Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Model Life

On a sunny day sometime last month, I was walking downtown with my close friend Ayo. We were waiting for my friends Hype Boulevard and Dancing Queen to meet up with us to go shopping.

About to cross a busy intersection, I was stopped by a slightly chubby and pretty black woman:

“Hi… do you have a minute?”

Me: umm… sure

“I think you’re very pretty… you have a unique look…and “

Me: {wow I’ve been attracting a lot of lesbians lately}

“ ummm… thanks”

“Well I work with a modeling and acting talent agency…”

Me: Oh

“… and we’re currently scouting for potential faces to fill in for quite a few jobs… so I was wondering if you’d be interested.”

Me: thanks I guess… but you should recruit my friend Ayo instead… she’s the beautiful friend… and I’m the brainy one…

They both start laughing… apparently I’m funny in addition to ‘pretty and ‘unique-looking’

“Of course… she’s gorgeous… I’d love to have her sign up… as well as you”

Me: … I guess there’s no harm

I completely forgot about this ‘meeting’… but then... last night

Ring Ring Ring

Me: Hello

Male Person: Hi... may I speak to Overwhelmed?

Me: Speaking

Male Person: Hi… I believe one of our agents saw you last month and signed you up… well I was calling to schedule a come-in

Me: Come- in?

Male Person: yes… we’d like for you to come in to our office… so we can see you and possibly discuss what we could put you up to

Me: Things such as?

Male Person: Music Videos, Informercials, Commercials, Voiceovers, Movies… we’ve worked with movies such as mean girls, honey, A Cinderella man… that sort of thing

Me: I see…

Male Person: So we’d like you to come in to the office looking smashing… you know first impressions are always the best…

Me: lmao… really? I don’t mean to sound skeptical but I can’t say I completely understand any of this… I mean you guys just saw me somewhere… all of a sudden movies and music?… whats the catch? I come in and you then tell me some $1, 000 acting development fee that I have to pay… or this could even be something else…

Male Person: listen… if you come in and you’re the next Naomi Campbell or Giselle Bundchen… we’ll cover everything… even pay for your toilet paper… but we can’t say until we see you what’s going to happen… you said on the sheet that you’re 5 ft 11 right?

Me: Something like that…

Male Person: and how much do you weigh?

Me: 160 pounds.

Male Person: you know what… I think you should check out our website and you’ll see a lot of things we’ve done in the past...

Me: hmmmmm

Male Person: … I want you to come in for an interview this Friday at 12.30

Me: hmmmmm

Male Person: Any questions?

Me: this is your number right?

Male Person: Yeah…

Me: alright… thanks

I could interpret this either of two ways:

a) I’m even prettier than I imagined... that I will soon start making millions, showing my double belly button piercings and long legs in Elle Canada or in Ben Affleck’s sophomore movie directorial …

OR

b) Or these fuckers are trying to sign me up for some elaborate scam… first I go in… they tell me how gorgeous I am… how they haven’t seen a look like mine…since… well…ever. They’d tell me stories of girls with slight ‘model disabilities’ who ended up making it big… Kate moss in spite of her height, Tyra Banks in spite of her boobs… so I Overwhelmed could make it in spite of myself. Then they show me videos of Dita Von Teese and tell me about the new kind of modeling that’s coming to the forefront… the most important kind of modeling… burlesque… something along the lines of exotic dancing/ stripping.

I have to decide by tomorrow…

64 comments:

Zena said...

lol,
Maybe you should just go in,

Take someone with you though, what's the harm?at least when you make it big, I can say I know you,lol

Afrobabe said...

2ndddddddddddddddddddddddd
ok let me go and read..lol

LittleGirlLost said...

There's no harm in finding out whether they are legit or not.Though If you are going, don't go by yourself and leave the address & number of this place with your friends. You never know these things.
Oh and remember us your blogeville pals when you strike it rich a la Naomi!

Afrobabe said...

Give it a try...
Go in first and if you hear pay just bail from there..but dont miss it...whatever u do..

Hmmm comment is awaiting approval so I might not be second sef...take time oh..

SET said...

WELL FIRST OF ALL YOU ARE FAB, SO........ WELL I HOPE IT IS WORTH IT, KEEP US UPDATED.

geisha said...

babe..
definitely go for it. as in, DEF.

ooooh my sis is a model and ish- cooooooooool!!!!!!!! the hotness of it all!
:)

Unknown Blogger said...

Girl there's no harm intrying you know.Well uumm check out my new blog.

nameless.poetical. said...

ok this is the deal. ive been approached by modeling agencies twice since i landed in this country. the first one screwed me over...had to pay for this and that and this and alladat, u get me..so that realli messed me up for a minute..had me plotting to bum rush the guy during rush hour...but dats btw...the next tym, i got a call out of the blue sayin that they wanted me to come in cos they wanted me to join their agency...i didnt go...i woke up late, rescheduled, didnt go, they called again, and ive been to lazy to follow up on it...but thats just me. maybe you shud go, for the heck of it..if anything, itl give you sumthing to write about...abeg, let me know the name of the agency..if its the one i went to first, avoid them. they arent even on the agency registry...http://www.modelresource.ca/
check dat page out. if the agency isnt listed or affiliated with those listed, dont waste your time...just looking out...

nameless.poetical. said...

my first comment disappeared..:(
well, d long and short is that iv bin approached by dem a number of times and was screwed over once. but you shud check it out at least for the experience and something blogworthy. check out http://www.modelresource.ca/
if the agency isnt listed there or affiliated with those listed, its not legit...just looking out...
btw, wats d name of d agency that hollered at you? hope its not the one that screwed me over...

