Training Is This Model Agency’s Secret Weapon

Author: Constance Brinkley-Badgett

Mark Moore is the founder and CEO of Debut Modeling Agency, a New York City-based modeling agency focused on commercial and runway models. Moore’s mission is to go beyond simply representing models, but to instill a sense of professionalism in those he works with by providing mandatory runway training sessions and other workshops with hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling experts. Moore said, “When they go to castings, I want them to be remembered as representatives of DMA, so their expertise and love for what they’re doing will spill over.”

Starting Out

Why did you start the business?

I was working with a business development company many years ago in marketing and PR. We worked with a lot of finance companies and fashion companies. In my capacity, I would handle a lot of production, working with designers, models, and photographers.

In the early 2000s, a friend of mine was a freelance model who had just signed a contract with a management company. She was unhappy and uneasy about it. I looked at her contract and, honestly, I was appalled. There was a section that gave over financial power of attorney to the manager. It was a lot of legalese. She was young and in New York and excited, so she just signed it. If I was a dad and my daughter was across the country modeling, I wouldn’t want this to happen to her.  I sent it over to my attorney, who called them up and threatened them, and got her out of the contract. I helped her out with a few gigs and it’s something that I really liked doing. I liked guiding models and being their support.

Kelsey Maskell