Photographer Oliver Perry joined Boss at the beginning of September after his work came to the attention of our scouts, Working alongside them and our Model Bookers, Oliver has been busy shooting our New Faces Division & Development Board. We caught up with him to reflect on his time spent at Boss.
Hi Oliver, tell us about your time at Boss It’s been a fantastic experience for me. Having the opportunity to work in an Agency, I have learned so much about how images are collated, processed and presented to clients. It’s very fast-paced to turn things around here!
The placement has also enabled me to work with a vast range of amazing faces. Before working at Boss I predominantly focused on shooting male models, but I have loved the opportunity to capture more female models too.
How have you helped develop the New Faces Division? Working closely with the models we concentrated on their portfolio needs and made sure to capture a different side to them to broaden their opportunities of work. For example, they may have needed more simple stripped-back images.
Where have you been shooting? Some of my shoots have been at the fabulous Loft studio space at Boss HQ, amazing for natural light! I have also shot models in and around the quirky Northern Quarter, but my favourite was shooting at MMU Fine Art Studios. Thank you MMU!
Georgia Ball George Finlay
What is your advice to models who are test shooting? My advice for any models on test shoots is to practice making a connection with the camera. I always suggest that they should imagine the camera is a person they know and connect with it. After they have accomplished that, they can start to introduce different moves into it.
What’s your advice on anyone who is starting out in photography? Boss was amazing at giving me the room to develop my own creativity on shoots. My piece of advice for any photographer is to make the model feel as comfortable as possible. Try relating to them in some way through conversation to help them feel more confident.
I got to find out some amazing stuff about our models such as their side careers like Alfie who wants to build and design trains, George Finlay who told us about life as a Farmer, and Wayne who has recently opened his first Gym! It’s all very interesting and part of getting to know the model and bringing out their personality.
Oliver, we’ve loved having you here. You have been a great addition to the development team. We will miss your calmness and creativity, but this is not an official farewell as we look forward to having you back as a freelancer in the near future. Have a superb Christmas! xx
Only 5 days till Christmas…eeeek! Have you spotted our Boss Babes and Juniors in this year’s Manchester Arndale Christmas Campaign? Gerry, Calla, Georgia, and Boss Juniors, Petra and Geva had a ball on this year’s shoot.
As always we are super honoured to a part of this year’s campaign, a Manchester-born agency working with the cities successful shopping centre which represents some of the greatest stores, events, and food!
Meet Drey, Aaron and Tristan, Boss Juniors and the face of 11 Degrees Kids clothing.
From humble beginnings to global domination 11 Degrees has become a favourite amongst celebs and sports personalities. With a huge following and strong talents representing the brands, there was no chance the clothing line was slowing down.
11 Degrees kids dropped in this week and we’re super proud to see our Boss Juniors, Drey, Aaron and Tristan representing the brand. See below the awesome video that was aired across social this week along with some shots of our super cool dudes bossing it!
At Boss, we love to let our hair down, and last night the hardworking Boss team attended Forever Funny, a charity comedy night in aid of Forever Manchester. As a supporter of the Charity, we were delighted to attend this pre-Christmas cracker of an evening.
Featuring four award-winning comedians including the brilliantly talented Dan Nightingale, Jack Gleadow, Bethany Black (Dr Who) and Headlining John Thomson (Cold Feet), it’s safe to say our cheeks are sore today from a night of raucous laughter, fun and frolics. Funds made on the evening will be used by Forever Manchester to make a difference in local communities across Greater Manchester, and we hope that is going to put more smiles on even more faces.
For those who don’t know Forever Manchester, it’s the only charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across our beloved city, supporting 1,000 community projects in Greater Manchester each year. Since Forever Manchester was established in 1989, it has delivered over £39 million into local communities, benefiting 1.1 million people.
Debra Burns, Managing Director of Boss Model Management said,
“We love our city and Forever Manchester has the perfect platform for reaching out to the people of Manchester who need it most, in a positive, supportive and life-enriching way.”
Today’s interview is with our new Hair & Makeup Artist, Lou Pye. Working in the beauty world for 15 years, Lou’s worked for a range of clients in multiple locations across the world including a recent spell in Bali. She is back in the UK and we are delighted to introduce her as part of the BOSS family.
