Today we caught up with Hungarian model-turned-booker Sebastian Mocsnik to find out what it takes to be a good model and to hear more about Visage Models in Hungary.
How many years have you been working in the industry and how did you start out?
I have been working in the fashion industry for almost 9 years. I started working as a model, so I had a chance to get some experience from the other side of this “world”. After trying out myself in Milan and other parts of Europe, I wanted to change, but staying in this industry, so I applied to Visage Models Hungary at the end of 2011.
What type of personality must a model have? Do you consider this when looking at a new model?
When a new model comes into the office, I always check how they introduce themselves and how they act, when they take off their coats, so I can see from their gestures, how they act in real life. I know it sounds a bit funny, but it works!
I like those models, who have no self-confidence yet, so I can see their development mentally when they have their first test shooting, first job and their first travel.
Do you immediately see if someone is suitable to become a model?
To be honest, I only see it, when I take the very first Polaroid shot. I am checking their eyes on the picture and I immediately know it, if she/he is suitable for us.
What do you recommend models to wear when they meet you for the first time?
I never recommend anything. I want to see their style, their own shoes and clothes. You can always change their style, but a basic style is always very important. Of course, I recommend them to bring bikinis and high-heels.
How do you decide whether a young candidate has potential?
We always have the decision together with my boss and my colleague. We have different eyes and sometimes we cannot agree on a new model, but if someone says “she is the one!”, we always accept it and believe in their decision.
Does the presence and influence of a model on social media networks have a significant effect on the success of a campaign?
I noticed this big change 2 years ago, when one of our models told us that on a casting, the client asked how many followers she had on social media networks. It was a bit shocking for us, but after that we started building our models’ social media platforms and sometimes we decide together what pictures she should post or which hashtags she should use..
Frankly, I cannot believe it happens in 2016, I grew up in this business, when the priority were the personality and how photogenic the model is.
What makes Visage Models special compared to other agencies?
I think we are really strong in building a relationship with our models and their parents. Visage Models always looks for the perfect models, who could be both commercial and editorial girls and as we – my boss and my colleague – have different tastes, our models are colourful, unique and different.
How do you maintain contact between the clients and models?
In Hungary, it’s very important to have a strong relationship with clients. And the most important things for us are kindness, care and professionalism.
What would you say are the current model trends and trends going forward?
What I see from Hungary in the main markets right now, the current model trend of the past 2 years is the edgy, high-fashion, cool and chameleon-type girls. But in the last 2 seasons I can see that the industry would like to take back the classic Natasha Poly-type girls – and I am looking forward to it. 🙂
What advice would you give a model that’s just started working in the industry?
What do you think about the concept of Modellist-ID? Do you think it is of great value to the models and would you advise your models to become a member?
I think it has a great concept, personally I really like that models can meet in one platform and share their experience for the world and also for themselves.
Keep up this good work Modellist-ID! 🙂