ticket holders for these performances.
After the regularly scheduled 7:00 p.m. performances on these five evenings, audience members will be invited to stay in their seats to hear Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer discusses the play, and will also be invited to ask their own questions.
Becoming Dr. Ruth, a warmhearted, candid and inspiring comedy starring Debra Jo Rupp, (“That 70′s Show”) written by Mark St. Germain and directed by Julianne Boyd is currently in previews at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues).
Following the world premiere at Barrington Stage Company and a sold out run at TheaterWorks, Hartford, the play will officially open off-Broadway on Tuesday, October 29th.
This is a limited engagement production through January 12th, 2014.
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”, America’s most famous sex therapist.
The design team includes Brian Prather (Sets), Jen Moeller (Costumes), Scott Pinkney (Lights), and Jessica Paz (Sound).
Debra Jo Rupp has appeared on Broadway with Kathleen Turner and Charles Durning in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She starred Off-Broadway in Cynthia Heimel’s A Girl’s Guide to Chaos (American Place), Frankie and Johnny in The Clair de Lune (Westside Arts) and The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage). Debra Jo has made numerous television and film appearances and is probably best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the hit series That 70′s Show.
Julianne Boyd founded and is the Artistic Director of the Barrington Stage Company.
She previously directed Becoming Dr. Ruth under the title of Dr. Ruth, All the Way at Barrington Stage in 2012.
Tickets are available by calling 212-239-6200, TeleCharge online and at The Westside Theatre box office (407 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036). Box office hours are 12PM-6PM, Tuesday - Sunday. For information on group tickets please contact:
Group Sales Box Office /Broadway.com/Groups, 1-800 BROADWAY x2, www.Broadway.com.
Tickets are $79.00.
PIXAR FINDING DORY VOICE OVER AUDITIONS
A day after April fools Disney and Pixar made a the big announcement that they will start production on their new film Finding Dory. The sequel to Finding Nemo will hit heaters on November 25, 2015 and this is your chance to audition for several voice over roles in the animated film. According to director Andrew Stanton, Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film along the California coastline, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. The casting directors are Disney and Pixar are now taking talent applications for several voice over roles in Finding Dory. Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime chance, apply now. Ellen DeGeneres, who provided the voice of Dory, is confirmed to be back and could not be happier to be the voice of the blue tang fish named Dory. The new film will be directed by Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton, who directed the original film. “Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and received three additional Oscars for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing.
Finding Dory will take place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.
APPLYING FOR ACTING JOBS THROUGH THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS
Castings for other voice over roles for Finding Dory are now being held, the directors are Disney are looking for voice over talent of all ages to audition for several roles. If you are interested in auditioning for Finding Dory please submit your contact information along with a resume. Please keep checking back for more information on casting dates and locations and as always leave us a comment and let us know what you think about the return of Dori, Nemo and the gang.
AMERICAN IDOL’S JOHNATHAN MCNEIL JUST SIGNED TO KMM
Johnathan McNeil hails from Memphis, Tennessee and is now working in Philadelphia and New York City with Kaback Model Management. You might recognize Johnathan from the last season of American Idol, Season 12, during which he was noted for his unique voice. The It Factor Productions also represent American Idol starts Anthony Federov and Joshua “JCurtis” Arrington. With a love of both performing and R&B musics, Johnathan looks to inspire others. He fits right in with the vision at The It Factor Productions and Kaback Model Management’s music division.
Here’s some info about Johnathan’s season: Season 12 premiered on January 16, 2013 and aired through May 16, 2013. This season’s judging panel consisted of Randy Jackson, along with Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. This has been the first season since season nine to have four judges on the panel. The pre-season buzz and the early episodes of the show were dominated by the feud between the judges Minaj and Carey after a video of their dispute was leaked to TMZ.
THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS JOHNATHAN MCNEIL ON HIS AMERICAN IDOL EXPERIENCE
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Behind the Ropes is the first documentary to delve into the real life relationships of pro wrestling and to present a positive depiction of the wrestling community.
