Confidence boot camp: Marsha Doll models the way with genuine flair
2020欧洲杯正规平台So you’ve just arrived at a party. It’s an upscale affair — some holiday bash where the men have poured themselves into tuxes and the women have cashed in CDs to buy a new dress. The room is dazzling. The food gourmet. And everybody is as witty as a Tallahasseean can be.
2020欧洲杯正规平台And then you notice a kind of glow from one corner of the room. The atmosphere is heated there as people gather round, jostling closer to the source of warmth that now is sending up little sparklers, fireworks of laughter delivered from a husky feminine throat.
2020欧洲杯正规平台You push your way through the powdered shoulders to see what or who has drawn the crowd and find yourself face to face with probably the most memorable creation North Florida has produced. The blondest. The slimmest. The most over-the-top personality. And perhaps one of the savviest business persons and warmest women one will ever encounter.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Founder and owner of Marsha Doll Models, the NYC/Actor Boot Camp, author of "Modeling Totally Exposed," and “the breakout” performer on a TLC reality show, “Welcome to Plathville,” this tiny dynamo takes over any room. Dominates any business meeting. Turns heads on New York City and Paris streets. And after 10 minutes with her, makes you want to invite her over for coffee and a pep-talk on how not to waste time.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Meet Marsha Doll, the entrepreneur and the woman. The genuine Tallahassee article.
And the Democrat did recently — not at a party, but at her northside home where Doll and her forever husband, Dean, have lived for over two decades. Their home — and her office — are lovely, though not part of a McMansion. (The house, after all, is 25 years old.)
2020欧洲杯正规平台But each room is FABULOUS. With glittering wall paper, a headboard of rhinestones and satin, a soaking tub with a black silk pillow, and palace-style chandeliers of crystal and gold in each and every room. The place even comes equipped with a dancing dog (also in black and white, Doll’s favorite hues) and dozens of framed newspaper articles chronicling the Perry, Florida, to New York City career of a Southern girl on a mission.
Earlier this month, Doll examined dresses, staged a walk-through and cracked jokes with models who will be walking the runway during a bridal fashion show at Goodwood Museum an Gardens.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Doll’s trajectory has been chronicled many times, mostly because she practices what she literally preaches, the importance of selling yourself. Yet her ascent is a blueprint of how to use passion, intellect and raw determination to get where you want to go —probably starting at age 5 when she began selling turtles, “small, medium and large” to the neighborhood.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Though its mid-morning, Doll is fully “ready for her close-up,” with uniquely spiked and swirled hair in place and monolithic black-framed glasses matching her black and animal-print sheath.
As always, she is in the mood for expansive exposition. Seeing herself as a mentor, teacher and life coach above all else, Marsha Doll answered the Democrat's questions in that mix of Dolly Parton-meets-Janis Joplin voice that with a sort of pre-teen-enthusiasm makes a listener want to pull up a chair and take notes. And we did.
Q: What’s the short version of how a Perry girl got to New York City?
A: My grandfather was a Lithuanian Jew… the only Jew… who’d come to Perry in 1925. He opened a clothing store. It’s still in business now and run by my husband. I worked there at first, having always liked selling things as a little girl… bags of peanuts, turtles… Then on a buying trip to Atlanta for the store, I began doing some modeling. Then I began showing other girls what to do, and soon they’d asked me to teach modeling too.
Q: Did you have a mentor to help you learn the business?
A:2020欧洲杯正规平台 I’ve had many, including people from agencies like Eileen Ford and Wilhelmina, but Eileen Mitchell was the most influential. I eventually bought her Tallahassee agency in Tallahassee, with a second in Perry.
Q: What kicked off your business?
A2020欧洲杯正规平台: One day I got a call for some “promotional” models. These are the people who look nice and hand out “giveaways” at events and the like. They wanted six. The next week somebody else called who wanted like 20. I was able to produce these well-trained people quickly. Eventually, I was the third largest promotional agency in the nation, with 48,000 models! Soon, I was making models available for print and commercial work; movies and TV, as well as high-fashion runways.
Q: What is the most important quality for a model?
A: 2020欧洲杯正规平台Confidence. You can be bald, fat, and have no teeth and there will be work for you in some medium. But you must go in with confidence. You must own the interview room immediately. Do your research. Know what that agency wants. Be unique; make them look at you. But be genuine.
Q: What about the thought that modeling is, in fact, objectifying women? What about the current “Me Too” movement?
A:2020欧洲杯正规平台 Well, everybody is being judged… at every minute. We’re all objects of somebody’s opinion. That’s where confidence and belief in yourself comes in. I teach my models to have good manners and to know where to draw the line on certain behaviors. And remember, I’m a “Southern-New Yorker.” Don’t mess with my models.
Q:2020欧洲杯正规平台 What do you enjoy most about your job…jobs?
A: That’s right, there are lots of jobs in my “job.” I love teaching. I love inspiring someone to reach their true potential… as well, as teaching them to accept rejection. If you get one out of a 100 jobs, that’s great. Nothing worth working for is going to come easy. When you’ve come to one of my two-week modeling boot camps in New York City, you’ll come away with people skills and confidence… that’s what I love.
Q: What about your life here? How do you relax? What’s the first thought you have when you wake up? Are you a “fashionista?”
A: My first thought in the morning is… gratitude. I have four amazing, successful, grown-up children and a wonderful husband. I’m in a business I love… and I’m alive. I had breast cancer two times… two separate times. And I beat it, so this is the best time of my life.
2020欧洲杯正规平台For relaxation, Dean and I like to cruise, go to nice restaurants, and we like to play Black Jack. What can I say? We also eat ice cream in bed every night. Mint chocolate chip for me; a Klondike bar for him… unaccompanied by any trips to the gym! And no, I am definitely not a “fashionista.” I don’t like shopping. I have a closet of blacks and whites. I may be a “girlie-girl,” but I don’t like just hanging out and talking about nothing.
Q: 2020欧洲杯正规平台What’s on the horizon for Marsha Doll?
A:2020欧洲杯正规平台 Oh… so much! I loved doing the TLC “Welcome to Plathville” episodes. People said they couldn’t take their eyes off me when I was on. I’d turned down several approaches for reality shows. Now, TLC has some plans… we’ve signed the contract… for a show they’re shopping on my New York City Modeling Boot Camp. We’ve already done a mock camp for them. Then, of course, we’ll be in New York this summer with the camp… I guess one thing I really want to do, but haven’t, is a TED Talk. I think people could really hear something good.
Q: Any advice for the regular Tallahasseeans who aren’t model material?
A: Be kind. Be motivated in whatever you do. Love your family. Love yourself. And be grateful.
Contact Marina Brown at Mcdb100@comcast.net.
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