Scott McCullom: do not be afraid to speak plainly and forcefully to those who need to hear it.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I am Scott, mother agent, and advocate for models.
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
I would describe my work as a stream of consciousness mixed with the energy of talented artists.
How hard has it been establishing yourself in the industry and what are some of the largest things you've faced?
It has been quite difficult establishing myself in fashion, particularly the modeling side of the business. Scouting models who are serious about the craft and knowing exactly what type of models agencies are seeking has been quite challenging. Too many models approach the craft as a hobby rather than a career. If modeling is a hobby for a model, she is not going to be successful.
If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career what would it be?
If I could tell myself one thing before beginning my career it would be do not be afraid to speak plainly and forcefully to those who need to hear it.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
If I could change anything about the industry it would be agencies' openness to older models, which is improving slowly.
What's the most important thing you want your potential clients to know about you?
The most important thing I would like potential clients to know about me is I will be in their corner regardless of circumstance. I represent their best interests.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever gotten and do you follow it?
The best piece of advice I have ever received came from my father. He said develop a skill that enables you to be your own boss. I have mastered multiple skills, and indeed I am my own boss.
What do you think the biggest misconception about you is?
The biggest misconception about me is I have decision making power alongside agencies when deciding to sign models. Agencies make decisions whether to offer contracts to models without any input from me.
Tell me about a time you had a very stressful day at work and how did you handle it?
One stressful day at work was when a model's car got a flat tire in route to a an important job. I alerted the production manager on set the model would be arriving late due to a flat tire and had the model summons an uber/lyft.
What has been the highlight of your career so far and what are your hopes/dreams for the future?
The highlight of my career thus far is managing multiple models who are able to earn livings modeling exclusively. My joy comes from helping to ensure the success of models.
Where can our readers keep up with your work and get connected with you?
The best way for readers to keep up with my work and get connected with me is on Instagram. My IG is: @fierce_management
Model: Margo Smith @margoesmith
Photographer: Lena Melnik @lenamelnik Makeup Artist: Charlotte Bourgeois @charivariandco
Mother Agent: Scott McCullom @fierce_management Creative Director: Scott McCullom Manager @fierce_management
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