Hi Lou, it’s lovely to meet you. Tell us how you got to where you are today? My first job was with MAC where I worked for 6 and a half years. I worked myself up through the ranks to Management, and then the Events Team which I just loved because I got to work London Fashion week and all the cool festivals. After that, I decided to take the plunge into freelancing and never looked back.
What was FW like? Amazing and carnage at the same time. One moment it’s all chilled and things are going steady, and then it’s final call and it’s all hands on deck! I have never done makeup on models so quickly!
What was memorable about your first work as an HMU? Getting to work with such a varied range of brands. Ecommerce was really taking off at that time and becoming a very fast-paced industry that I loved. I also got to be whisked away to some fabulous location shoots in Paris, Barcelona, and the unforgettable one was Morocco.
So, what took you to Bali? I originally went out there with friends as a holiday and I just loved it. The next thing is I followed my instincts, sold my house and off I went for a year and a half with a spot of travelling in between to South America.
What made you want to return back to Manchester? Bali was never going to be a long-term thing, more of a bucket list thing really. It was an amazing experience, it had everything, but the work was limited and I always knew I was going to return home.
Welcome home, what made you want to work for BOSS? I got in touch with Boss because of the reputation it has and the amazing clients it works with. I’m really looking forward to the next stage in my career and working with lots of new and exciting people.
So how do you like to spend your downtime? I’m a real book worm. My favourite recent reads are A Little Life, a real intense life story of 4 friends, and Call Me by Your Name which is a romantic story that was set in a period of time when being gay wasn’t acceptable. I also love autobiographies such as Wonderland Avenue, the Danny Sugarland story. To be honest, anything that has a gritty real-life heartfelt storyline.
As well as kicking back and reading, if you hadn’t had already guessed it, I love planning my next adventure. I adore travelling and I really want to go Vegas for my 40th – and would just be so excited to do a trek in Nepal or the Himalayas. Watch this space…
If you had a dinner party who would you invite dead or alive? Debbie Harry – She was my everything when I was younger. I even met her on my birthday once, I was so star struck ha.
Indya Moore – Actress in the current Netflix series Pose. She is such an inspiration; strong and powerful.
Jarvis Cocker – Who I once saw at Manchester Town Hall for a talk. He is so knowledgeable
…and Kate Moss – just because she’s a classic! Growing up in the 90s she was so rock n roll, yet so professional. My favourite shoot of her is the classic Calvin Klein campaign where her look was so minimalistic.
What makeup techniques do you like? Less is more. Living in a Kardashian world has also brought a whole host of new techniques including cut crease effects. Brands like Beauty Bay have brought a lot of experimental styles into play and that’s what I love about my job – every client and brief is different, and you never know what look you will be creating next. It keeps you on your toes!
Top 5 makeup products? Well, this has changed over the years as I went Vegan 5 years ago. My kit has now changed to cruelty-free brands. My current top 5 would have to be:
Cruelty-Free Ordinary Serum Foundation, it’s so versatile, great for building up, making it matt or sheer.
I’m currently also obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury and their magic cream moisturiser. Which you can wear under and over foundation.
What do you love about being a hair and makeup artist? How social it is and getting to meet so many people. When you are on a shoot everyone is behind the same goal. It’s always great vibes, fun and professional at the same time.
Thank you so much, it’s been lovely getting to know you. Good luck with everything and we can’t wait to hear how you get on.
Lou Pye’s portfolio can be found here. Check her out!
Tania Blake, Boss Model and mum of Boss Juniors model Jamie, joined the agency last Christmas and has already been paving the way in adding even more extra spice to our Originals Division. We caught up with our Cheshire Boss beaut to see what she’s been up to…
Hi Tania, it’s lovely to have you in at Boss HQ. So tell us how did you first get into modelling? I have always been a model on and off since the age of 15. It’s all I have ever known really. I am originally from NW London and I‘ve been very fortunate with a long successful career in modelling working on some really exciting campaigns along with some amazingly talented people.
