Sunday, December 28, 2008

JENNY AND ARLYND FLETCHER



I HAVE HAD A "COLORFUL" RESUME. I STARTED IN FORT LAUDERDALE WORKING FOR IRENE MARIE. IRENE MOVED HER OFFICE TO SOUTH BEACH AND I MOVED WITH THEM. I GOT "HEAD HUNTED" ( IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT) BY PAUL ROWLAND AND WAS BROUGHT TO WOMEN( CALLED MEN/WOMEN) GOT FIRED 18 MONTHS INTO MY GIG AND A NEW AGENCY CALLED BOSS MODELS HIRED ME..THE REST IS BOOKER HISTORY I GUESS.LOL

IN THE 18 YEARS I HAVE BEEN BOOKING MODELS I HAVE MET ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. ALL OF IT SHAPED ME, GOOD AND BAD. I HAVE HAD MODELS WHO I ADORE, WHOM I BUILT UP FROM A POLAROID, LEAVE ME FOR A "SWEETER" DEAL. I HAVE HAD MODELS QUIT THE BUSINESS DUE TO FAMILY OR PERSONAL ISSUES. IVE SEEN MODELS MARRY, DIVORCE, HAVE KIDS , GRADUATE AND THEY KIND OF ARE WITH YOU FOR A MOMENT IN TIME. IM ALSO WATCHING ONE OF MY FORMER MODELS BECOMING A MOVIE STAR( CHANNING) WHO JUST SHOT THE COVER OF AMERICAN GQ FOR AUGUST(SO PROUD..KVELLING)

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I GOT VERY ATTACHED. I REMEMBER ONE OF MY GIRLS, JENN HUDLETT FROM IRENE MARIE AND I BECAME FAST FRIENDS. WE WERE BOTH FROM CORAL SPRINGS AND HAD ALOT ON COMMON. IN FULL POLLY MELLON MODE, I CHANGED HER NAME TO JENNA AND RE CREATED HER AS ANOTHER VERSION OF NIKI TAYLOR. THERE WAS ALSO TONEYA WILSON, WHO WAS TO ME THE MIAMI NAOMI CAMPBELL. THERE WAS MELL FLAGER, WHO WAS , HANDS DOWN, ONE OF THE KOOKIEST AND SWEETEST GIRLS I EVER WORKED WITH( DEAD RINGER FOR ELLE MACPHERSON). WHEN I WAS HIRED BY PAUL, I BROUGHT MELL AND SHANA ZADRICK WITH ME.

ALL OF THESE GIRLS IMPACTED ME...IT KILLD ME THAT I COULDNT BRING TONEYA AND JENNA ALONG FOR THE RIDE. SHANA BECAME AN "OVERNIGHT SUCCESS" 2.O AND MELL BECAME A WORKING MODEL( AMERICAN ELLE/VOGUE ITALY ETC). WHEN I WAS FIRED, MELL CAME WITH ME TO BOSS AND WAS "ONLY MELL" FOR 2 YEARS UNTIL I TOOK ON NICOLE BEACH..WHICH LED TO AMBER VALLETTA WHICH LED TO SARAH OHARE, SKY NELLOR ANGIE HARMON AND TONEYA BIRD WHICH LED TO KIM IGLINSKY, SIMONE VAN BAAL TUA FOCK, TINA LEON, ISAMAR GONZALEZ AAND EMMA GRIFFITHS.

I LOOK BACK AT HOW CLOSE I WAS WITH EVERY ONE ON THAT LIST AND HOW NONE OF THEM ARE IN MY LIFE ANYMORE. IT WAS A HARD LESSON FOR ME TO LEARN THAT IT TRULY IS A BUSINESS. AND THAT PEOPLE MOVE ON AND YOU ARE WITH THEM FOR A GLIMPSE OF THEIR JOURNEY. I WAS TOO YOUNG TO GET 'IT"

