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Now you can be part of the Plus Size modeling industry. MPI is one of the industry leaders for plus size models, headquarted in Phoenix AZ.Now, anyone who would like to be involved with the plus size industry can now acquire a no cost affiliate program offered by Models Plus InternationalModels Plus International is one of five , licensed and bonded, modeling agency in the southwest.Models Plus International is the number 1 agency for plus size models in the southwest.Go to http://www.mpi365.orgcontact : Rickey@mpi365.orgjuniques@yahoo.com
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What goes on Behind the Scenes for the Modeling Agent

25 FEB 09I want to provide a little insight for you, as to what goes on behind the scenes when as your agent…by Pamela Young ,CEO, MODELS PLUS INTERNATIONAL LLCWWW.MPI365.ORGI want to provide a little insight for you, as to what goes on behind the scenes when as your agent, I am booking modeling/acting jobs. As you are probably aware by now, MPI is the largest and most successful model and talent booking agency in the Southwestern United States of America, representing Plus-sizes for PRINT MEDIA, FASHION, RUNWAY, TV AND FILM PROECTS.WE ARE LICENSED AND BONDED AS AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY.To help you put that into prospective, or to help you better understand, exactly, what it is we do, when we go to work booking modeling/acting jobs for you, think of it like this.Models Plus International, is just like an employment agency, again we are licensed and bonded as an employment agency, the only difference is when you think employment agency you think of filling temp positions on a clerical staff, at MPI we provide "temp positions" in the Entertainment Industry.First of all , we have 14 years of positioning and placement of ourselves as leaders in the Entertainment industry for providing quality plus people! So we are literally at the fingertips, in any resource guide or internet directory, for any client in the Entertainment industry who needs to hire Plus sizes, for their projects.Therefore, our day might start out with a phone call from a client who simpy says, "WE ARE LOOKING FOR 4 OR 5 MODELS, SIZES 12-18, FOR OUR BRIDAL EXPO BEING HELD AT THE MAGIC SHOW IN LAS VEGAS."That's when the excitement begins, I pull out a form known as a "Booking Assignment Form", this way after all the blanks are filled in, I pretty much know what this client wants and which of my Models/Actors to call, to hopefully fill the position.I go on to ask the client, the dates, the times, the locations, the job description, and exactly what is expected of the model/talent to make the booking assignment a complete success! I make it goal to become a friends with this client, so they will call MPI the next time they need anything in the entertainment industry. We have serveral clients who come to Phoenix each year, several times a year and call MPI, such as Catherine's Department Stores, Torrid, The Avenue, Fashion Bug, Dress Barn, just to name a few.Additionally, If travel is involved, most of the time, I persuade the client to pay the airfare. There have been a couple of times, however, THEY WILL NOT PAY THE AIRFARE BUT THEY AGREE TO PAY DOUBLE THE RATE I WOULD HAVE ASKED! SO THEN, THE AGENCY PAYS FOR THE AIRFARE AND WILL REIMBURSE THEMSELVES OUT OF THE MODELS PAY. ALL OF THIS IS DISCUSSED WITH THE MODEL.Once the terms are agreed upon, I BEGIN TO CALL MY MODELS (this is why it is imperative to keep your phone number & all information current with your Agent)! and hope I can find a MATCH! IF I CANNOT, I BEGIN TO ADVERTISE, LOOKING FOR THE MODEL WHO CAN FILL THIS POSITION.More times than not, WE ARE SUCCESSFUL and fill the position, (The client has the final say in choosing the Model/Actor). Once that's done, WE CALL THAT A WIN, WIN SITUATION. THE CLIENT WINS, THE AGENCY WINS AND THE MODEL WINS!These client phone calls, emails or walk-ins, happen as few as 4 times a day, and as many as 10 times a day, depending on the season. For example Summer time in Arizona leads to very few calls for outdoor magazine photo shoots, or TV/Film projects for that matter (which is why we encourage you to update your photos and enroll in training workshops during the Summer, so you can be ready for "Job Bookings" in the upcoming season).It's During the Fall and Spring seasons, some Magazines, shoot all of their catalog layouts for the rest of the year, in Arizona, because it may be and most likely is, snowing in their city!I sincerely hope this helps you see a different side of the business!Best Wishes,Pamela A. YoungCheck out www.mpi365.org Where Plus Size People Have Plus Size Fun
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Hollywood Screening THIS SUNDAY

REEL Screening SeriesPresents "The Souls of Black Girls"THIS Sunday, January 25, 2009jpegREEL Ladies in association with JNL Media presents the talked about documentary "Souls of Black Girls", a Film Noire Production.