Some of them that stick out are working with Tess Daley on the Braun Hair TV commercial and when I was younger I was used on all the teen magazines, Just seventeen and Jackie!
Well, we’re delighted to have you with Boss. What have you been working on recently? I’ve been busy! …Since I have been with Boss I have had the pleasure of working on shoots for JD Williams, Aldi, Trinity Shopping Mall and recently my favourite has been a campaign for Cotton Traders which was their first TV campaign ever and involved me wearing 5 looks to a coat, from casual to chic… I loved it!
What do you most love about Boss Model Management and modelling? Since moving up north from London 8 years ago, meeting Boss Model Management has allowed me to continue to do what I love with a quality agency whilst being a mum too! I’m also enjoying seeing the campaigns my son Jamie has been working on. His favourite was a Disney commercial!
So when not being a model or a mum how do you spend your downtime? I really passionate about my fitness and I love my weight training and yoga. Fitness has always been important to me not just for being in shape for a model, but I’m very passionate about leading a health lifestyle as much as possible.
Tell us something not everyone would know about you?I am also trained as a Primary school teacher.
What’s on your bucket list? To carry on modelling as long as I can, I just love it! I’m also proud to be an advocate for the ‘over 40s’ model. I think sometimes potential models are put off as they think modelling agencies are just for young people but it’s not like that and just because you’re a mum doesn’t mean your career stops. Since I have been with Boss there have been some fantastic shoots I’ve worked on.
Thanks Tania. We agree beauty has no age and girl you are rocking it!
This week the Boss spotlight is on Men’s Model Ben Smith and his recent work for F#*king Young online Magazine, an inspirational platform focusing on men’s fashion and culture. Shot in our lovely loft at Boss HQ by the fabulous Jay Mawson and styled by Boss Creative Donette Lathbury, explores the background to Ben’s modelling journey so far…
Taking things back to the very beginning – how did it all start out for you?
Hey there! My name’s Ben Smith (a boring name I know), and I’m a 21-year-old student model. Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in a town called Maidenhead in the south of England. Tokyo, Japan? Yes, but still 100% British. I’m currently based in Manchester where I balance modeling with my university studies; a tricky one since I study mechanical engineering. I’ve spent a huge part of my life being devoted to sport: previously representing my country in the field of rowing. Since then, my hobbies have turned to food and fitness, which is what you’ll see spread across my social media.
How were you discovered/scouted? And what were your first feelings when you happened to sign your first contract?
I was approached by an agency at a young age, 16 or so, but at the time they thought I was going to be too tall. Yes, you can be too tall to be a model! I was already rising through six-foot and I didn’t look like slowing down. The agency wasn’t looking to invest their time in someone who wasn’t going to fit clothes in a few years’ time, so the idea was brushed aside. Fast track to when I moved to Manchester, at 19, I wasn’t too tall, and I’d stopped growing. The timing was right and so I found my place at my mother agency, Boss Model Management. Within a few months of starting up, my life flipped upside down. It was a bit of a whirlwind experience for me. Since starting I’ve signed with another five agencies, totaling to six worldwide, I have traveled abroad for work and collaborated with some incredibly talented individuals, many of whom I owe thanks for helping me get to where I am.
Who’s been the dream client to work with?
I’ve recently had the pleasure of working for part brand part philanthropists, ‘Pangaia’. Clothes are made with seaweed: a zero-waste approach is taken, and earnings are directed to a non-profit organization. It was great to be a part of the movement towards positive change in the industry. I’m hoping more of these opportunities come my way in the future.
Favorite modeling experience so far?
This one’s easy. Traveling. four weeks in Milan and five weeks in Istanbul has been remarkable, as they were so different culturally but equally surreal experiences. I feel extremely lucky to be able to travel on stay where agencies are so accommodating, it’s one of the major highlights of the job. Throwing myself out to as many different places as I can through modeling has become the new challenge, so keep an eye out where I head next!
Could you give us a fun anecdote about yourself?
