Zara, Model fee: £300.00
I was very surprised to receive a phone call from Models Direct as this was something I had never thought of doing for my puppies! Molly was the agent who dealt with me and was really lovely explaining everything in good detail and answering any questions I had. The day before the shoot and on the morning itself, Molly again was very good on keeping in touch and keeping me updated with times etc. The day was long and we did have a lot of waiting around but we were very well looked after, the dog trainer that was assigned to help with the shoot was really patient, gentle and knowledgeable. We had our own very quiet room and our two puppies had plenty of space to play around and to rest, the dog trainer had bought along toys and props to help with the shoot and had some great ideas which I learnt from. My favourite part of the day was seeing the puppies on set - they were adorable! The camera men, crew and the model where all lovely and really chatty making me feel comfortable. I would do this again and would recommend Models Direct as they really looked after me. Thanks Guys x
Bradley, Reference: 1520, Model fee: £600.00
Both myself, my partner and Bradley had a wonderful time on set with the crew of Wash Design.
They made us feel really welcome and instantly part of the team despite the obvious challenges of working with a lively dog!
They involved us in the creative process and supported our understanding of the filming process and what they needed from Bradley.
We were really happy with the way we were looked after and encouraged over the 3 days.
Clare, Reference: 1490, Model fee: £130.00
This was my first time taking my rabbits along for a shoot. I was make to feel welcome and had the chance to watch some of the filming before it was Coco's turn. He had to sit on someone's lap while they talked to the camera and discussed vegan make up for the Superdrug Youtube channel. Then he got cuddles from pretty much everyone in the room! Thank you Models Direct I would definitely do it again!
Merlot, Reference: 1493, Model fee: £150.00
The photo shoot was a very nice experience. My dog Merlot was in the park with a lot of treats and had a good time as well as posing. We were asked to dress him up with new collars and jumpers for the client while he posed in the park. I would advise anyone who wants to get into the industry to join Models Direct. This was our first job and we can't wait for more. I personally signed my pet up to Models Direct to have fun and gain some money at the same time.
I wasn't nervous before mine and my husky's assignment for Lapland UK, although I did feel a little apprehensive about dressing as an Eskimo. I was required to the general public about my dogs breed and convince the children the huskies were Santas. Thank you Talent Management for this experience
Anuko, Reference: 1337, Model fee: £225.00
This was our assignment experience for Lapland UK and It was just as good, if not better than the first time. Since Anuko had gotten used to the experience the week before he was more cooperative this time. We again had a wonderful time with the fellow staff and I even managed to sneak away for 5 minutes to take some ace pictures or Anuko in the wonderland snow.
This opportunity meant that Talent Management have provided us with two experiences in just under a month of being with them, which is immense! We would have never gained such amazing experiences and met such awesome people if it wasn't for TM. I recommend this company to anybody.
Sian, Reference: 1331, Model fee: £225.00
The assignment involved taking my pet pomsky Kali to Lapland UK for the day. Our role was to meet and great all the visitors, interact with the children and allow them to touch and pet Kali and have photos.
I was slightly nervous beforehand as this was the first assignment we had been on and I didn't know exactly how Kali would react in such an environment. I found the day thoroughly enjoyable and was so pleased with how Kali behaved, she was brilliant with all the children and her lovely soft nature was ideal! Everyone seemed to really love how small Kali is and how rare it is to see such a small 'husky'. Her size worked particularly well with the very small children and toddlers. It was also a lot of fun to dress up for the day and be fully immersed in this Christmas wonderland! I left feeling very festive!
I would definitely recommend to anyone given the opportunity to work at Lapland UK to go for it, they will not be disappointed! All the elves, pixies, and behind the scene staff were so friendly and very welcoming.
I think being part of an agency such as Talent Management is a fantastic idea. They take all the hard work out of finding assignments and also give you the opportunity to get involved in things you otherwise might not have the opportunity to do. I joined Talent Management because I love and am truly passionate about my dog Kali and her capabilities. This is something I wanted to share with others. Recently I have not being very proactive in updating Kali's profile but after today it is something that I am definitely going to do. I would love to get more assignments for her and feel more confident about taking her.
Anuko, Reference: 1326, Model fee: £200.00
Myself and my Siberian Husky were booked by Talent Management to be involved in a Lapland UK Christmas event. The day consisted of myself dressing up and playing the role of a "Husky Herder" whilst Anuko could be himself and greet the kids. It was an enjoyable day and a good experience to have, surrounded by beautiful scenery and really lovely folk to talk to whilst doing the shift. Anuko loved the attention and was completely exhausted on the journey home.
