Backstage for beginners

During the shows, you spend most of your time backstage. It could seem boring but this is a perfect networking opportunity, especially if you are a newcomer. There are some rules I’d suggest you to remember and stick to. They can also be adjusted to your off-the-backstage life and used even if you are not a model.

1. Be polite
You are not the only person responsible for your catwalk look being perfect. All these people around you are doing their jobs, same as you. So… be polite. Makeup artists, hairdressers, manicure girls, photographers and most of all, your co-workers, other models – everyone is there to make the show happen. Help them by being polite.

Anastassia Khozissova backstage at Ralph Lauren Spring 2014

Anastassia Khozissova backstage at Ralph Lauren Spring 2014

2. Behave well
On the backstage you are in a spotlight. You may not be remembered for your good behavior but believe me, everyone remembers a bad one. Say, you were complaining to a makeup artist all the way, he will remember that. Next time, if asked to recommend a model for a certain photoshoot, he will never recommend you because nobody is a fool and he won’t want to work with an all-complaining girl again.

Eva Riccobono and Anastassia Khozissova backstage at Giorgio Armani Spring 2007

Eva Riccobono and Anastassia Khozissova backstage at Giorgio Armani Spring 2007

3. Smile and engage in conversations
I know it’s very hard if you are super busy doing a lot of shows but believe me, everything is much better with a smile. So, smile, be happy and don’t stare at your phone all the time. I’ve heard it from many hairdressers and makeup artists that models were so boring and impossible to work with because they didn’t talk, always looking at their phones. It’s hard enough for everyone to work on such a tough schedule so no surprise people want some empathy and engagement! Make sure you give a smile and some attention. I don’t ask you to entertain them for 3 hours, 15-20 minutes chat will be enough. If you need to write an email or do something urgent, see rule number 1 – politely ask if a person minds you doing that.

Anastassia Khozissova, Anja Rubik, Liya Kebede and Natasha Poly backstage at Ralph Lauren Fall 2014

Anastassia Khozissova, Anja Rubik, Liya Kebede and Natasha Poly backstage at Ralph Lauren Fall 2014

4. Make friends with other models
Yes, your co-workers deserve your attention too. Make friends with them. I know some of you have never liked other models because you are super divas. You are all divas, all supermodels but listen, in the long run, you all are doing the same job and experience the same ups and downs. One day you are famous and the next day you are not. It’s better to have friends than enemies.

5. Leave a lasting impression
Everything said above serves one thing – building your reputation. You would want to be remembered as smart, easy to work with, polite, helpful and positive rather than ¬¬negative, boring or rude. Your reputation is the key to your future.

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Cecilia Mendez, Anastassia Khozissova and Mila Krasnoyarova backstage at Ralph Lauren Fall 2014

Conclusion:
Backstage is the perfect place for networking and building your reputation. Use this time wisely because you will not have this opportunity for another 6 months or you may not have it at all.

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1 Comment

  • Rachel Thompson
    30.03.2016 02:31

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️?? great advice Anastassia. You are such an amazing inspiration and so sweet.

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