You’ll love this one. My first major casting for the Burberry runway show. I was in line with my shirt off, waiting to walk for Riccardo and the casting director. I walk around the corner and they’re sat at a table some distance away. I was instructed to walk to the table and back twice, it was so quiet you could almost hear a pin drop. I started walking, and with every second step my right shoe would produce a squeak. A squeak that sounded a little too similar to breaking wind. I continued to walk to the table and back, twice, lighting the room up as I walked. When I finished I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. Thankfully, they also found the funny side. I ended up getting Burberry as a regular client after that too, so I can’t be too embarrassed.
Three words that describe your best self are…
Weird (just a little), outdoorsy (if that’s even a word), and driven.
Essentials to bring along your travels for a last-minute job are…
My travel pillow, 100%. After that, probably headphones or a book, when you sign up to model you sign up to wait around a lot.
How do you react to trolling and online criticism?
I’m fortunate enough that I don’t get a whole lot of it, and when I do, I tend to just see the funny side.
What are your thoughts in regard to the whole Instagram thing?
Instagram is a deeply rooted part of the industry, so you have to welcome it into your life to reach your full potential. I’ve definitely built connections through the platform that I otherwise wouldn’t have, so I can be grateful for that.
Do you feel empowered through your social media channels? If so/not, how come?
I think what’s empowering is seeing the ease with which you can have a positive impact on others through social media. Once you find yourself with a wide enough audience that you can do so, I think it’s important to make good use of it.
What do you wish you could have done differently throughout your journey?
I feel like the timing of my modeling career has actually worked out perfectly. If I wasn’t so tall and I’d started at a younger age, I’m not convinced I would have had the same success.
Any major inspirations?
I tend to draw inspiration from those around me, I find nothing more motivating than seeing, and surrounding myself with, people who are hungry for the same things that I am.
Learning through experience is the only way to progress as a model, all the screwed-up castings, weaker images and things you wish you did differently are how you ultimately progress. It’s a necessary process, so I don’t think there’s any reason to look backward.
What’s the wisest lesson you’ve learned about being in the industry?
Be yourself, because you can’t be someone else better than they can.
Any advice to give the young wave of aspiring models, wanting to venture into such field?
Think about the reasons if/why you want to model early on, and when you’re sure, keep your feet on the ground and be proactive!
It’s National Stress Awareness Week, a global initiative to raise awareness and provide support information about stress management.
From time to time, everyone can experience and suffer from stress. We currently live in a world which is becoming more fast-paced and well sometimes it can get a little overconsuming. Life can throw uncertain events our way which may affect us or sometimes we can just be burning the candle at both ends. Either way, it’s vital we all take steps to ensure that the effects of stress don’t become debilitating.
As we are entering into the Christmas season, stress can snowball quickly (excuse the pun) so keeping to simple mindfulness practices can provide instant calm and return a sense of control.
At Boss, we are privileged to be situated opposite the Buddhist Centre in Manchester, where relaxation and meditation classes are common and well attended by people from all walks of life, including our colleagues and models.
At Boss Model Management looking after our staff is a key priority and we are fortunate to have an amazing masseuse Sue who visits us at Boss HQ every month to provide our lovely colleagues to a mindfulness session of massage therapy.
Debra, MD at Boss comments,
“We have some amazingly talented people working at Boss HQ and as a responsible employer who is mindful of the demands of this fast-paced industry, we like to keep our staff happy, smiling and relaxed. We also support the Be Well Collective, a charity which helps models in particular deal with the very real and extremely stressful challenges models face every day. Learning to deal with stress is an important part of all our lives.”
As part of National Stress Awareness Week, we wanted to help raise awareness and share 5 Top Tips to help eliminate stress in your everyday life courtesy of the International Stress Management Association and the NHS.
Exercise Exercise benefits your mind just as well as your body. Even a 20-minute walk, run, swim or dance session in the midst of a stressful time can give an immediate effect that can last for several hours.
Smile and laugh Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When people are stressed, they often hold a lot of stress in their face. So laughs or smiles can help relieve some of that tension and improve the situation.
Meditate Meditation and mindful prayer help the mind and body to relax and focus. Mindfulness can help people see new perspectives, develop self-compassion and forgiveness. When practicing a form of mindfulness, people can release emotions that may have been causing the body physical stress. Much like exercise, research has shown that even meditating briefly can reap immediate benefits.
