Georgia On My Mind
by Marilyn Wilson
In the competitive world of modeling it is a real struggle to get your foot in the door. That first big break can take years to achieve, if ever. For this 5'8" green-eyed beauty represented by Richard's Model Management, the industry came to her and it all began at the P.N.E.
It was just like the stories you read. Georgia was wandering the fair with her boyfriend when she was approached by a representative of Ford's. At 18 she was busy with high school and a job, so it took awhile to make time to meet the agent. When she did he signed her on the spot. For 3 months local work came at a steady pace. When it slowed down she headed to Australia with a couple of friends. They worked and traveled around the country for a year before landing back in Vancouver. By then the local office of Ford's had closed, so she worked first with Talentco until they closed their doors and then made the move to Richard's where she is to this day.
"One of the highlights has definitely been the traveling and meeting amazing people from all over the world...(It) can be one of the most difficult parts as well. Sometimes it gets lonely being away from your friends and family for so long.." Georgia has put in over 2 years working around Asia. Many of the bookings were in Hong Kong, but assignments also took her to Shanghai, Osaka, Tokyo and Bangkok. She loves modeling because "...every day is different. Sometimes you don't know what the shoot is going to be like until you get there. It is always so interesting for me to see what hair and make-up is going to be like (as well as) wardrobe and set...Having a job that I enjoy and look forward to is the best part." In the 3 years she has been in the industry she has accumulated a portfolio full of tear sheets that anyone would be envious of. Which job stands out as a highlight? A 3-page beauty editorial in Harper's Bazaar for Chanel.
While modeling keeps her busy, the schedule can be frantic periods interspersed with quiet spaces. When she has free time it is spent with family and friends. Gastown is also a place she loves to haunt in her spare moments. "They have the best shops"! Favourite local designer - Scott Walhovd - a model, designer and owner of the (212) boutique. Internationally Marc Jacob gets her vote.
The future continues to look bright for this talented artist. In addition to modeling she has considered eventually becoming more involved in the business side of the industry. A post secondary education could also happen some time down the road. For now Georgia looks forward to a lot more traveling and time in front of the camera doing what she does best - modeling.