Pro wrestling fans are tired of documentaries meant to expose whether wrestling is “fake” and documentaries that sensationalize the drama and the “grudges.” True fans of the sport know it’s not about factions and animosity. Pro wrestling is about community and brotherhood. To give the fans what they want, The It Factor Productions and EPCW Heavyweight Champion Andrew “The Reinforcer” Anderson will be turning to Kickstarter to finalize funding for Behind the Ropes: The Greatest Fraternity in the World. To be notified when the Kickstarter campaign launches, visithttp://www.behindtheropes.com/.
Behind the Ropes is not about the matches and grudges, the glitz and glamour; it’s about the true story of the families and friendships formed behind the ropes. The documentary takes viewers on a journey with wrestling’s greatest stars and follows one man’s path to becoming ECPW’s current heavyweight champion, Andrew “The Reinforcer” Anderson. WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana offers his praises for the film, “Never has any film shown the inner workings and friendship, the true bond we all share in this amazing sport.”
Filming has already included such big names as Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, and The Boogeyman in a rare out-of-makeup interview, as well as dozens of other legendary wrestlers and industry insiders such as journalist Bill Apter, of “Apter Mag” fame.
This documentary has been a long time coming, but bigger studios, worrying about their bottom line, doubted there would be interest in a film that offers a positive take on pro wrestling. After repeatedly seeing the interest from fans and fellow professional wrestlers, Andrew Anderson decided to take the project to an independent film production company The It Factor Productions and Kickstarter, where fans can become a part of making the documentary themselves. Once launched, the Kickstarter campaign will allow fans access to on-location interviews, VIP access to screenings, and backstage access to events, along with one of a kind pieces such as exclusive autographs to supporters. Greg the Hammer Valentine, a WWE Hall of Famer states, “This is about the brotherhood of wrestling, any wrestling fan is going to enjoy this film.”
The It Factor Productions is a Tony Award-winning production company based out of New York and Philadelphia. In addition to backing Broadway plays and films that generate Oscar buzz, The It Factor Productions runs two talent management companies: a high-end editorial agency, Colby Models, and a commercial print division, Kaback Model Management, which also represents musicians, celebrities, and world-renowned speakers.
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The It Factor Productions need model types to be featured in an upcoming movie. After winning the Golden Popcorn for Movie of the year director Joss Whedon worked the crowd into an uproarious applause by just mentioning that Avengers 2 will be out in 2015. Avengers crushed box office records when it came out and Marvel and Disney Studios are hoping to do the same with Avengers 2. The movie is set to begin production at the end of this year at Pinewood-Shepperton Studios with filming expected to begin in early 2014. The cast for the film is currently unconfirmed, but it’s very likely to again include Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. The casting directors at Marvel and Disney Studios are now taking actor submissions for several extra and day roles for Avengers 2. If you are a fan of Marvel comics or loved the original Avengers then do not miss out your chance to audition for the extra roles, apply now. Following the battle in Manhattan, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the Norse exiled Asgardian god of mischief, is defeated by The Avengers and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the god of thunder and Loki’s adoptive brother, returns Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard, home of the Norse gods, and the Avengers go their separate ways until such time as a new world-threatening menace emerges. The Other (Alexis Denisof), leader of the Chitauri, is seen informing his ruthless powerful Titan master, Thanos (Ron Perlman), about the attack on Earth and Loki’s failure to retrieve the Tesseract. In Asgard, Loki is brought before Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and a brief argument emerges, which ends in Odin banishing Loki to the Island of Silence, where everything is without sound and Loki being unable to talk or scream, and Thor to keep the protection of the Tesseract before returning back to Earth.
HOW TO APPLY FOR ACTING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE IT FACTOR PRODUCTIONS
The Avengers 2 is expected to re-unite Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow as well as introduce new Marvel heroes. This is your chance to join some of your favorite Marvel heroes on the set. The casting directors are now taking applications for male and female actors of all ages for extra roles in the new Avengers flick. If you are interested in auditioning for the new Marvel and Disney Studio film please submit your information along with a photo and contact information through the button below. As always please keep checking back often and let us know what you expect from the new Avengers.
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