Notice the everyday
Even as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk. All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the autopilot mode we often engage day to day and to give us new perspectives on life.
Learn to manage your time more effectively We waste a lot of time doing unimportant tasks, especially when stressed, so prioritise your day and do the important jobs first. The unimportant ones can wait, and often they will disappear completely leaving you time to do other things. Also, do not put off unpleasant tasks – avoidance causes a great deal of stress. Give unpleasant tasks a high priority and do them first.
Want to know more? – See below a list of useful links to further information about Stress Management and tips to helping your mental health wellbeing.
Make your Halloween ghoulishly good with these Bloody Chocolate Cups, the perfect Vegan dessert for your trick or treaters or Halloween party guests too!
Follow our video to make these scarily good treats made, styled and shot by the super talented BOSS Food Creative/Model Ksenija…..Recipe below!
— RECIPE —
INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil 1/4 cup of raw cacao
3 tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 cup of frozen / fresh raspberries
Peanut butter (optional)
Cupcake cases and a cake baking tray!
1. Add to a mixing bowl, the coconut oil, cacao, maple syrup, pinch of salt, and mix.
2. Pour half of the chocolate mix into cupcake cases and freeze.
3. Heat 1 cup of raspberries in a pan on a low heat and simmer until soft. Then add 1 tbsp chia seeds to thicken up the sauce.
4. Add raspberry filling to the bottom chocolate cups. Also, there is the option to add banana and peanut butter too!
5. Cover with the rest of the chocolate mix and freeze.
Things are getting spooky at BOSS HQ and we are freaking out about this year’s Halloween special!
The best costumes start with the best makeup and we couldn’t help but get spooked out by some scarily good Halloween looks created by our fabulous BOSS Hair and Makeup artists, Liz Rochford and BOSS newbie Cydney Beasley.
Creating this year’s look on BOSS Juniors model Nell Jackson is Liz Rochford with an awesome spider illusion on the eye. With a steady hand, Liz applied clever shading of the legs along with a smokey eye base and white highlights.
Creeping it real was Cydney’s skeleton look on New Faces model Harry south. There’s a reason the skull is a Halloween classic and when done right, this look kills at parties. Cydney has achieved a spooktacular one! I think you can agree they both look BOO-tiful!
Ok enough of the puns. Here’s a short vid showing behind-the-scenes footage to their looks, enjoy……mwahahahahah (evil laugh).
HAPPY BOSS ANNIVERSARY to our gorgeous Jessica Gagen. Jessica joined BOSS at the age of 19 and we’re delighted to celebrate her 5th year working with us. No time like the present to catch up with our BOSS beaut!
Hi Jessica, it’s lovely to have you here at BOSS HQ again. Right 5 years means 5 questions, let’s do this…
1. 5 things that describe you? Smiley, happy, bubbly, passionate and determined!
2. The best thing about being a model? It would have to be traveling. The job so far has taken me to some incredible places including the Middle East, Switzerland, Italy, and Turkey. Also what I love about modelling is that you are always meeting new people.
3. The best thing about working with Boss Model Management? I think it has to be the bookers, they are so helpful, friendly and approachable. They are with you every step of the way and really look after you. They’re like family!
4. Name 5 highlights of your career so far? I have so many! Ones that stick out are when I got signed to a Milan agency through Boss. Another was a Grazia 6 page spread shoot for Luis Vuitton in the Middle East, so cool! Others include modelling for Guess Jeans in Switzerland, my face being plastered all over Soap & Glory products and well any others that involved being outdoors. I love outdoor shoots!
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I would like to have completed a Masters in Aerospace Engineering. I would also like to of done some modelling shoots in Germany and well obviously modelling full time, that’s my dream!
Thanks Jessica, it was lovely to catch up with you. Here’s to the next 5 years!
To view Jessica’s current modelling profile please click here.
THE MOORS: A recent editorial shot in the beautiful autumnal Peak District featuring our BOSS beauty Grace Martin and BOSS Creatives Jodie Biddle, Fashion Stylist and Chelsea Graziano, Hair and Makeup Artist.
This beautiful shoot shows off vintage and hight street styles to create a timeless story of wilderness and beauty.