WHEN DAVID BOSMAN SECURED MARCUS SCHENKENBERG FOR BOSS MODELS, I HAD BEEN RECENTLY HIRED TO WORK THERE. WE WERE WORKING OUT OF DAVID BOSMANS HOME WHICH WAS A STUDIO ON GANSEVOORT STREET(WHERE HE STILL LIVES 15 YRS LATER). I WASNT HIS AGENT AT FIRST, JOHN BABIN WAS..BUT JOHN COUDLN'T SECURE HIM ANY WORK. WE KNEW CALVIN WAS GOING TO DROP SOON, BUT HAD NO IDEA HOW HUGE THE LAUNCH WAS AND THE MAGNITUDE THEREAFTER. DAVID "SWITCHED" MARCUS TO ME AND MY JOB WAS TO MAKE HIM HAPPY.. I WAS 21 AND ALL I KNEW WAS HOW TO BOOK GIRLS..SO THATS WHAT I DID, I TREATED HIM LIKE A GIRL...AND TOOK CARE OF HIM. I GOT HIM SOME JOBS AND HE STAYED...CALVIN CAME OUT AND IT ALL BLEW UP SO FAST, I RELIED ON WHAT I LEARNT FROM IRENE MARIE ON HOW SHE HANDLED NIKI TAYLOR'S PRESS AND PAUL WITH SHANA. AND MARCUS BECAME "MARCUS" . MARCUS AND I DID BECOME BEST FRIENDS. I SAW HIM THRU SO MANY BAD RELATIONSHIPS( MAUREEN, CATHERINE, ROSEMARIE, KIM ETC ETC) AND WE WOULD SPEND HOURS ON THE PHONE WITH EACH OTHER AT NIGHT. JUST BEING BEST FRIENDS. I TRAVELLED THE WORLD WITH HIM AS WELL. IT SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME AGO, I MISS WHAT THAT WAS AT THAT TIME, LIKE I MISS MY YOUTH. BUT I DONT MISS THAT ONE SIDED FREINDSHIP. NEVER HAVE.

I WAS SUCH A KID, ALWAYS RUNNING AT THE MOUTH..ALWAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEONE'S DRAMA...HUNG OVER FROM "X" AND SOUND FACTORY..BEING A HILARIOUS DYSFUNCTIONAL YET HIGHLY FUNCTIONING MESS. BUT I DIGRESS

I GUESS THE REASON I AM WRITING THIS IS BECAUSE I RAN ACROSS A PHOTO ON FACEBOOK OF TWO PEOPLE THAT HAVE TRANSCENDED THE WORK/FREIND RELATIONSHIP AND HAVE REMAINED IN MY LIFE IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD. IT MADE ME REALIZE HOW BLESSED( TRULY) TO HAVE MET ALL THE WONDERFUL COLORFUL PEOPLE IN MY TIME AS AN AGENT.

WHEN I WAS BEING EVICTED FROM AN APARTMENT OF MINE RIGHT AFTER 9/11..THE AGENCY I WAS WORKING FOR WAS CORRUPT AND EVIL TO BOTH ITS MODELS AND EMPLOYEES AND HADNT PAID MOST OF US IN MONTHS. I WAS IN ARREARS 12K IN RENT( MY RENT WAS 4K..I KNOW ITS ALOT) AND I HAD NO ONE TO ASK. MY FAMILY DOESNT HAVE THAT KIND OF CASH AND BACK THEN I WAS A FOOL WITH MY MONEY. THE DAY I PACKED UP THE LAST OF MY BOXES, JENNY CAME TO MY HOUSE WITH A CHECK WITH THAT AMOUNT AND SAID' THIS IS FROM BOTH OF US(ARLYND AND JENNY) AND YOU TAKE IT, AND YOU DONT EVER HAVE TO PAY US BACK". I CANT TELL YOU HOW IT FELT TO HAVE FRIENDS COME THRU FOR YOU LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY FRIENDS YOU WORK WITH..ITS UNHEARD OF. I REALIZED THEN THAT I HAD TO START BEING REAL AND LETTING PEOPLE IN AS THEY LET ME IN. ARLYND HAD BEEN A CONFIDANTE OF MINE FOR AWHILE AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST REAL FRIENDS I EVER MADE WHO HAPPENED TO BE A MODEL...

CUT TO OCTOBER 15 2001 WHEN MAJOR HIRED ME..I QUICKLY SAVED 12K AND PAID JENNY AND ARLYND BACK BY THE END OF THE YEAR. THEY WERE SHOCKED I PAID THEM BACK I THINK..THEY ALSO HELPED ME MOVE OUT OF MY PLACE AND INTO THEIR OLD APARTMENT IN LONG ISLAND CITY THAT YEAR AS WELL.

THEY REMAIN TWO PEOPLE CLOSE TO MY HEART..THAT DEPSITE THE UPS AND DOWNS THEY REMAIN MY FRIEND. NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING BACK BUT MY LOVE AND FREINDSHIP. ITS A BEAUTIFUL THING. AND I AM FOREVER THEIR FRIEND AS WELL.

