Introducing the wonderful Rebecca Field of Mode Talent Management.
Rebecca is a darling friend of mine who has in the last year set up this successful talent and modelling agency. She set her mind to it and got organised and set up her business within a matter of months. I’ve never seen someone with such drive and such determination and passion for what she is doing. I love working with her and watching this business grow.
7. Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?
Mode Talent Management is a Melbourne based modelling agency focusing on advertisung, commercial, televsion & film work. Mode represents a diverse range of commercial & fashion models for photographic assignments including print, catalogue, magazine, advertisements and all other forms of media. Mode Talent Management is a boutique agency representing professional, reliable & experienced models. Mode works alongside production houses, casting agencies, advertising agencies & photographers. Mode also provides actors, dancers, hosts & singers to a wide range of clients within the advertising, fashion, film & event management industry.
8. Why did you start your business?
It all started out of pure passion and a love for what I had grown up doing within the industry as a model, dancer & actress.
Starting dancing at the age of 3, I was exposed to the industry at an early age and fell into modelling in my late teens. I grew up with a good understanding of client and industry expectations. I also worked in events and promotions where I was given leadership roles. I extended my talents into acting training & gaining some lead TVC and feature roles whilst in my very intense 5 year Bachelor of Health Science – Naturopathy university degree. Although studying full time, I was also part of a successful dance team and I never cut down on my acting or modelling work. I was very dedicated to my degree yet it only seemed natural to me that I could do everything I wanted all at the one time. I learnt about sacrifice & this approach to life in general taught me to be extremely festidious in my organization of my weekly schedule.
Once I had completed my degree, I gained full time employment immediately within my field at a fabulous company with a great wage. Although I felt something was missing, I put it down to just starting a new job. However, within the first few days on the job I was offered two photoshoots and as asked to help assist managing a 2 month experiential campaign. I started to realise that I didn’t have the ability to self manage myself and my time as I had in the past. I started to question what really was my passion & what my career path was. I found myself thinking about the work I was missing out on rather than the work I was doing, but it was also through this time I started to truly consider my ideas I had in the past of starting something of my own. I had toyed with the idea of starting a management company of a whole array of talent from industries I was familiar with & it hit me like a ton of bricks. The decision was already made within my heart. I gave notice, finished my job in 2 weeks & officially started Mode Talent Management 3 weeks later.
I knew that starting my own modelling and talent company would be far from easy, that it would take a lot of time & further sacrifices. But this is the lifestyle I was familiar with & it was a choice. Following my passion only gave me more determination to succeed in every sense of the word. I wake up every day excited to put my time and energy into something that produces positive feelings back.
9. What’s your passion?
I am passionate about embracing creativity, being independent & achieving goals. This stems into all facets of my life.
10. What do you love most about running your business?
I love that I am able to run a business that is reflective of my values. I manage a whole bunch of creative individuals who love the industry and what they do just as much as me. I love that I am able to seek out fun and enjoyable jobs for them to work on & reward them for being fabulous at what they do. I also enjoy building great client relationships and being able to provide them with not only the fabulous talent but a prompt service. I guess ultimately if you look at it very simply, I like to produce a result & make people happy!
11. What are three difficulties you face in running your business?
a. Time management. I can be a complete workaholic.
b. Taking time off
c. Travelling interstate
12. What are three pieces of advice you would give to someone starting their own business?
1. Do not put the word ‘success’ in the same sentence as the word ‘money’. I see it too often & the pressure this produces. I don’t hold money as an object of success & consider anyone successful for following a passion.
2. Create a rough business plan prior to starting anything
3. Surround yourself with positive inspirational people whom you can also inspire & collaborate with
13. Tell us, with an anecdote, why your business has changed your life?
Now that I run my own business, I can take my lunch break whenever I like!
14. How do you manage a work/life balance?
Admittedly I am a workaholic, so I do need to work on creating a routine. But everything I do is by choice and the work I put into Mode does not often feel like ‘work’.
15. The best book to read before starting a business or when running a business?
Flying Solo: How to go it alone in business
16. Your favourite inspiration/ motivation/ business quote?
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go” – Thomas Stearns Elliot (Poet & Nobel Prize Winner)