So yesterday saw me head to Manchester for a special meeting with renowned modelling agency Nemesis.
One of the biggest modelling agencies in the UK, they’ve discovered and made famous so many British stars of today including Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Melanie Sykes, Vernon Kay, Michelle Keegan along with literally hundreds of top models and as of yesterday, they’re also representing little old me!
Granted it’s all a little bit crazy, but I’ve been signed as a model to Nemesis and also as on screen talent and blogger to their sister talent agency, Urban Talent (who look after Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood among lots of actors) and I’m pretty bowled over by it all. They’ve introduced me on their site HERE and I’m their first blogger signing!
I’ve absolutely loved the modelling work that’s come from blogging and want to thank luxury bag brand Nova Harley for (literally) ‘discovering’ me when I reviewed and modelled their Manhattan bag over on my style blog earlier this year.
The photo they liked was this shot below which Peter grabbed in 2 minutes, while my Mum held a whining Alexander! The joys of juggling!
Nova read my post and kindly hired me on the spot. I’ll never forget dancing around the living room with my eldest Oliver, when I got that email! I was in total shock!
33 at the time (now 34) with two kids, I didn’t think professional modelling would be on the cards at this point in my life, I really didn’t.
I modelled a bit in my late teens and although it’s always been a bit of a dream of mine like most girls growing up, I never thought it would prove regular and in my 30’s too.
It’s all a bit lovely but I promise you I’ve never let any of it go to my head nor would I. I see it as part of my blogging career and a truly fun part of my business.
Here are some shots from Nova Harley’s S/S Campaign earlier this year-
…And it’s all been a bit of whirlwind…Since working with Nova Harley, I featured in their catalogue, on their site (new one will be launched soon), their social media, in editorial and ads including British Vogue, Grazia Daily for my column and other press, and in department stores worldwide!
…I’ve also modelled for British boutique brand Fever London, have a weekly feature in Grazia Daily where I blog what I’m up to each week and I have appeared in various campaign films for brands I love- my favourite is the bareMinerals film you can watch below:
I really feel comfortable in front of the camera, a 360 (literally) from directing but my skills as a filmmaker really do help! They make me feel confident and relaxed on film and the fact I know what directors and photographers need along with the technical side, makes a difference I’ve been told, when it comes to speed and professionism.
…Oh and I also had a full page recently in the Jacques Vert Magazine which went into department stores in the UK and direct to their customers with deliveries that was rather awesome too!
Blogging flipping rocks doesn’t it?!
…Looking forwards, the agency want to arrange a shoot for me with new shots for my modelling card, portfolio and the site in the new year which is exciting. I also have another campaign booked with Nova Harley for early next year, a collaborative shoot with 3 other major brands (2 global-eek) and I just can’t wait! I also love the brand ambassador side to my work for Nova Harley.
The recent shoot for A/W was so much fun and even better, my own husband, Peter was hired to photograph me. I think we make a good team and he’s been booked for the next shoot too! Go Pete!
So having Nemesis and Urban Talent looking after me has come at the right time as I feel I need management to help support the various ways my career is branching out and to have leading agents help me along this path, means a lot.
They’ve actually just announced me as their first blogger signing on their site too! I love how valued bloggers have become!
Nemesis actually represent both my sons as models and have done for a while, so I just need to persuade Pete and they’ll have the whole family on their books!
So back to yesterday, I nervously (I know to some of you, you’ll find that hard to believe but I REALLY was nervous) made my way to the swanky Nemesis offices for tea .. and was taken on by two brilliant, dynamic and successful agents Alex and Liz, who will now be looking after the modelling/ presenting and ‘live action’ part of my career.
We plotted some exciting developments and after filling in forms and being measured (first time I’ve ever been measured)- I loved that agent Alex made me feel really confident though, at 5’6″ and a size 10-12, it’s fabulous to see how much they want to reflect all sizes on their books (she kept telling me what an amazing figure I have with curves in all the right places-gave me a real confidence boost) even if I felt pretty short next to the 6 foot models also in the office! Those girls and guys really are complete knock-outs!
Leaving the offices, it started to rain (it is Manchester after all) and hiding under a canopy of a nearby grocers, I reflected on my blogging journey so far… Starting as a place to rediscover my voice after a traumatic birth with my first child, Oliver, feeling lost and alone, it has empowered me in so many ways, it’s been my full time job for over two years, has brought me great friendships and has become such a huge, vital part of my life that brings my family and I, so much joy…
It’s a dream job and one I work really hard at and feel grateful for each and every day. A career that’s grown with me.
I love the creativity of it all, the fusion of photography, journalism and film, the thrill and immediacy of blogging, the fact I get to write day in and day out for a living in a space I created and control that is all mine, working with brands I admire, and more than anything, connecting with you guys. Instantly. And it all started with my first reader, my Mum. Aw!
Blogging has truly brought equality to the workforce for so many women like myself, it’s given us a strong voice, a presence, a place to be noted and counted, a chance to share and create change and I can’t wait to see what the future holds as this field continues to explode.
I have no grand expectations, I simply love what I do and want it to continue.
Thanks for reading, commenting, listening and supporting. I couldn’t do any of this without you.