Welcome To The Agency: A Chat with Jada Ogden of SCOUT

imageSCOUT Modeling and Talent in San Francisco. This woman alone is the definition of what powerful means. Can we get a “YASSS.”

Being
a “people person” goes a long way with Jada, now coming into her
13th year in the biz, Jada has seen the era of model shift in and out of
the market. We got to sit down with her for a minute to talk about
everything agency and of course, how she gets down on the weekends.

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BC: “Tell us a bit more about yourself pre-agent, what were you up too before?

JO: “I’ve always worked under a creative umbrella at one time or
another. My background ranges from advertising (was an Art Buyer and in
Graphic Design) visual merchandising/retail, producing, PR/Special
events, I like to use both the left and right sides of my brain – which
is what attracted me to my current position. I’m very visual; being involved with photography and the production of beautiful
imagery for our models just came naturally. (side note: As a kid – I
used to tear pages out of fashion magazines and then bind them back
together to create my own magazine. If only it were that easy haha
)
As the years went on and my position shifted to Agency Director – I had
to take a step back from the things I loved doing with the new faces
and focus more on the business building side of the agency. Luckily,
Scout still gives me more creative freedom than I’ve had in any other
position!

Jada’s personality is overly likable the second you
come in contact with her. Whether she’s recommending a Bay Area watering
hole to spend your night or a jam to put on in your car – fun times are
immediately to be had in her presence. But being Agency Director must
come with it’s territory – we wonder how does the day to day occur with
modeling platforms?

JO: “There is no “typical” day at the agency; I think that’s one of the
things I love the most, no one day is like the last! I’m always
working with new clients – new hopeful models walking in the door. We are all hustlers here, but my co-workers definitely keep
things lively. We’re pretty much laughing and having a good time all
day long!’

My role is never-ending, aside from being agent at any given time, I’m also a “manager/friend/travel agent/sister/second-mom/therapist/life coach.” My
day usually begins with answering emails – (side note: not exactly glamorous!) 
following up with models about castings, chatting with clients about
upcoming projects, connecting models with photographers to help build
their portfolios, making arrangements for models to travel to other
markets in the US and abroad.”

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BC: “What does 2016 hold for Jada?

JO: “ I definitely have the travel bug! My position takes me all over
for scouting and meeting with agencies to place our models with:
LA/NY/MIAMI/SEATTLE/DENVER/TEXAS/CHICAGO/CANADA/AUSTRALIA. I
always try to mix in a little fun on my works trips, which is easy to
do in this business. Kind of comes with the territory – networking and
getting to really know our models and clients. On a personal note: I’ll be heading to one of my favorite places in Mexico again: Sayulita. My
travel “wish list” this year is quite the mix: Austin, TX / Iceland /
Belize and I have to attend Art Basel in Miami at least once!”

imageShakewell on Lakeshore Ave (helps that its one
block from my apartment – I’m probably there TOO often.) You’ll
definitely catch me anywhere that old school hip-hop is playing. If I
wasn’t in the fashion biz, I would be in the music industry. Goal for
2016: start back DJ’ing again!”

Photos and story by Anthony Rogers
Styling by Becca Mikesell
Hair and MUA: Rachel Renae 

imageCheck out Jada’s mixtape of what is constantly playing in the agency on the daily.

Welcome To The Agency: A Chat with Jada Ogden of SCOUT

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