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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Model spotlight: Valen Custer


Model-on-the-rise Valen Custer is one of our newest girls who juggles fashion editorial shoots and runway with ease. And she has barely been modeling a year and is already Europe-bound for her next adventure! We caught up with the bubbly brunette to get the 411 on what she's been up to...
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START?
I started modeling in Fall of 2011. Since I was 3 years old and did a little mother daughter fashion show at a local mall, I have always wanted to model. The summer before my freshman year in high school, a Page Parke's scout came up to me at a snow cone stand and asked me if I ever thought about modeling. At the time, I was playing year round volleyball so I did not actually sign with Page Parkes until 2 years later.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT MODELING?
My favorite thing about modeling is when I go to a photo shoot and I am transformed from a regular 17 year old teenage girl to something totally different! I have shot many different looks: edgy, couture high fashion diva, tomboy soccer player, glamourous elegant socialite, fresh-faced girl next door, gangster hipster rebel girl, to name a few. All in the name of fashion! It is hard work, but it can also be a lot of fun and very exciting!
FUN JOB YOU RECENTLY HAD?
On one particular shoot, I was styled with a sort of a skater look trying to model some cool hipster style t-shirts. During the shoot, I had to pedal a strange bicycle with large thin wheels that made it hard to balance. I was looking at the camera and focusing on my posing, and suddenly I was trying to avoid a car and veered right into the curb and ate the side walk, HAHA! I am sure it looked pretty comical but overall it was a really fun day of work!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING MODELS?
I would tell young people who want to begin modeling that it is hard work, but totally worth it! You must have a lot of commitment and discipline to balance keeping your body and skin in great shape, giving up time with your friends, and keeping up with your education. But one of the biggest things to remember is that no matter how bad your feet and back hurt, at the end of a long day of shooting, after you have modeled 30 plus different outfits, you must stay positive, professional, and upbeat. Those are the kind of things that will truly set you apart from the next model and the clients will definitely take notice and remember that for the next time around.
HOW HAS MODELING FOR PAGE PARKES HELPED PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
The Houston and Dallas branches have provided opportunities for modeling camps, runway classes, personal advice from agents that were once models themselves, professional suggestions for portfolio pictures and comp cards,and referrals to great photographers, stylist, and makeup artists. They have always made me feel comfortable coming to them with questions and concerns as I am learning to grow in this very competitive industry. I have been given opportunities to meet with several top agencies in the United States and Europe at Page Parke's 2012 Agent Review, and am striving to take my career to the next level outside of the Texas market.
WHAT'S NEXT ON YOUR PLATE?
I am soooo excited to be going to Europe in August and will be working for Leni's Model Management in London and Major Models of Paris in France. As I continue to develop and learn as a fashion model, I will always value the friendship, encouragement, professionalism, and hard work my mother agency, Page Parkes, has given to me as a teenage girl just pursuing my life long dream!

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