In case you didn’t already know, MODA is in the business of training models. Training models is our primary focus, and that is what we do better than anyone else.
The fashion industry is serious business, especially when Lindens turn to dollars or Euro, for fashion designers, that is. For shoppers, fashion is an obsession. As clothing wearing people, we take pride in the way we look, we dress the way we feel, or want to feel, and we change clothes often. Ok, I don’t change clothes often but believe it or not, I am not stuck on fashion. My focus is on the business end of fashion. I change clothes about every two or three weeks or whenever I see something I really must have.
|Let’s talk about that for just a moment. Being that nothing is really one of a kind fashion in Second Life, what inspires me to finally change clothes; to spend lindens on something new, and precious time on styling it? What I look for summed up in two words: unique and quality. My time is valuable so I won’t waste it styling something I think is second rate work. It can be expensive or not, but it has to be perfectly orchestrated, original and different. It has to scream “amazing!”
The same goes for my business. I hold MODA to the same high standards as I do fashion
|designers and fashion agencies. I expect them to develop their own unique look and to exploit it well. I demand quality in every way. Starting from the basics, I expect a positive, confident attitude
|that is kind toward others yet strong with healthy boundaries. I expect adults, not children, so the term drama is vague and is strictly not allowed. I expect our models to be finely fitted
down to the minute details and I expect a perfect performance every single moment. Performance on the runway is well rehearsed and perfectly executed. Performance backstage is prepared and calm. Performance after the show is cordial, professional and inviting. Performance as a MODA model is dependable, nurturing and considerate at all times. I ask for a lot, and I get it, because that is my business. MODA is my passion, and training models is what we do.
The fashion industry is serious business, especially when Lindens turn to dollars or Euro, for fashion designers, that is.
Here’s how it works:
Out of a hundred or so applicants to MODA Modeling School, a handful will be selected to join our modeling school. Criteria for acceptance is based on research, reputation and sometimes interviews.
From the beginning we ask for dedication to learning.
- We make it clear exactly how that translates in terms of time, effort and money for each student to achieve graduation.
- We tell people in advance that perfection is not something you can get from wearing a HUD or listening to lectures.
- We don’t allow fancy shortcuts, so students either understand it now, or they continue working with us until we know they understand it.
- We understand that life does get in the way sometimes and classes have to be postponed, and we understand that for some, rules are meant to be broken and that quitting happens.
However, in every class, there are always those few who persevere and graduate looking, acting and working like MODA-trained models; educated and groomed to perfection.
MODA graduates are automatically eligible to work on any of our non-televised fashion events. They are eligible to work at MODA as mentors, print models, graphic designers, assistants and many other capacities, based on their interests and what MODA needs. MODA graduates are also eligible to apply for a place on the MODA Fashioin Spotlight team.
S p o t l i g h t m o d e l s a r e e l i t e
Spotlight is not intended for the meek, nor for the unrehearsed or lazy. Spotlight models are elite not because they are on television each week, or because they are specifically trained to do live film work. Spotlight models are available, dedicated and active in the modeling community. They work under constant pressure, and they work as a team. They are dedicated to providing the best in entertainment, in showmanship and modeling perfection, week after week. Each is trained to be a leader should the need arise. Each model is trained in ways to improvise in case of emergency. There are no “re-takes” or do-overs on Spotlight so knowing what to do and being able to do it, no matter what, is an absolute requirement. That is why Spotlight models are elite.
Training elite models requires a strong and dedicated team. The MODA team has worked together for more than three years and we make it our mission to provide the quality training methods and experience that we know our students expect from us. Our experiences over the years have taught us many lessons about working with virtual teams, fashion agencies and designers, and real models. We have learned how to meet our own high standards, and we have learned how to set them higher. We understand that we will never know it all and that we are still learning from our students and from our work. As technology improves and lags our systems, our pocketbooks and our time, we know that our job is never truly done.
We also know that we train the best.
If you are interested in attending MODA Modeling School, our next session begins in April/May 2010. You can visit us in SL or you can fill out the form here. If accepted, you will receive an invitation in-world, to join the MODA Modeling Students Group. This is a private group where you can find out what’s going on at MODA, and when your classes will start. You will be required to attend the Introduction to MODA meeting. Time and date for that will be announced only in the MODA Modeling Student Group.