Oh ya know, JUST interviewing Liz Bell and talking about everything from modeling to pizza toppings.
Adele Tetangco: How long have you been in the modeling industry for?
Liz Bell: 32 years
AT: Can you tell me about your career?
LB: I started modeling in 1982 and was a “show girl”. I walked for Valentino, Ferre, Karl Lagerfeld, Claude Montana, Dior, Krizia, and Givenchy to name just a few… for all their ready-to wear and couture shows for the whole of the 80’s really. Those were the halcyon days of fashion.
AT: What made you decide to open Liz Bell Agency? How long has it been open for? What type of talent does it house?
LB: It was a natural progression to move from being in front of the camera to being behind the scenes. The biggest thrill I get is discovering a new face, developing them, and introducing them to the world of fashion. My first big discovery was Rachel Roberts in 1992 after being open for only 6 months. Her mum was a model in the 70’s ands her best friend was my dear friend Anya Ellis. This industry is all about relationships and reputation.
We represent models primarily but have a very boutique talent division working with a handful of talented actors.
AT: If you could go back to change something in your career / do something differently, what would it be?
LB: As we tend to say, ” if I had known then what I know now!” I would have enjoyed it more, been more confident and run with things more. It is sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees when you are in the thick of things. I try and instill this in my models, to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to set you up for life. Some just don’t understand until it is too late, but for those who do it is an amazing journey!
AT: How many models do you currently have on your roster?
LB: I personally manage all my international models, which has about 20 at the moment. That means working together as a team with the agencies I place the models with, and making sure they are all taken care of, etc. I also scout and develop the new faces locally. We have about 18 new faces and around 50 models that work locally.
AT: Any advice for the aspiring model?
LB: Find a mother agent in your hometown, to nurture, develop, and teach you the business. This relationship may be the only consistent one in your career as agents come and go and it is all about being with a mother agent who is there to protect you and have your interests at heart.
AT: Tell me one thing you love about your job.
LB: The people are amazing! It is very forgiving and ever changing. The process of being a part of helping a young person blossom and grow… now that makes me happy.
AT: What’s your favourite pizza topping?
LB: Proscuitto and arugula.
AT: Are you a nighttime or daytime person?
LB: A bit of both… I love to sleep-in in the morning. That is my biggest indulgence.
AT: Do you want to tell me about some of the top talent at Liz Bell right now?
LB: We have a lot of exciting things happening right now.
Kate Bock is taking the world by storm starting with winning Rookie of the Year for Sports Illustrated and the shooting the Guess Jeans campaign with Raphael Mazzucco. This girl works every single day!
All our international models work consistently with only the top clients.
AT: What are you listening to on your iPod?
LB: NO iPod, but I listen to iTunes and am loving my friends son’s band from NY “The Folkadelics“” they are amazing!
Liz Bell Agency