Being the lady about town that I am (and also having a wicked job that gives me the freedom to pursue my other projects) I often end up in the wrong place at the right time. For example, about a month ago I was lurking around the Models International Management studio and poked my head in to hang out with Jessica D'Angelo and Dana Pizzolato, two of the wickedly cool gals that who work for the agency. Just my luck, that day there was a shoot with one of their models. While I was there I snapped a few photos of their gorgeous space and, in order to stay true to my annoyingly inquisitive nature, I thought I'd ask the girls a few questions about the agency. Enjoy a short n'sweet Q&A with MIM. x

What distinguishes MIM from other agencies? 
Honesty and integrity. We create a partnership with our each of our models, providing them with adequate training from modeling, style, hair and make-up coaches, while working with them to help build their modeling career.  

Where do you search for new talent? 
We are constantly scouting! There are so many beautiful faces of all ages just waiting to be discovered whether it be on the bus, in the mall, or on the street. If we see someone who we think has potential, we will often approach them and invite them to come to the agency meet with our team, whether it be one-on-one or in an open casting environment. 

Do you have recommendations for aspiring talent? 
Confidence and dedication, just like anything else, will bring you a long way. Being a hard worker and open to feedback is essential when working in the fashion industry. It is important for new talent to understand that there is a lot to learn, and being open to the learning process is a great quality for aspiring models to possess.

What's important for potential candidates to know when applying to MIM? 
Research is the best first step when choosing if the modeling industry is right for you. Looking into agencies in your area, and meeting with representatives will give you insight into which agency is right for you. It is also important to research the fashion industry itself. Although personality and confidence is a big part of modeling, it is undeniable that image will play a large part as well. Understanding your look and which market would best suit your image is a great thing to be aware of before committing to modeling. 

What is MIM bringing to the Ottawa fashion community? 
Models International has been an established agency in Ottawa since the 70s, and has constantly pushed to stay at the fore front of the fashion industry locally and internationally. We promote fashion-forward and classic style with our models. Owner Sophie, along with stylist Renee are opening a women's boutique at the end of the month, Viens Avec Moi, which will be an extension of the agency. They will provide styling and shopping consultations for their shoppers, models, and clients. 

What are your thoughts on the Ottawa fashion community? Is there one? How can it be improved? 
The fashion community in Ottawa is small, but recently thriving. There hasn't always been a strong community for this industry in Ottawa, and although we will never be New York or Toronto, Ottawa definitely has some talented individuals who make the community what it is! Every client, model, photographer, or artist that we meet working in Ottawa has always been passionate and excited about their work - that's what makes Ottawa's community strong! There is definitely a demand for fashion in Ottawa, we just have to understand that it might be different than other major cities.

Dana Pizzolato is a booking agent and takes care of the web development. She has been with the agency for over a year and a half and has really brought a spark to MIM. 
Jessica D'Angelo is the newest member to the team, and she works on the Public Relations and does styling as well. Jessica loves her work and is very excited to be part of this amazing team.