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Thursday, July 21, 2011

MEET PP AGENCY MANAGER, ERIK BECHTOL!

TITLE : Agency Manager


ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES: I run the Fashion Boards for both Men and Women. I book models on Print, Runway, and Editorial jobs, as well as work on placement of models in other markets worldwide.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT PAGE PARKES: Just celebrated my 9th year!

YOU HAVE YOUR RADAR ON? Anything and everything going on in the city as far as fashion events to get out there and promote our company and our models! It's all about relationships...


FAVE AGENCY MOMENT: My favorite moments are laughing in the office with my co-workers. Whether it's a kookie call we get from someone, or a giant bug that has somehow made it through our sealed closed windows, we are blessed enough to have a very cohesive family-like team that works well together. And I'm not above playing the occasional practical joke on a co-worker : )))


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR: A great look, body, and walk are obviously important, but for me it's all about the attitude and personality. We are friendly people here, that want to help deserving people succeed. My favorite models are the ones that check in with me, return calls/email quickly, and are available for the jobs! Pet peeve: people who complain about no work, but turn down jobs when called and don't update their pictures regularly.


SUCCESS STORY: One of the biggest success stories I've had a personal hand in, would be Josh Connally. Initially turned down by the agency, he reapplied and was accepted and shortly thereafter took off! He stopped modeling shortly for a tour in the military where he served our country well, then came back and went straight back to work in the modeling business. He worked very hard locally, doing anything and everything that came his way, without a big thought to the money (as it should be in the beginning!). He followed every piece of advice, re-shot his pictures regularly, and when the time came, began to travel. Over the years I've had the opportunity to get Josh placed and traveling all over the country and world, including New York, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, New Zealand, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, South Korea, Tokyo, and I'm sure I'm leaving some out! He is bar none, one of the easiest models I have ever worked with. He is incredibly self-reliant, smart, doesn't ask a lot of questions that he can figure out himself, keeps track of his paperwork; an agent's dream! I never had to walk him through getting his work visas, making travel arrangements for him, arranging model apartments, anything! I would definitely consider Josh a success. Not only of mine, but definitely of himself. He has since returned to Houston, and works with us still to this day, and hopefully for many more years to come. : )

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