Life of a Model: On Set With Meredith
A lot of jobs our models get booked for are commercial. This means that the models are used to promote things like tourism or local businesses. After being signed to IZON for just a few years, Meredith is one of our busiest models. We thought you might like to see what commercial modeling was like, so we asked her a few questions.
How did you get into modeling?
Prior to IZON, my only modeling experience was my senior pictures, which, trust me, if you saw them . . . let’s just say the late 90’s were confusing times. Fast forward to 2011, I was scouted at a networking event by photographer Howard Robinson. My neighbor at the time insisted that I go to the ribbon cutting of the BCBS center on Airport because I had just moved here from Nebraska and she thought it would be a good way for me to network for my Mary Kay business. Howard took my picture there and said, “You have a great look. You should model!” and gave me his card. I thought to myself, “Yeah, okay.”
He said, “No, really, you should. I’m not a creeper!” He gave me his card and wrote down the number to IZON on the back. I blew it off for three months. Howard followed up on LinkedIn, so I decided, why not? I called and later went in to go meet Lisa! My first job was about a year later with Bella Magazine. I thought it was my one-and-done 15 minutes of fame, so I sent everyone involved a hand-written thank you note! “Thanks for the good times! Have a nice life!”
What’s one big misconception about modeling?
That everyone is snotty and shallow. I have seriously met THE nicest, funniest, most interesting people on set. They are all people who aren’t afraid to live and work outside of the 9 to 5 box, which I love.
What’s a typical day on set like?
Most of my jobs have centered around tourism, so we (all the models) are usually set up at a hotel with racks of clothes (we usually bring our own). A lot of times we come to the set with hair and makeup camera ready. Someone from the production team comes in and tells us which outfit to wear and then we’re off! I usually get a fake husband and kids and then we pretend to love the Gulf Coast (hard job, right?). Often times there is a lot of time in between the shots that I’m in, say in the morning, and the dinner scene, so I get to sit around and make new friends with the other talent and crew there! And if we’re lucky, at the end of the shoot, we get to eat the food props!
What advice would you have for anyone who might want to get into the business?
I would say try new things. Go to events even if you don’t see an obvious benefit and when you’re there, whether it’s a runway show or a student film project, be nice to everyone and mingle! Also, wear your confidence. Like, really wear it.
What’s your favorite thing about modeling?
My favorite thing is the randomness. Pensacola may be a small town, but there are a lot of interesting and talented people here. When you’re on set, you get to hear about all their random adventures and tell them about yours! I once met the guy who was in the very first Gatorade commercial!
What was your most memorable experience?
Being a mermaid for DeLuna Wines is probably one of my favorite memories. “Mermaid” was actually on the list of things that I wanted to be when I grew up (right next to professional soccer player), so it was like some kind of magical Disney moment when I got to do that shoot. At the end of that day, I was driving home with a surfboard on the top of my car and green glitter hair sprayed to my face remembering how I used to spend my Friday nights organizing closets in my apartment. Oh, how my life has changed!
Something you’d be surprised to know about me is I used to shop for clothes in the boys department and didn’t wear makeup until I was 21.
The most unusual talent on my acting resume is . . . wait for it . . . sarcasm. Yup. I had never wished that I knew how to juggle until the moment I was filling out that section of the resume.