Interview: 5 Questions with "Hawthorne Modeling Agency" CEO Roderick Hawthorne

Monday, August 1


Maytee: Tell us about your background and how you got your start in fashion?

 My name is Roderick Hawthorne II, I am a 21 year old Senior at Hampton University. I have always been into fashion but it really became my passion when I started college and began doing fashion shows.

Maytee: What made you want to start your own modeling agency?

I started my own agency in October 2010. The agency was started in order to give college men and woman the platform to pursue a modeling career that didn't have the resources or outlet to do so.

Maytee: What sets Hawthorne apart from all the other agencies?

Well being that Hawthorne is fairly new we have a lot of growing to do, but I do think that Hawthorne offers Models that are of variety. I seem to see that most top agencies sign models that all look alike and I wanted to be the Agency that did the exact opposite.

Maytee: What would you recommend to those looking to follow in your footsteps?

I would say don't let anyone stop you or discourage you from what or how you want to do and fulfill your dream. I have had many bumps in the road and I continue to have them but I push through and keep going. Make sure you have strong support from somewhere because it can become very overwhelming. I tell people all the time I run this Agency by myself I have no staff so if you are hungry for it you will work and make it happen. I will be hiring a PR in the fall so anyone who is interested please email me at lol

Maytee: Is the agency looking to expand in the near future?

Yes I will be working on a grant this fall to expand to Milan and London. I currently have Models in NYC, London, Atlanta, and Virginia however, I have no actual home location yet.

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