I learned that in order to further my dogs career in modelling, I had to have confidence in myself and that day gave me a huge confidence boost which I will continue to work on. I was apprehensive beforehand; having a pet doing such activities can be scary. One small moment and the whole thing could be ruined. However whenever Anuko was uncomfortable he backed away from the situation and whimpered to me to fix things, so I've also learned how to read if my dog is comfortable during jobs as well.
We signed up with Talent Management and within 48 hours Anuko landed this role! I look forward to our future jobs with this agency and would recommend it to anybody hoping to involve themselves in this type of career/hobby. I am really happy with this experience that TM provided us with.
Bongo, Reference: N680661, Model fee: £400.00
My two dalmatians were booked to appear at a Christmas 'animal movie magic' event, held at Two Rivers Shopping Centre in Staines. As this was Bongo and Boris's first assignment I did feel a little nervous beforehand as I didn't know what to expect, but we all ended up having such a fantastic day! Bingo, Boris and I enjoyed the huge attention we received by the general public and this was a great experience from both dogs. Everyone loved having their photos taken with them and it was such a proud moment to see Bongo's poster up on the Two Rivers billboards. This has definitely been a good experience for both dogs and something useful to put on the portfolio as well as probably having some good photos to show as the local paper came to take photos. We decided to join Talent Management to show off our dalmatians as they're very well behaved and classic looking dogs, and they certainly seemed to please all that met them today!
Louie, Reference: N680585, Model fee: £150.00
This was my dog Louie's assignment and we were not sure of the process. Molly at Talent Management provided all the details we required prior to the job, which was all very straight forward. We had direct contact with the client thereafter, which was invaluable in making definite plans for the assignment. Open communication is vital and this was achieved. The day itself went really well and Louis was amazing! All the crew were fantastic and the clients were happy with the results. Thank you Talent Management for an enjoyable first assign
Oscar, Reference: 2003IG10, Model fee: £270.00
This was Oscar's first assignment and we were not sure how he would react but he is a very friendly and confident kitten as was immediately at home on set with The Walt Disney Company! The film crew were patient with him and he seemed to really enjoy all of the fuss. He gave a great performance and everyone was happy. The information from Talent Management was clear and we knew exactly where to go etc. I hope that Oscar gets many more bookings as he seems to have a talent for being in front of the camera, even if I did feel a bit like the crazy cat lady!
Fleur, Reference: A158796, Model fee: £120.00
Everybody at Karndean Flooring was most welcoming and made both Fleur (my Great Dane) and I feel at home. We had to complete 3 different shots - two stills and one video. The crews were very patient and explained exactly what they wanted so I was able to direct Fleur accordingly. Fleur and I would definitely like do similar work in the future. The whole day was worthwhile and the venue was very suitable for animals as there was plenty of space for exercising them between shots.
My advice to other aspiring pet models and owners? Relax and give it a go!
Billy-Bpb, Model fee: £120.00
Billy-Bob the beagle enjoyed his modelling shoot for Karndean Flooring very much. He was very excitable on arrival and keen to meet the crew. Billy was pleased to have been chosen for a shoot again, following his assignment earlier this year with Pets at Home. The most enjoyable part of the shoot for Billy was the fact that everyone loved him and gave him fuss throughout the day. Billy's assignment involved him being filmed by Karndean Flooring and he was filmed doing numerous clips, to include getting muddy and running through the house, jumping on a lovely bed and sitting down looking innocent. I felt that throughout the day Billy was responding very well to the commands whilst having lots of fun. Billy is already looking forward to his next job! I have found Talent Management to be an excellent agency, as they do all the hard work on my behalf looking for jobs and will then get in touch when something suitable comes up for my dog.
Courtney for Sid, Reference: Coming shortly, Model fee: £150.00
LUXURY PET CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
When I saw the advertisement from Talent Management for a dog model, our Sid sounded like he'd fit the bill! He had recently modelled in a local photo shoot for a clothing brand and he was the star of the show!
The shoot we attended was for a London based dog clothing and accessories brand that are launching this September and needed some photos for the website and other relevant media. It helped when I was giving Sid commands so that he posed well, and he also got lots of treats for being good. He sat well for what they needed and fell asleep a few times on set - which was sometimes perfect for the image of the photo, but sometimes we did have to wake him up!
As he is only five months we were a little worried about his reaction to trains, tubes and the business of London travelling in peak times but he was brilliant and even fell asleep a few times on the journey.
The best part of the day for Sid was all the fuss and treats he was getting. He learnt a lot from the day and it did wonders for his training. It’s certainly made me more confident in taking him places and being able to trust his behaviour in different circumstances and environments.
I would recommend to other puppy owners to do something like this because it’s excellent for socializing your pup and getting some lovely photos of them while they are still small!
We would love to do more of these shoots and hope to build him a portfolio that will allow us to do so more often. It was a great experience for him so we would like to keep it going!