CATWALQ a.k.a LAGBA-JESS said...

olorun ti ba mi se
Please go o...I have bills to pay.
It is time we start enjoying all the school fees we have been paying on your silly head.
Oya, wear the red shoes and go and get us job. If they are looking for a chick who is 5'4 and weighs 150 pounds, make u holler at your sister ok?

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fluffycutething said...

I beg you go, so that when you finally get into nollywood, you can add "Model" all the way from overseas to your profile LOL

Anonymous said...

Hahahahah! 'I Overwhelmed IN SPITE OF MYSELF'! Classic line!

Ide.

Soul said...

if you go.. take someone with you, under no circumstance should you go on your own.
And what's the website address?.
You know one can establish a heck of a lot via a website URL...

Check out the site, if it looks dodgy then be careful or don't go.

Justme said...

If you dont go, i swear i will send you a cyber beat down (lol)

i would kill for an opportunity like that............i had an aunt who was literally stalked by an agent years ago and the guy begged her to become a model........she was too shy....now she has 5 kids and a husband and is bored out of her mind.......saying if only..........

Dont let that be you o!

Nwanyi Ocha said...

Intresting - if your not sure research the agnecy. They have a website - ensure its top notch,

Speak to clients or something. Trust me there are ways to ensure people are legitimate.

WHEN you go, relax and have fun.

Sunshine! said...

this babe.i love ure blog........u r one of the inspirers to me making a decision to blog.......keep on, am loving it !

pamelastitch said...

go in

psykotikdiva said...

i think you should go but please take someone with you, i read this thing on oprah about people posing as agents trying to get girls to do all sorts,it may be for real so check it out but definately take a friend, a male friend if possible.

Ozymandias said...

No harm trying...and yes, probably go with a friend...and finally, send me your autopgraph now since it might be difficult to get it when you get up there..lol..cheers !!

omo-obanta said...

LOL just go jo. but wear flats in case the place odikwa sketchy and you need to run quickly. Oh and did i say thank you for your comment? Thank you...

Chika said...

GO FOT IT GURL!ITS WORTH THE TRY.

Philly's Andrea said...

"Fun- loving and wordly to some, and sweetly innocent to others, I am sometimes caught up in a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona that is not entirely my making. The few times I’ve tried to share some of the noisy thoughts in my head have ended in disaster; I’m hoping to use this blogging experience as my therapy. I want to use the power of the written word to explore and really listen to my inner voice. I need closure on a lot of issues in my past, so I can look forward to and completely embrace my future." THIS IS A BIT SCARY...did you read my journal of thoughts? lol. I can dig it!! Love the blog.

~A~

BiMbyLaDs** said...

lol.. my husband just came back from one of them.. awon were.. they called him and siad he was amazing, he had camera presence, but that, he should drop 1k for development. thunda afaya them..

but on the other side, no be so Oluchi and co started??? u bera try it and see o.

when u make it, no say I no assist o.. remember me..

Jaja said...

Like you said...

a) Up to the top - don't try modelling part-time, it WILL cost more than you imagine, as a full time gig modelling is a melee of female egos that surpasses forty Donald Trumps put together. If you think Naomi Campbell is a bitch, you'll definietly be eaten alive in that world. Good Luck

b) Scam, Scam, Scam - All that hype, no juice!

Its a coin toss my dear.... ill be back to see what happens, or i'll be watching tv again.

Zephi said...

lolz...the (b) was especially funny...reminded me of when some guy stopped me on the road and asked me I f i wanted to be an exotic dancer..im like no thanks...

yeah just go and see,if they start mentioning any fees, waka commot.,,,if it looks promising and scamless go for it....
I am on team overwhelmed..yaya

Belle said...

do it! do it! do it!

coco said...

let us know what happens if you go
it sounds interesting

Jezi Brown said...

scam scam scam!!
dont go!
you dont get something for nothing
is it like that they make movie stars
anyway if you go protect yourself my dear!

Schindler's List said...

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and dont go by yourself, its better to be safe than sorry

O.šeyï said...

My friend i hope you went.
All this fronting
(hiss)
It not your fault.... its because you're 5 11
: )

Uzo said...

Well...remember us when u reach your paradise oh.....LOL

Teediva said...

go and check it out dear. and dress to kill, i mean, look ur best just in case theyr are for real. u'll be amazed what could come out of it. on the other hand, make provision for if they are scammers n like everyone says dont go alone. go with an elderly woman and a male friend who could sit in the car and generally keep his eyes n ears open.

have fun dear, n bring the gist back for us lesser mortals lol.