The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images-- how they are instituted, established and controlled. The documentary also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.The documentary features candid interviews with young women discussing their self-image and social commentary from Actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS Washington Week Moderator Gwen Ifill, among others. The Souls of Black Girls is a piece that attempts to provoke honest dialogue and critical thinking among women of color about media images and our present condition—internally and externally.MEET THE FILMMAKER: Daphne ValeriusDaphne Valerius, one to watch as the era of women of color redefining the landscape of media images – in front and behind the camera - begins to unfold.For Valerius the production of The Souls of Black Girls, which she also wrote, edited and produced, marks the beginning for “my sisters, my aunts, my nieces, my cousins and my daughters who stand beside me to have a better understanding of why and how media images affect our self-image and self-esteem.”Talented, passionate and committed Valerius aspires to influence, inspire and uplift women of color through positive, educational and healing television and film projects—in front and behind the camera. “I will always remember Halle Berry’s acceptance speech for her Academy Award, ‘it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance.’ that was my inspiration.”Join us for the screening and the round table discussion immediately following with our prestigious panel of speakers. Let's talk about the issues and how we can affect CHANGE, this is an event you don't want to miss!REEL PANELISTS:Neema BarnetteEmmy Award Winning Director, Neema Barnette, was the FIRST African American Woman to Direct a Sitcom! Neema's works includes The Cosby Show, 7th Heaven, Civil Brand, Gilmore Girls and MORE!Keesha SharpNAACP Image Award Nominated Actress, Keesha's projects include Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married and MORE! Keesha has worked with many well respected directors in Television, Film, Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre.Tanya KerseyOne of Hollywood's most respected and well-regarded entertainment journalist and commentator. Tanya Kersey is the Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Creator of Black Talent News and MORE!Terri VaughnActress & Producer, Terri's projects include Three Can Play That Game, All of Us, The Steve Harvey Show, Angels Can't Help But to Laugh and MORE! Terri is also the founder of Take Wings Foundation which provides scholarships and mentoring to women living in public housing.Juanita JenningsActress, Juanita Jennings, has been a series regular in The Bold & the Beautiful, Lincoln Heights and MORE. She has been seen in films such as Baby Boy, Runaway Jury and Daddy's Little Girls.MODERATORREEL Ladies Founder, Actress, Writer & Producer Nikki LovejpegTOPICSBlack Women in MediaBeauty & Self ImageBlack Women & Self ImageYouth & Self ImageFilm/EntertainmentHow to affect changeWe will be REALLY diving into this issue and various viewpoints on it. We will NOT be tiptoeing around this subject. This is a Round Table discussion with honest feedback and opinions from Guests as well as the Featured Panelists! *Men are Invited and Encouraged to attend*Our Goal:TO INCREASE SOCIAL AWARENESS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOT ONLY IN HOLLYWOOD BUT IN WOMEN!THIS IS A CAN'T MISS INDUSTRY EVENT!Night Includes:Film Screening, Filmmaker Q&A, Round Table Discussion, Complimentary Appetizers, Hollywood Networking and MORE!FREE Parking, Cash Bar--------------------------------------------------------------------------------JOIN THE HOLLYWOOD DISCUSSION!jpegWHEN: Sunday, Jan 25, 20097pm - 11pmWHERE: Busby's (Upper Level)5364 Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA.COST: $20 Members$25 Non-Members in Advance$30 at the doorPURCHASE TICKETS HEREand Save $$$Members Email Us for your Member DiscountFor additional inquiries please email REELLadies@yahoo.comWant your film screened? Email us for details!
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