Confidence Boost With Top Irish Model Agent Anne Morgan

 

Coaching l Confidence l Motivation l Life Coach & NLP

Anne Morgan

This week I got the chance to interview the super gorgeous and super busy Anne Morgan. Anne is Director of Absolute The Agency School of Modelling, in Dublin. She and her team mentor up-and-coming models; they help build up their portfolio, improve their deportment and knowledge of the industry, and help boost their confidence.

Let Anne’s experience as a model agent help you boost your own confidence.

 

Hi Anne, how would you rate yourself confidence wise?

I would say on a scale of 1 to 10 I’d say maybe 7. I used to be about a 4 but I think as you get older you learn to accept yourself more for who you are, whereas when you are younger you spend most of your time trying to fit in with other people’s ideals rather than your own.

It’s well known that models face rejection on a daily basis. Have you faced a lot of rejection in your life, and how have you dealt with it?

My motto is “regret nothing”. When I modelled myself, I was always too small, but you know what? I wouldn’t change that. I’m like any girl, I’ve had plenty of knockbacks in my personal life and in my professional life but “no”s make you stronger. They make you more passionate and they shape who you are today. The more someone says I can’t do something, the more I aim to prove them wrong so I never let rejection consume me.

Do you ever have a bad day, and what do you do to make things better?
I think we all do! Strangely enough, when I have a bad day I just throw myself into work. I love what I do so it’s therapeutic to me, even if it was the cause of my bad day in the first place! I’m an only child, so I’m also quite introverted and prefer to be by myself rather than be surrounded by people – I think I work things out better myself. Maybe thats the psychoanalyst in me!

What’s been your biggest accomplishment to date?

Receiving my Masters degree in Psycholanalysis was a big achievement for me but not as big as opening my own modelling agency Absolute the Agency. People find it strange that I went from psychoanalysis to becoming a model agent but I think it’s the nurturer in me. Most of my models are young and my job is to protect them and help them grow and develop in an industry where plenty of young girls face tremendous pressure to change themselves. I guess I want to let girls know that no, you don’t have to change yourself. I’m here to look after them, and I think that still in some ways links in with what I studied to do.

What’s been your biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was people’s initial attitude to opening the agency. It put me off doing it for nearly a year, until I realised no one is worth putting your dreams on hold for. A lot of people said ‘what would she know’, ‘she was never a real model’ or ‘she won’t last 6 months’, but one year down the line I’ve a massively successful business that’s a result of nothing but hard work and passion, so ironically, my biggest challenges have manifested into my biggest achievement.

As a model agent, is your Self esteem linked to your image, and do you think that’s healthy?
Unfortunately, the fashion industry is what it is. It demands the superficial to a certain level. But at the same time, Ireland is fantastic in the sense that it allows models to be curvaceous and to be healthy; we aren’t a nation that demands unrealistic things from our models. I don’t starve myself, but I look after myself and I enjoy my life and I think that as an agent it’s my responsibility to be like that. When you manage the careers of teenage girls you have to accept that they do in some sense look to you. You can’t be irresponsible. My girls are told that natural is best, so, no makeup, tan, hair extensions – you need to be comfortable in your own skin because that way it’s not your image that determines your self esteem but how comfortable you are being you. It eliminates as much of the superficial as possible.

What advice would you give to other young women, and men, out there who may be struggling with self Confidence?
I would say, go easy on yourself. Accept that perfection is impossible, you have one life to lead and you are the only one in the drivers seat. You get one chance at being you so don’t spend your life picking on your flaws, focus on your good qualities and use these qualities to do good in as many areas of life as you can. Beauty is superficial, and it fades… fast. I wish girls knew the amount of editing that goes into the images in magazines! It’s a complete fantasy. Don’t ever compare yourself with anyone else because being unique is one of the best gifts you have and it shouldn’t be wasted. In the words of Judy Garland, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

Fantastic advice from Anne, don’t you think? Feel free to comment or post any questions you may have in the Facebook comment box below!

Anna

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