Oracle said...

I think there are two sides to it.
You sure can make it as a model but i think the circumstances under which everything is moving doesn't make it look genuine at all.

I'd suggest you give it a try and know what next to do.

Hey, tomorrow has come and gone a long time ago. So how did it go?

omohemi Benson said...

LOL! stop being skeptical girl,
haven't I told you over and over again to consider modelling?
So take this chance and lets see what happens.

Fingers crossed!.
All the best love.

Nolé said...

so, how far now? are you on your way to being a model yet?

Arewa said...

Oh this sounds soo familiar....u r soo right there is always a catch ..u never know u might be in luck....i bet they will ask u to put a portfolio togeter and the quote one huuggge amout to cover the cost....
Or they migh say'ur just right but we might need u to loose a few pounds..that wont be a problem would ity?'SILLY BUGGERS!

The shopaholic. said...

Overwhelmed! I have missed you so much baby. *big kiss*
Sha I say go for it..worse to come worse, if you no like am you bounce.

Confessions of a moody crab said...

Try it out and take someone with you. I tagged you on my page

How you doing, tho?

Andy said...

Wow, seems everyone has commented. had a friend who got into a scam like dat, but at the same time that was how Charlize Theron hit it big time!

Olamild said...

be careful

Afrobabe said...

Hey,where are u??? abi you went, turned into a celebrity immediately and fashied our side???

Naija Sapphire said...

Ha ONB. Hope you went with a friend oooo! That way if it is a scam, both of you can take down the agency. And if it is not a scam, your friend can just watch you at work.

acainto said...

Here's hoping you gave it a shot...there's nothing to lose and everything to gain...worst case scenario, it's a scam, and you walk out...best case, Hello Naomi Campbell #2...

Kafo said...

okay girl
a wo if u become the next Gisele B just remember us on Blogsville oooooooooo


but for real
good luck

NikkiSab said...

Give it a shot......hmm... well wats d worst dat can happen- its a scam and u tell us about it n we blogsville abuse d life out of dem since dere will be no showdown at high noon-lol!!!

Zena said...

ok ONB,
tomorrow has already past, where are you with the update?

Orientatednaijababe said...

GO! GO! GO! d newest model on blogville... abeg take someone if u decide to go..if possible also go with one of those things that make loud noise wen u pull and a pepper spray

GOODLUCK

The Last King Of Scotland said...

what do u have to lose? give it a call

Soul said...

Aburo...
remember this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Ce9_N4IIU

Well, watch this and tell me that shit ain't gospel lol :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNsNNbuH7so

Unknown Blogger said...

Overwhelmed come and update and tell us how it went please abi did the people kidnap u? God forbid bad thing.

Arewa said...

UPDATE...UPDATE..UPDATE...UPDATE!!!
OK POINT MADE.

Ekoakete said...

So how did it go?

princesa said...

Check them out first.
This may just be your chance of a lifetime.

Be careful too.

bibi said...

ds gurl sef.. ur tomorrow hasnt reached...lets knw watsup jare
yeye.. i hope yu went and it wasnt scam

Onada said...

so what happened?? did you go in?

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

GENERAL RESPONSE:
Thanks for the encouragement and inquiries and all that good stuff... yall really are sweet...
I didnt go in for the interview... I'd left their information at a friends house... and on the day of the appointment... i wasn't able to reach my friend to get it for me... and I had no form of contact and didnt remember their agency name. I couldn't really be bothered with it... but I have an open appointment with them... so I could still go in if I wanted to...

once again..thanks yall... some of you believe in me maybe even more than i believe in myself... but watch out for me in Nollywood sha... thats ones gonna happen for sure... if the movies fantastic.. i might premiere it here...(actually maybe not... I wouldnt want most people to discover that I'm actually a 3ft 2 gnome with the neck of an ostrich.. I kid I kid...)

In the meantime... Im thinking of starting something exciting soon...

Luv yall...

bibi said...

overwhelmed..... you suck!!!!!!..lol i keed i keed....
its all for the best you knw..
anyways good luck in nollywood..give chidi mokeme a kiss for me..

hmmmm ill be here for the exciting stuff

laspapi said...

I've been watching 'Hustle'. Be careful.

You want to do Nollywood? We have to consult on that one, Storm.

Vickii said...

So did you go??? Hun, you're hot and tall kerching!! Why do you find it so hard to believe that they genuinely see potential in you!!

× it` is what is™ said...

Nooo I think with Tyra Bank it was more about the forehead.lol.But sha...You must be really pretty oooo for them to want you to come in and and what not...Get em Gurl!

!!Estella!! said...

go, but NOT alone!

u neva know.........

AnyaPosh said...

Hahaaha....gini burlesque...they're looking for a skank, refuse o!

I became skeptical when I read "...music videos". hmmm, even burlesque is weird too. All those feathers and stuff come off at the end and you'll be strutting your stuff in the nude. LOL!!!