AS IVE GROWN UP AND BECOME MORE OF MYSELF..I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE MET SOME EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO REMAIN MY CLOSEST CIRCLE. CHRIS COLLINS HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR 12 YEARS. DAMON WILLIS, LUCAS KERR, MICHAEL ALTMAN, CHAD NITTLER MICHAEL BRAGER HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY LOYAL AND IVE REPPED THEM ALL FOR 10 YEARS PLUS. JON PASSAVANT HAS BEEN WITH ME 9 YEARS. DOUG PICKETT FOR 8. IM A LUCKY LUCKY MAN AND AM INDEBTED TO THEM. WHEN THE DAY HAS GOT ME DOWN AND I FEEL LIKE WHY THE FUCK AM I BUSTING MY ASS..I THINK OF THE COMMITMENT THESE MEN ABOVE ME HAVE GIVEN ME, AND I BREATHE. I LOOK TO THE FUTURE AT CHAD WHITE, ISA RAHMAN, NATE NESBITT, KERRY DEGMAN, BLAINE COOK TERRON WOOD TRAVS DAVENPORT AND TRAVIS HANSON ETC AND REMEMBER HOW TOUGH THESE RELATIONSHIPS START OUT AND THEN AS IT MATURES GETS BETTER AND BETTER.


TONITE IM JUST THANKFUL AND REFLECTING

WITH FACEBOOK, I RECONNECTED WITH JENNA HUDLETT WHO NOW IS JENNA GEHRING. TUA FOCK IS A CLOTHING DESIGNER AND TINA LEON IS NOW A PHOTOGRAPHER IN RED HOOK BROOKLYN.SIMONE IS A YOGA INSTRUCTOR IN BELGUIN, EMMA GRIFFITH IS AN MTV VJ IN ENGLAND AND MAJOR CELEBRITY THERE. IT SEEMS LIKE IT ALL COMES FULL CIRCLE ON AND ON.

SENDING LOVE AND LIGHT TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND MODELS. I LOVE YOU GUYS

XO
JASON

7 comments:

Ken said...

True friends come through when you really need them. I hate and love this time of year, as reflection becomes a huge part of it! An old roommate of mine from Florida just moved to Georgia, and we are doing some major catching up! Your reflection really spoke to this whole period. Best wishes.
Ken (ganymede 30324)

newwavegurly said...

I feel like I should be saying "I knew Jason when..." and launch into some long story about our friendship and reconnection.

Instead, I'll say that I consider myself lucky to have found a dear friend like you when I was new to our high school our senior year, and I consider myself lucky to be back in communication with you again after all this time.

The best to you, dear friend, in the coming new year and always.

Paragon212 said...

Hi Jason,
Last couple of days have being a true roller coaster of emotions: Channukah, Christmas, Eartha Kitt's passing, and now this powerful remembrance of what you were, what you've being thru and the powerhouse that you have become today - thanks for sharing all of it, I'm so happy and proud of you !!
Came across a bottle of " the Widow " Vintage 1999, I know how much you enjoy it, thought you might want to sample it and toast all blessings that came our way in 2008 - noticed K.Degman for H.Boss Underwear at Federated on 34th St / 2 floor to ceiling panels...I'll get you pix tomorrow 12/30...just what G-d probably looks like, getting farklempt all of a sudden - I'm so happy for him, after all, he's covering buildings in Spain ( check out reports from our friends at Ohlalmag.com )

purrrrrrr said...

I loved this story..I know you told me all of it..but it is nice to read about it and by the by..I am not a blog spot blogger..thanks Bruvva ..I love ya

purrrrrrr said...

I should have said I am NOW a blogspot blogger instead of not LOL what a dumbass I am LOL

Modelizer said...

Reading this truly moved me and I think for the first time in my life I'm excited about growing older. Because it's memories like that you don't get when you're young.

Thank you for sharing <3

[p.s. you were totally on the all caps lock before Kanye, ahead of your time Jason! Ahead of your time]

Porterhouse said...

Hi there you don't know me but I've known Arlynd, back when we were kids, (14-ish) and he has always been like that. Actually he was in my wedding party. I haven't spoke to him in years. I wouldn't mind chatting with him, I just don't have his contact info. Anyhow, he is a GOOD person through and through and I'm glad he has kept that quality over the years. I can only imagine how easy it would be to lose that in his line of work. Just thought I would let you know he has always been that type of guy. Matt Porter, Alberta, Canada

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