Sioned for Billy, Reference: Z597427, Model fee: £100.00
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
When we arrived at the studio with our puppy Billy he seemed very excited and happy to be there. He enjoyed it very much and I am sure would love to do it again. The assignment involved Billy sitting in the back of a Land Rover whilst modelling a new dog car harness. He was a little nervous to begin with but soon settled into the job. Billy learnt new skills such as concentration and the ability to wait while being photographed. I would advice others to join Talent Management as it was an enjoyable day.
Pat for Monazor, Reference: Z559548, Model fee: £100.00
MY FAITH IN MONAZOR WAS CONFIRMED
As the owner of a fabulously obedient and clever pet I was not at all nervous before the shoot, but even if I had been it would not have lasted long! The client/company couldn't have done more to welcome us and make us feel at home. There were unlimited amounts of tea and coffee, delicious sandwiches, wraps and cakes, and they even took the dogs out for a walk!
The most enjoyable part of the assignment was working with the team to understand what they required for the shoot, and of course, working with Monazor to achieve the brief. The assignment involved modelling car travel products; safety harnesses and a car boot cover. Monazor was required to lie in various body and head positions to show off the products at their best.
I definitely completed the day with the confidence to work again and my faith in Monazor was confirmed. I would certainly recommend doing this to anyone who enjoys their dog and has time to do it. It’s a great experience for both the pet and the handler and I would recommend joining an agency. I have not been very proactive in looking for work and could personally do more to improve Monazor's e- portfolio. I am hoping the fabulous photographs taken by this wonderful photographer will do just that! My reason for joining up was the faith in my dog to be able to achieve anything he's required to do - as he has skills in doggy dancing, agility and obedience. Talent Management advertised at just the right time. So I joined up!
Sam for Bailey, Reference: Z518188, Model fee: £145.00
PAWS FOR THOUGHT
The best thing about the Models Direct assignment for Bailey was probably the food, and all the attention she got from everyone. Bailey was asked to sit on a white background, which she did very well. Then we went outside for another shoot where Bailey was being held by one of the children (actors) to have photos taken.
Serendipity, Reference: S224837, Model fee: £60.00
The photographers were really nice and patient and even de-frosted some of their own prawns for her - even the reception staff made such a fuss over Dippy - I had to keep tight hold as there was talk of "catnapping".
Catherine for Charlie, Reference: L248861, Model fee: £105.00
LIVE FROM STUDIO FIVE
Charlie enjoyed being in Live From Studio Five, he was very relaxed and worked well with the cameras and actors. As we were broadcasting live, we haven't seen the footage, but our friends tell us that he came across very well and members of the public emailed Five Live to remark on how well behaved Charlie was. Charlie had to pick 2 winning scores for the England vs USA World Cup match as part of Five Lives match prediction news update.
Angel, Reference: A235821, Model fee: £90.00
A PERFECT ANGEL
We really enjoyed taking Angel (the dog) today. The people were really nice to both us and Angel, she was a good girl and they seemed to be very happy with her. She had 3 lots of pictures taken for the kleeneze brochure, 1 for a safety gate, 1 in a car and 1 with flashing collar light. thank you for the assignment and we hope you will use Angel again in the near future.
Dippy, Reference: S224837, Model fee: £90.00
A PURRFECT DAY
Dippy (the cat) eally enjoyed the assignment. Dippy said: The photographers were really friendly and patient. It was a good environment and they made a barricade to keep me safe. They captured some really nice photos and said I was really good - not like some cats! I had to play with a toy - I liked that. Thanks for choosing me. Dippy
Polly, Reference: 147102, Model fee: £60.00
SIMPLE & CLEAR
Everything was handled very professionally. Polly enjoyed her time... Everything was made simple and clear.
Studmuffin, Reference: 100482, Model fee: £300.00
Studmuffin and I had a great time at his assignment. Dressing up in girls' jewellery didn't bother him at all. He did very well and posed like a pro. What a great start to his modelling career!
Alife, Reference: 100424, Model fee: £100.00
TAKING A BACK SEAT
I am writing to confirm that Alfie's (Drogue de Bordeaux) assignment yesterday went well, quickly and smoothly. At the studio Alfie was made to sit in the back of the car whilst a model petted him, he behaved fine after his initial excitement and all went well. The photographer said he got some really good pictures and overall I was impressed by the friendly approach and efficiency of the team.
Daisy, Reference: Barry Coster & Woof Woof from Daisy, Model fee: £50.00
TREATED ON RICHARD & JUDY
Things went very well and we were extremely well looked after by all of the Richard & Judy Team who are incredibly professional and friendly. Daisy (bulldog) was extremely well behaved (as always) and loved all the attention and treats - to the extent that we were surprised just how well she performed for the producers? Anyway we managed to get a friend to record it (Daisy's debut) for us and am more than pleased.