Hi Modellist ID-ers! If you want some insiders’ tips about Miami, look no further…I gladly share mine with you!
First of all, for the peeps I haven’t met yet, let me start with introducing
myself, my name is Evelyne Verpaalen, I am Dutch and model with Touché
Models in Amsterdam. About four years ago I signed with Ford Models. I
lived in NY for one year, before moving to Miami.
The past three years I have been living in Miami and since one month I
own a web store called www.eveintheusa.com. Yes…you can add my
Eveintheusa fan page on FB and sure, that would be nice too ; if you would
‘ like’ my page;-)
When to go?
If you want to go to Miami for modeling, make sure that you go in the
season. The best time to go is anywhere between September- March. Because
summers in Miami are brutal, so stay away! (hot,hot, hot)
Miami isn’t busy with castings like New York. Most bookings are direct
bookings and sometimes a client organises a casting. Don’t be surprised if
there are 200 models at the same casting like you. There aren’t many
castings, so when they do have one, all agencies sent their models over.
The dress code in Miami to castings is very casual, although most girls will
wear short skirts and their highest heels, it is okay to come in flip-flops and
bikini too. (although in the agencies they prefer it if you show some ‘skin’
and wear your heels and ” dress like a model”)
The actual job
Working in Miami is slightly different then in Europe, here are some
guidelines: First of all always be on time. I know, it kinda speaks for itself
but being in the heat and in such a fun place can have its effect on certain
people and make you act a bit too relaxed. If there is one thing clients really
hate, it is models being late. ( believe me, I had jobs where the models
didn’t even show up)
Second, a workday in Miami doesn’t automatically end after 8-9 hours and
overtime doesn’t really translate well in ‘The sunshine state’ it really all
depends on the light. So be patient and hang in there!
Third and last rule; always make sure that you have (or bring) your own
breakfast before you start shooting. Make sure that you bring a lunch bar/
snack and something to keep you hydrated in case you are not sure about
the clients food schedule.
Just because you have to start early doesn’t mean that the client has
thought about your hungry belly. American clients usually have a catering
company which takes great care of you, with plenty food on set and the best
lunches you can imagine. But, I have also had bookings where I had to start
at 5am and one of the team members would run off to Starbucks and
completely forgot about the models. Result: grumpy hungry models by the
time we finally had a lunch break at 3pm!
Miami has a lot of really nice bars and restaurants. Here are some of my
*Doraku Sushi- 1104 Lincoln Road everyday happy hour from 5-7pm
(discounted sushi and Lychee martinis for 4$)
*Villa Azur French restaurant owned by Hale Berry’s beau Olivier Martinez
the restaurant is very chic with a beautiful terrace inside. ( 309, 23 Street.)
* Restaurant Dutch at the W Hotel. No, this menu has nothing to do with
Holland, in fact the kitchen is all American. But great food and atmosphere!
(2201 Collins Ave)
*Juvia: this new restaurant on the top floor of the lincoln road garage with a
magnificent view over Miami. I love Juvia for it’s ‘Sex and the City feel’ 1111
*Thrive this vegan restaurant is a great spot for its brunch at the weekend
and they have RAW specials too . I’m not vegan, but definitely a fan of this
place for the zen-like atmosphere and the guilt-free treats( try the waffles or
the scrambled tofu and they also serve yummy smoothies and juices.) 1239
*Lolita’s: this cool new Mexican tequila bar and restaurant is one of my
favorite hangouts. Located on 100 Collins Avenue, the restaurant has a
nice inside terrace and open kitchen.
Besides serving the most delicious cocktails and food they make it a fun
experience with the free amuse: a steamy tequila spiked grapefruit and mint
granita, for dessert there is fruity cotton candy…to feed your inner child.
Girls party free
Just like in many other cities with a big modeling culture Miami has people
that take girls out in case you don’t know the places to be yet (or just want
a free night out) Alexander Naaman is one of the guys that will take great
care of you and bring you to the best restaurants (STK, Vita and Philippe
Chow) and clubs (Liv at the Fountaine Blue hotel, Wall at W hotel,
Mansion, Perry hotel and Bamboo) and it doesn’t cost you anything!
* I hope my tips were helpful and wish you a great time!