What happens when the student becomes the master?
Sara Tetro founded modelling and talent agency, 62 Models & Talent, in 1994. In 2003, she hired Andrea Plowright as a junior model booker. In 2014, Andrea bought the business off Sara, and stepped into the role of director. Sara retained ownership of the business’s celebrity management division, 62 Management, and this has since been her sole focus.
@andreaplowright When I first started at 62, I didn’t know much about Sara. I imagined a woman who owned a modelling agency would have big hair and drive a red convertible. Sara was completely different, in the best possible way. She was vibrant, smart, funny and really cool. She even managed to overlook my hilarious interview outfit.
Not long after I started booking, a senior staff member left and I grabbed the opportunity to take on more responsibility. I walked into Sara’s office and asked to manage fashion week, solo. She said, ‘Go for it’. When Sara started giving me more of her big clients, we started growing extremely close.
Sara’s greatest gift has been her belief in me. The business had been going for nearly 20 years when she decided to sell it. I’d been there for more than half that time so I knew the place inside out, but Sara gave me the confidence to take it on. She taught me that passion and cultural fit are more important than industry experience. She also taught me to own my mistakes and deal with problems then and there.
The biggest mistake I ever made at work was crashing Sara’s brand new Audi and momentarily thinking I could convince her it wasn’t my fault. I rang my husband Craig, freaking out, not knowing that Sara – who had seen it happen – had already called him. She thought it was hilarious and kept the joke going.
Sara has a wicked sense of humour. She’s also extremely generous – always willing to listen to my problems, whether big or small. She’s not afraid to share her opinion, but will back you to the hilt if you’re on her team. She makes me feel like a million dollars.
Phoebe Watt speaks to three fashion industry protégés and the masters who mentored them every step of the way
Sara Tetro (left) and Andrea Plowright.